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'Tripoli Is Burning': Libyan Ambassador to U.S. Appeals for Help As Violence Escalates

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Gadhafi Claims He’s Still in Control, Says He’s Not Going Anywhere

Libya’s ambassador to the United States described a brutal scene playing out in the streets of Tripoli, where government supporters and parts of the military have been called by Col. Moammar Gadhafi's regime to take on protesters demanding the president's exit.

"Tripoli is burning," Ambassador Ali Suleiman Aujalisaid on "Good Morning America" today. "The people are being killed in a brutal way. The people are armless."

Aujali said Gadhafi’s supporters are using tanks and gunfire to kill not just protesters but also the capital’s residents, adding that he’s seen images of “people cut in half, just like they’re being killed by bulldozers.”

"Please please help the Libyan people. Help them. They are burning," he appealed to the international community. "They are being killed in their streets, their houses."

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The people of Egypt have spoken, their voices have been heard, and Egypt will never be the same.
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Egypt: Jubilation In Cairo As Transition Begins To Take Shape

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By AARON KATERSKY, ABC News


(CAIRO) — As you cross the Nile Bridge into Tahrir Square, you are carried along by a sea of humanity: red, white and black Egyptian flags are being held high, people are singing and chanting and hugging — celebrating the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak after 30 years in power here.

You can hear the celebration echoing all throughout downtown. Horns are honking, people are cheering all over Cairo.

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Egypt: Hosni Mubarak Steps Down as President

(CAIRO) — Egypt’s embattled President Hosni Mubarak abruptly stepped down as president, ending his 30-year-reign, and Egyptian armed forces will take over the leadership of the country, vice president Omar Suleiman announced Friday.

Crowds gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square erupted into loud cheers, chanting “Egypt is free,” as the historic announcement was made.

"My fellow citizens. In this difficult time that the country is going through, the president Mohamed Hosni Mubarak has decided to relieve himself of his position as president and the Supreme military council has taken control of the state’s affairs. May God protect us," Suleiman said during his somber one-minute announcement on TV.

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I announced that I will adhere to this position and I will also announce… I will continue to shoulder my responsibility, protecting the constitution and safeguarding the people… until September coming, in the fair and free elections where all the guarantees for transparency will be secured.
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Egyptian Army Chief Tells Protesters: 'All Your Demands will be Met'

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When Asked by ABC News if Hosni Mubarak Steps Down, General Says, ‘It Ends Tonight’

Egypt’s Army Chief of Staff waded into the jubilant crowd of protesters in Egypt’s Tahrir Square today and told them cryptically, “All your demands will be met tonight.”

When asked by ABC News whether that meant that President Hosni Mubarak would leave office, Army Chief of Staff Sami Eman replied, “It ends tonight.”

The crowd around Eman erupted in a roar of cheers and began singing the nation anthem.

In one makeshift hospital near the square, as rumors of Mubarak’s departure spread, the injured and healthy literally jumped for joy, hugging and kissing each other.

The protests, now in their 17th day, seemed to be gaining momentum.

Earlier today, protesters and labor unions across the country went on strike, adding more fuel to the revolutionary fire.

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Christiane Amanpour Interviews Egyptian Ambassador on ‘This Week’

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Egyptian Ambassador: Violence Against Journalists ‘Deplorable’

Sameh Shoukry, the Egyptian Ambassador to the U.S., Says Attacks on Journalists ‘Unacceptable’

The Egyptian Ambassador to the United States Sameh Shoukry strongly criticized recent attacks on journalists in Cairo in an interview with “This Week” anchor Christiane Amanpour.

"It’s a deplorable situation, one that has been condemned by various officials in the Egyptian government. It’s totally unacceptable," he said. "But unfortunately the political vacuum and the political situation, with many different segments and proponents of these demonstrations have caused a difficult security environment and I’m confident that this will not be recurring."

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‘We Want What You Have. We Want our Freedom’
Excerpt from Christiane Amanpour’s blog from Cairo:
“There were many things people wanted to tell me on Tahrir Square today. An ANC chief was among them, and said, “We want what you have. We want our freedom, we want to be able to say what we want, gather where we want, and freely elect our leaders.”

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‘We Want What You Have. We Want our Freedom’

Excerpt from Christiane Amanpour’s blog from Cairo:

“There were many things people wanted to tell me on Tahrir Square today. An ANC chief was among them, and said, “We want what you have. We want our freedom, we want to be able to say what we want, gather where we want, and freely elect our leaders.”