Both pro and anti government forces gathered in Cairo for rallies ahead of a divisive referendum - scheduled to take place on Saturday - on a new constitution that the opposition says is too Islamist.
Egypt's president and interior minister have warned that security forces will crack down on planned anti-government demonstrations. Popular anger smolders over plans to sell disputed islands to Saudi Arabia.
Egypt has opened its border with Gaza for the first time in three months. The bitter squabbles between Cairo and Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, have been put on hold for two days.
Six people have been sentenced to death in Egypt for sharing state secrets. Ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi is still awaiting his fate.
A massive demonstration has taken place in the Polish capital to show support for the EU. Poland's conservative government has alienated many on the right and the left, as well as Brussels.
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