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Protesters who mounted anti-government demonstrations on April 15 to express their anger with a presidential decision to give two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia as gifts, have vowed to stage mass sit-ins Monday to mark a patriotic holiday, in Egypt, Sinai Liberation Day. A group of lawyers says Egyptian authorities have arrested dozens of activists ahead of the planned protests.
U.S. President Barack Obama says he will not consider sending U-S ground troops into Syria. The president said there needs to be more than just a military effort to solve Syria's problems. Instead of direct military action, Mr. Obama said the international community should apply pressure to Russia and Iran, who he says are propping up the government of Bashar al-Assad.