Obama convenes aides as protests spread in Egypt

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has convened his national security team on the growing protests in Egypt as aides voice concern about violent clashes between demonstrators and police.
Obama's 40-minute session on Friday took the place of his daily national security briefing. It included Vice President Joe Biden and his national security adviser, Tom Donilon. Aides said additional briefings are planned during the day.
At the same time, spokesman Robert Gibbs called on the Egyptian government to respect the rights of protesters and restore Internet access, which has been halted as the protests spread.
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