Tensions in Egypt continue to escalate in the aftermath of the July 3 ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

Egyptian security officers stand at a military checkpoint at the Supreme Constitutional Court building on the Nile River corniche in the Maadi district (Ed Giles/Getty Images).

Today, Islamic militants ambushed two mini-buses carrying off-duty policemen in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing 25 of them.

The killings came a day after 36 detainees were killed in clashes with Egyptian security forces.

EU foreign ministers to discuss Egypt violence

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting this week to forge a joint response to the recent violence in Egypt that has left nearly 1,000 people dead.

A European Commission official said diplomats from the EU's 28 member nations agreed the meeting would be held Wednesday in Brussels. The official spoke on condition of anonymity pending the official announcement later Monday.

The meeting of ambassadors came a day after top European Union officials said the bloc will "urgently review" its relations with Egypt, with some officials calling for aid and other forms of cooperation to be suspended.

The EU is a major source of aid, loans, business and tourists for Egypt.

Egypt officials: Mubarak could be freed this week

Hosni Mubarak (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian judiciary officials say former President Hosni Mubarak could be freed from custody this week.

They say a court on Monday ordered his release in a corruption case that alleged he and his two sons embezzled funds for presidential palaces.

Mubarak has been ordered released in two other court cases against him — the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that toppled him and another in case, on illegal earnings.

Mubarak is on retrial for the protesters' killing but cannot be held in custody anymore because of a two-year limit pending a final verdict.

He is also facing trial for alleged acceptance of presents from state newspapers but has already repaid their value.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to media.



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