1. MARTIAL LAW

    Morsi Authorizes Army to Help Police

    Egyptian army tanks, center, secure the perimeter of the presidential palace while protesters gather,  chanting anti president Mohammed Morsi slogans, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. Egypt's political crisis spiraled deeper into bitterness and recrimination Friday as thousands of Islamist backers of the president vowed vengeance at a funeral for men killed in bloody clashes earlier this week and large crowds of the president's opponents marched on his palace to increase pressure after he rejected their demands. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Hassan Ammar / AP Photo

    In light of the continuing protests sparked by opposition to constitutional changes, state news reported on Saturday that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi will soon authorize the country's Army to help the police keep demonstrators in check. As the demonstrations continued, the military itself released a statement saying that if the crisis does not end soon there will be "disastrous consequences." To avoid such results, Morsi has planned a dialogue for later on Saturday to discuss options. The National Salvation Front, the main opposition against Morsi, will be boycotting the event.

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