US calls for Morsi's release

The US State Department has called on Egypt to release the deposed president Mohamed Morsi from detention.

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Germany urges Egypt parties to refrain from violence

Germany's Foreign Ministry has urged all political parties in Egypt to refrain from violence or threats of violence, and called on Egyptian authorities to allow an international organisation access to ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. A ministry spokesman said:

All forms of political persecution would be extremely damaging for the future of Egypt.

We call for an end to the restrictions on Mr Morsi, and we also urge all political powers, in particular the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, to refrain from all forms of violence or threat of violence

Egypt's interim PM to swear in new cabinet next week

Egypt's interim prime minister told Reuters he hopes to swear in his new cabinet by the end of next week.

Hazem el-Biblawi, a liberal economist and former finance minister, said he will begin contacting candidates on Sunday and Monday.

Egypt's interim prime minister Hazem el-Biblawi. Credit: Reuters

He was named interim prime minister after Egypt's army deposed president Mohamed Morsi last week.

Morsi supporters continue sit-in at Cairo mosque

Supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi are continuing to hold a mass sit-in at Cairo's Rabaa Al Adaweya mosque.

Thousands of people turned out to pray this evening at the end of the first day of Ramadan - the Islamic holy month of fasting.

Thousands of supporters of the deposed leader Mohamed Morsi pray outside the Rabaa Al Adaweya mosque in Cairio Credit: Reuters

Earlier, a spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood accused Egypt's authorities of trying to break up the sit-in by issuing arrest warrants for some of the group's leaders.

He said that the warrants had not been acted on so far.

Aerial view of the streets surrounding Cairo's Rabaa Al Adaweya mosque Credit: Reuters

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Gulf states offer aid to keep Egyptian economy afloat

A group of wealthy Gulf states have promised Egypt £12 billion in aid to stave off the country's growing economic crisis, Reuters reports.

The grants and loans unveiled by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait should boost Egyptian foreign reserves enough to keep government departments running and help authorities end fuel shortages.

One expert from a Riyadh-based investment firm, John Sfakianakis, estimated that £8 billion could give Egypt a breathing space of four to six months.

Egypt orders arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leader

The Egyptian prosecutor's office has ordered the arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie on charges of inciting violence, state news agency MENA reported.

The office also ordered the arrest of other senior Brotherhood officials, including Badie's deputy Mahmoud Ezzat and party leaders Essam el-Erian and Mohamed el-Beltagi, it stated.

Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi are gathered at Rabaa Adawiya square in Cairo. Credit: REUTERS/Louafi Larbi

The charges relate to what Egypt's military described as an "assault" by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi on the Republican Guard headquarters on Monday, which left 55 people dead.

The Muslim Brotherhood said its leaders have yet to be detained.

Spokesman Gehad el-Haddad said the charges were "nothing more than an attempt by the police state to dismantle the Rabaa protest," a vigil being held by its supporters at the Rabaa Adaweya square in northeastern Cairo.

Morsi supporters gather for Ramadan prayers

Thousands of supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi gathered overnight in Cairo, repeating their demands that he be returned to power.

The protests come as the interim president appointed a new prime minister. Economist Hazem el-Biblawi has said he will offer ministerial posts to members of the Muslim Brotherhood in the transitional government, state media reports.

USA 'encouraged' by Egypt election timeline

The Obama administration said it was "encouraged" by proposals from Egypt's interim government to restore a democratically elected civilian leadership. White House press secretary Jay Carney said:

It is in our national interest, the best interests of the United States and the best interests, in our view, of our goal of assisting the Egyptian people in their transition to democracy to take the time necessary to evaluate the situation before making such a determination.

We are cautiously encouraged by the announcement by the interim government that it has a potential plan for moving forward with a democratic process and elections, both parliamentary and presidential, and we think that's a good thing.

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