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Delegates from Egypt and Tunisia who had attended had led “from the front” in anti-government protests in their own countries, while the delegation from Southern Sudan had “led a spirited campaign” in the recent referendum that saw a majority of citizens vote to secede from the north and become a separate country.
“The world we live in now is different than 2010” because of the youth festival, Lungisa claimed. “It is a new world. The outlook has changed.”
He could not, however, answer repeated questions as to how many delegates from each of these countries had attended the festival, saying this was contained in paperwork that his colleague, Ngobeni, said would be difficult to process immediately.
However, Lungisa said the 7 000 delegates from 126 countries included 242 from Cuba, 1 500 from Zimbabwe, 600 from Namibia, 400 from India, and 150 from Morocco. About half of the expected 30 000 delegates attended the festival.
Iran cleric: Filtering the internet is un-Islamic (AP)
Iran says China to invest 13 billion dollars in country's railway network (Reuters)
Pentagon and U.S. government officials have uncovered an understanding between Washington and Tel Aviv that commits Israel not to undertake any unilateral military action against Iran in return for a U.S. pledge to abandon the policy of accepting a nuclear Iran and deal with Tehran as a nuclear military power, pan-Arab Al-Hayat newspaper said in a report published Tuesday.
In the corridors of Washington and other European capitals and Israel, war scenarios are being discussed "as if war is inevitable," Qahwaji noted, "despite opposition by quite a few military officials and politicians in the U.S. and the West due to the uncertainties of war, which could be catastrophic for the region and U.S. interests."
Despite disagreement on several points in the scenarios of war, the report goes on to say, many experts and officials still agree on other points, including the idea of provoking war by attempting to inspect a ship in the Gulf waters or provoke Hizbullah into a gunbattle in Lebanon.
The main point of disagreement between U.S. and Israeli officials and experts in the scenarios of war relates to how to deal with Iran's allies -- namely Syria, Hizbullah and Hamas.
While Israeli leaders are in favor of preemptive strikes to weaken Hizbullah and Hamas and perhaps Syria before attacking Iran, U.S. officials and experts prefer crushing the top of the pyramid – Iran -- and deal a heavy military blow to the Persian Gulf nation in the hope of shaking its ability to move and to sow fear among its allies who will recognize the fact that war is real and that the future of their presence is at stake if they choose to support Tehran.
Many U.S. officials believe that the current policy of openness toward Syria will bear fruit through weakening the strategic alliance with Iran. Israel, however, considers such a policy is doomed to fail and continues to prepare for a possible future confrontation in the Golan Heights, the report said..
The rapid pace for arms program reflects fear in Arab Gulf states that an imminent war is on the doors, it concluded.
AFP: Three dead, 100 wounded in South Egypt clash
Rights group urges trial for Mubarak if he seeks German hospital refuge (DPA)
Watchdog: Egyptian military oppressing journalists (AP)
Ashton: EU supports democracy in Middle East, North Africa (DPA)
Biden asks Egyptian VP Suleiman for fast progress (AP)
U.S. Jewish national security group warns against Egypt elections without reforms (Haaretz)
Egypt Vice-President Suleiman says protests cannot continue for much longer (Army Radio)
U.K. Foreign Minister tells Israel to change its negative attitude to Egypt protests (Army Radio)
Suleiman: Al-Qaida operatives among Egypt prison escapees (Reuters)
Egypt VP: Regime can't tolerate protests for long, we must put end to crisis (Army Radio)
Egypt's protesters, opposition group defiant over VP's warning (AP)
Al-Jazeera restarts broadcast in Egypt for first time since start of protests (Ch. 10)
Suleiman: Mubarak will not seek medical treatment in Germany (DPA)
The Security Council has not visited the troubled region for more than three decades. Russia's U.N. ambassador Vitaly Churkin said council envoys should go to Israel, the Palestinian territories, Syria, Egypt and Lebanon.
"We are making this proposal now because we are concerned about the situation in the Middle East," Churkin told reporters.
Syria appears to lift ban on Facebook and YouTube for first time in years (AP)
The sources said, however, that March 14's non-participation does not reduce the obstacles that still face Miqati.
It said that while Miqati is seeking to keep the interior and defense seats for President Michel Suleiman, Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun was struggling to acquire the defense ministry.
Meanwhile, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri was reportedly seeking to get hold of the finance ministry – a key Cabinet post that has long been dominated by the Sunnis.
Human rights watchdog warns of continued abuse in Iraqi prisons (AP)
Three car bombs kill 4, wound 20 in Iraq (Reuters)
Three Qassam rockets launched from Gaza Strip to south Israel, none were injured (Ch. 10)
IDF attacked several targets containing weapons in North Gaza overnight (Ch. 10)
IAF jets strike several Gaza tunnels overnight (Haaretz)
U.K.: Peace process could become 'casualty' of Egypt unrest (DPA)
Kadima launches campaign against Netanyahu to bring on early elections (Haaretz)
Jordanians demonstrate before Egyptian embassy in support of revolt (DPA)
Jordan tribes threaten revolution over country's Palestinian Queen Rania (Reuters)
Mansoura over two hundred thousand protesting in front of the Mayor's office. #jan25 #freedom #democracy #Egypt #tahrir
Wael @Ghonim coming on one of the stages now. People surging forward to listen. #jan25 #egypt
A lot of upper class Egyptians joined #TahrirSquare protesters today for the first time.
Remarkable organization in Tahrir Square, such as providing 3 meals a day for protestors.
Jazeera: State TV & Radio staff group promoting a general strike has accumulated more than 10,000 likes of Facebook
Cairo's Khan el-Khalili market is completely dead. No business, no foreigners, no nothing
CNN: a group of looters broke in the Museum later but they didn't know they were in the gift shop. Walked away with fake statues
I fear the regime is winning propaganda war. Away from #tahrir, most Egyptians i speak to want #mubarak to finish his term.
See, if #egypt protests go on long enough, the world or world media might eventually stop caring and that's how Mubarak stays around.
More than 100 journalists sign a petition to remove head of #Egypt Press Syndicate
Obama Administration Won't Endorse Calls For Immediate Resignation Of President Mubarak. #Tahrir #Egypt #Jan25
NBS news crew detained on the way to Suez. Interrogated then sent back to Cairo. #jan25 #Egypt #tahrir
AT LEAST 30 tanks protecting TV building #egypt #jan25
It's almost 7, an hour left till curfew. Yet the line to get into #Tahrir Sq is at least 2 km long and the crowds still chant...#Jan25
It's fantastic, people started leaving the security of the Sq. and gathering at the parliment. #Jan25 #Tahrir #Egypt
People need to take over parliament, not surround it and sit on the sidewalk. Been doing that for over a year. #jan25 #egypt #tahrir
Chanting "By Friday noon, we will be inside the palace" in front of parliament #tahrir #Jan25 #Egypt
Mubarak to set up a commission of inquiry, chaired by himself, to investigate abuse by pro-Mubarak supporters - AP
Suez Canal operations unaffected by strikes - official
In Sharm el-Sheikh 400,000 workers in the tourism sector are in threat of unemployment if tourism trends continue as they are.
AJ stating about 1000 protesters will stay at the Parliament over night.
Army have said they will move people out of Parliament st tonight. #jan25 #egypt
Protest at parliament is getting bigger and louder, some judicial official just showed up and was interviewed by dream tv.
White House Spox Gibbs on#Egypt VP Suleiman saying Egypt isn't ready for democracy so emergency laws should remain in place: "unhelpful"
Sign that #Mubarak is still in charge: state-controlled media just named him Sexiest Man Alive.
Staff of State Egyptian TV protested today against their own TV and Minister of information, some of them even quit #jan25 #egypt
We are trying to get more people to join us here at People's Assembly from Tahrir Square to gain control in this area too. #Egypt #Jan25
Egypt's stock exchange will suspend trade for a half hour if its broad 100-share index declines by 5 percent after it reopens on Sunday from a two-week closure, the financial regulator said on Tuesday.
BBC Arabic reporter Ahmed Maher: Some AUC students are offering free of charge courses to protesters at their old campus in Meydan Tahrir
RT @monasosh: Setting up our own barricade and check points. Hehe so empowering #Jan25
Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman has said that the only alternative to dialogue as a means of resolving the ongoing political crisis was a 'coup,' reiterating that the regime would not step down.
Almost midnight in Tahrir and there's a rock concert. And a sermon. Across from each other
300 people marched out of the State TV building in solidarity today, chanting for the fall of the regime. #jan25 #egypt
RiverDryFilm Cairo University's democratically elected dean is re-instated, having been ousted for govt yes-man. Revolution grows. #jan25 #egypt
#Jan25 Protesters attack police stations in several provinces
Human Rights Watch: Egypt hospitals 'told to downplay protest deaths'
#Police use live ammunition against citizens in El-Wadi El-Gadid
Poll: 52% of Americans report having heard little or nothing about #Egypt revolution
If anything the #SaudiWomenRevolution initiative is great. Saudi Women are finally stepping up. Silenced no more.
chants coming from the protesters srruondin the Shura Councle and the parliament eople want the president to be tried #jan25
protesters set NDP HQ, Governorate building on fire and unconfirmed reports they set police station on fire 2 #NewValley #Jan25
We need more media coverage of Wadi el-Gedeed (New Valley) - where are news reports? Hearing 8 killed, 100 injured so far. #Jan25
RT Police officer to * I escaped from the service after Interior Min asked us to fire live bullets randomly on protesters. #Jan25
#NewValley Demonstrator Massacre #Egypt #jan25
"Most of the injuries were inflicted by a machine gun, a few by shotguns." "bullets passed in victims bodies from above downward, supporting their account of being shot by the officer from roof of police station"
"Assiut Univ Hosp received only 8 critical cases. Reports say 4 died & less than 300 were injured" "4 of the 8 victims of New Valley massacre referred to Assiut Univ Hosp had a burst eye globe."
Intelligence documents and U.S. officials indicate that Washington's longtime ally has clandestinely conducted research on nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction for decades.
"If we found another country doing what they've done, we would have been all over them," an unidentified ex-U.S. intelligence officer said.
Last year, the International Atomic Energy Agency announced it had launched a probe into the origins of highly enriched uranium particles that turned up at an Egyptian atomic research center in 2007 and 2008. The U.N. nuclear watchdog also chastised Cairo in 2005 for not reporting a number of atomic experiments over the years. The Arab state has conducted both plutonium processing and uranium enrichment endeavors, NBC reported. The plutonium work seems to have been abandoned two decades ago.
Hosni Mubarak's control of Egypt's state media, a vital linchpin of his 30-year presidency, has started to slip as the country's largest-circulation newspaper declared its support for the uprising against him.
Mubarak (n.): a psychotic ex-girl/boyfriend who fails to understand it's over #jan25 #Egypt
Mubarak (adj.): slow to learn or understand. Ex: "Why do you have to be so mubarak?!" #jan25 #Egypt #Cairo #Tahrir
The convicts r set 2 attack the museum,protesters preparing molotovs for defense.#jan25 #egypt #newvalley #tahrir
CNN: Sole looter who made it into Egyptian museum was arrested next to a statue of Sekhmet-Goddess of protection #jan25
Essem el-Erian, a senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, has told reporters from The Guardian of London, "There is no compromise."
We reassess our position every day, maybe every hour. We give them some time to discuss … [Those around Mubarak] are arranging their affairs because he was a symbol of the regime and he was controlling them. They need some time. We give them this chance. A week.
"Israel must under no circumstance interfere" in what is happening in Egypt, Turkish daily Hurriyet quoted Erdogan as saying on Monday.
Dominic Waghorn of Sky News reports, "Visited Hisham Mubarak human rights office. Every computer ripped open, hard drive taken by secret police."
Calling for mass demonstrations in Iraq
Egypt state radio is reporting that 34 political prisoners were released Tuesday and 1000 "non-political" prisoners, having served three-quarters of sentences, were freed Wednesday.
muslim brotherhood says it does not seek power and will not field a candidate for President, saying they are only interested in being part of a democracy - AP
Suleiman : "The overthrow of Mubarak and the government would lead to chaos and anarchy. Mubarak must stay to avoid foreign interests destroying Egypt in a coup attempt"
Over a thousand protesters now marching from Tahrir to reinforce their new position outside Egypt's parliament
army enters parliament 4 1st time n country's history 2 protect it. Parliament employees told 2 stay home 4 days #jan25
FaceBook page calling for appointment of @Ghonim as spokesman of revolt now has 221,776 followers
Reporter: Discussions held to start spreading at Ramsis square w/ intention to march toward Oroba Palace.
bbc : Keep meeting Egyptians who say family & friends r flying in this week to go to Tahrir Sq
Ex-Chief of Staff Mofaz Urges US to Halt Military Aid to Egypt
#Shafik moves his office to Civil Aviation Ministry b/c of Protesters. Big Win @monasosh #jan25 #Egypt #democracy
#Suleiman In a veiled warning: "We don't want to deal with #Egyptian society with police tools
#Egypt protesters attack Port Said governor's building, state television reports.
Farmers and villagers join call of protesters in Egypt : Reuters
#Egypt Interior Ministry: "From today our dealings with you will be with honesty, trust and lawfulness." Unbelievable. RT @bencnn
News of strikes and direct actions coming in from across the country every minute #egypt #jan25
Situation in khrga now. Ppl burnt down police station, state security building and NDP headquarters. Army intervened to restore calm
Tens of thousands of workers across Egypt have gone on strike and joined the protests, giving new energy to the anti-Mubarak movement. Protests have spread to many cities, including Egypt’s vast south, and “6,000 workers at five service companies owned by the Suez Canal Authority” have walked off the job, according to the New York Times.
Further tanks deploying around the square and parliament.
More military deploying across the country to deal with protesters, seems they don't have enough soldiers
Channel 5, the Egyptian state television channel for Alexandria, has suddenly stopped broadcasting.
Army is in a good mood today, allowing all supplies through Asr El Nil with minimum inspection and even making KFC jokes.
Reports from an eyewitness that CSF forces are gathering near parliament. Fear of police/thug crackdown #Egypt #Tahrir
Hearing reports that govt. planning to unleash thugs on protesters at parliament within the coming hours #Egypt #Tahrir
Small group tried to march on the palace, were turned back by the army
More soldiers and tanks and APC in Cairo, Tahrir square, TV station, Parliament and Palace
tomorrow more oil workers from the provinces will descend on Nasr City to join protests in front of oil ministry.
Government has evacuated all offices of Cabinet Headquarters due to continuing protests outside building
bencnn: #Egypt schools and universities to remain closed next week-midterm break extended. #Egypt #Jan25 #Tahrir
Train operators sit on the rails to block them in solidarity with protestor against Mubarak #egypt #jan25
EgyptianTV is broadcasting protesters' opinions from #Tahrir. Also announcing that protester numbers are increasing.
Reuters reports that the Egytian army is "beefing up security" on the road leading up to presidential palace in Cairo #Egypt
4th death in ElKharga by police bullets just reported.
Speaking of women; a woman is leading thousands of workers and employees of #Telecom Egypt strike in #Alexandria #Jan25 #Egypt
Medics in #Kharga say that many protesters have sustained severe injuries and the death toll is expected to rise. #Jan25 #Egypt #Mubarak
#Jan25 #Egypt You know it's a revolution when you have machine guns on tripods on the State TV bldg balcony ht @evanchill
bencnn: Labour unrest spreading like wildfire in #Egypt. Govt media campaign against #Tahrir protest crumbling. #Jan25
Ghonim notarized power of attorney this morning giving wife control of assets, says he is "ready to die" to bring change to Egypt
Sulieman - "We will not tolerate further protests" - AP
Tariq Ali says Egyptian military is divided: #Corrupt generals vs. soldiers.
Protesters say they will surround Egypt RadioTV Headquarters on Friday #jan25 #egypt
Two water canon trucks just parked on kasr el eini next to pa #jan25
Suleiman said if situation does not return to normalcy, the army will control the situation with a military coup d'etat.
Public transport workers to go on mass strike in Cairo tomorrow, pressure on the regime is mounting #Egypt #Tahrir #Jan25
Mohamed ElBaradei has been placed under house arrest
URGENT: prison break in Menia in upper egypt for the second time & extreme violence and gunfire on the streets of the city
In Kharga, South Western #Egypt, the toll from clashes is now 5 dead .. this city's situation is critical.
AlJazeera reporting that there is conflict between Suleiman & Army's #2 regarding how to deal with protesters. #Egypt #jan25
Fighting in Alexandria with cops
Many helicopters seen going in the South of Egypt, probably to Kharga.
Iraq protesters go to the streets, demand more jobs, less corruption (DPA)
NATO appoints Britain's envoy to Iran to take over NATO role in Kabul (Reuters)
Iran state prosecutor warns opposition against supporting Egypt protests (AP)
U.S. Republican official during Israel visit: Iran is world's greatest threat (AP)
U.S. diplomat: Despite Egypt, Arab world and Israel are unified on Iran (Reuters)
Facebook page calls for mass protest against Hamas on Friday in Gaza (DPA)
Abbas: Israel-Palestinian peace negotiations are stuck because of Israel (Ch.10)
Poll shows Americans wary of backing Democracy in Mideast (Reuters)
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood: Real talks on transfer of power have yet to start (Reuters)
Egypt tells EU chief not to visit country amid uprising (DPA)
NATO chief: Vital for Egypt to remain moderate force in region (DPA)
Policy experts urge U.S. Congress not to cut aid to Egypt (AP)
Tensions mount as Egyptian FM says U.S. 'imposing will' on Cairo (Reuters)
Egypt minister says army could act to protect nation (Reuters)
U.S.: Egypt shouldn't be amazed of our demand to rescind its emergency law (Haaretz)
Guardian reports 1000s of Egyptians beaten, tortured by army since Jan. 25 (Israel Radio)
Jordan king swears in new government after protests (Reuters)
State Department schedule does not mention planned Clinton-Barak meet (Haaretz)
Spokesperson for Ehud Barak: Meeting at White House was excellent (Haaretz)
Maj. Gen. Benny Ganz approved to be next IDF chief by Turkel Committee (Ch. 10)
Barak to meet with U.S. officials Clinton, Gates, National Security Advisor (Army Radio)
Obama consults with Saudi King Abdullah about situation in Egypt (Reuters)
Islam Times: Saudi Arabia's 86-year-old King Abdullah was discharged from a New York City hospital in good health after going through two back operations in December 2010. The king delegated the management of the affairs of the world’s largest oil supplier to his half-brother, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, during his absence.
King Abdullah talked with Obama about the situation in Egypt over the phone yesterday. Obama and the King got into a heated debate about their opinions of what Hosni Mubarak should do. After the phone call sources stated that King Abdullah was furious and then suffered a sudden heart attack.
Update at 10:37 a.m. ET: NBC says Mubarak will make a statement this evening and step down. A statement by the armed forces on Egyptian state TV says the military convened the supreme council of the armed forces "to safeguard people and protect their interest." Al-Jazeera TV notes that Mubarak was not shown attending that meeting.
Update at 10:37 a.m. ET:NBC's Richard Engel says two independent sources have confirmed that Mubarak will step down. In addition, the armed forces supreme council has convened to begin the orderly transition of power, NBC says.
Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel-Hamid, reporting from Cairo, confirmed the new demands of those in Tahrir Square include the entire administration to resign – not just President Mubarak. They want a one-year transitional period before full parliamentary elections - during which a three-person presidential council should run the country while a panel of experts write a new, permanent constitution – taking advice from opposition groups and senior, high-profile Egyptians, including the Muslim Brotherhood.
#Tahrir wants to march on the presidential palace along with the army #Jan25
Al Jazeera: Protesters are demanding the army gets involved & to head to the Presidential Palace
SultanAlQassemi : I don't expect less than 10 million protesters on the streets of Egypt tomorrow.
Al Jazeera: Protesters listened for 12.5 minutes of this 17 minute speech before exploding in anti-Mubarak chants
The level of anger in #Tahrir is off the charts, the crowd won't wait till tomorrow. This is going to produce a very disturbing scene #Egypt
AJE: Angry, emotional protestors take to the streets of Alexandria towards the military base #Jan25
Egypt state tv, Egypt VP (omar sulaiman) to hold speech soon/AJA
Thamer Saeed Salman : This couldn't have happened with out the army's consent, which means that the army picked a side, this situation could explode
Reports of violence in Cairo and Alexandria
Rumors of Mubarak resigning probably came from the regime
Tahrir protesters to march to Presidential Palace -- @RichardEngelNBC just now on MSNBC
Ahmed Mekkawy in Alexandria tweets: "North area military command center is getting totally surrounded by protestors. I swear something big will happen in Alexandria today."
9.48pm GMT: Mubarak's address was watched by President Obama onboard Air Force One. He is planning to go straight from his plane to meet with his national security team at the White House.
"This is not what the [US] administration was told President Mubarak was going to do," reports CNN political correspondent John King