Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s supporters beat an opponent, center, during clashes outside the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. Wednesday’s clashes began when thousands of Islamist supporters of Morsi descended on the area around the palace where some 300 of his opponents were staging a sit-in. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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.