Top news: Thousands of supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy marched in northeast Cairo on Friday, following Wednesday's brutal clearing of Islamist encampments in the capital city that left hundreds dead and thousands more injured. The country's military had deployed to the capital city ahead of the Muslim Brotherhood's planned "Friday of rage," but no major clashes with security forces were reported. The city remains under curfew and in a declared state of emergency.
Wednesday's violence, which claimed more than 630 lives, prompted numerous European officials to call for a suspension of aid to Egypt, and Britain and France summoned their ambassadors to condemn the killings. U.S. President Barack Obama, meanwhile, cancelled planned military exercises with the Egyptian military, known as Bright Star, but did not announce a suspension of U.S. military assistance, which totals some $1.3 billion annually.
"While we want to sustain our relationship with Egypt, our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets and rights are being rolled back," Obama said in a statement read from his rented vacation home in Martha's Vineyard. "Going forward, I've asked my national security team to assess the implications of the actions taken by the interim government and further steps we may take as necessary with respect to the U.S.-Egyptian relationship."
Lebanon: A powerful car bomb exploded in southern Beirut on Thursday, killing at least 18 people in what was the deadliest bombing Lebanon has witnessed in more than eight years. A group known as the Brigades of Aisha the Mother of the Faithful issued a YouTube statement taking responsibility for the blast, which struck a Hezbollah stronghold, accusing the leader of the Lebanese militant organization of being "an agent for Iran and Israel."
- South Africa's government on Friday pulled out of a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of last year's Marikana massacre, in which 34 striking platinum workers were killed.
- The Somali government announced Thursday that it has set up a joint team with the African Union to investigate the alleged gang rape of a Somali civilian by international peacekeepers.
- Gen. Antonio Injai, the army chief that overthrew Guinea-Bissau's civilian government last year, vowed Thursday never to retire or resign.
- Iran's parliament on Thursday approved 15 out of President Hassan Rouhani's 18 cabinet nominees, rejecting only three minor candidates.
- Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said Thursday that his government will use "any means," including military force, to prevent striking port workers from selling oil independently.
- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari on Thursday to discuss the destabilizing effect of the Syrian war on Iraq.
- A Chinese court on Friday upheld an 11-year prison sentence for Liu Hui, the brother-in-law of jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo.
- The United Nations said on Thursday that it needs an additional $98 million to meet critical humanitarian needs in North Korea.
- Divers recovered four bodies from an Indian submarine that exploded on Tuesday night with 18 sailors on board.
- The NSA has illegally intercepted the communications of thousands of Americans since 2008, according to classified documents published Thursday by the Washington Post.
- Horacio Cartes delivered his inaugural address in Asuncion on Thursday, after being sworn in as president of Paraguay.
- A Brazilian court on Wednesday convicted three men of gang raping an American woman Rio de Janeiro.
- Bulgaria's parliament on Friday overturned a presidential veto on plans to increase the country's deficit as protesters rallied in Sofia.
- Ukrainian businessmen and politicians have accused Russia of discriminating against their exports in an effort to discourage Ukraine from joining the EU.
- Russian Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva spoke out against homosexuality on Thursday, fueling concerns about gay rights in Russia in the lead-up to the Sochi Olympics.