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Topic - Hesham Qandil
Egypt's military on Monday threatened to intervene in the political crisis gripping the nation and gave President Mohammed Morsi and the opposition 48 hours to come up with a plan to meet the demands of millions of protesters who want the Islamist leader to resign by Tuesday evening.
Diplomats scrambled Monday to cobble together a cease-fire in the 6-day-old conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, as both sides continued to pound each other with deadly airstrikes and rockets.
"Negotiations continue, and I hope that soon we will put a stop to the mutual violence," said Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Qandil in Cairo, where the indirect talks are being held. "I think we are close."