More on that meeting from Reuters' Marwa Awad and Andrew Hammond: "Vice President Omar Suleiman was due to meet a group of prominent figures on Saturday to examine a proposed solution under which he would assume the president's powers for an interim period, one of the group's members said." uk.reuters.com
BBC reports that members of the government and opposition leaders may meet later today.
by Reuters_RossChainey at 8:19
"Another morning in Cairo and the anti Mubarak protesters still goin strong." via @fpleitgenCNN
by storyful at 8:11
What's the cost of the unrest on Egypt's economy? BBC is reporting that it's at least $310 million a day. www.bbc.co.uk
by Allan Shifman at 6:54
The Egyptian flag is seen with the Empire State Building in the background, as protesters march in support of the Egyptian protesters, and against the Egyptian government in New York February 4, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
by Allan Shifman at 6:04
God Bless the journalist and his family. I'am a American and i have never had to fight for freedom and sure don't take it for granted. I admire all of the protesters for there fight to have freedom. God Bless all.
comment by twoclncooks at 5:57
An Egyptian journalist who was shot in the head while filming protests against Egyptian President Mubarak from the balcony of his home last Saturday died of his injuries on Friday, his wife told Al Jazeera TV earlier. Ahmed Mohammed Mahmoud worked with the state-owned daily al-Ahram, and is the first journalist known to have died so far in the uprising. Read more at www.reuters.com
by Matt Reeder at 4:49
Here’s the latest from our correspondents on the ground in Cairo:
With the unrest entering its 12th day, protesters camped out in Tahrir Square, the hub of demonstrations in the heart of Cairo, prepared on Saturday to wait President Hosni Mubarak out.
"Mubarak must go, Mubarak must go" and "Hold your ground, God is with us," someone shouted over a loud speaker, after a brief burst of heavy gunfire shortly before 2 a.m. local time.
The origin of the gunfire was unclear and there were no reports of casualties. One protester said the army, which is separating pro-democracy supporters and Mubarak loyalists after violent clashes earlier this week, had fired in the air.
Television footage later showed people milling around but there was no sign of violence.
We know plenty about Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s political life, but an ABC News investigation sheds some new light on a matter more personal to the embattled leader: his family’s wealth. According to the report, some experts estimate the Mubarak family’s net worth to be somewhere in the range of $40 to $70 billion, much of that built from military contracts during his tenure as an air force officer. Read the full story atabcnews.go.com
by Matt Reeder at 3:48
Protesters march in support of the Egyptian protesters and against the Egyptian government along 42nd St. past the Empire State Building in New York February 4, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
by Matt Reeder at 1:42
It's just after 2 a.m. in Egypt. Our Cairo newsroom is reporting heavy gunfire in Tahrir Square. It's not clear if anyone has been hurt. We'll bring more updates as we have them.
by Matt Reeder at 1:12
Alexander Dziadosz has been a correspondent for Reuters in Egypt since October, 2009. He's been covering the events on the ground in Egypt this week. Here he gives a first-hand account of an encounter with Egyptian police and unidentified armed men in a Cairo slum on Friday. www.reuters.com
by Matt Reeder at 0:53
New video from the Reuters TV team of Obama's statements earlier.
by Matt Reeder at 2/4/2011 23:49
Reuters correspondents Arshad Mohammed and Matt Spetalnick in Washington report the following about President Obama’s comments on Friday about the political situation in Egypt:
"President Barack Obama on Friday appealed to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to make the "right decision" as the United States kept up its push for an orderly transition of power in the face of mass protests.
Obama stopped short of calling for Mubarak to immediately resign -- the demand of the thousands of protesters on the streets of Cairo. But Obama pointedly noted that the Egyptian president has already made a decision not to run re-election.
Obama told reporters that in their two conversations since mass protests against Mubarak's 30-year rule began 11 days ago he stressed the need for an orderly transition to democracy in the country, long a cornerstone of U.S. Middle East strategy.
"Having made that psychological break, that decision that he will not be running again, I think the most important thing for him to ask himself ... is how do we make that transition effective and lasting and legitimate," Obama said at a news conference."
CPJ reporting first jouranlist death in Egypt. Al Ahram newspaper are also carrying the story. cpj.org
comment by Elena at 2/4/2011 22:16
"Revolution-ing -- in style! (Cairo University professor Kamal Mogith)" on Tahrir Square taken just now by @TravellerW
by storyful at 2/4/2011 22:03
"In Tahrir: one of my fav posters thus far (fyi the art has been amazing) -- Egypt personified as bride, pulled by both Mubarak and people." Taken earlier today by US journalist @LaurenBohn
by storyful at 2/4/2011 21:56
Speaking at a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the White House, President Obama says that if there is a pretense of reform but not real reform in Egypt, that will not be effective.
by Patricia Launt at 2/4/2011 21:46
Picture of a sign in Tahrir: "Come on, leave, I want to shave!" via @etharkamal
by storyful at 2/4/2011 21:26
Egypt is shortening curfew times starting from Saturday to run from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. instead of 5 p.m. to 7 a.m., state television is reporting.
by Patricia Launt at 2/4/2011 21:18
A banner from earlier today in Tahrir Square: "Power of the People Thanx Tunis" via @RamyRaoof
by storyful at 2/4/2011 21:11
Noam Chomsky writes in The Guardian that it's not radical Islam that worries the U.S. – it's independence www.guardian.co.uk
by Patricia Launt at 2/4/2011 21:05
According to Egypt's health minister, 11 people have died in clashes between pro- and anti-Mubarak protesters in Cairo this week www.reuters.com
by Aviva_Reuters at 2/4/2011 20:56
What about the rest of the people? Why we don't see interviews from normal people outside of the square?
comment by Mark at 2/4/2011 20:45
The White House has said it continues to receive "very disturbing" reports of systematic targeting of foreign journalists in Egypt.
by Aviva_Reuters at 2/4/2011 20:24
This video by anti-Mubarak tweeter @zeinobia, shows a little girl screaming 'down with Mubarak' on Tahrir Square.
by storyful at 2/4/2011 20:16
Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman will meet a group of prominent independent figures on Saturday promoting a solution to the crisis that would see him assume the president's powers for an interim period, Diaa Rashwan, one of the group invitees tells Reuters. www.reuters.com
by Patricia Launt edited by Aviva_Reuters at 2/4/2011 20:10
"Their bed for yet another night: the sidewalk" from @TravellerW, as protesters in Tahrir Square bed down for the night.
by storyful at 2/4/2011 20:08
An Egyptian protester holding a sign saying 'thank you facebook' - taken earlier today by @richardengelnbc.
by storyful at 2/4/2011 20:05
BBC interviews Egyptian journalist Shaheera Amin, who resigned from her post at the state run news channel, Nile TV, and actually joined the protesters in Tahrir Square.www.bbc.co.uk
by Patricia Launt at 2/4/2011 19:02
An anti-government protester celebrates after hearing a rumor that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will resign near Tahrir Square in Cairo February 4, 2011. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
by Corinne Perkins at 2/4/2011 18:58
An injured anti-government protester rests by a burned out bus, used as barricade, alongside the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square in Cairo February 4, 2011. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
by Corinne Perkins at 2/4/2011 18:49
Al Arabiya is reporting that Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq says it is unlikely President Hosni Mubarak will hand presidential powers to his newly appointed vice president, Omar Suleiman www.reuters.com
by Patricia Launt at 2/4/2011 18:42
Locals walk past burnt out vehicles, which have been there for a week during protests against Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak, in Alexandria February 4, 2011. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
by Corinne Perkins at 2/4/2011 18:33
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei saluted today what he termed an "Islamic liberation movement" in the Arab world, and advised the people of Egypt and Tunisia to unite around their religion and against the West. www.reuters.com
by Patricia Launt at 2/4/2011 18:23
An Austrian newspaper is reporting that Nobel Peace Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei says he will not run for president in future Egyptian elections. www.reuters.com
by Patricia Launt at 2/4/2011 18:03
Speaking to reporters in Brussels about the situation in Egypt, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said: "I hope that in Egypt there can be a transition toward a more democratic system without a break from President Mubarak, who in the West, above all in the United States, is considered the wisest of men and a precise reference point."www.reuters.com
by Patricia Launt at 2/4/2011 17:54
Opposition supporters sleep near Tahrir Square in Cairo February 4, 2011. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
by Corinne Perkins at 2/4/2011 17:31
European Union leaders call on Egyptian authorities to begin the transfer of power to a broad-based government immediately. www.reuters.com
by Patricia Launt at 2/4/2011 17:25
It's now 6:00 p.m. in Cairo on this "Day of Departure". The curfew is on but people remain in the streets.
by Patricia Launt at 2/4/2011 17:10
Al Jazeera says that its office in Cairo has been burned and destroyed by "gangs of thugs," but it will continue to report from Egypt www.reuters.com
by Patricia Launt at 2/4/2011 16:58
The world's unelected rulers have had a few unsettling weeks, Reuters' Chrystia Freeland writes in her piece "The Authoritarian International goes on the defensive"blogs.reuters.com
by Patricia Launt at 2/4/2011 16:51
Photographer Dylan Martinez is in Alexandria to capture the sentiment at the mass demonstrations there.
by Corinne Perkins at 2/4/2011 16:44
Protesters show their anger as they chant anti-government slogans during mass demonstrations against Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak in Alexandria February 4, 2011. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
by Corinne Perkins at 2/4/2011 16:43
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is heading to a global security conference in Munich today and the Egyptian crisis will likely dominate the agenda www.reuters.com
by Patricia Launt at 2/4/2011 16:25
Anti-government protestors shout anti-Mubarak slogans after Friday prayers at Tahrir Square in Cairo February 4, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany
by Corinne Perkins at 2/4/2011 16:12
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation journalist David Common Tweets: "Mobs in streets stopping foreign journalists. Very dicey"
Egypt's uprising is taking a heavy economic toll, costing the country at least $310 million a day, according to analysis from Credit Agricole bank. www.bbc.co.uk
by Patricia Launt at 2/4/2011 15:48
Volunteer doctors treat wounded on both sides as protesters prepare for more demonstrations.
by Patricia Launt at 2/4/2011 15:27
The uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia have analysts scrutinizing which other North African country could be the next to fall - Libya, Algeria or Morocco? www.reuters.com
by Patricia Launt at 2/4/2011 15:18
Egypt's army has been instructed to assist foreign media and help protect them from groups in plain clothes who have attacked and beaten journalists, the Egyptian cabinet's spokesman told Reuters www.reuters.com
by Patricia Launt at 2/4/2011 14:51
Egyptian soldiers isolated on the Gaza border are said to be getting bread, canned goods and other supplies from an enclave normally on the receiving end of food aidwww.reuters.com
by Aviva_Reuters at 2/4/2011 14:13
Here are some quotes from the streets of Cairo about Friday's mass demonstrations to try to force President Hosni Mubarak to quit.
A member of the press lies on the ground after being attacked by mobs while soldiers surround him in Cairo February 3, 2011. The United States and Britain condemned the intimidation of foreign reporters covering protests against President Hosni Mubarak on Thursday. REUTERS/Kyodo
by josh.hargreaves at 2/4/2011 13:09
CNN tries to answer the question, "Why are reporters being attacked?" www.cnn.com
by Allan Shifman at 2/4/2011 12:34
An Egyptian army member stops a pro-Mubarak supporter from speaking about Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, during a speech by a cleric asking Mubarak to step down, before Friday prayers at Tahrir Square in Cairo February 4, 2011. REUTERS/Amr Dalsh
by Allan Shifman at 2/4/2011 12:18
Here's a Reuters analysis that takes a look at the meaning, and intent, of "Islamists"www.reuters.com
by Allan Shifman at 2/4/2011 12:05
Egypt's Prime Minister tells state TV: "I offer my apology for everything that happened yesterday because it's neither logical nor rational." www.latimes.com
by Allan Shifman at 2/4/2011 11:47
Canadian photographer Yonathan Kellerman describes how he found himself under attack by thugs in Cairo. www.nationalpost.com
by Allan Shifman at 2/4/2011 11:30
Opposition supporters gather and listen to Egyptian-born cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who says President Hosni Mubarak must stand down and leave Egypt, before Friday prayers at Tahrir Square in Cairo February 4, 2011. REUTERS/Amr Dalsh
by Allan Shifman at 2/4/2011 11:13
Protesters hold placards during a rally demanding for an end to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's rule, outside the U.S. embassy in Kuala Lumpur, February 4, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer
by Allan Shifman at 2/4/2011 11:07
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says that uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia will spell an "irreparable defeat" for the U.S. www.reuters.com
by Allan Shifman at 2/4/2011 10:47
CNN is reporting that protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square are chanting "We've been here for more than 10 days, and change is coming." www.cnn.com
by Allan Shifman at 2/4/2011 10:25
Here is an analysis from Reuters on why independence is key for autocrats who want to hang on to power www.reuters.com
by Allan Shifman at 2/4/2011 10:19
A pro-Mubarak supporter (2nd L) is detained by anti-government demonstators during clashes at Tahrir Square in Cairo February 3, 2011. REUTERS/Amr Dalsh
by Allan Shifman at 2/4/2011 10:11
Egypt's defense minister and other top army officials are currently visiting Cairo's Tahrir Square, according to a defense ministry source.
by Allan Shifman at 2/4/2011 9:43
LIVE VIDEO feeds need to be BACK on the networks! Independent monitors and journalists are being removed/arrested or equipment confiscated or destroyed since last evening. World needs oversight. Potential Tiananmen Square or Jenin here
comment by Asif from Canada at 2/4/2011 9:30
CNN reports that demonstrators have built a barbed-wire barricade and stacked piles of rocks throughout Cairo's Tahrir Square. www.cnn.com
by Allan Shifman at 2/4/2011 9:27
A day-by-day interactive map of the protests from the New York Timeswww.nytimes.com