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11 killed in clashes on first day of Egypt vote

An explosion at a Cairo courthouse caused damage but no casualties in the Imbaba area.
An explosion at a Cairo courthouse caused damage but no casualties in the Imbaba area.Khalil Hamra/Associated Press

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CAIRO (AP) — A referendum on a new constitution laid bare the sharp divisions in Egypt six months after the military removed the elected Islamist president. Pro-army voters lined up Tuesday outside polling stations, singing patriotic songs, kissing images of Egypt’s top officer, and sharing their upbeat hopes for their troubled nation.

Despite heavy security, 11 people were killed in sporadic violence, with protesters burning tires and pelting police with rocks and firebombs to create just enough danger to keep many voters at home.

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