Crisis in Egypt

Associated Press
Egyptian riot police stand guard behind barbed wire while protesters chant anti Muslim Brotherhood slogans, not pictured, during a demonstration in front of the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. Thousands of Egyptians massed in Cairo Tuesday for a march to the presidential palace to protest the assumption by the nation's Islamist president of nearly unrestricted powers and a draft constitution hurriedly adopted by his allies. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

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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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