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A U.S. official says the State Department is ordering nonessential U.S. diplomats and the families of all American Embassy personnel to leave Egypt after the Egyptian military removed Morsi and in anticipation of potential violence.
 
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official wasn't authorized to discuss it publicly, said the State Department had placed the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on "ordered departure" status for nonemergency staff and dependents all employees. That means that those covered by the order are required to leave the country. It was not immediately clear if an evacuation operation would be mounted or if those departing would use commercial airlines or passenger ships to leave.

Egypt's military has suspended the Islamist-backed constitution and called early elections.
 
The military also announced that embattled President Mohammed Morsi will be replaced. Army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday, said a government of technocrats will be appointed to run the country during a transition period he did not specify.
 
An aide of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, Ayman Ali, said the former leader has been moved to an undisclosed location. He gave no details.
 
Cheers erupted among millions of protesters nationwide who were demanding Morsi's ouster.

A statement on the Egyptian president's office's Twitter account has quoted Morsi as calling military measures "a full coup."
 
The denouncement was posted shortly after the Egyptian military announced it was ousting Morsi, who was Egypt's first freely elected leader but drew ire with his Islamist leanings.
 
Morsi was quoted as saying those measures "represent a full coup categorically rejected by all the free men of our nation."

Airport officials say a travel ban has been issued against the embattled president and the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.
 
The officials said Wednesday that the travel ban on Morsi has to do with his escape from prison with more than 30 other Muslim Brotherhood during the 2011 uprising against autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
 
Also banned from travel is Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie, his deputy Khairat el-Shater. The opposition accuses them of calling all the shots during Morsi's year in power.
 
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
 
Morsi, has repeated his vow to stay in office. In his last-minute statement before the deadline, Morsi again rejected the involvement of the military, and criticized the armed forces for "taking only one side."
 
He said the only way to prevent violence would be to accept his electoral legitimacy.
 
Morsi's Islamist supporters have vowed to resist what they call a coup against democracy. They have also taken to the streets, by the tens of thousands.
 
At least 39 people have been killed in clashes since Sunday, raising fears that the crisis could further explode into violence.
 
This would be the second time in two and a half years that Egypt's powerful army has removed the country's leader. But this time, the leader is a democratically-elected president -- the first in the country's history.
 
Morsi was inaugurated a year ago after the fall of Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
 
The Pentagon says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has spoken to the Egyptian defense minister twice in the past week, including a call he made to Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Tuesday.
 
Pentagon press secretary George Little is refusing to release any details about the content of the calls. He says U.S. officials at various levels of government have been very clear that America remains committed to the democratic process in Egypt and hopes the tensions there can be resolved peacefully.
 
Little says the Pentagon did not disclose last week's call until now because of the sensitivities of the situation. (AP)  

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