Arab foreign ministers are reviewing the record of a criticised observer mission to Syria, amid calls for the bloc to cede to the United Nations.
Egypt is still struggling with grievances a year after a spectacular uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak and turned the country's politics upside down.
An Egyptian court has ordered an end to forced virginity tests female detainees have been subjected to after the practice sparked a national outcry.
Egyptians will vote in the first legislative elections since Hosni Mubarak was ousted but a deadly countdown has cast a shadow over Egypt's polls.
Egyptians have headed to the polls again to choose the first post-revolution Parliament, as liberals battle to compete with Islamist parties.
Vote counting has begun in Egypt's landmark election, which pitted stability against the ideals of the uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak's rule.
Bloody clashes between protesters and anti-riot police raged overnight in Cairo's Tahrir Square, while new scuffles erupted on Wednesday.
A riot that erupted after a soccer match in the Egyptian city of Port Said has killed at least 74 people and left hundreds more injured.
Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is to face trial on August 3 on charges of ordering the killing of protesters and fraud.
Several hundred Egyptians occupied Cairo's Tahrir Square on Sunday, following a night of deadly clashes.