Salafis, who follow an ultraconservative brand of Islam, had agreed to a set of unified demands for today's rally with secular activists. But they reneged, even shouting pro-military chants.
Egypt's ruling military council said foreigners won't be allowed to monitor Egyptian elections, scheduled for November. That has some local activists worried about the credibility of the vote.
Unlike his iconic predecessors Anwar Sadat and Gamal Abdel Nasser, who left clear imprints on Egypt, Hosni Mubarak will probably be remembered more for unfulfilled expectations.
An entrance to the pyramids of Giza is deserted on Feb. 7 as the government has shut down prominent historic sites in Egypt and tourists have left the country in droves.
South Sudan's capital, Juba, is exploding with new construction, incoming foreign residents and new embassies.
Cairo witnessed extraordinary scenes of protest today. One Egyptian demonstrator consoled a sobbing young policeman, saying, 'You are one of us now.'
Many Egyptian protesters came out for the first time, despite fears of violent confrontation as police cracked down hard, to call for the fall of Hosni Mubarak's regime.
'This is Egyptian democracy!' cried one protester as he pointed to his bandaged forehead. Today's clashes were exactly what US ally Hosni Mubarak's authoritarian regime tried to prevent with a heavy-handed clampdown.