Authorities offered "safe passage and protection" for thousands of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi if they end two large sit-ins in Cairo.
Fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden slipped quietly out of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, after Russia granted him temporary asylum, ending more than a month in limbo in the transit area. Russia has said it would not hand over Snowden to the United States, where he is wanted on espionage charges after leaking details of secret government surveillance programs. The case has further strained ties between Washington and Moscow.
Rocket attacks struck government-held districts in the central Syrian city of Homs setting off successive explosions in a weapons depot that killed at least 40 people and wounded dozens.