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ElBaradei: ‘Egypt will explode’

Egypt’s most prominent dissident warned in a tweet Thursday night that the country “will explode” and appealed to the army for help. “Egypt will explode. Army must save the country now,” Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the nuclear watchdog IAEA, tweeted. His warning of violence came minutes after President…

Egypt protests mount as US presses Mubarak

CAIRO – Galvanised by the biggest day of protest since their campaign to oust Hosni Mubarak’s regime began, Egyptian pro-democracy campaigners attempted to blockade parliament Wednesday. As speakers blared “Do not be tired. Do not be tired. Freedom isn’t free,” thousands of protesters remained camped under plastic sheets and the…

Egypt protests draw biggest crowd yet

CAIRO – Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators flooded Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square and towns across Egypt on Tuesday, in the biggest show of defiance to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak since the revolt began. In Cairo, the immense crowd hailed as a hero a charismatic cyberactivist and Google executive whose Facebook…

Egyptian police stifle resistance, journalists in Cairo’s slums

CAIRO – While Egyptian police officers and men in plain clothes holding knives and sticks surrounded and searched our car, a 12-year-old boy with dirty hair and ragged clothes opened his switchblade, smiled and pointed it at me. “I love you,” he said, waving the knife. “We’re here to take…

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