Police in Cairo clashed with demonstrators who had gathered near the presidental palace. Tens of thousands came out to protest against the draft constitution which they fear will turn Egypt into a state based on Sharia law.
Former President Mohammed Morsi has been sentenced to 20 years in prison by an Egyptian court. He was accused of inciting violent protests that led to the deaths of three people in December 2012.
Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid "Shawkan" was arrested while covering the Rabaa protest dispersal in 2013. He is still being held without charge in jail from where he wrote this letter for DW.
Former Islamist President Mohammed Morsi has been sentenced by a court to 20 years in prison. Egypt's judiciary has once again handed down a politically motivated judgment, writes DW's Rainer Sollich.
Turkish police have cracked down on activists in Istanbul over fears of unrest on May Day. The authorities have put the city under a security lockdown, blocking roads and closing public transport.