Roundup of today's news
Here is a summary of headlines from some of the day’s major developments.
- The Associated Press reported that the Egyptian Health Ministry raised the death toll from Wednesday’s violence from 525 to 638. The U.S. State Department warned American citizens to defer travel to Egypt and asked its citizens living in Egypt to leave immediately because of the continuing political and social unrest.
- President Obama canceled a joint military exercise with Egypt – while leaving more than $1 billion dollars in annual military aid in place – in a measured response to the government’s violent repression of opposition demonstrations.
- France, Britain and Australia called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the deadly violence in Egypt.
- More than 200 charred and mutilated bodies remain at a mosque in Cairo, uncounted and unacknowledged by the state, according to Reuters, which compared the scene to the “aftermath of a battle from World War One.”
- Protesters stormed a governorate building in Giza and burned it. State TV blamed supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi for the fire. Egypt’s Interior Ministry authorized security forces to use live ammunition against anyone attacking government installations or security forces.
- Egypt shortened the curfew hours imposed on Cairo and 13 other cities. The curfew would go into effect at 9 p.m. and end at 6 a.m. local time.
- Supporters of Morsi and members of the Muslim Brotherhood called for more protests on Friday.