30 Jan '11, 3am

Mubarak names deputy as protest deaths top 100

CAIRO: Embattled Hosni Mubarak tapped Egypt's military intelligence chief as his first-ever vice president and named a new premier, as the death toll in a mass revolt against his autocratic rule topped 100. Fresh riots Saturday, the fifth day of the revolt, left 22 people dead in the town of Beni Sueif, south of Cairo, where protesters tried to burn down a police station, witnesses and a security source said. Another three protesters died in Cairo and three police were killed in the Sinai town of Rafah, raising to at least 102 the number of people killed since the unrest erupted on Tuesday, including 33 on Saturday, according to medics. As tens of thousands flooded central Cairo demanding he step down, President Mubarak went into crisis talks with officials, after which it was announced that Mubarak confidant General Omar Suleiman had been sworn in as his deputy. Suleiman,...

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