Egypt Restores Internet

As army calls for end to the protests
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2011 4:30 AM CST
A young girl standing on a relative's shoulders leads chants against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak during the continuing demonstration in Tahrir square in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Feb. 1, 2011.   (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

(Newser) – Egyptian authorities tried to nudge the nation back toward normalcy today, bringing the Internet back online as the army called for an end to the protests. “You have the power to bring stability back to the country,” an army spokesman said in a televised address. “We are urging you as respectful citizens to go back home.”

The Internet blackout has officially ended, one cellphone service confirmed for the Wall Street Journal, though Mashable found Twitter reports indicating that some sites—including Facebook and Twitter itself—are still blocked.

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