Egypt Cancels State of Emergency

The interim government of Egypt has announced an end to its nearly three-month-old state of emergency on Tuesday, after an Egyptian court ruled that it had expired. The decree, which was issued on August 14 amidst violent crackdowns on protests following the removal of President Mohammed Morsi, was supposed to end two days later, on Thursday. The government had issued an extension of the state of emergency and curfew in September. The curfew, however, will not be lifted. Meanwhile, ousted Presdient Mohammed Morsi had his first in-depth meeting with his lawyers in prison near Alexandria. He was moved to the prison last week after being held in secret military detention since the July 3 removal.