CAIRO (AP) - Egyptian protesters and police are clashing in Cairo just hours ahead of a planned massive rally by opponents of the country's Islamist president demanding he rescinds decrees that granted him near-absolute powers.
Tuesday's clashes are taking place near the U.S. Embassy and the Egyptian capital's Tahrir square - birthplace of the uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak's regime nearly two years ago.
Police are firing tear gas after hundreds of protesters pelted them with rocks in a street leading off the square toward the embassy.
Egyptians attend the funeral of Gaber Salah, also known as 'Jika,' who was who was killed in clashes with security forces during his funeral procession in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012. Thousands of Egyptians on Monday gathered into Cairo's Tahrir Square to attend the funeral of Salah, who was severely injured during clashes with security forces last week and died Sunday night. The poster at right in Arabic reads, "Jika means dignity," and the poster, left, reads, "Jika Jika, your blood will free our country." (AP Photo/Hussein Tallal)