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Despite concessions, thousands continue to protest in Egypt

Concessions made by Egypt’s vice president Sunday haven’t been enough to clear Cairo’s Tahrir Square of thousands of protesters. Vice President Omar Suleiman has promised to allow freedom of the press, to release detained protesters and eventually lift the country’s emergency laws, but demonstrators have pledged not to leave until…

Obama says Egypt forever changed

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama called Sunday for a “representative government” in Egypt and said that regardless of when President Hosni Mubarak steps down the country had changed forever. “The Egyptian people want freedom, free and fair elections, they want a representative government, they want a responsive government. We’ve…

Renewed pressure on Mubarak to quit as talks fail

CAIRO – Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak came under fresh pressure on Monday to step down as opponents said concessions made in landmark talks were not enough to halt a revolt against his 30-year rule. Thousands of demonstrators spent Sunday night under blankets and tarpaulins in central Cairo’s Tahrir Square, or…

Clinton concerned over early exit for Egypt’s president

WASHINGTON – The timetable of President Hosni Mubarak’s departure lies with the Egyptian people but his early departure could raise electoral complications, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday. Under pressure from mass protests, Mubarak has pledged to step down after September polls but many protesters demand his immediate…

Obama calls for ‘representative government’ in Egypt

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama reiterated his call Sunday for an “orderly” and “meaningful” transition in Egypt and said he wanted to see a “representative government” emerge. “The Egyptian people want freedom, free and fair elections, they want a representative government, they want a responsive government. We’ve said, you…

Egypt’s Suleiman meets with opposition on reform

CAIRO (Reuters) – Vice President Omar Suleiman held talks on Sunday with Egyptian opposition groups including the officially banned Muslim Brotherhood to try and find a way out of the country’s worst crisis in decades, attendees said. They said the attendees included members of secular opposition parties, independent legal experts…

Huge crowds turn out for Mubarak ‘departure day’

CAIRO – Egyptian protesters massed Friday for sweeping “departure day” demonstrations to force President Hosni Mubarak to quit after he said he would like to step down but fears chaos would result. Tens of thousands filled Cairo’s central Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the 11 straight days of protests that…

Mubarak: ‘If I leave today there will be chaos’

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said Thursday that he wants to step down but just can’t. “If I leave today there will be chaos,” he told ABC’s Christiane Amanpour. Mubarak also rejected the notion that his supporters were responsible for the violence seen over the past 48 hours. He placed the…

We will ‘destroy Israel,’ Egyptian protester declares

Speaking to CNN Sunday, protesters in Egypt illustrated why the US may not be in a hurry for President Hosni Mubarak to step down. CNN’s Nic Robertson took to the streets in Alexandria, Egypt where scores of demonstrators wanted to make their voices heard. Their main message was that it…

Egypt police fire rubber bullets at Cairo protests

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian riot police fired rubber bullets at protesters who had promised a “Friday of Wrath” in Cairo to demand the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule as part of a wave of unrest gripping the Middle East. Angry protesters gathered in a neighborhood near a residential…

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