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July 3, 2013

Egyptian Defence Minister Abdelfatah al-Sisi (AFP)
17:38 GMT

Security advisor says a military coup is underway in Egypt and he expects bloodshed

An Egyptian opposition protester holds up the head of a sheep as tens of thousands gather outside the Presidential Palace calling for the ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi (Gianluigi Guercia / AFP)
16:37 GMT

Thousands pack Cairo streets as the Egyptian President clings on to power with army deadline expired

The wreckage of burnt vehicles and ransacked buildings are seen the day after deadly clashes at the Abu Salim police station on June 27, 2013 in Tripoli (Mahmud Turkia / AFP)
13:35 GMT

The Interior Ministry in the Libyan capital Tripoli was closed on Wednesday after gunmen launched an assault on the building late Tuesday

Last week, the Lebanese Army launched a crackdown on Salafist Sheikh Ahmad Assir after his gunmen attacked a military checkpoint in Abra, east of the southern city of Sidon, killing three soldiers. (Source: AFP)
13:20 GMT

Leaders of the Lebanese Christian community urge citizens to accept security forces

An Iraqi man inspects a burnt-out vehicle at the site of a car bomb explosion in the Hurriyah area of eastern Baghdad (Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP)
11:29 GMT

A series of bomb attacks and shootings targeting Shiite-dominated areas have left more than 100 people dead and at least 280 wounded on the first two days of July

Egyptian protesters calling for the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi react as they watch his speech on a big screen (Mahmud Khaled / AFP)
10:46 GMT

The Egyptian military said it was prepared to sacrifice blood to protect the Egyptian people in a statement titled 'The Final Hours'

Foreign illegal laborers wait in a queue at the Saudi immigration offices at al-Isha quarter in al-Khazan district west of Riyadh (Source: AFP/FAYEZ NURELDINE)
08:45 GMT

The announcement comes on the last day of the original three-month amnesty period

Egyptian youth with their faces painted in the colours of the national flag look on as opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi protest calling for his ouster at Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square (Source: AFP/KHALED DESOUKI)
08:02 GMT

From his prison cell, ousted Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak says that Muhammad Morsi should follow in his footsteps by stepping down to save lives

A wounded Syrian man arrives to receive treatment at Bab al-Hawa hospital near Syria's rebel-controlled border with Turkey (Source: AFP/DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS)
07:52 GMT

The opposition-aligned Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the dead in Tuesday’s shelling in Kfar Batna included two women and a child.

(Photo Source: Wikimedia/Continentalis)
07:34 GMT

Fifty-six people were sentenced to 10 years in jail, eight people were sentenced in absentia to 15 years and five were handed a prison sentence between three to seven years

Opposition protesters shout slogans and show a defaced poster of their president as they gather in thousands at the Presidential Palace to protest against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood (Source: AFP/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA)
06:29 GMT

The ‘Tamarod’ or Rebel movement on Wednesday dismissed a televised address made by Morsi earlier in the day, in which he made claims to legitimacy.

July 2, 2013

Egyptian army helicopters fly over as hundreds of thousands of Egyptian demonstrators gather outside the presidential palace in Cairo (Khaled Desouki / AFP)
14:32 GMT

The Egyptian military is ready to deploy in cities across Egypt to prevent clashes between rival political factions

US Secretary of State John Kerry makes a statement to the press regarding his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (Jacquelyn Martin / AFP)
13:06 GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington and Moscow are making progress on an international peace conference but it is unlikely to take place until September

A protestor wearing a Guy Fawkes mask holds up a red card as thousands of Egyptian demonstrators gather outside the presidential palace in Cairo (Khaled Desouki / AFP)
12:43 GMT

The spokesmen's resignations are the latest in a number of high profile political defections in the wake of the massive protests that started on June 30.

Palestinian protesters throw stones towards Israeli security forces during clashes following a protest against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kfar Qaddum near the occupied West Bank city of Nablus (Jaafar Ashtiyeh / AFP)
10:28 GMT

A Palestinian teenager was shot and then run over during an Israeli army operation in the West Bank village of Dura, near Hebron