Arab Spring

Violence in Wake of Egyptian President's Power-Grab

Time to cancel that vacation along the Nile

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CAIRO — Opponents of President Mohamed Morsi were reported to have set fire to his party's offices in several Egyptian cities on Friday in a spasm of protest and clashes after he granted himself broad powers above any court declaring himself the guardian of Egypt's revolution, and used his new authority to order the retrial of Hosni Mubarak.

In the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, the opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party clashed with followers of Mr. Morsi, an Islamist, who won Western and regional plaudits only days ago for brokering a cease-fire to halt eight days of lethal exchanges between Israeli forces and militants in the Gaza Strip.