Kerry to Visit Egypt, Tensions High Before Morsi Trial

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with then Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi / AP

CAIRO (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Egypt a day before deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi goes on trial, the next likely flashpoint in the struggle between his Muslim Brotherhood and the army-backed interim government.

Europe Shies Away from Cutting Aid for Egypt

EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton (R) greets Germany's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle (C) during an emergency EU foreign ministers meeting, Aug. 21, 2013. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

The European Union stopped short of agreeing immediate cuts in financial or military assistance to Cairo on Wednesday, as the bloc’s foreign ministers held emergency talks to find ways to help bring an end to violence in Egypt.

Egypt Arrests Muslim Brotherhood’s Leader

Egyptian army soldiers guard with armoured personnel carriers (APC) near Tahrir Square in Cairo August 19, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Egypt’s army-backed authorities detained the Muslim Brotherhood’s leader on Tuesday, signaling their determination to crush the group and silence protests against the ousting of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

The arrest of Mohamed Badie, 70, the Brotherhood’s general guide, followed the bloody suppression of rallies demanding the reinstatement of Egypt’s first freely elected president, who was toppled by the military last month.