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Egyptian army issues ultimatum

Egypt's military has given its president and his opponents a 48-hour "last chance" to reach an agreement before it intervenes.

It described the protests which brought out millions demanding President Mohammed Morsi's removal as "glorious" and said protesters expressed their opinion "in a peaceful and civilised manner," and that "it is necessary that the people get a reply".

The military said it will "not be a party in politics or rule", but added: "The Armed Forces repeat its call for the people's demands to be met and give everyone 48 hours as a last chance to shoulder the burden of a historic moment."

The organisers of Sunday's protests gave Mr Morsi a 5pm deadline on Tuesday to step down or face an escalation in the campaign to force him out.

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