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Need To Know News: Violent clashes in Mideast; powerful storms in Midwest
February 2nd, 2011
09:58 AM ET

Need To Know News: Violent clashes in Mideast; powerful storms in Midwest

Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" will put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.

For Febraury 2, 2011, clashes turn violent in Egypt – winter storms cause problems in U.S.

• Clashes between both sides of the Egypt protests have turned violent. From CNN's breaking news blog: "Some members of the Egyptian Army were believed to be entering Tahrir Square. Military vehicles were separating pro- and anti-Mubarak demonstrators, and several gasoline bombs had been tossed, CNN's Anderson Cooper said. The sound of gunfire was heard in Tahrir Square, CNN's Fred Pleitgen said on Twitter. The square has been surrounded by pro-Mubarak demonstrators who have blocked in anti-government demonstrators and others at the site, CNN's Ben Wedeman said."

• The storms in the midwest are causing major problems. From CNN: "A vast winter storm brought blizzard conditions and record snowfall to large sections of the upper Midwest and Ohio Valley early Wednesday. The brutal weather gobbled up travelers trying to make their way on snow-choked roadways and snarled air traffic, forcing airlines to cancel thousands of flights again on Wednesday. "

• And now to Yemen – where President Ali Abdullah Saleh will not run for re-election either. From CNN: "He won't install his son to replace him, he said. He also has asked his political opponents "to re-engage in dialogue in hopes of reaching a sustainable and reconcilable political agreement," the Yemeni government said."

• To Mexico, where violence continues in Juarez. CNN's Nick Valencia reports: "At least 14 people were killed in 48 hours in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, including the Tuesday deaths of a municipal police officer and a newspaper vendor who police believe was targeted because of her job."

• And finally to Japan, where a volcano has erupted again. Reports CNN's Kyung Lah: "Japan's Mount Shinmoe erupted again on Wednesday, spewing more lava, smoke and ash through the area, the country's meteorological agency said. Since January 26 when it broke its decades-long slumber, the volcano has erupted seven times, the agency said."

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  1. Sarmad Aqrawi

    I am Iraqi-American and I know how Arab nationalist think. Mubarak is an Arab Nationalist, these guys care about how history will perceive them. He will sacrifice 80 million Egyptians so history will NOT say; he was deposed. That is the main point here and that is why he must go now. He is playing the un-rest that happened in Iraq to his favor, and allowed criminals to escape, just as Sadam did. This will allow him to say: look if I go now Egypt will fall in the hands of criminals, let me stay until security is achieved and a smooth transition of power happens. He must go NOW, if NOT a lot of problems will engulf Egypt and Egypt might become another Iraq.

    February 2, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Noha Hakim

      Dear Sarmad
      You are Iraqi, you know nothing about Egyptians. Egyptians are so different than the rest of Arabs and you know that. Mubarak is a real Egyptian and we are proud of him because at this difficult time, he didn't hide and ran away, he stood still and cared about the peace of his country and I can assure you that Egypt will never be another Iraq.

      February 2, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Cleo

        Actually Hosni Mubarak is a dictator who doesn't care for his people. He is willing to sacrifice all the Egyptians as long as he stays in powers. He sent thugs to Tahrir square to scare the protesters but I don't think this would work. We are really hoping that after we get rid of Mubarak we will enjoy democracy. By the way I am Egyptian and I know Egypt.

        February 2, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Noha Hakim

    Dear Mr. Morgan
    I am Egyptian/American citizen and I can tell you that I am so disappointed with the USA press cover to what is happening in Egypt. It is the first time in my life to realize how the media could put on air what serves one direction than another.
    Here is the truth if you want to hear it from a real honest Egyptian; people in el-Tahrir square are the Egyptians who support the Muslims brotherhood who are supported indirectly by USA. The Egyptians who care about their country are the people who accepted the new government and wanted to let Mubarak finish his term and leave the presidency in peace and with dignity, because this is in our culture, go back to the history and you will see how Egyptians behaved in good and bad times. Egyptians can ask for their rights, they can be angry but without destruction to any property, they speak loud for their needs but you don’t hear in their language any humiliation or disgrace to anyone specially a person who is their president and served them for thirty years.
    Noha from Pennsylvania

    February 2, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cleo

      Dear Ms. Noha,

      I think you have been out of Egypt for some time. I was in Tahrir square today protesting against Mubarak and I have never had anything to do with the Muslim Brotherhood. Shame on Mubarak to send thugs to scare us off so he can stay in power. You would think a real Egyptian would care more for Egypt and its stability but to expect from Mubarak. The only country that was very keen on keeping him in power is Israel!

      February 2, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • HumanBeing

        I agree with you Cleo & I am so proud of your bravery. You are Egypt's voice.

        February 2, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sarmad Aqrawi

    Dear Noha
    I am NOT Egyptian, but I know Arab nationalisim and Egypt and Mubarak are them.

    February 2, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Sarmad Aqrawi

    Dear Noha
    Do NOT do or say to me what Wikileaks said about " Aboul Gheit is smart, urbane, with a tendency to lecture and to avoid discussing Egyptian failings with all-purpose recourse to Egyptian sovereign pride". Source: Wikileaks S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 04 CAIRO 000231.

    February 2, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Sarmad Aqrawi

    The so called Mubarak supporters are of 4 types:
    1- Secret police in plain clothes. They are well concealed so NOT to attarct attention. Directing and supplying weapons and materials.
    2- Rent a mob, the same ones used in previous Egyptian elections. Majority.
    3- People who will lose influence and or prestige if Mubarak is gone. Majority.
    4- Die hard Mubarak supporters. Very few.

    February 2, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • HumanBeing

      Very true. I like to add to your list those who are in the upper middle class who enjoy a life-style like those in American movies, don't think about the rest of the Egyptians & the picture of Egypt 5 or 10 years from now doesn't cross their minds.

      February 2, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. HumanBeing

    Another Hitler in Egypt targeting the protestors. Do we keep on watching or turn off the tv? My son says: we should take an action. But he is just a kid. Human rights will take action soon after they kill all the protestors.

    February 2, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. HumanBeing

    In case the world wonders why some people seek refuge in organizations like Jihad, the answer is because their human rights are constantly being smashed under the shoes of the power, their screams are let out in vain & their pride has no value. That's when they throw themselves into the first offered embrace. Cocain & other brain-escapades drugs cost money but religion is free.

    February 2, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tammy Corwin

      religion has killed more people then all drugs put together in the world in history. I am sure that can be proven. Your comment is part of the harm with it's religious scape-goating.

      February 3, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Steve B

    The Middle East as the rest of the world is experiencing hard times. The real question is do the Egyptians and the other Middle Easterners truly believe by changing their president and leaders their economic problems will be solved? Do they truly believe jobs will become plentiful and their wages will increase? They are sadly mistaken!

    February 2, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Sarmad Aqrawi

    We give the Egyptian government more than a billion dollars a year. Overnight 100 Egyptian millionairs emerge. Our government can NOT dictate how the money is spent in Egypt, because of sovreinty. We want to help them, but the people in power "Mubarak cronies" steal the money. Another point is; they waste some of the other aide money that we give them, on buying expensive military hardware, which they certainly do NOT need, and if time comes to use them, they will use them against their own people. Egypt is a poor and peaceful country and needs to feed its people first, rather than buy the expensive military equipment. I speak and read Arabic, Al-Arabiya channel reported that, Mubarak cronies, used laser on the protestors. I have served in Iraq for 4 years, and know that this technology is US. It is called laser dazzler. Military uses it at check points to temp. blind would be suicide car bombers. I hope this is NOT true, because if it is, it will create more animosity toward the US.

    February 3, 2011 at 1:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. HumanBeing

    Mubarak's family has billion dollars in banks plus an 8.5 million condo-style building in London according to the British newspapers. Where did he get his wealth from? If such money was used in Egypt, would it have created more projects, offered numerous opportunities, made the country more productive, ameliorated the economy? The answer is DEFINITELY. Egyptians are not sadly mistaken.

    February 3, 2011 at 6:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Tammy Corwin

    Please, Please, bring home our reporters!!! They are like family or OUR arm so do not put them in this type of harms way! They are being used so get them out. I understand why & the importance of eyes being on the ground but NOT OUR CNN EYES. Bring them home! HUGS TO ALL – LUV' YA' Anderson!

    February 3, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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