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Egyptian Vice-President Meets With Muslim Brotherhood; Anderson Cooper Leaves Egypt

The situation in Egypt is rapidly changing: After key members of Mubarak’s party resigned yesterday, new vice-president Omar Suleiman met with the Muslim Brotherhood today and “offered an end to three decades of martial law.” The Muslim Brotherhood said no concessions to their demands will be enough until Mubarak steps down. Groups of young protesters have made the same claim: They’re not leaving until Mubarak is out of office. However, Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Shafiq says Mubarak is staying until the September elections. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is talking to Shafiq, and American journalists are heading home. All the news out of Egypt, below:

• A U.S. State Department release on Sunday said Hillary Clinton spoke Saturday night with Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Shafiq. Clinton stressed that a “broad cross-section of political actors and civil society” should be part of a governmental transformation process. [This Just In/CNN]

• Egypt’s ruling party, including newly appointed vice-president Omar Suleiman, met with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood Sunday and “offered an end to three decades of martial law.” The government also said it would release all political prisoners and pledged its “appreciation and respect” for the pro-democracy demonstrators and their “legitimate demands.” Suleiman said: “We need quiet time to implement these things to happen.” The Muslim Brotherhood said they weren’t satisfied with Suleiman’s concessions. The thousands of protesters who remain in Tahrir Square said the only concession that would ever move them is the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. [NYDN]

• The young Internet activists who spearheaded the protest movement have denied reports on state television that anyone representing them has entered into talks with the regime, adding that “they would not negotiate with the Mubarak regime until their demands for the president’s ouster were met.” [Lede/NYT]

• Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Shafiq said Sunday that Mubarak is still planning to stay in office until September elections. He also said authorities have been told “not to bother” human-rights activists and journalists working at anti-government protests. If there have been such problems, they are “not intended,” Shafiq said. [CNN]

• Anderson Cooper announced on Saturday that he is leaving Egypt after a week in which he and his crew were repeatedly targeted by supporters of Hosni Mubarak. He tweeted, “It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to leave #Egypt. CNN continues to have many teams in place. It was a hard decision to leave.” Katie Couric and Brian Williams both returned to the U.S. earlier in the week. [HuffPo]

• Ayman Mohyeldin, an Al Jazeera correspondent who was detained while covering the unrest in Egypt, has been released. There had been many calls on Twitter for the release of Mohyeldin, who has more than 20,000 followers. [Lede/NYT]

• On Saturday, Katie Couric mistakenly tweeted to 140,000 people: “As many of you have already heard Mubarak has resigned.” Oops. False alarm. Couric wrote, “Situation is still confusing. Trying to sort it out!” [NYDN]

Egyptian Vice-President Meets With Muslim Brotherhood; Anderson Cooper Leaves Egypt