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Egypt's President Fed Up But Says Cannot Leave

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak says he is fed up with being the country's leader and would like to leave now, but fears Egypt would sink deeper into chaos if he did.   In an interview Thursday with ABC News correspondent Christiane Amanpour, Mr. Mubarak also blamed the Muslim Brotherhood opposition movement for the violence that has taken place...

Egypt: Analyst Questions Motives behind Prime Minister’s Apology

Egypt’s Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq addressed the nation Thursday to apologize for Wednesday’s violent clashes between pro- and anti-government protesters.  Mr. Shafiq described the violence as a “disaster.” University of Notre Dame Political Science Professor Imed Shahin, an Egyptian scholar, says, “He tried to do two things.  One, to extend an...

Egyptian Police Start Wave of Arrests

Egyptian security forces are arresting demonstrators as clashes continue between supporters of President Hosni Mubarak and his opponents who want him to go now.  The latest violence has killed at least five people and injured hundreds.   The arrests follow a night of intense violence in the Egyptian capital in which pro and anti-Mubarak protesters...

Egyptian PM Apologizes for Violent Clashes

Egyptian soldiers have taken positions between pro- and anti-government protesters in Egypt's capital, where gunfire erupted early Thursday after violent clashes between the two sides.Several tanks were stationed near Cairo's Tahrir (Liberation) Square, as thousands of anti-government protesters gathered there and built barricades. Listen to VOA’s...

Analyst: President Mubarak to Blame for Violence

The chairman of the Alternatives Forum for Political Studies in Egypt, an independent political think tank, told VOA President Hosni Mubarak is to blame for the violent clashes between his supporters and anti-government protesters, who demand he “immediately”, step down and cede power. Anti-government protesters are blaming undercover police for...

Mubarak Supporters Clash With Anti-Govt Protesters in Cairo

Clashes have broken out in Cairo between supporters and opponents of embattled President Hosni Mubarak.  The clashes began after the army called on anti-government demonstrators to end their protests, now in their 8th day.  Crowds of supporters of Mubarak marched into Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the unprecedented anti-government protests that...

Egyptian Crisis Dominates Public Discussion in Sub-Saharan Africa

Coverage of the events in Egypt  have  quite an audience in sub-Saharan Africa. “People have stayed glued to their television and radio and relaxation spots we call beer parlors on Lagos,” says Nigerian Professor Innocent Chukwuma, executive director of the voter advocacy group the CLEEN Foundation. He says the events are drawing unprecedented...

Ban Ki-moon Condemns Egypt Violence

As rival groups clashed in Egypt’s capital Wednesday, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called violence against peaceful protesters "unacceptable" Mr. Ban spoke alongside Britain’s Prime Minister in London as they called for speedy political reform. Mr. Ban spoke Wednesday in London:"I am deeply concerned at the continuing violence in Egypt,"...

Disarray at Cairo Airport as Thousands Try to Leave Egypt

Thousands of foreigners are scrambling for flights out of Cairo because of the political turmoil and violence fueled by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's announcement that he will not step down before the end of his term.The United States says an evacuation of nonessential U.S. government workers and their families is under way.  Also, the State...

Moody's Downgrades Ratings of 5 Egyptian Banks

U.S. ratings agency Moody's has downgraded the ratings of five Egyptian banks due to ongoing unrest in that nation, a move that could hurt the ability of those banks to borrow money. Moody's said the downgrades resulted from a reassessment of Egypt's capacity to support its banking system, following the agency's lowering Monday of the government's...

US Senators Speak Out on Egypt

Even before Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's announcement that he will not seek reelection, U.S. senators were speaking of his departure from power as a given.  Senators from both major political parties said Tuesday that U.S. aid to Egypt has been money well spent, and showed no inclination to alter or cut off that aid - at least for now.  ...

British Prime Minister Calls For Urgent Transition in Egypt

Britain’s prime minister has joined the chorus of international leaders calling for an immediate political transition in Egypt.  "Now, President Mubarak says he is going and we respect that but what matters is not just the orderly transition but also that it is urgent, it is credible, it starts now, and the more they can do with a timetable to...

Tunisia Islamist Leader Does Not Support an Islamic State

Islamist leader Rachid Ghanouchi has been in Tunisia's spotlight since returning to the North African country after more than two decades in exile. In the past, Tunisian authorities have cracked down hard on political Islam. Many are wondering what role it will play as Tunisia tries to build a multiparty democracy. Ghanouchi is quick to stress his...

Mubarak Will Not Seek Reelection, Protests Continue

Protesters in Egypt have continued their calls for President Hosni Mubarak to step down after the embattled leader announced he will not seek reelection in September.Hundreds of demonstrators remained Wednesday in Cairo's Tahrir (Liberation) Square, where an estimated 250,000 people gathered a day earlier demanding Mr. Mubarak resign immediately...

U.S.-Egypt - Obama Looking Beyond Mubarak

With new anti-government demonstrations expected in Cairo and other Egyptian cities Tuesday, the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama appears to have concluded that the 29- year reign of President Hosni Mubarak is coming to an end. But it hopes to avoid calling publicly for Mubarak's departure, even as U.S. officials are scrambling to...