President Mubarak gave his first public address since March in Cairo yesterday in a bid to thwart a possible merger between disgruntled workers and the political opposition amid increasing uncertainty about who will succeed the 82-year-old leader.
After Egypt vanquished Algeria 4-0 in the African Nations Cup, the country exploded in celebration.
Reports from the Gaza border say that Egypt is building an underground wall as deep as 100 feet to stem smuggling in Hamas-controlled tunnels. But there are broader goals, too.
A violent war of words after two Egypt-Algeria World Cup qualifiers is being used by the regime of Hosni Mubarak to rally support and distract from Egypt's domestic woes, critics say.