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.
Update (12:00 pm EST): CNN and Fox News say Mubarak will resign
Fox News also reported that the military was prepared to take power.
Original report continues below…
Two sources told NBC News that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak would step down Thursday.
“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.
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.”
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.
Protesters called for 20 million to march throughout the country on Friday.
This video is from MSNBC, broadcast Feb. 10, 2011.
This video is from Al Jazeera English, broadcast Feb. 10, 2011.
WHO urges aggressive virus measures as flare-ups spark new closures
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With case numbers worldwide more than doubling in the past six weeks, Uzbekistan on Friday returned to lockdown and Hong Kong said schools would close from Monday after the city recorded "exponential growth" in locally transmitted infections.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on countries to adopt an aggressive approach, highlighting Italy, Spain, South Korea and India's biggest slum to show it was possible to stop the spread, no matter how bad the outbreak.
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The actions started Friday morning in Dijon, where new Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin and Prime Minister Jean Castex were meeting with police. A dozen feminists held out banners and signs condemning Darmanin and rape culture.
Ghislaine Maxwell seeks release on $5 million bail
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The British socialite has been charged with sex trafficking minors for Epstein, her former boyfriend and convicted sex offender who killed himself in prison last summer while awaiting trial.
In documents filed with the Southern District of New York, her attorneys said the daughter of late newspaper baron Robert Maxwell "vigorously" denies the charges and "intends to fight them."
They argued that "she is not a flight risk" and asked Judge Alison Nathan to release her from custody on $5 million bail, signed by six of her associates and secured by a $3.75 million property in Britain.