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Protesters opposed to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi chant slogans near burning garbage at Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. Supporters and opponents of Egyptian leader Mohammed Morsi fought with rocks, firebombs and sticks outside the presidential palace in Cairo on Wednesday, as a new round of protests deepened the country’s political crisis. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Crisis in Egypt

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.