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February 18, 2011 | By Ned Parker and Doha Al Zohairy, Los Angeles Times
The song just came to him. Boiling with anger on that first day of February after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak refused to step down, Ramy Essam grabbed his guitar. Within 20 minutes, he banged out lyrics cobbled together from the chants of the crowd in Tahrir Square, and then climbed a wobbly stage. "All of us are standing together, asking for one simple thing: Leave, leave, leave, leave," he sang, in a hypnotic echo of the words that had ricocheted through the square all day. "He will leave, because we won't leave.
February 15, 2011 | By Melissa Maerz, Los Angeles Times
CBS News correspondent Lara Logan is recovering in an American hospital this week after being sexually assaulted and beaten by a mob in Egypt's Tahrir Square late on Friday. The same day that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, Logan was surveying the mood of anti-Mubarak protesters for a "60 Minutes" story when she and her team "were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration," CBS said in a statement Tuesday. The network said that a group of 200 people were then "whipped into a frenzy," pulling Logan away from her crew and attacking her until a group of women and Egyptian soldiers intervened.
February 13, 2011 | Doyle McManus
"Mission Accomplished" read the hauntingly familiar phrase from Egyptian activist Wael Ghonim on Thursday when the first word came that President Hosni Mubarak might step down. Ghonim delivered the words by Twitter, unlike George W. Bush, who had them printed on a banner. But in both cases, they were premature. As Richard Haass, a former top State Department official who now heads the private Council on Foreign Relations, said in a conference call with reporters last week, if Egypt's revolution were a baseball game, this would only be the third inning.
February 13, 2011 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
The White House says it is pushing friendly but autocratic governments in the Middle East to accelerate political and economic reforms, a message that is raising fears in those countries about the strength of the U.S. commitment to its allies. A day after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was driven from power by a popular uprising, President Obama called Jordan's King Abdullah II, among others, to emphasize American support for greater political openness. Obama expressed his "conviction that democracy will bring more ?
February 12, 2011 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
The announcement of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's exit Friday was too much for Amr Nassef, an Egyptian who anchors the news on Al Manar TV, which is operated by Hezbollah in Lebanon. "Allahu akbar, the pharaoh is dead," Nassef said on the air, his voice rising with emotion. "Am I dreaming? I'm afraid to be dreaming. " Across the Middle East, the euphoria was contagious. Young men waved flags through the streets of Ramallah in the West Bank, spontaneous rallies broke out at the Egyptian Embassy in Jordan, and people across the region ripped through the contact lists on their cellphones to share an empowering sense of incredulity, followed by possibility, that accompanied the news.
February 12, 2011 | By Nomi Morris, Special to the Los Angeles Times
As news spread Friday that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had resigned, members of California's Coptic Christian community shared a sense of joy and relief with family and friends, many of whom had stood alongside their Muslim neighbors in Cairo and Alexandria during 18 days of pro-democracy protests. "I just burst into tears. I was so overjoyed, so proud," said Susanna Khalil, 27, an attorney in Santa Monica. Khalil's mother immigrated to the United States from Cairo in 1975 and her father, who died in 1987, served in the Egyptian air force with Mubarak.
February 11, 2011 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak refused to step down Thursday, saying in a nationally televised speech that he would hand authority to his vice president in a move that enraged and bewildered hundreds of thousands of protesters packed into Cairo's Tahrir Square. The country was anticipating an address that would mark the end of Mubarak's 30 years in power but instead was told that he was going nowhere. Protesters shouted, "Leave! Leave!" and chants of disapproval echoed across the Nile at the prospect that the 17-day standoff with the government was not over.
February 11, 2011 | Reuters
U.S. stocks rose on Friday as investors welcomed news that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned, easing concerns that have been weighing on the market for weeks. As Mubarak stepped down, Egypt's vice president named a military council to run the country after 18 days of mass protests, state television said. Market Vectors Egypt Index ETF rallied on the news, up 6.3 percent to $18.93. "The markets are clearly celebrating the end of Mubarak. I think that is a speculative thing to do -- it may work, and you may find out that it is way too soon to celebrate the crisis is over," said David Kotok, chief investment officer at Cumberland Advisors in Sarasota, Florida.
February 11, 2011 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak brushed off political enemies and crushed opposition voices for 30 years. But his network of oppression unraveled in a mere 18 days, the pent-up anger of a disillusioned younger generation exploding in protest, overwhelming the police state and forcing the military to push him aside. It was a stunning end for a stodgy, 82-year-old former air force commander who for decades entrusted Egypt's fate to no one but himself. As protests swelled day after day, he brooded and maneuvered, as if oblivious to the calls and rage of his compatriots, who had finally summoned the courage they had so long lacked.
February 11, 2011 | By Timothy M. Phelps, Los Angeles Times
Less than 24 hours after a patronizing speech in which he insisted he wouldn't resign, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak fled his palace by helicopter and left it to his newly appointed vice president to tell the nation he had turned power over to the military. The dramatic end to Mubarak's 30 years in power came after a day of widespread confusion over who really ruled Egypt, and massive demonstrations that spread far from Cairo's central Tahrir Square, the nerve center of the protests for more than two weeks.
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