1. ELECTION

    Egypt Preps for Historic Vote

    Samira Ibrahim, 25, flashes the victory sign during a rally supporting women's rights in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011. An Egyptian court has ordered the country's military rulers to stop the use of "virginity tests" on female detainees, a practice that has caused an uproar among activists and rights. Ibrahim filed a lawsuit after being subjected to a forced 'test." (AP Photo/Ahmed Ali)

    Ahmed Ali / AP

    Egyptians will be heading to the polls on Wednesday to vote for a new president, marking the final phase that began when Tahrir Square protesters helped oust Hosni Mubarak at the beginning of the Arab Spring. Since then, the nation, with a foundering economy, has had bumps with a military ruling council, which took over in the wake of the upheaval. The election pits Islamist against secularists and—for the first time in decades—is not predetermined. The candidates are competing to take over a country with difficult security issues, a great deal of divisiveness following the protests, and continuous claims of bribery. Voting will occur in more than 13,000 locations and last for two days.

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