Egypt's ousted president, Mohamed Mursi, goes on trial on Monday under a security crackdown that has devastated his Muslim Brotherhood movement and raised concerns that the army-backed government is reimposing a police state.
Anxious over months of turmoil in Egypt, military officers are pushing popular army chief Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to run for president, after a 2011 popular uprising had inspired hopes for democratic change in a country long dominated by generals.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said on Saturday the transitional phase of government in Egypt should end "by next spring," replacing leaders appointed after the army ousted elected president Mohamed Mursi in July.
Fifteen militants were killed in the Sinai Peninsula by rocket fire, Egyptian state TV reported on Tuesday, after witnesses said army helicopters had attacked militant strongholds in the area.
The state-run Nile TV gave no further
One of al Qaeda's most militant affiliates has called on Egyptians to take up arms against their army, saying a bloody crackdown on Islamist protesters showed peaceful methods were futile, according to an Internet statement posted on Saturda
The United States will sell the Indonesian army eight Apache attack helicopters in a deal worth $500 million including radar, training and maintenance, a US defense official said on Monday.
"We are working on further details
Egypt's interim leaders are still debating how to end protests by supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi, the state-run al-Ahram newspaper reported on Tuesday, signalling no imminent police crackdown on the sit-ins.
For a man who says he doesn't want to be president, Egypt's army chief is proving to be a skillful politician so far. Since he deposed President Mohamed Mursi on July 3, General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has built on a web of contacts
The Egyptian army said it had investigated reports of an explosion near the Suez Canal on Tuesday morning but found no evidence of one.
"They scanned the area, they found nothing," military spokesman Ahmed Ali told Reute
Syrian authorities said on Monday the army had regained full control over a rebel-held district of Homs after weeks of fighting in the central city which has been at the heart of the two-year uprising against President Bashar Al-Assad.