Muslim Brotherhood's supreme leader detained

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Mohammed Badie

CAIRO -- Egyptian security officials and state television say the supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood has been detained.

Officials say Mohammed Badie was captured early Tuesday in an apartment in the eastern Cairo district of Nasr City. That's where supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi held a six-week sit-in protest that was cleared by security forces last Wednesday. Morsi is a longtime leader of the Brotherhood.

Badie and his powerful deputy Khairat el-Shater, who is in custody, go on trial later this month for their alleged role in the killing of eight protesters outside the Brotherhood's Cairo headquarters in June.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Slain police mourned at military funeral

Twenty-five police officers have been given a funeral with full military honors in Egypt.

They were shot and killed Monday 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 Monday, 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.

(Associated Press)

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