March 7th, 2011
03:15 PM ET

Egypt's prime minister delivers inclusive message

CNN Wire Staff

Cairo, Egypt (CNN) - Prime Minister Essam Sharaf called Monday on Egypt's youth, who have been credited for spearheading the movement that led to Hosni Mubarak's resignation as president, to contribute to the new government.

"The clean youth, the real members of the revolution, not those from outside, we ask them to contribute effectively, socially and economically to the political process," Sharaf said on national television.

In a signal that he plans to create a government representative of segments of society that were given scant power before, he vowed to increase the representation of women in parliament and asked those Egyptians who are living abroad to contribute to the new political process.

"The economy will be even stronger than what it was before," he said. "We are laying the foundation for those things to take place."

Sharaf reiterated the government's commitment to stand by its international agreements, which include the 1979 Camp David Accords with Israel.

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March 7th, 2011
02:30 PM ET

Updates from Libyan cities

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Here's the latest on where things stand in various Libyan cities, based on CNN reporting, witnesses and government claims:


Long a stronghold of the opposition, Benghazi appears to remain under opposition control. The National Transitional Council, a group with 31 opposition representatives for most of the regions in Libya, met in the eastern port city Saturday.

On Sunday, a group of British special forces who were briefly detained in Benghazi were let go and they returned to Europe, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement. They had been sent there to "initiate contacts with the opposition."


There was fighting Sunday for control of Bin Jawad. Medical sources told CNN that at least five people had been killed in the city. CNN could hear steady booms in the area Sunday evening. It was unclear whether the sounds came from aerial bombardment or heavy artillery.


A witness says the opposition managed to repel government forces Sunday after they converged on a courthouse the opposition was using as a base of operations in the city. The witness described jubilation afterward as people celebrated success over the heavily armed forces. The witness spoke to CNN even as pro-Gadhafi demonstrators in Tripoli declared that the government had taken back Misrata.

A doctor at Central Misrata Hospital said 42 people were killed - 17 from the opposition and 25 from pro-Gadhafi forces - and 85 were wounded, most of them in civilian clothing, in the fighting Sunday. The youngest victim, 3 years old, was killed by direct fire, the doctor said.

U.N. emergency relief coordinator Valerie Amos, in a statement, urged Libyan authorities to "provide access without delay to aid workers to save lives," describing conditions there as dire.

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March 7th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #777 'Midnight in Memphis'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: The president is off to another busy week. And so am I.

Dear Mr. President,

This would be an excellent day for you to be jealous of me. I’ve had a crazy long, hard day of work launching our latest Building Up America tour, but it has been worth it. We are in Memphis as I write this, and I must say I am really impressed with what they are doing here to try to bring back their music industry.

Now, I say that at some peril, because I’m sure there are those who would insist that it never went away. Undeniably, Memphis has always been one of the most important cities in this country when it comes to contributions to the music scene. Just think about the days when Elvis Presley, or B.B. King, or Carl Perkins, or Isaac Hayes, or Johnny Cash were recording here. Come on…that was a great era for creativity.

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