1. Egypt

    Morsi Scales Back Decree

    Egyptian Activists and April 6 movement members carry the coffin of Gaber Salah, an activist who died overnight after he was critically injured in clashes near Cairo's Tahrir Square last week, during his funeral at Tahrir square on November 26, 2012 in Cairo. Salah, a member of the April 6 movement known by his nickname "Jika", was hurt in confrontations between police and protesters on Mohammed Mahmud street where protesters had been marking the first anniversary of deadly clashes. AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA        (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi says he will scale back the decree he issued last week, which would have raised his edicts above judicial review. Morsi reportedly reached an agreement with judicial authorities following street protests, demonstrations against the new rule, and the resignations of at least three senior advisers. Under the new agreement, the courts will have the power to review Morsi's edicts. One expert said, “In his head, the president thought that this would push us forward, but then it was met with all this inflammation.” The agreement also guarantees that the courts will not be able to dissolve the country’s constitutional council until it finishes drafting the new constitution.

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