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Obama to Mubarak: Take "concrete steps" expanding rights

WASHINGTON — Stepping up pressure on a stalwart but flawed Middle Eastern ally, US President Barack Obama said Friday night he had personally told Egypt's long-time leader to take "concrete steps" to expand rights inside the Arab nation and refrain from violence against protesters flooding through the streets of Cairo and elsewhere.
"Surely, there will be difficult days to come, but the United States will continue to stand up for the rights of the Egyptian people and work with their government in pursuit of a future that is more just, more free and more hopeful," Obama said.
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