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Feb 18, 2011

Change in Egypt to ratchet pressure on Israel

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s revolution and upheavals across the region herald a shift in the balance of power between Israel and its neighbours, as Arabs push out autocrats who often put U.S. and European ties before their people’s demands.

The Egyptian revolt that put an end to President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule, is still in its early days. No one can yet predict who will be holding Mubarak’s place as leader of the Arab world’s most populous country at the end of the year.

Feb 18, 2011

Analysis: Change in Egypt to ratchet pressure on Israel

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s revolution and upheavals across the region herald a shift in the balance of power between Israel and its neighbors, as Arabs push out autocrats who often put U.S. and European ties before their people’s demands.

The Egyptian revolt that put an end to President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule, is still in its early days. No one can yet predict who will be holding Mubarak’s place as leader of the Arab world’s most populous country at the end of the year.

Feb 11, 2011

Joy at Mubarak’s demise contrasts with tense accession

CAIRO (Reuters) – This time people leapt for joy, hugged their neighbours and in unison cried “Freedom” and “God is Great”. They waved their Egyptian flags, beat their drums and headed downtown for the party of a generation.

It was a very different scene I witnessed 30 years ago when Egypt last lost a president with the assassination of President Anwar Sadat, which brought Hosni Mubarak to power.

Feb 11, 2011

Witness: Joy at Mubarak’s demise contrasts with tense accession

CAIRO (Reuters) – This time people leapt for joy, hugged their neighbors and in unison cried “Freedom” and “God is Great.” They waved their Egyptian flags, beat their drums and headed downtown for the party of a generation.

It was a very different scene I witnessed 30 years ago when Egypt last lost a president with the assassination of President Anwar Sadat, which brought Hosni Mubarak to power.

Feb 9, 2011

Egypt’s VP Suleiman, a conservative security man

CAIRO (Reuters) – The confrontation between Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and a million or more of his compatriots has brought long-serving intelligence chief and newly appointed vice president Omar Suleiman out of the shadows.

But far from reassuring Egyptians demanding that Mubarak leave office, Suleiman has alienated many of them with his conservative ideas and his security-minded inflexibility. To many he is repeating the mantras long used by Mubarak.

Feb 8, 2011

New protesters flood Cairo square to oppose Mubarak

CAIRO (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians demanding President Hosni Mubarak’s downfall flooded Cairo’s Tahrir Square Tuesday in one of the biggest demonstrations yet against his continued rule after three decades in power.

Many were there for the first time. Some said they had been encouraged by other protesters who had told them about the festive atmosphere in the square, the hub of protests that have rocked Mubarak’s rule.

Feb 8, 2011

Egypt proclaims power transfer plan, protesters wary

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt has a plan and timetable for the peaceful transfer of power, the vice president said on Tuesday, as protesters called more demonstrations to show their campaign to oust President Hosni Mubarak remains potent.

With signs growing that the government may be gaining the upper hand in the struggle for power, Vice President Omar Suleiman promised no reprisals against the protesters for their two-week campaign to eject Mubarak after 30 years in office.

Feb 8, 2011

Egypt proclaims power transfer plan

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt has a plan and timetable for the peaceful transfer of power, the vice president said on Tuesday, as protesters called more demonstrations to show their campaign to oust President Hosni Mubarak remains potent.

With signs growing that the government may be gaining the upper hand in the struggle for power, Vice President Omar Suleiman promised no reprisals against the protesters for their two-week campaign to eject Mubarak after 30 years in office.

Feb 8, 2011

First-timers join mass protest in Cairo square

CAIRO (Reuters) – Thousands of protesters including first-timers gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square from early on Tuesday and numbers built quickly as demonstrations meant to force out President Hosni Mubarak entered their third week.

Many had camped out overnight in what has become a tented village in the heart of the Egyptian capital, with people selling food, drink, newspapers and Egyptian flags that were being waved aloft in the festival atmosphere.

Feb 7, 2011

Factbox: What’s at stake in talks on Egypt’s constitution

By Jonathan Wright

(Reuters) – The future of the Egyptian constitution is at the center of talks between Vice President Omar Suleiman and the opposition, with special emphasis on the rules for the presidency and for elections.

The protest movement seeking to oust President Hosni Mubarak wants a radical overhaul of the document, which the ruling NDP party has amended twice in the last six years in ways that preserved its control over political life.