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Egyptian protesters call for authoritarian leader Mubarak to step down. 'They will have to exercise force, power in the streets' an Israeli cabinet official said (Photo: Mohammed)

Italy calls for EU crisis mission, as Egypt boils over

Italy has said the EU should send a crisis mission to north Africa, as Egypt orders a security crackdown ahead of mass anti-Mubarak rallies on Friday (28 January).

Speaking in the Italian senate on Thursday, Italian foreign minister Franco Frattini said the EU should send a high-level "political support team" to calm tensions in Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia and other countries in the region hit by deadly civil unrest in recent days.

"The European mission ... [should] take contact wit...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Egyptian protesters call for authoritarian leader Mubarak to step down. 'They will have to exercise force, power in the streets' an Israeli cabinet official said (Photo: Mohammed)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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