Crisis in Egypt

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Egyptian protesters clash with security forces near Tahrir square, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. Egyptian state television says the country's highest appeal court has decided to suspend its work nationwide to protest the president's decrees giving himself nearly absolute powers. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

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Islamists backing a new constitution for Egypt claimed victory Dec. 16 in the first leg of a referendum, but the opposition alleged polling violations and called for nationwide protests ahead of next week's elections.

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