Egyptian soldiers stand guard outside the Republican Guard building in Cairo on Friday. Egyptian troops clashed with mostly Islamist protesters demanding the restoration of the ousted president, Mohammed Morsi.
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Iran's new president, Hasan Rowhani, tours the western city of Sanandaj on June 10. Rowhani, who easily won last month's election, was considered the most moderate candidate on the ballot.
The Arab uprisings of 2011 produced a clear set of winners — the Islamist parties that were well-organized and prepared to swiftly fill the political vacuum left by toppled autocrats.
But the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood now points to the possibility of a countertrend: the failure of Islamist groups to govern effectively and growing public discontent with their rule.
Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted President Mohammed Morsi protest near Cairo University on Friday. A wave of mass rallies against the military's ouster of Morsi are expected.
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Supporters of Morsi carry a man who was shot during clashes near the headquarters of the Republican Guard, in Cairo. Live ammunition has been fired during the protests, but it is not clear who fired.
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Egyptian army helicopters fly over Cairo with the national flags. Clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and opponents have raised fears of deadly violence over the military's decision to depose and arrest Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president.
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Opponents of Morsi wave national flags and posters of Egypt's military chief, Lt. Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, during a protest in Tahrir Square. The signs, in Arabic, read, "Sissi, get in."
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A Morsi supporter stands guard on top of a barricade during a rally at Cairo University in Giza. Tens of thousands of Morsi supporters chanted "Down with military rule."
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An Egyptian protester flashes v signs for military aircrafts forming a heart shape trails in the sky over Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, on Friday, July 5. Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood called for a wave of protests Friday, furious over the military's ouster of its president.
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Protesters supporting deposed Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi gather at the Raba El-Adwyia mosque square, near the Republican Guard barracks where Mursi is being held, in Cairo on July 5. At least three protesters were shot dead outside the barracks in Cairo, security sources said, as angry Islamist supporters confronted troops across the country.
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Egyptians hold portraits of military chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sissi reading in Arabic "Come down Sisi, let the Muslim Brotherhood stay silent" as they gather in Cairo's Tahrir Square on July 5. With its popularly supported overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's army has placed itself at the forefront of a difficult transition.
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An Egyptian supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted President Mohammed Morsi protest near Cairo University on Friday.
Friday saw a very tense situation in Cairo. Anti-Morsi crowds filled Tahrir Square and pro-Morsi crowds gathered on the Sixth of October bridge. There were skirmishes between the two groups but no major clashes. There was also almost no police presence in the area, except in helicopters flying above the fray. There were also confrontations in Alexandria.