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Egypt president wants dialogue on violence

A protester runs with a tear-gas cannister in Cairo.

A protester runs with a tear-gas cannister in Cairo.

CAIRO — Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has urged leading opposition figures to attend a “national dialogue” meeting following four days of deadly violence.

Dozens have died since a court sentenced 21 people to death over football riots. Anger over Morsi’s rule has fuelled unrest elsewhere.

Morsi declared a state of emergency in Port Said, Suez and Ismailia, and a curfew from today.

The opposition has yet to announce whether it will attend the talks.

It says the president must address its demands over the recently adopted constitution.

Violence continued this morning, with one man killed by gunfire near Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

Also today, the cabinet approved a draft law allowing the army to participate in policing and have the power of arrest. (BBC)

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