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Egypt's supreme court suspended work after Islamist demonstrators blocked judges from entering their chambers. Opposition groups called for demonstrations on Tuesday to protest a referendum on a draft constitution.
The Islamist-dominated committee writing the new constitution voted to approve a first draft. The committee aimed to pre-empt a court ruling that could dissolve their panel and defuse tensions over President Morsi's grant of new powers.
Protests against President Morsi continued for a second day. Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist parties called for a "million man" rally to support Morsi for Saturday. The committee writing the new constitution said it could complete a draft soon. A court sentenced seven Egyptian Copts to death in absentia for participating in an anti-Islamic video.
A massive demonstration was staged in Cairo's Tahrir Square to protest President Morsi's assumption of sweeping new powers. By evening, the crowd had grown to 200,000. Morsi's supporters canceled a planned rally, citing the need to "defuse tension."