Tear gas and rubber bullets have been fired in the Egyptian capital for a second day - as the government banned protests against President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year-old rule.

Protesters burnt tyres and hurled stones at police as groups gathered at different parts of Cairo on Wednesday.

The scenes were unprecedented in the country and follow the overthrow two weeks ago of Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, in a popular revolt.

Activists had called on people to rally again after a "Day of Anger" on Tuesday of anti-government demonstrations across Egypt in which three protesters and one policeman were killed.

Source: Al Jazeera