Rival protesters clash outside the presidential palace in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Anti-government demonstrators want the sharia-based draft constitution scrapped.
The change needed to bring about a new, democratic Middle East can only come from within, says DW's Naser Schruf. It's the only way to effectively counter terrorist groups like the "Islamic State."
With ex-army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi sworn in as Egypt's president, Washington has promised that it will cooperate with his government. Are US-Egyptian ties returning to the Mubarak-era status quo of military rule?
Further fatalities have been reported in Egypt as police dispersed anti-government demonstrators. Meanwhile, an Qaeda-inspired group based in the Sinai Peninsula has claimed a series of coordinated deadly bombings.
Since the Muslim Brotherhood was ousted from power in Cairo, the conservative Persian Gulf states have transferred billions of dollars to buoy up the country's economy - in the hope of maintaining stability at home.
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