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July 2, 2013

Saudi King Abdullah
10:09 GMT

Saudi King extends amnesty period by four months for foreign workers in the Kingdom to correct their status

A poster of Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi is seen during a pro-Morsi demonstration on July 1, 2013 in Istanbul (Ozan Kose / AFP)
09:44 GMT

Egyptian President calls the military statement 'confusing' as a sixth minister quit his cabinet over the mass protests throughout Egypt

Superior Court in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (Source: Wikimedia/Basil D. Soufi)
09:19 GMT

UAE court jails most of 94 Islamists accused in coup plot trial

The Free Syrian Army reportedly targeted senior security officers in a car bomb attack on a Damascus district late Monday, activist groups said. (Al Bawaba File Photo)
07:32 GMT

The Free Syrian Army reportedly targeted senior security officers in a car bomb attack on a Damascus district late Monday, activist groups said.

 In this handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (C) meets with his prime minister Hisham Kandil (3rd L) and other ministers in Cairo on July 1, 2013.
07:00 GMT

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Moahmed Kamel Amr has stepped down in the early hours on Tuesday, Ahram Arabic news website reported.

Egyptians shout slogans against President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood as hundreds of thousands of Egyptian demonstrators gather at the presidential palace during a protest calling for the ouster of Morsi on July 1, 2013 in Cairo.
06:37 GMT

The military's 48-hour ultimatum to Egypt's rival political camps was condemned by supporters of embattled President Mohamed Morsi, who on late Monday night stepped up their protests and marches in support of Morsi's democratic legitimacy and against a perceived military coup.

July 1, 2013

Egyptian Armed Forces issues a 48 hour ultimatum to all Egyptian forces to reach a resolution or face military “road map” that “will not exclude anyone.”
16:04 GMT

Egyptian Armed Forces issues a 48 hour ultimatum to all Egyptian forces to reach a resolution or face military “road map” that “will not exclude anyone.”

UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets a group of recently arrived refugees at the Syria/Jordan border (UNHCR / AFP)
16:00 GMT

The New York-based Human Rights Watch on Monday criticized three of Syria's neighbors for restricting access to refugees

The armed men who ransacked the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo on Monday had crossed a red line of violence, the ruling movement said, adding that it was considering action to defend itself.
15:46 GMT

The armed men who ransacked the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo on Monday had crossed a red line of violence, the ruling movement said, adding that it was considering action to defend itself.

Women call for the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi during June 30 mass protests (AFP)
15:17 GMT

Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment reported 46 cases of sexual assault in Tahrir Square during the June 30 protests

A woman walks with two children, looks back at smoke billowing in Idlib province (AFP)
15:01 GMT

The Gulf Cooperation Council on Monday called for an urgent UN Security Council meeting to prevent a massacre taking place in the central Syrian city of Homs

Egyptian opposition demonstrators calling for the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi sleep next to a wall covered in anti-Morsi graffiti (Mahmud Khaled / AFP)
14:44 GMT

Four members of the Egyptian cabinet resigned in protest at President Mohamed Morsi's failure to react to the nationwide protests that are sweeping the country

Al-Nusra Front fighters (AFP image used for illustrative purposes)
12:51 GMT

Family member says a Jordanian pilot has deserted to join the al-Nusra Front fighting in Syria

A policeman directs traffic in Beirut (image used for illustrative purposes)
11:48 GMT

A man set himself on fire outside the offices of Electricite Du Liban (EDL) in Beirut at a protest over employees benefits

Egyptian men carry items looted from the burnt headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood (Khaled Desouki / AFP)
11:07 GMT

Protesters on Monday stormed the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood party in Cairo after deadly clashes broke out there overnight