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White House reiterates demand that Iran allow protests

A senior White House official on Saturday criticized Iran’s refusal to let opponents of the regime hold a rally in support of Arab uprisings. “By announcing that they will not allow opposition protests, the Iranian government has declared illegal for Iranians what it claimed was noble for Egyptians,” National Security…

Obama: ‘The people of Egypt have spoken’

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama said Friday the people of Egypt had spoken after history moved at a “blinding pace,” and called on the now-ruling military to ensure a transition towards “genuine democracy.” “The people of Egypt have spoken — their voices have been heard and Egypt will never…

‘I want to meet Mark Zuckerberg and thank him personally,’ Google exec tells CNN

Access to the Internet and specifically social networking site Facebook made a huge difference to Egyptians who succeeded on Friday in forcing former President Hosni Mubarak out of power. But how important was it? “First Tunisia, now Egypt,” began CNN host Wolf Blitzer. “What’s next?” “Ask Facebook,” answered Wael Ghonim,…

ElBaradei proposes national unity government in Egypt

WASHINGTON — Leading Egyptian dissident Mohamed ElBaradei proposed Thursday that a three-person national unity government succeed President Hosni Mubarak and his deputy, and steer Egypt to democracy. In an interview with Foreign Policy Magazine, ElBaradei said the US-backed transition process led by Vice President Omar Suleiman will fail to take…

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…

Customers queue at Egypt banks after protests

CAIRO (Reuters) – A steady stream of employees flowed into Cairo’s financial district and customers queued to access their accounts on Sunday, the first day for the country’s banks to open after a week-long closure due to political protests. Bankers are bracing for chaos in dealing rooms with foreign investors…

‘Blind’ Mubarak should step down, top Arab cleric urges

DUBAI – Influential Arab cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi on Saturday urged Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down for the good of the country, saying his departure is the only solution to Egypt’s crisis. The Sunni Muslim cleric, who holds Egyptian and Qatari nationalities, also encouraged Egyptians to keep up their…

Egyptians take to the streets for fifth day defying president, police

CAIRO – Tens of thousands of Egyptians Saturday snubbed Hosni Mubarak’s promised reforms and took their deadly revolt to the streets for a fifth day on Saturday, with dissident Mohamed ElBaradei vowing to press the embattled president until he goes. Riots erupted anew in several cities, including Cairo, and an…

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