An extremely thorough and readable, up-to-date round up of the protests in Egypt by The Guardian
Give it a read here
12.16am GMT: As we move into Saturday morning, we’ll be bringing the live blog to a close shortly. We’ll be continuing our coverage tomorrow, but there’s much more on the Egypt protests at guardian.co.uk/world. Thanks for staying with us, and in the meantime, here’s a summary of the main points today:
• President Hosni Mubarak appeared on TV to tell Egyptians he has asked the government to resign. Mubarak will form a new government on Saturday, but there was no indication that the president himself would be stepping aside.
• Barack Obama, the US president, said he had spoken to Mubarak following his televised address, and called on Egyptian authorities to refrain from using violence against peaceful protesters. “This moment of volatility has to be turned into a moment of promise,” Obama said.
• The White House said it was reviewing its $1.5bn in aid to Egypt, on a day which saw tanks move in after protesters defied a nationwide curfew ordered by President Mubarak. Reports said at least 20 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured on the fourth and most violent day of protests against Mubarak’s 30-year rule.
• In another significant development, Mohamed ElBaradei, the former UN weapons chief who may stand in presidential elections later this year, was placed under house arrest for “his own protection” after returning from abroad
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