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Fresh unrest breaks out across Egypt

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Fresh unrest breaks out across Egypt


An eruption of anger in cities across Egypt.
Fresh clashes have broken out between Egyptian police and anti-government protesters, with people shouting phrases such as “down, down with Mubarak” and “the plane is waiting for you.”
Hundreds of thousands have turned out for demonstrations calling for President Hosni Mubarak to step down.
People are said to have gathered outside a presidential residence in Cairo. Teargas, water cannon and rubber bullets are reported to have been used.
After days of mounting unrest, both of the country’s biggest opposition groups backed today’s call for protest action, called after Friday prayers.
The government attempted to block the demonstrations by shutting down internet and mobile phone services.
The demonstrations are also backed by the Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei, who has returned to Cairo.
One report said ElBaradei was prevented from leaving an area where he took part in a prayer service.
This unrest is the latest political upheaval to hit the Middle East and North Africa, from Egypt to Tunisia and Lebanon to Yemen.
New demonstrations are reported in cities including Cairo, Alexandria, Suez, Mansoura and Aswan.
President Barack Obama has also called on the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to make what he calls “absolutely critical” reforms.
This puts new pressure on a man who has ruled Egypt for almost 30 years.
One news agency reports that four French journalists have been detained by the authorities.

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