Live blog Feb 12 - Egypt protests
From our headquarters in Doha, we keep you updated on all things in Egypt, with reporting from Al Jazeera staff in Cairo and Alexandria.
(All times are local in Egypt, GMT+2)
12:00am We continue our live blog for February 13 here.
11:50pm US president Barack Obama has called the leaders of Britain, Jordan and Turkey on Saturday to discuss the latest developments in Egypt, the White House says.
Obama welcomed the announcement from military leaders that they are committed to a democratic civilian transition and will stand by Egypt's international obligations. And he said the US is committed to providing support "that is necessary and requested" by the Egyptian people to pursue an orderly and credible transition to democracy.
Egyptian-Americans gathered in front of the United Nations in New York on Saturday to celebrate the fall of the Mubarak regime in Egypt. A few hundreds of supporters of the Egyptian revolution chanted, danced and threw candy to the crowd. A big cake took center stage with a written topping in Arabic that read "congratulations to the people of Egypt".
10:30pm While Egypt dominates the headlines from the Middle East, the story in the United States continues to be Al Jazeera and its rising profile. Our correspondent in New York, Kristin Saloomey, blogs about it here:
With so many American networks quoting Al Jazeera, Americans can't help but wonder why they can't get the same information straight from the source. People are finding AJE online. Web traffic increased 2,500 per cent in the last couple weeks - 2,500 per cent!!
9:00pm Activists spent much of Saturday cleaning up the streets of Cairo, as our correspondent Jacky Rowland reports:
8:30pm Al Jazeera's online producer reports scattered fighting between the army and protesters in Cairo as the military worked to dismantle barricades that protesters promptly put back in place in their effort to remain in the square.
Listen to his audio report below, and click here for all of our audio reports from Egypt.
7:15pm Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, has welcomed assurances from Egypt's military that Cairo will respect its peace treaty with Israel, a statement from his office said.
"The longstanding peace treaty between Israel and Egypt has greatly contributed to both countries and is the cornerstone for peace and stability in the entire Middle East," the statement said.
7:10pm Egypt has slapped a travel ban on several of the country's former ministers, including the former prime minister Ahmed Nazif, who was sacked by Hosni Mubarak before he stepped down from the presidency, state television reports.
6:18pm: Al Jazeera's producer in Cairo tweets:
Clean-up initiative not confined to #tahrir, young egyptians also wiping off graffiti in dokki http://yfrog.com/h3hnjyfj
5:00pm Social Media Week, a global event involving discussions on emerging trends in social and mobile media, wrapped up yesterday. But in case you missed it - watch this lively panel debate Egypt, social media and Al Jazeera's coverage, featuring AJE producer Ahmed Shihab-Eldin.
4:00pm Al Jazeera's James Bays, reporting from Cairo, says the curfew hours in the country have been reduced, and are now in effect from midnight until 6 am. Meanwhile, state tv announced that the stock market is due to open on Wednesday.
3:29pm The New York Times reports on how Friday's events in Egypt seemed to take many news organisations by suprise - many except for Al Jazeera:
There was no hesitation on the English-language service of Al Jazeera, which covered the uprising 24 hours a day and provided an up-close, almost personal experience of populist revolt. At times, the coverage looked less like a front-row seat to history than a video game — World of Warcraft: Anti-Mubarak Edition.
3:11pm Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has just issued its fourth communiqué broadcast live on state television.
In the announcement, the country's new military rulers promised to hand power to an elected, civilian government. They also pledged that Egypt would remain committed to all international treaties - in an apparent nod to its 1979 peace treaty with Israel.
2:05pm Mark LeVine, a regular Al Jazeera commentator, describes the sense of exhilaration among Egyptians at Cairo's Tahrir Square. Read the full article here.
1:01pm Mark LeVine, an Al Jazeera English commentator, was with the mother of Khaled Said, a 28-year-old Egyptian who died in police custody on a street in Alexandria last year, when the news came in that Hosni Mubarak had resigned. Watch the clip here.
12:21pm Egyptians woke to a new dawn on Saturday after 30 years of Hosni Mubarak's rule. Full of hope and joy the pro-democracy protesters that occupied Tahrir [Liberation] Square for 18 days started an operation to clean the square.
Mohammed Ramadan, a film maker, wrote on his Facebook page: "I am going to clean the square in a bit... everyone bring plastic bags... mops... or anything that we could use."
11:50 The Associated Press news agency has reported that Syria's state-run press is praising the fall of the Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.
The Al-Baath daily of Syria's ruling Baath Party said Mubarak's departure will change the "face of Egypt, the region and the entire world."
Al-Baath said Egypt under Mubarak was "at the service of the Zionist and American project."
11:27am Lamis Andoni, an analyst and commentator on Middle Eastern and Palestinian affairs, writes about how the Egyptian revolution has resurrected a new type of pan-Arabism, based on social justice not empty slogans. Read the full article here. http://aje.me/ajelive
10:30am James Bays, Al Jazeera correspondent, has said Egypt's constitutional council will hold a crisis meeting to discuss the nation's constitutional changes later on Saturday.
10:22am Al Jazeera's Web producer met the newly formed "youth coalition" who are speaking on behalf of a broad array of voices in the square.
"It is the first protest in the history of Egypt that gathers every colour of the political spectrum for one goal: the departure of Mubarak and his regime." Read the full article here.
9:33am Egyptians have woken to a new dawn after 30 years of rule under Hosni Mubarak, read it here..
9:15am Al Jazeera looks back at the 18-day-old revolution that remade Egypt and the wider Middle East.
9:01am The military has began to remove the barricades around Tahrir Square.
8:36am Crowds in Tahrir Square are swelling again. Some people have gathered around a shrine built in honour of the estimated 300 people who were killed during the protests. Elsewhere in the square, people are dancing while some men are trying to clean up the area.
7:49am Al Jazeera's James Bays, in Cairo, says that while people are celebrating Mubarak's departure. there are growing calls for him to be brought to justice. "People say it's just not good enough that he's gone to his villa in Sharm el-Sheikh ... And I can't think of any case in the past where an ousted leader has been able to live peacefully in his country."
7:15am In this video, we're wrapping up the key events which forced Mubarak out of office.
6:55am This comic by Sarah Gidden illustrates how people around the world followed the Egyptian revolution online. "We were listening to the news in real time and directly from the people. No anchors, no filter. Instead, the voices and emotions of individuals."
6:28am Tahrir Square still buzzing and so is online social media. One of the jokes being circulated: "Mubarak died and met the late presidents Anwar Sadat and Gamal Abdel Nasser in the afterlife. They asked him: Poisoned or assassinated? He replied: Neither, Facebook!"
5:57am An official Chinese newspaper has called for stability in Egypt after the fall of President Mubarak and said foreigners should not intervene, in Beijing's first reaction to the leader's resignation.
"Given Egypt's status as a major Arab power of pivotal strategic importance, if the current situation continues to deteriorate, it will not only be nightmarish for the 80 million Egyptians, but also perilous to regional peace and stability," the China Daily said in an editorial.
State television referred briefly to Mubarak's fall. Chinese internet sites have restricted public comment on the uprising. The Sina.com micro-blogging site, which operates like Twitter, told users searching for comment on Egypt that it could not be displayed for legal reasons.
4:52am Footage of Tahrir Square the moment the news broke that Mubarak resigned:
4:48am Thousands of Egyptians are still out on Cairo's Tahrir Square celebrating the resignation of Mubarak.
4:43am View of Tahrir Square from space, captured on 11 February at 11:18am local time, courtesy DigitalGlobe.
4:25am The most influential Twitter users of the Egyptian revolution:
3:16am Our correspondent Rawya Rageh, reporting from Tahrir Square, just tweeted this:
Oh man! Egyptians are not going to bed tonight.. and clearly neither am I! The streets are NOT clearing out at all!!
3:12am Amr Moussa (to CNN) - when asked if he would run for president - said: "This is not a question to decide today".
2:40am Headlines on the front page of Al Ahram, Egypt's largest - state-owned - newspaper from before and after the resignation of Mubarak. Above: "Millions out in support of Mubarak" - under: "The people overthrow the regime"