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Anti-Qaddafi Forces Say They Are Close to Talks Related to the Libyan Leader’s Departure

Government forces have apparently gained an upper hand in its counteroffensive against the rebels in the past few days, but it remains unclear whether Qaddafi is seriously considering stepping down from power after 41 years or if he is simply buying more time. Continue reading

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Violent Clashes Erupt on Cairo’s Streets

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said he will step down from power after his term expires this fall, for the first time setting a date to end his three decades of authoritarian rule. Charles Levinson has reaction from Cairo.

The clashes, coming after Mr. Mubarak refused protesters’ demand that he step down immediately but agreed to turn over power following elections this fall, marked a dangerous new phase for the confrontations. Earlier Wednesday, an army spokesman appeared on state television to ask protesters to return home to help restore order.

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