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At least 297 killed in Egyptian uprising

February 7, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
After two weeks of unrest, Egyptians are trying to return to normal life. Banks reopened on Monday for the first time in a week and cars are back on the streets.

Thousands of protesters are still showing their resolve in Tahrir Square as they continue to demand the immediate resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.

On Sunday, Egypt's vice-president met with opposition leaders and announced concessions, including freedom of the press.

Meanwhile, a curfew remains in place, but steps are being taken to reopen Egypt's famed archaeological sites.

While the banks have reopened, Egypt's pound has hit its lowest level against the U.S. dollar in about six years. Experts have predicted it could drop even more.

The Egyptian government is set to raise cash with an auction of Egyptian Treasury bills on Monday.

Most of the 15 billion pounds will likely be bought up by local banks.

Experts said a successful auction of this size will send the right signals to the world that the Egyptian debt markets are back in business.

U.S.-based Human Rights Watch says at least 297 people have been killed since Egypt's anti-government uprising began two weeks ago.

A Google Inc. executive was released Monday after he was detained for protesting against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak says he was behind the Facebook page that helped spark what he called "the revolution of the youth of the Internet" two weeks ago.

The young Google Inc. executive detained by Egyptian authorities for 12 days said Monday he was behind the Facebook page that helped spark what he called "the revolution of the youth of the Internet."

Wael Ghonim, a marketing manager for the Internet company, wept throughout an emotional television interview just hours after he was freed. He described how he spent his entire time in detention blindfolded while his worried parents didn't know where he was. He insisted he had not been tortured and said his interrogators treated him with respect.

"This is the revolution of the youth of the Internet and now the revolution of all Egyptians," he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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