“It is hard to imagine a more catastrophic outcome to the six-week stand-off that has pitted supporters of the ousted Islamist president, Muhammad Morsi, against the government installed by an army-led coup.” The Economist sums up the mood after a brutal crackdown on protestors in Egypt.

+ Interim VP Mohamed ElBaradei has resigned in protest as security forces killed more than 150 protesters and returned Egypt to a state of of virtual martial law.

+ Reuters: First came the tear gas, the bulldozers and the flames. Then came the bullets and the blood.

+ InFocus: Photographs of the deadly crackdown in Egypt.