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Turkey PM Urges Egyptian Leader to Heed Calls for Change

Turkey's prime minister has urged embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to listen to the demands of his people, as they continue to protest and call for  change.In an address to the Turkish parliament, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Mr. Mubarak to hear the people's "humane demands."The United Nations' human rights chief...

Evacuations Continue Amid Egypt Protests

Foreign countries continued their efforts Tuesday to evacuate their nationals from Egypt, as unrest persisted in the Arab nation.China sent planes to pick up nearly 500 of its citizens in Cairo, and planned additional flights to evacuate hundreds of Hong Kong tourists from Luxor.Taiwan's foreign ministry said Tuesday it was chartering flights to...

Egyptians Begin Gathering for Million-Strong March

Thousands of people gathered in central Cairo Tuesday, where protesters have called for a million-strong march to press their demand that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak cede power.Military forces remained stationed throughout the capital, but were not interfering with those gathering for the rally.  The military announced earlier it recognizes...

Analyst: No Sign Egyptian President Mubarak Will Step Down

An Egyptian political analyst told VOA there are no indications that beleaguered President Hosni Mubarak will step down and cede power, despite popular demands by protesters he do so. Gamal Nkrumah, who is also editor of the Al Ahram newspaper in Egypt, said, despite increasing pressure, President Mubarak clings to power. “There is absolutely no...

Tahrir Square: Home to Major Egyptian Political, Cultural Institutions

As protesters mass night-after-night, Egypt's iconic main square is again a focus for national change. On Monday night, the Egyptian army put up some barricades among the throngs of demonstrators in Tahrir Square in the heart of modern Cairo.The square is a large public space where major Egyptian political and cultural institutions are located and...

EU Freezes Deposed Tunisian President's Assets

Europe Union foreign ministers have agreed to freeze the assets of deposed Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and his family.The move came at the request of Tunisian authorities, and diplomatic sources say dozens of associates of the former leader could face similar sanctions.Mr. Ben Ali  is suspected of having siphoned off large amounts...

EU Top Diplomat Urges Mubarak to Talk With Opposition

As world leaders closely watch Egypt's turmoil, the European Union's top diplomat is urging Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to respond to the complaints of anti-government protesters and hold talks with the opposition. Catherine Ashton said before a meeting with EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday that Mubarak should answer "the legitimate...

Egypt's Unrest Hurts Economy

The economic impact of Egypt's political unrest is being felt around the world, as worried investors are driving down the price of stocks and bidding up the cost of oil.Egypt's stock market and banks remain closed for a second business day. So far, the unrest has not affected Egypt's Suez Canal, which is a key route for oil and other goods around...

Mubarak Appoints New Ministers; Protesters Call for Strike, March

Egyptian media say President Hosni Mubarak has appointed a new interior minister and finance minister, as protesters continue to press for an end to the president's nearly 30-year rule.Reports from Cairo say former director of prisons General Mahmoud Wagdy will replace Habib Adly as the interior minister, who oversees the police and...

More Countires Help Citizens Flee Egypt

More countries are sending planes to evacuate their citizens from the unrest in Egypt, as leaders from around the world call on President Hosni Mubarak to seek a peaceful resolution to the week-long anti-government protests.U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Janice Jacobs told reporters that the first U.S.-government sponsored...

African Leaders Urged to Listen to Peer Review Advice

A participant in the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), which promotes good governance on the continent, told VOA the process continues to function. The APRM was started in 2003 to encourage conformity among participating African countries with regards to democracy, political, economic and socio-economic governance. Some have suggested it has...

NCP Official: Sudan Not Like Tunisia or Egypt

A prominent member of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) told VOA any Tunisian-inspired uprising aimed at forcing President Omar Hassan al-Bashir to step down will, in his words, amount to nothing. Rabie Abdelati Obeid contends that, unlike Tunisia or neighboring Egypt, President Bashir was democratically elected in a recent election he...

Analyst: More Egyptian Protests Expected Monday Despite Curfew

A scholar said Egyptians are dissatisfied with the appointment of a vice president and will continue with their protests Monday despite an imposed curfew to press home their demands for embattled President Hosni Mubarak to step down from office. Howayda Mostafa, professor of mass communication at the University of Cairo, told VOA the protesters do...

Sarkozy Calls on African Leaders to do Better or Risk Public Wrath

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has cautioned African leaders to respect the peoples’ will or risk being swept aside by a rising tide of public discontent. The warning came as part of Sarkozy’s keynote address to an African Union summit in Addis Ababa.The words were carefully chosen, aimed at no one in particular, but the intent of Sarkozy’s...

Israel Says Peace Treaty With Egypt Must Be Preserved

Israel has given its first official response to the unrest in neighboring Egypt. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is anxiously following events in Egypt. Speaking at the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said that at this time, Israel "must show maximum responsibility and restraint." He said that the peace treaty...