Egypt's political foes dig in their heels

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Associated Press

Posted on November 25, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 25 at 11:03 PM

CAIRO (AP) — Supporters and opponents of Egypt's president are growing more entrenched in their potentially destabilizing battle over the Islamist leader's move to assume near absolute powers.

Neither side appears willing to back down.

Clashes between the two sides spilled onto the streets for a third day since the president issued edicts that make him immune to oversight of any kind, including that of the courts.

Security officials say a teenager was killed and at least 40 people were wounded Sunday when a group of anti-Morsi protesters tried to storm the local offices of the political arm of the president's Muslim Brotherhood in the Nile Delta city of Damanhoor.

It was the first reported death from the street battles that erupted across much of the nation on Friday, the day after Morsi's decrees were announced. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media, identified the teen as a 15-year-old boy.

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