Another domino has fallen as Egypt's military-backed rulers continue a crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood.


Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi gather on the Nile River corniche in the Maadi district (Ed Giles/Getty Images).

Security forces arrested the group's spiritual leader today at his hiding place near the former site of a huge sit-in in support of the country's ousted Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi.

Hundreds were killed last week when authorities broke up the sit-in.

Slain police mourned at military funeral

CAIRO (AP) — Twenty-five police officers have been given a funeral with full military honors in Egypt.

They were shot and killed earlier today by suspected Islamic militants who ambushed the two minibuses carrying the off-duty policemen in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. The attackers forced the men to lie in the sand, and then shot them. A police official says the attackers first checked the IDs of the men, to make sure they were policemen.

At the funeral, the coffins -- draped in Egyptian flags -- were jointly carried by army soldiers and policemen in a show of solidarity. The country's interim president declared a nationwide state of mourning.

Despite the violence, Cairo has begun to regain a sense of normalcy. But the capital remains under a state of emergency, and there is still a dusk-to-dawn curfew.

Daytime traffic was back to its normal congested levels today, and stores were open. Government employees returned to work. Banks, which operated only during the morning hours, were told to remain open for an additional hour tomorrow.