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U.S. official snubbed in Egypt visit

Senior U.S. official visits Egypt for first time since Mursi’s removal, report says Germany knew of U.S. spying, and Spanish PM embroiled in financing scandal. Today is Monday, July 15, and this is the World Wrap, brought to you by @dwbronner and @clarerrrr.

Egypt’s interim President Adli Mansour (R) speaks with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns at El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo, July 15, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Burns gets burned. A senior U.S. official is visiting Cairo today for the first time since President Mohamed Mursi’s ouster, arriving in a country where both Islamists and their opponents are livid over U.S. involvement in Egypt:

Deputy Secretary of State William Burns arrived in a divided capital where both sides are furious at the United States, the superpower which supports Egypt with $1.5 billion in annual aid, mostly for the army that deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi two weeks ago…. Washington, never comfortable with the rise of Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood, has so far refused to say whether it views Mursi’s removal as a coup, which would require it to halt aid. The State Department said Burns would meet “civil society groups” as well as government officials, but the Islamist Nour Party and the Tamarud anti-Mursi protest movement both said they had turned down invitations to meet Burns.

Thousands of pro-Mursi protesters rallied in Cairo today, demanding his reinstatement. Many have held vigil for their deposed leader since his removal. Meanwhile, anti-government protesters called for a demonstration but have seen dwindling numbers at their rallies. Overall, protests have been largely peaceful since 92 people were killed in the days immediately after Mursi was forced out of office. Egypt’s interim prime minister started to fill his cabinet on Sunday, beginning the transition intended to restore civilian rule according to an army-backed “road map.” Unrest continues in Egypt’s lawless North Sinai province, where a suspected militant attack killed 3 and wounded 17 this morning.

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Malala Yousafzai gives her first speech since the Taliban in Pakistan tried to kill her for advocating education for girls, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, July 12, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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Anti-government protesters eat as they break their fast on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan at Taksim Square in Istanbul July 9, 2013.  REUTERS/Osman Orsal. Check out more images of Muslims celebrating Ramadan worldwide.  

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai (L) addresses a joint news conference with U.S. President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House in Washington, January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

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Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi react at Republican Guard headquarters in Nasr City, in the suburb of Cairo, July 8, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh. Click here for more images from Egypt’s clashes.

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Egypt's ultimatum is here.

Protesters, who are against Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, gather in Tahrir Square in Cairo, July 3, 2013. REUTERS/Steve Crisp

Egypt’s constitution suspended. The deadline on the Egyptian army’s ultimatum for President Mohamed Mursi to accept a power-sharing arrangement passed this afternoon, and Egypt’s army commander suspended the country’s constitution and appointed the head of the constitutional court as interim head of state. In a televised speech, the military leader effectively declared the ouster of President Mursi:

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Military helicopters fly above Tahrir Square while protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans against him and Brotherhood members during a protest in Cairo, July 1, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Mursi’s final countdown? Egypt’s military essentially issued President Mohamed Mursi an ultimatum on Monday, responding to days of massive anti-government protests by demanding that Mursi compromise with the liberal opposition within 48 hours or abide by a military road map for the country:

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Looters carry furniture and other objects out of the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters after it was burned down by protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi in Cairo’s Moqattam district, July 1, 2013. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Mursi vs. the millions. Anti-government protesters frustrated by economic stagnation and fearing institutional Islamization took to the streets this weekend in the largest demonstrations since 2011, demanding that Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi step down but failing to budge the government. Egypt’s powerful military essentially issued the contentious leadership an ultimatum in response to the protests:

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Egyptians hold up signs as they dive during a protest against Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, underwater in Colored Canyon in Sharm el-Sheikh, about 289 miles southeast of the capital Cairo, June 28, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

Out with the not-so-old. Protesters in Egypt plan to gather en masse today and over the weekend, with huge demonstrations expected on Sunday. The opposition will call for President Mohamed Mursi to step down and hold early elections, while his backers are planning their own show of support. Egyptian clerics have warned of ‘civil war’ ahead of rallies:

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