Egypt`s Army-backed interim government is sprucing up Cairo`s famed Tahrir Square ahead of planned celebrations in honor of the military this weekend. Supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi are also planning counter-rallies in the square.
An Egyptian labor lawyer and a journalist have been detained, raising rights activists` concerns that the military-led government is widening its crackdown to include non-Islamist critics of its policies.
Muslim Brotherhood has demanded the formation of an independent fact-finding committee to carry out surprise inspections of detention centres and investigate all violations committed against prisoners.
The United States has halted military aid to Egypt, a Senate aide said on Tuesday, describing what would be a rebuke of the once stalwart US ally`s crackdown on Islamist opponents and the military ouster of its president.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman will "have a wide range of dialogue" in Cairo, Egypt, starting Tuesday amid the ongoing violence in that country.