Top news: Supporters and opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy are holding rival rallies ahead of tomorrow's referendum on a new draft constitution. Opponents say the Islamist-backed draft would leave too much power in the hands of the president and allow religious authorities to infringe on civil liberties.
Cairo, Alexandria, and eight other provinces will vote on the draft tomorrow. The rest of the country will vote a week later. Tens of thousands of troops and police have been deployed to maintain order. Some opposition groups may boycott the referendum, which say they is being rammed through by the ruling Muslim Brotherhood.
A Cairo prosecutor is also accusing the president of applying political pressure in the investigation of deadly clashes outside the presidential palace last week.
U.S. politics: Amb. Susan Rice has ended her bid to become secretary of state.
Former Sen. Chuck Hagel has reportedly emerged as the leading candidate to be the next secretary of defense.
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- Hamas held a rally in the West Bank to mark its 25th anniversary.
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- Software tycoon John McAfee, wanted for questioning over a murder in Belize, arrived back in the United States after being deported from Guatemala.
- Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva Bush has he will not resign after being arrested on corruption charges.
- Cuban lawmakers are discussing economic reforms at their twice-annual assembly.
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