Chief justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adli Mansour, was sworn in as the acting head of state, one day after the country?s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, was deposed by the military following days of mass protests and deadly street clashes.
Rights groups are decrying a crackdown by Egyptian authorities on media considered sympathetic to ousted President Mohammed Morsi, shutting down four religious stations, banning the Muslim Brotherhood's newspaper and raiding the office of Al-Jazeera Live Egypt.
Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview that his government had fended off everything his enemies had thrown at him and that the only remaining threat to his rule was a far-off ? and improbable ? foreign intervention.