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NBC: Mubarak will step down Thursday

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Update (4:15 pm EST): Mubarak pledges not to step down until September

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak told the nation Thursday that he would not step down until elections could be held in September.

Update (1:15 pm EST): Egyptian information minister says Mubarak not resigning

Egyptian state TV reported that the Egyptian information minister has claimed Mubarak would not step down Thursday.

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Update (12:00 pm EST): CNN and Fox News say Mubarak will resign

Both CNN and Fox News reported that Mubarak would resign Thursday.

Fox News also reported that the military was prepared to take power.

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Two sources told NBC News that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak would step down Thursday.

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“Word of this information is just now spreading out in Cairo,” NBC’s Richard Engle reported Thursday. “We again, once again, have been told by two sources within the presidency that President Mubarak will step down.”

“The prime minister’s office is telling us that President Mubarak tonight will decide,” he added.

For its part, Al Jazeera English continued to treat the news as a rumor.

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Mubarak was expected to address the nation Thursday night.

US CIA chief Leon Panetta said Thursday that he expected the Egyptian president to cede power “today.”

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Al Jazeera also reported Thursday that Egyptian Army officials said that protesters’ “demands will be met.”

The supreme council of the Egyptian army met Thursday to discuss its position on the protests and Mubarak’s future.

Protesters have been massing on the streets of Cairo and other cities in Egypt since Jan. 25, demanding Mubarak leave office. The size of the demonstrations have grown in past days.

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Protesters called for 20 million to march throughout the country on Friday.

This video is from MSNBC, broadcast Feb. 10, 2011.

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This video is from Al Jazeera English, broadcast Feb. 10, 2011.

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Australian PM says 24 nationals were on New Zealand volcano

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At least 24 Australians were on New Zealand's White Island when its volcano erupted unexpectedly, and an unknown number of them were missing and feared dead, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said.

Up to 50 people were visiting the popular tourist attraction when it exploded on Monday, with five confirmed dead, another 18 injured and the rest missing.

Some of the injured suffered serious burns.

Police have said they expect no more survivors will be found on the island off New Zealand's east coast after aerial reconnaissance flights found no signs of life.

The country's prime minister Jacinda Ardern was due to address reporters early Tuesday.

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Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Monday met Ukranian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky for the first time ever at a Paris summit aimed at agreeing measures to help end five years of conflict in the east of Ukraine.

No comprehensive peace deal is expected from the meeting -- mediated by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel -- but diplomats hope the summit will help to bolster trust between the two men.

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson defends his ‘right’ to ‘speak up more strongly against gays in the military’

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The UK's Conservative Party Prime Minister Boris Johnson once attacked gay people for serving in their country's armed forces, called LGBTQ people “tank-topped bum boys,” and even supported a claim from foreign dictator Robert Mugabe that the opposing British Labour Party was composed of “gay gangsters.”

“Across the country, there are many Tories who wish their party leadership would speak up more strongly against, say, gays in the military,” Johnson said. “They are, of course, right.”

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