The UN has been left to ponder the validity of the ouster of Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi, while the West considers placing sanctions on aid.
Egypt's army commander and president has each pledged his life to defy the other as the hour approached that would trigger a military takeover.
After 18 days of mass protests in 2011, Egyptians succeeded in ousting a president they were unhappy with. Can they do it again this weekend?
The April Fool is dead. Or at least the gentle jester of the common folk has been converted into a corporate colossus controlled by marketing execs.
Protesters filled Cairo's Tahrir Square for Friday prayers as Egypt's presidential candidates accused each other of trying to steal elections.
Egypt's army chief has promised a swifter handover to civilian rule but failed to convince thousands of demonstrators who are battling police.
Abdullah al-Senussi and Saif al-Islam Gaddafi's capture poses a challenge for the NTC who must deal with cries for blood and appeals for a fair trial.
Libya's war-time rebel prime minister says his country faces a dangerous power vacuum where foreign powers may exploit rival militias on the streets.
Despite continued gunfire and explosions near Tripoli, Libyan officials and fighters say a bloody local dispute has been resolved.
In the Libyan town of Sirte, the hometown where Muammar Gaddafi met his end, the mood was grim on the eve of one of Islam's greatest festivals.