Police Clash with Egyptian Protesters
Egyptian protesters have clashed with riot police in Cairo's Tahrir Square, where thousands of demonstrators have gathered to mark the second anniversary of the uprising that brought down longtime leader Hosni Mubarak.
The skirmishes began early Friday after youth protestors tried to approach a concrete wall that security forces had erected to secure government buildings in the area.
Demonstrators threw incendiary devices and rocks at police, who responded by firing tear gas and setting some of the protesters' tents in the square on fire.
French-Backed Malian Forces Push Toward Rebel Stronghold
French-backed Malian forces are battling Islamist militants in a key town that leads toward the city of Goa, a militant stronghold in the country's north.
Residents and security officials say French and Malian forces fought rebels in Hombori, on Friday, a town about 250 kilometers from Gao.
In another development Friday, the French News Agency said Islamic fighters have blown up a strategic bridge near the border with Niger. The road leads to the city of Gao.