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Egyptian military says only dialogue can avert disaster

A sign, which reads: "Leave", is pictured on a barbed wire barricade guarding the presidential palace in Cairo, as Republican Guard soldiers stand in line behind the barricade December 7, 2012. Tens of thousands of Egyptian protesters surged around the presidential palace on Friday and the opposition rejected Mursi's call for dialogue to end a crisis that has polarised the nation and sparked deadly clashes. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

A sign, which reads: "Leave", is pictured on a barbed wire barricade guarding the presidential palace in Cairo, as Republican Guard soldiers stand in line behind the barricade December 7, 2012. Tens of thousands of Egyptian protesters surged around...more

A sign, which reads: "Leave", is pictured on a barbed wire barricade guarding the presidential palace in Cairo, as Republican Guard soldiers stand in line behind the barricade December 7, 2012. Tens of thousands of Egyptian protesters surged around the presidential palace on Friday and the opposition rejected Mursi's call for dialogue to end a crisis that has polarised the nation and sparked deadly clashes. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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Protesters against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi celebrate after peacefully breaking past barbed wire barricades guarding the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Protesters against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi celebrate after peacefully breaking past barbed wire barricades guarding the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Protesters against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi celebrate after peacefully breaking past barbed wire barricades guarding the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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A protester against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi shouts after breaching barbed wire barricades guarding the presidential palace in Cairo, as Republican Guard soldiers stand on a tank to show their non-intervention December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

A protester against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi shouts after breaching barbed wire barricades guarding the presidential palace in Cairo, as Republican Guard soldiers stand on a tank to show their non-intervention December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed...more

A protester against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi shouts after breaching barbed wire barricades guarding the presidential palace in Cairo, as Republican Guard soldiers stand on a tank to show their non-intervention December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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A protester against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi waves an Egyptian flag in front of Republican Guard soldiers standing behind a barbed wire barricade guarding the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

A protester against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi waves an Egyptian flag in front of Republican Guard soldiers standing behind a barbed wire barricade guarding the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

A protester against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi waves an Egyptian flag in front of Republican Guard soldiers standing behind a barbed wire barricade guarding the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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Protesters against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi cheer for Republican Guard soldiers (C) for not taking action to prevent them from breaking past barbed wire barricades guarding the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Protesters against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi cheer for Republican Guard soldiers (C) for not taking action to prevent them from breaking past barbed wire barricades guarding the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd...more

Protesters against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi cheer for Republican Guard soldiers (C) for not taking action to prevent them from breaking past barbed wire barricades guarding the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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Republican Guard soldiers hold hands with one another while standing on a tank as they are surrounded by protesters against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi after the protesters peacefully broke past barbed wire barricades guarding the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Republican Guard soldiers hold hands with one another while standing on a tank as they are surrounded by protesters against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi after the protesters peacefully broke past barbed wire barricades guarding the presidential...more

Republican Guard soldiers hold hands with one another while standing on a tank as they are surrounded by protesters against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi after the protesters peacefully broke past barbed wire barricades guarding the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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Protesters against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi celebrate after peacefully breaking past barbed wire barricades guarding the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Protesters against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi celebrate after peacefully breaking past barbed wire barricades guarding the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Protesters against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi celebrate after peacefully breaking past barbed wire barricades guarding the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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A general view shows protesters against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi after they peacefully broke past barbed wire barricades guarding the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

A general view shows protesters against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi after they peacefully broke past barbed wire barricades guarding the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

A general view shows protesters against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi after they peacefully broke past barbed wire barricades guarding the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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Republican Guard soldiers stand on a tank as they are surrounded by protesters against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi after the protesters peacefully broke past barbed wire barricades guarding the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Republican Guard soldiers stand on a tank as they are surrounded by protesters against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi after the protesters peacefully broke past barbed wire barricades guarding the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012....more

Republican Guard soldiers stand on a tank as they are surrounded by protesters against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi after the protesters peacefully broke past barbed wire barricades guarding the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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Republican Guard soldiers hold an Egyptian flag while standing on a tank as they are surrounded by protesters against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi after the protesters peacefully broke past barbed wire barricades guarding the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Republican Guard soldiers hold an Egyptian flag while standing on a tank as they are surrounded by protesters against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi after the protesters peacefully broke past barbed wire barricades guarding the presidential palace...more

Republican Guard soldiers hold an Egyptian flag while standing on a tank as they are surrounded by protesters against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi after the protesters peacefully broke past barbed wire barricades guarding the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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Anti-Mursi demonstrators stage a protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. Egyptian opposition leaders rejected a national dialogue on Friday that Islamist president Mohamed Mursi had proposed as a way out of a crisis that has polarised the nation and provoked deadly clashes on the streets. Opponents of Mursi staged more protests in Cairo and other cities, while his supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood held emotional funerals for six of the movement's members killed in fighting around the presidential palace earlier in the week. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Anti-Mursi demonstrators stage a protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. Egyptian opposition leaders rejected a national dialogue on Friday that Islamist president Mohamed Mursi had proposed as a way out of a crisis that...more

Anti-Mursi demonstrators stage a protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. Egyptian opposition leaders rejected a national dialogue on Friday that Islamist president Mohamed Mursi had proposed as a way out of a crisis that has polarised the nation and provoked deadly clashes on the streets. Opponents of Mursi staged more protests in Cairo and other cities, while his supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood held emotional funerals for six of the movement's members killed in fighting around the presidential palace earlier in the week. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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Anti-Mursi demonstrators stage a protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Anti-Mursi demonstrators stage a protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Anti-Mursi demonstrators stage a protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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Anti-Mursi demonstrators stage a protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Anti-Mursi demonstrators stage a protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Anti-Mursi demonstrators stage a protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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Members of the Republican Guard block a road leading to the presidential palace as anti-Mursi protesters (not pictured) gather in front of barbed wire barricades in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Members of the Republican Guard block a road leading to the presidential palace as anti-Mursi protesters (not pictured) gather in front of barbed wire barricades in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Members of the Republican Guard block a road leading to the presidential palace as anti-Mursi protesters (not pictured) gather in front of barbed wire barricades in Cairo December 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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Anti-Mursi demonstrators stage a protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. Egyptian opposition leaders rejected a national dialogue on Friday that Islamist president Mohamed Mursi had proposed as a way out of a crisis that has polarised the nation and provoked deadly clashes on the streets. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Anti-Mursi demonstrators stage a protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. Egyptian opposition leaders rejected a national dialogue on Friday that Islamist president Mohamed Mursi had proposed as a way out of a crisis that...more

Anti-Mursi demonstrators stage a protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo December 7, 2012. Egyptian opposition leaders rejected a national dialogue on Friday that Islamist president Mohamed Mursi had proposed as a way out of a crisis that has polarised the nation and provoked deadly clashes on the streets. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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