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Exhausted from a week of protesting, he said, he would take a few hours to recover and rejoin the demonstration. “We will never give up,” he said.

Protesters accuse the Mubarak regime of corruption, political oppression and cruelty. At the ongoing rallies in Cairo, they were quick to rail against U.S. support for the leader, and many carried empty bullet casings or tear gas cans found on the streets that stated they were made in America.

U.S.A: Stop supporting Mubarak,” said one sign. “We don’t want to hate the U.S.A.

President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and top officials from other Western nations reportedly had urged Mr. Mubarak privately to step aside and allow the political reforms that the protesters were demanding.

“I tell you in all sincerity, regardless of the current circumstances, I never intended to be a candidate for another term,” Mr. Mubarak said during his 10-minute address, adding that he would complete the rest of his term “to accomplish the necessary steps for the peaceful transfer of power.”

In a hurried effort to gauge what might follow in the wake of a regime collapse, the U.S. ambassador in Cairo, Margaret Scobey, spoke by telephone Tuesday with Mr. ElBaradei, the AP reported. There was no immediate word on what they discussed.

On Monday, Mrs. Clinton voiced her support for Egyptians’ right to protest and choose their leadership, but stopped short of calling for the leader’s resignation.

“There are many steps that can be taken by reaching out to those who have advocated a peaceful, orderly transition to greater democracy,” she said.

Also Monday, the Mubarak regime announced that it would begin negotiating with opposition parties after last week’s announcement that he would fire his ministers failed to quell the uprising.

Protesters called the proposed negotiations a small victory, but said they would accept no government that included Mr. Mubarak or members of his inner circle.

“We want to change the government, said 24-year-old Tariq Salema. “He made a slight change. Thirty years is enough. We need new blood. We need a democratic government.”

Ms. Clinton also joined Mr. Obama in urging demonstrators to remain peaceful. But protesters accuse the Egyptian government of staging violence in order to make what they call a “peaceful revolution” look like violent mobs.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Tuesday that unconfirmed reports suggest 300 people have been killed and as many as 3,000 wounded since the uprising began on Jan. 28. She also called on the Egyptian government to stop blocking communications, the Internet and transport systems.

Since last Friday, Egypt has had no Internet and limited mobile-phone service. Al Jazeera, an Arabic-language news network popularly watched as an alternative to state-run news, has been blocked.

“In the long term, genuine and lasting stability does not depend on a ruthless security apparatus, or a ring of military steel, but on the development of human rights and democracy,” Ms. Pillay said in a statement.

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