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Egyptian protesters chant anti Muslim Brotherhood slogans during a demonstration near the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The Egyptian army sealed off the presidential palace with barbed wire and armored vehicles Thursday as protesters defied a deadline to vacate the area, pressing forward with demands that Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi rescind decrees giving himself near-absolute power and withdraw a disputed draft constitution.(AP Photo/Ahmed Ramadan)

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.