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Obama calls for calm in Egypt

Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 01:36

Jan 28 - Amid the escalating political unrest in Egypt, U.S. President Barack Obama called for calm and urged Egypt to make reforms to meet the protesters' demands. Jon Decker reports.

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The unrest continued in Egypt on Thursday as Egyptian security forces shot dead a Bedouin protester in the north of Egypt's Sinai region, bringing the death toll to five on the third day of protestsin the country. In the Egyptian city of Suez, police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at hundreds of demonstrators calling for an end to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year-old rule. Amid the escalating political unrest, opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei, a Nobel laureate, arrived in Cairo and said "there is no going back" on change. In Washington, US President Barack Obama called for calm and urged Egypt to make reforms to meet the protesters' demands. SOUNDBITE: US President Barack Obama saying (English): "My main hope right now is that violence is not the answer in solving these problems in Egypt. The government has to be careful about not resorting to violence and the people on the streets have to be careful about not resorting to violence. I think it is very important that people have mechanisms in order to express legitimate grievances." The US, which views President Mubarak as a vital ally in the region, fears that Islamic radicals could exploit continuing anger on the streets of Egypt. Jon Decker, Reuters.

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Obama calls for calm in Egypt

Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 01:36