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Biden Tells Egypt VP to Release Journalists

'Tense calm' in Cairo, and tomorrow could be crucial
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2011 6:05 PM CST

(Newser) – A 'tense calm" has fallen on Cairo's Tahrir Square after another day of clashes that saw pro-Mubarak supporters attack journalists and rights activists, reports Al Jazeera. Tomorrow could be pivotal, notes the Los Angeles Times: It's the deadline protesters have given Hosni Mubarak to leave as well as the main prayer day of the Muslim week. Key developments:

  • Joe Biden called Egypt VP Omar Suleiman to urge the immediate release of detained reporters and activists, reports AP.
  • Two Fox News journalists were beaten, blindfolded, and accused of being Israeli spies, reports Mediaite. It was just one of many harrowing tales emerging. ABC is keeping a running tally of journalists arrested or assaulted here.

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  • VP Suleiman gave a TV interview in which he called for dialogue with the opposition Muslim Brotherhood, notable because he actually referred to the organization by name, reports the New York Times.
  • To read about Hosni Mubarak's ABC interview in which he said he cannot step down immediately, click here.
(Read more Egypt protests stories.)

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