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Egypt army calls for unity talks ahead of referendum

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Egypt's powerful army has called for President Mohamed Morsi and the secular opposition to meet on Wednesday to stop a crisis over an imminent constitutional referendum from tearing the country apart. 

Protesters opposed to Egypt's Islamist president demonstrate on top of a barricade erected by the Egyptian army to protect the presidential palace in Cairo. Egypt's powerful army has called for President Mohamed Morsi and the secular opposition to meet on Wednesday to stop a crisis over an imminent constitutional referendum from tearing the country apart.

The televised appeal by General Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, the country's armed forces chief and defence minister, came late Tuesday, as rival camps of Morsi supporters and opponents brought tens of thousands of people out for separate mass rallies in Cairo.

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