Egyptian troops, protesters clash in Cairo

An Egyptian protester holds a national flag as he chants slogans at a rally in Tahrir Square in Cairo Egypt, Friday, May 4, 2012. Thousands rallied in Egypt against the country's ruling military council on Friday, two days after a flare-up of street violence left at least nine dead and fueled a wave of Islamist-led opposition to the generals ahead of presidential elections. (Amr Nabil)

May 4, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Egyptian armed forces and protesters clashed in Cairo on Friday, with troops firing water cannons and tear gas at demonstrators who threw stones as they tried to march on the Defense Ministry, a flashpoint for a new cycle of violence only weeks ahead of presidential elections.