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On his first trip to Iran, President Morsi called for Syrian President Assad to step down, and hinted that Egypt might take a more active role in the conflict. Morsi also warned Iranian President Ahmadinejad that Iran's continued support for the Assad regime raises the risk of of Western intervention.
The military said it would continue its offensive against Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula; Salafist groups said that the offensive had been called off. President Morsi promised to respect Egypt's peace treaty with Israel.
Egypt reached a ceasefire agreement with radical Salafist organizations in the Sinai peninsula. President Morsi proposed a new peace initiative for Syria. Egypt's attorney general referred an anti-Islamist lawmaker for investigation.
An Egyptian court convicted 76 people for the attack on the Israeli embassy last year; 75 of those convicted received a suspended one-year sentence. A presidential delegation met with Islamist extremists in Sinai in an apparent attempt to broker a deal over militant attacks.
Crowds rallied in Cairo, Alexandria, and elsewhere to protest the power of Egypt's new president and his party, the Muslim Brotherhood. A crowd of about 1,000 protesters in Alexandria was attacked by a mob with sticks and knives; several people were injured. President Morsi outlawed the pretrial detention of a newspaper editor who had been jailed for "insulting the president," but the editor will still face charges.
The chief editor of a private Egyptian newspaper was jailed for insulting President Morsi and "spreading lies." The newspaper has criticized Morsi's party, the Muslim Brotherhood. Last month, Egypt's Shura Council, which is dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, reshuffled editorial posts at some 50 state-owned news outlets.
Egypt's government planned to cut the powers of the country's judicial system. Hamas said it would cooperate with Egypt to restore order in the Sinai peninsula. Hamas arrested members of Salafist groups in Gaza.