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hope to see you at 6:00. captioned by closed captioning services inc. i'm david muir. tonight on "world news" from cairo, exit strategy. major developments tonight here in egypt. president mubarak's son and other members of the leader's party resign. christiane amanpour is here with me on what this means. protesters asking who is the white house really behind, mubarak who wants to stay until elections or the protesters who want him gone now? >> near miss. what we're learning about a passenger jet and two military planes. the mind games, how super bowl advertisers get in your head. and what we learned about our own correspondent. and back here in egypt tonight, the mississippi woman who traveled all the way just to see the pyramids. what she found when she got there.
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good evening from cairo tonight. there are several major developments to report. we learned today that president mubarak's son has resigned with several leaders of the party. a significant development. we also learned of phone calls late this evening. vice president joe biden calling the vice president of this country, talking about a concrete timetable, and we saw the line of protesters waiting to get into that square, the crucial question tonight, how long will they keep going? they told me, until mubarak steps down. it was once considered inevitable. president mubarak's son was his heir apparent, but today in a move sealing his ambitions for now, he resigned from his post with the ruling party here. an official with the obama administration called it a positive step, but there were also signs that mubarak's party planness to keep him in also for as long as possible. the president has said he'll stay until elections in september, and they think
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mubarak should stay, too, at least for now. wisner said he was speaking for himself when he said president mubarak remains utterly critical in the days ahead. the president must stay in office to see those changes through. the thousands of protesters still going rejected that today. why not wait until september? >> we don't trust mubarak anymore. >> military check points creating a stronger buffer around the square are now creating enormous lines to get in. they come carrying flags. take a look at this line right outside liberation square. the longest line we have seen yet, stretching really as far as the eye can see down one of the famed bridges over to the nile that you have to cross to get into the square, and keep in mind this is now day 12. we asked the protesters if mubarak does step down, then what? what about fears of international chaos here? are you at all worried about the power vacuum, about who will lead next after mubarak? >> no, i'm not worried. >> you're not? >> no, because anybody would be better than him.
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>> an army commander addressed the crowd today, urging them to go home. to please save what is left of egypt. the crowd simply chanted mubarak must go. political observers here say the pressure on mubarak is mounting. >> will mubarak last through the fall as he suggests? >> i don't think so. i don't think so. he has decided he has lived in egypt and he will die in egypt, but i don't think he will finish his job as president. >> all week long, i have been reporting with christiane amanpour, the only one to get time with president mubarak this week. i was so curious for your thoughts when you heard that not only the son but several memberess of this ruling party stepping down today. >> a development, a major one, because it follows what the president told me, he never intended his son gamal to run, and now he's accepted the resignation for getting rid of the whole executive parto of his ruling party, which puts into
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progress the transition period that everyone is calling for. it's one step. >> we're taking part in this special edition of your roundtable tomorrow morning, and one of the questions that came up is a question that we have come up in the streets of cairo, being american reporters. >> which is what is the commitment to world democracy when they keep talking about what will happen when mubarak goes. >> i think america wants the stability here more than it wants democracy, and people have to understand that. >> do you think like john said that america still in 2011, after tunisia and after egypt, wants stability more than democracy? >> i think we're seeing american policy illustrate that right now in egypt. >> this is a big question. everyone as in the square, has asked us all the time, why is the u.s. not with us? because they're supporting the rights of the people, but they think they want them to do it right now. >> i'll see you tomorrow morning on "this week." it's a special edition of the
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roundtable tomorrow morning on "this week" with christiane amanpour. right here on abc. in the meantime, i want to go straight to the white house and david kerley tonight with late developments on the phone call between vice president joe biden and the vice president here in egypt. this was the first time we heard concrete timeline mentioned in within of these phone calls. >> the administration is pushing harder. we have heard new language today in the read-out of the vice president's call to the new vice president in egypt. according to this, he stressed the need for concrete reform agenda, a clear timeline, and immediate steps show the egyptian government is actually serious about reforming. that's new language we haven't heard so far from the white house. >> i have to tell you, when i'm in the square, when protesters recognize the fact i'm an american, they often ask what does the white house want here? any hint of what type of timeline the white house would like to see here? >> we're getting the sense they support the transition effort that the vice president of egypt is working on.
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in fact, secretary of state clinton in munech today signaled that some of this is going to take some time, she said. there are some things that need to be done to prepare for this transition. that's because mubarak has gutted the political system, the political parties. there's an emergency rule and the constitution, some of the laws will have to be changed before the transition can move forward. the question about the timeline is is it going to be what the protesters want, which is mubarak leaves now, or mubarak plans to leave in september? the white house, the administration is probably somewhere in the middle. they will not say. they will set the timeline, they just want to know what it is and they would like it to be sooner than later. >> still big questions about the timeline in all this. the other big question tonight, who might come next? and what would that mean for egypt and of course for the u.s. and the war on terror? alex is also here in cairo tonight. >> reporter: president mubarak has tried concessions. nothing has worked. these people want change now.
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so who do they want? so far, there's no front runner. it could be mohammed elbaradei, the nobel peace prize winner who ran the united nations's nuclear watch dog group. and insisted that iraq didn't have weapons of mass destruction. or amr moussa who fell out with mubarak a decade ago. regardless of who will be president, one thing is clear, the outlawed islamests, egypt's strongest opposition party, play a big role in the future election. >> yes, they're religiously conservative. that's not necessarily a bad thing for egypt or america's relationship with egypt. >> for years, mubarak has exploited fears of islamic extremism. telling himself the only bulwark against radical islam. looking to calm the fears, the muslim brotherhood told christiane amanpour over phone they won't have a presidential candidate in the next election.
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>> we're aiming and targeting to have a civil state, democratic state. >> for all the emotion the protesters have shown over the past week and a half, they aren't as passionate about a single candidate or single party to succeed mubarak as they are simply about everyone having the right to choose their own leaders. >> we have plenty of public servants that could rule egypt. >> good ones? >> yes, plenty. >> but who will it be? >> nobody knows. nobody knows. you can't say what will happen tomorrow in egypt. it's very vague. >> what is not vague, however, is that no matter who the next president is, the military will continue to play a major role. especially in foreign policy. the military here dictates foreign policy, largely because the almost $2 billion the u.s. gives them every year. >> military oversized here in egypt. thanks very much. i know we went to an image this morning in cairo that got everyone's attention. take a look at this coming out
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of egypt. a raging fire when a pipeline exploded. it supplies natural gas to israel and jordan. at first it was thought to be an attack. tonight, it's considering accidental. but it is shining a spotlight on the intricate relationship between so many countries in this region. miguel is in jerusalem tonight, on israel, now watching and worrying about what is happening right here. >> people throughout the country are torn about what is happening in egypt. >> i think it's scary. i hope it turns out the best for both the egyptian citizens and israel, and that maybe we can have a working democracy, but it just doesn't seem to be going that way. >> egypt was the first arab state to make a deal with israel. they have strengthened ties on everything from security to the economy. >> you can't stop at the uprising. they have to come up with solutions and alternatives. otherwise, somebody is going to step into the breach. >> the israeli government has been mostly quiet about events
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in egypt. the only public comment bynetan. the number one concern here, iran, the government. it will be ripe for iran to broaden its influence with groups like egypt's muslim brotherhood, creating a state like hamas or hezbollah in lebanon. >> the leaders in iran don't care about democracy in egypt, netanyahu says. they want to move egypt back to the middle ages. netanyahu's opposition sees the events in egypt as an opportunity to open a meaningful dialogue with the palestinians, but with so much turmoil throughout the region and so many unanswered questions still, no one here sees a chance of a breakthrough anytime soon. miguel marquez, abc news. >> our thanks to miguel tonight. two other notes from the region. the first from iran where a defense lawyer said he's ready for the trial of the three
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american hikers accused of spying. two have been in an iranian prison. the third was released on bail in september and is back in the u.s. there's no word if she'll return for the trial. and a stunning announcement by iraq's prime minister neury al murieke saying he will not run for a third turn in 2014. there's speculation he wants to shield the country from uprising like in tunisia and in egypt. i'll be back later with the story of a mississippi woman who made the journey here determined to see the pyramids, and we'll tell you what she found when she got here. >> first, other news of the day, and sharon is following developments from new york. >> thanks so much. here in new york, the company that runs the nasdaq stock exchange has come under cyberattack. verges say unknown invaders snuck in repeatedly but did not tamper with stocktrating systems. hackers are increasingly targeting financial institutions.
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>> federal officials are investigating a mid-air near collision off the coast of new jersey. a flight to brazil came too close to a pair of air force transfer planes. they were within one mile of each other. fortunately, automatic sensors warned the pilots and they took evasive action. and rather sharp comments from sarah palin at a dinner celebrating the 100th anniversary of ronald reagan's birth tomorrow, she worried that we have veered too far from the low taxes and government. she declared it would lead to quote, decline and defeat. >> this is not the road to national greatness. it is the road to ruins. the federal government is spending too much, borrowing too much, growing and controlling too much. >> reagan's outspoken youngest son ron told the associated press that palin, quote, is a soap rop raw who has nothing in common with his father. when we come back on "world
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president ronald reagan's 100th birthday tomorrow, the super bowl will include a special tribute to him before kickoff. he was the guiding spirit of the 1980s, but his influence may be even greater today. here's john berman. >> there is reagan airport, the reagan building, the reagan library. then there is the church of reagan where candidates worship. >> one of my heroes and one of yours, ronald reagan. >> the brilliance of ronald reagan. >> take inspiration from ronald reagan taught us. >> reporter: some democrats have been know to do it too. >> i think ronald reagan changed the trajectory of america. >> everyone tries to grab the reagan mantel because it's one of strong leadership. >> go ahead, make my day. >> of big ideas. >> we must halt the destruction and restore sanity. >> bold strokes.
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>> mr. gorbachev, tear down this wall. >> reporter: in fact, you might say there is a republican primary, and a reagan primary. who can be the most reagany? >> mitt romney's foreign policy campaign book "no apology" has 11 reagan references. tim pawlenty's "courage to stand" 24 reagans. sarah palin's "america by heart," 33 reagans. only to be narrowly beaten by herself, palin's "going rogue" has 34 reagan references. this isn't even counting a book from newt ginrich exclusively about ronald reagan. so who is the person on the planet who might be closest to ronald wilson reagan? >> i'm not sure anyone can succeed in being ronald reagan. >> john berman, abc news, new york. coming up, how advertisers are getting in your head and know what you like even if you don't. ♪
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and finally tonight, here in cairo, i haven't been able to forget a mississippi woman i met when i landed in the airport in egypt. she, like so many americans, was trying to get out, but she wasn't unhappy that her vacation had been turned upside down. she was determined to get to the pyramids, and she did, sort of.
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>> our team spotted carol who flew more than 6,000 miles all the way from clarkdale, mississippi, at cairo airport. she like thousands of other americans was scrambling to get out, having come to visit her niece, studying here. >> i have been here through the whole thing, and it's amazing. >> carol told david her lifelong dream was to see the pyramids, so determined she dodged the battles on the street, paying a cab driver to take her to see them, even if it was from behind the barricades. now 12 days in, egypt insists it is keeping its ancient treasures safe. armed soldiers are standing guard. tanks are replacing the tourists, and the museum looted in the early days is now closed. at least $1 billion has been lost in tourism in the last nine days. as for carol, she e-mailed us telling us she made it home to mississippi. as for her dream of seeing the pyramids without the barricades, we found the head of egyptian
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antiquities and told them about her lost journey. >> i'm willing to invite her to come back to cairo on my tip. >> her name is carol. >> carol can write to me and i will send her personally to enter inside the great pyramids and see and touch them. >> what a deal, are you sure? >> i'm sure. >> let's shake on it. it's a deal. >> what a deal. >> i know, i couldn't believe it. that's why i asked him to repeat it twice. >> smart woman, and you called carol in. >> i did. she's excited. she definitely is going to come and see all of the ancient sites. >> a long way, but it will be worth it. thanks so much. that's the broadcast here on "world news." a reminder, we hope you'll join us for a special roundtable tomorrow morning on "this week" with christiane amanpour. for all of us here, good night. christiane amanpour. good night.
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>> turnout, over 50,000, people on the streets. >> alan: thousands converge on at&t park to see the world champion san francisco giants. good evening. the turnout was so big, some people left before they got in those with a little patience had an experience they won't soon forget. lisa amin gulezian has more on today's overwhelming response. [chanting] >> lisa: at this year's fanfest, thousands waited for hours to get into at&t park because it reached capacity fast, and then this happened. [shouting]

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