Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Justice Minister Ahmed Mekky was mediating negotiations between Morsi and members of the Supreme Judicial Council, BBC News reported.
One possible way out of the crisis would be for a memorandum or amendment defining the decree’s limits, although several prominent opposition leaders have said they will not engage with Morsi until the decree is rescinded.
Meanwhile, stocks in Egypt continued to tumble Monday.
According to Reuters, the stock market is down 7 percent, with the country’s main index down 3.9 percent right after it opened.
More than 500 people have been injured in protests since Morsi issued the decree on Thursday, which shields his decisions from becoming subject to judicial review.
From Cairo, GlobalPost’s Erin Cunningham reported that Egyptians are concerned about the direction protests may take.
“There is some talk about businesses closing early tomorrow because of mass anti and pro-Morsi protests planned for Tuesday, and that could lead to violence. People have warned of a “second revolution” plenty of times before and everything passed more or less uneventfully. But people are worried,” she wrote from the city’s Zamalek neighborhood.
She added that the unrest has appeared to stay confined to Tahrir Square.
“Today, I was not in the area where protests were taking place. Though it’s also important to note that because Cairo is such a vast city, that even if clashes are occurring in Tahrir Square or its environs, life outside the square goes on as normal. From where I am today, I haven’t seen any indication of the unrest or instability,” she wrote. “Tahrir Square is a bubble in that sense.”
Morsi’s administration has defended his decree as an effort to speed up reforms and complete a democratic transformation. However, leftists, liberals, socialists and others say it has exposed the autocratic impulses of a man once jailed by Mubarak.
Erin Cunningham contributed reporting from Cairo.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.