An Egyptian protester flashes v signs for military aircrafts forming a heart shape trails in the sky over Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, July 5, 2013. Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood called for a wave of protests Friday, furious over the military's ouster of its president and arrest of its revered leader and other top figures, underlining the touchy issue of what role the fundamentalist Islamist movement might play in the new regime. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's new president is moving to assert his authority and regain control of the streets even as his Islamist opponents declare his powers illegitimate and issue blood oaths to restore Mohammed Morsi.
Morsi's ouster by the military has led to dueling protests and pitched street battles between rival sides.
But underscoring the sharp divisions facing the untested leader, Adly Mansour, his office said it was naming Mohammed ElBaradei, one of Morsi's top critics, as interim prime minister but later backtracked on the decision.
Mansour's spokesman denies that the appointment of the Nobel Peace laureate was ever certain. However, reporters gathered at the presidential palace were ushered into a room where they were told by an official to wait for the president who would arrive shortly to announce ElBaradei's appointment.
A senior opposition official tells The Associated Press that the reversal is because an ultraconservative party objected to ElBaradei's appointment and the official says mediation is under way.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is reiterating that the U.S. is not aligned with and is not supporting any particular Egyptian political party or group and again condemns the ongoing violence across Egypt.
The White House says that Obama made those points during a telephone conference Saturday with the National Security Council about developments in Egypt. He is spending the weekend at the Maryland presidential retreat, Camp David.
The White House says in a statement that the U.S. categorically rejects what it calls "the false claims propagated by some in Egypt that the U.S. is working with specific political parties or movements to dictate how Egypt's transition should proceed."
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian security forces are bolstering positions near a protest camp by supporters of ousted leader Mohammed Morsi after violence that has claimed at least 36 lives across the country and deepened the nation's divisions.
Amid concern that the unrest could spin out of control, Egypt's acting president, Adly Mansour, held talks with the army chief and interior minister today. Officials say Mansour has also met with leaders of Tamrod, or Rebel, the youth movement that organized the mass anti-Morsi demonstrations.
Morsi's supporters have vowed to remain in the streets until the toppled Islamist leader is reinstated. His opponents, meanwhile, have called for more mass rallies to defend what they call the "gains of June 30," a reference to the start of massive protests last weekend to call for the ouster of the president.
There have been no reports of major clashes after dawn this morning, but overnight street battles added to an overall death toll of at least 75 in the past week.
CAIRO (AP) -- A Cairo court has adjourned to August 17 the retrial of former President Hosni Mubarak over charges of corruption and involvement in the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that ousted him.
Mubarak and his two sons, Alaa and Gamal, who are on trial for corruption, appeared at the court session on Saturday.
Mubarak is charged with both corruption and responsibility for the deaths of some 850 protesters during the early days of the 2011 revolt.
The former leader was convicted in 2012 of the charges, but an appeals court granted a retrial.
Mubarak's democratically elected successor, Mohammed Morsi, was overthrown by the military on Wednesday and replaced with an interim president as part of what the army says is a roadmap to new elections.