WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama begins his second term straining to maintain a good relationship with Egypt, an important U.S. ally.
That country's president is a conservative Islamist walking a fine line between acting as a moderate peace broker and keeping his Muslim Brotherhood party happy with anti-American rhetoric.
The White House last summer had hoped to smooth over some of the traditional tensions between Washington and the Brotherhood, when Egypt overthrew dictator Hosni Mubarak and picked Mohammed Morsi as its first democratically elected leader.
But a spate of recent steps - from Brotherhood-led attacks on protesters to revelations of old comments by Morsi referring to Jews as "bloodsuckers" and "pigs" - have raised alarm among senior U.S. officials and threatens $1 billion in American aid to Egypt.
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