UN Security Council calls emergency meeting to discuss the conflict in Egypt

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council has scheduled an emergency briefing on the latest developments in Egypt following the government's deadly crackdown on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

Britain, France and Australia requested the council meeting and the U.N. spokesman's office said Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson will brief the council behind closed doors at 5:30 p.m. EDT (2130 GMT) on Thursday.

U.N. diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because discussions have been private, said they do not expect the council to issue a statement or adopt a resolution on Thursday.

The death toll in Egypt soared to 638 on Thursday as turmoil spread across the country.

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