Sat, Aug 24, 2013 12:25 PM EDT 0:58
Egypt reopened its borders with the Gaza Strip on Saturday after five days of closure that had prevented people from entering or leaving the Palestinian enclave and deepened its isolation from the rest of the world. Egypt's government shortened a widely-imposed evening curfew, signaling that authorities sense turmoil is waning, after unrest following President Mohamed Morsi's removal threatened to destabilize the country. The easing of the curfew was announced a day after calls for protests by Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood largely fizzled out. Egypt's interim prime minister. Hazem el-Beblawi says his government is putting priority on increasing security to restore peace and improve the country's economy. el-Beblawi also told reporters that a clear political process is needed to reassure the country's international allies.