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The latest developments, as confirmed by CNN, on the uprising in Egypt. Demonstrators have taken to the streets of Egypt's major cities to demand an end to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule, prompting the government to deploy the military to deal with civil unrest for the first time in a generation. Check out our full coverage and the latest tweets from CNN correspondents on the ground. [Update 6:22 a.m.
Time to wrap up the live blogging for the night. Here's the Guardian's latest wrap-up of the day's events from our correspondents in Cairo, Alexandria, Washington DC and London. A summary of what we've learned in the last few hours:
More than a million protesters flooded into central Cairo on Tuesday, turning the Egyptian capital's Tahrir, or Liberation, Square into a sea of humanity as massive protests against Hosni Mubarak swept across Middle East's most populous nation. Packed shoulder to shoulder in and around the famed square, the mass of people held aloft posters denouncing the Egyptian president, and chanted slogans "Go Mubarak Go" and "Leave! Leave! Leave!" Similar demonstrations calling on Mubarak to step down were also witnessed across other cities, including Sinai, Alexandria, Suez, Mansoura, Damnhour, Arish, Tanta and El-Mahalla el-Kubra.
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CAIRO, Jan. 28 — Chaos engulfed Egypt Friday as protesters seized the streets of the capital, battling police with stones, bottles and firebombs and burning down the ruling party headquarters. The peak of four days of unrest posed the most dire threat to President Hosni Mubarak in his three decades of authoritarian rule. The Egyptian government planned to announce an "important matter" to the nation late Friday evening. NBC News' Richard Engel reported that a group of luxury sedans, under heavy guard, had traveled to Cairo airport's VIP lounge, and a short time later three private jets had left the country. Demonstrators were trying to storm the foreign ministry and the state TV building in Cairo, The Associated Press reported.
NEW: A protester in Alexandria says President Mubarak's "time is over" NEW: Video footage shows demonstrators overruning police on a Nile River bridge NEW: A protester in Cairo says: "We'll do 3,000 more than what the Tunisians did" Protesters greet military troops on the streets with hugs and handshakes Editor's note: This article is being updated constantly by CNN reporters worldwide. Follow: Live blogging on This Just In , the latest tweets from CNN correspondents and images from the protests.
Tanks roll into Egyptian cities as army takes control President Obama speaks to the Egyptian president after Mubarak gives an address Mubarak says he has asked government to resign Protesters defy a curfew that went into effect at 6 p.m. Friday Editor's Note: This article is being updated constantly by CNN reporters worldwide. Follow the latest tweets from CNN correspondents and images from the protests.
WASHINGTON — Increasing the pressure on Egypt's leaders, President Barack Obama said Friday that the government should refrain from using violence against protesters and his administration threatened to reduce foreign aid depending on President Hosni Mubarak's response. "Surely, there will be difficult days to come, but the United States will continue to stand up for the rights of the Egyptian people and work with their government in pursuit of a future that is more just, more free and more hopeful," Obama said he told the long-time leader in a phone call from the White House. The president made his comments on television shortly after he and Mubarak spoke. The conversation followed closely on a middle-of-the-night TV speech in which Mubarak announced in Cairo that he was sacking his government to form a new one that would accelerate reforms.
That's it for today's live blog – here's a summary of the main events on a packed day: • Huge protests throughout Egypt saw city centres packed with protesters demanding the end of President Mubarak's rule as president • Mubarak announced that he would not run in the coming presidential elections , promising constitutional reforms and a transfer of power
"If I wasn't pregnant, I would've just stayed home." Marwa Rakha told the Huffington Post by phone, explaining her attendance of the protests in Egypt while seven months pregnant. "I went out because of my baby. I owe this to him." Rakha, an adjunct professor at the American University in Cairo, is one of many women who has participated in the recent protests in Egypt.
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10 February 2011 Last updated at 18:22 ET President Mubarak addressed the nation in a television broadcast Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak has said he will stay in office and transfer all power only after September's presidential election. His comments in a national TV address confounded earlier reports that he was preparing to stand down immediately. Mr Mubarak said he would delegate some powers to Vice-President Omar Suleiman, but the details of this remain unclear.
10 February 2011 Last updated at 16:20 GMT The meeting of Egypt's top military chiefs was aired on state TV Egypt's Higher Military Council issued a televised address on Thursday, saying it was in a state of continuous session to protect the nation and meet the aspirations of the people.