Fireworks light up the sky as hundreds of thousands of Egyptians in Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square celebrate Egyptian Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's speech announcingthe army'stoppling of Islamist President Mohamed Morsy on July 3. Thousands may be celebrating now, but losing an Islamist strongman could actually be bad news for Egypt,writesForeign Policy contributor Marc Lynch. You can follow FP's on-the-scene coverage of events in Egypt here.


Fireworks are seen over the U.S. Capitol and the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. to mark Independence Day on July 4, 2013. Commemorate America's birthday this year with James Traub's Fourth of July oration on America's national security paranoia, Rosa Brooks's reflection on the country's 237 coupless years, Stephen Walt's take on what the Founding Fathers would think of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, and Freedom House's slideshow on the 17 least-free places in the world.


An Egyptian man welcomes an army soldier on a street leading to Cairo University on July 3. Can a coup ever be democratic? FP's Josh Keating tackles that question inthis poston his War of Ideas blog.


Posters denouncing Mohamed Morsy are viewed in Cairo, Egypt as an ultimatum given by the military to the former Egyptian leader passes on July 3. Should the United States support the Egyptian military even though it ousted the country's first freely elected president? Martin Indyk says yes.

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Bolivian President Evo Morales, left, and Bolivian Defense Minister Ruben Saavedra Soto at the airport in Vienna, Austria, on July 3. Morales's plane landed overnight after the aircraft was denied access to French and Portuguese airspace over suspicions that U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden was on board, authorities in La Paz said. Austrian officials eventually announced that Snowden was not on board, but FP's Dana Stuster has drawn up a guide to other ways the NSA leaker could smuggle himself out of the Moscow airport where he's reportedly taken refuge.


Tourists swim in seawater covered by a thick layer of green algae on July 3 in Qingdao, China. A large quantity of non-poisonous green seaweed hit the Qingdao coast in recent days. More than 20,000 tons of such seaweed has been removed from the city's beaches.

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Egyptian protesters calling for the ouster of President Mohamed Morsy gather in Cairo's Tahrir Square on July 2 as laser lights directed at the government building spell 'Game Over.'


Giovanni Atzeni, right, competes with Andrea Mari to win the Palio horse race in Siena on July 2. The Palio medieval race is held twice a year in Siena with jockeys riding bareback around a makeshift racecourse set up in the city's central square.


Asha Foundation animal shelter and hospital founder Harmesh Bhatt feeds one of three Jungle Lynx kittens being nurtured at the shelter on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India on July 2. The Jungle Lynx kittens, who are native to Central and Southeast Asia, were rescued from Dabhoda village of Gujarat.


U.S. President Barack Obama plays with a Soccket ball -- a soccer ball that captures energy during game play to charge LEDs and small batteries, alongside Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, left, on July 2 during a demonstration at the Ubungo Plaza Symbion Power Plant in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. But a note of caution: FP's Preeti Aroon is skeptical about the Soccket bringing meaningful progress to Africa.

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Confederate Civil War re-enactors march towards Union lines during Pickett's Charge on the last day of a Battle of Gettysburg re-enactment on June 30 in Gettysburg, Pa. Some 8,000 re-enactors from the Blue Gray Alliance participated in the event, marking the 150th anniversary of the July 1-3, 1863 Battle of Gettysburg.

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Marchers prepare to walk down 5th Avenue during the 2013 New York Gay Pride March in New York on June 30. The 44th annual parade with more than 500,000 people is part of Gay Pride Week.


A vendor sells fabric with the image of former South African President Nelson Mandela outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where Mandela is being treated for a recurring lung infection on June 30 in Pretoria, South Africa. The anti-apartheid icon and Nobel Peace Prize laureate has been in the hospital for three weeks. His condition has been described as "critical but stable."

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Buddhist militant leader Wirathu poses inside the Masoeyein monastery on June 30 in Mandalay, Burma. Wirathu is the leader of the Buddhist extremist movement in Myanmar known as 969. He was once jailed for anti-Muslim violence and has also called himself the "Burmese bin Laden."

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Japanese students attend a purification ritual as they pray during the annual ceremony to open Mount Fuji for the public at Murayama Sengen Shrine on July 1 in Fujinomiya, Japan. According to officials, approximately 300,000 climbers visit the mountain in the months of July and August, with expectations that numbers will reach as high as 350,000.

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Thousands of protesters call for universal suffrage and chant slogans against Hong Kong Chief Executive C.Y. Leung. Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day has been celebrated every July 1st in Hong Kong since 1997.

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Lightning strikes the San Nicolas Panotla community in the state of Tlaxcala, Mexico on July 2.


A Syrian boy pulls his younger brother in a cart in the Bab al-Salam refugee camp for displaced Syrians near the border with Turkey on July 2. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the United States and Russia were committed to holding a peace conference on Syria but that it would likely take place after August.

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An Acehnese woman grieves over the body of her baby in an ambulance who died during the quake in Lampahan village in Aceh province on July 2. A powerful earthquake in Indonesia's Aceh province flattened buildings and sparked landslides killing at least 20 people and injuring dozens in a region devastated by the quake-triggered tsunami of 2004.


Crosses, roses, and frisbees with the names of 19 fallen firefighters are mounted on a fence outside of Granite Mountain Hotshots Fire Station 7 in Prescott,Ariz. on July 2. The Yarnell Hill fire -- which killed all but one member of a 20-strong 'hotshot' team -- marked the biggest single loss of firefighters' lives since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and the most from a U.S. wildfire in 80 years.

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