LIVE VIDEO: Protesters gather in Cairo's Tahrir Square. (Credit: APTN)
Update 11:50 a.m. ET: President Barack Obama will take questions on Egypt at 3:10 p.m. ET, The Associated Press reports.
Here's the latest news from Egypt this morning:
• Protesters demanding President Hosni Mubarak's ouster have packed Tahrir Square by the tens of thousands in what is being called the "Friday of Departure."
• Tens of thousands of people are also protesting again in Alexandria, Al Jazeera reports.
• Prominent government figures are beginning to join the protesters, The New York Times reports.
• Security forces broke into the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood's official news Web site ikhwanonline.com, and arrested 12 journalists and technicians inside, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm, Egypt's largest independent newspaper.
• Media in Montenegro are reporting that President Hosni Mubarak's son and close personal friends are preparing for him to flee to exile there, Al Jazeera reports. Montenegro already hosts deposed Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
• The protests have shuttered businesses, forced factories to halt operations, closed banks and the stock exchange and limited suppliers' ability to restock store shelves — adding to the economic pinch many protesters say is a key catalyst for joining the demonstrations.
• Desperate pleas for food, for help finding lost friends, even remote offers of first aid help from supposed professionals can be found in abundance on Twitter.