Crisis in Egypt

Associated Press
Egyptian protesters clash with security forces near Tahrir square, where an opposition rally has been called for to voice rejection of President Morsi's seizure of near absolute powers, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. Egyptian protesters and police clashed in Cairo on Tuesday just hours ahead of a planned massive rally by opponents of the country's Islamist president demanding he rescind decrees that granted him near-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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