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    Japan's Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara urged the Egyptian government on Sunday to resolve ongoing political unrest in the Middle Eastern country peacefully, Kyodo news agency reported.

    Japan's Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara urged the Egyptian government on Sunday to resolve ongoing political unrest in the Middle Eastern country peacefully, Kyodo news agency reported.

    ''Japan strongly hopes the Egyptian government and the people restrain violent action and create a stable government through dialogue'' Maehara said during his meeting with Egyptian Ambassador to Japan Walid Mahmoud Abdelnasser at the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, the agency reported.

    Anti-government protests started in Egypt on January 25, with crowds of tens of thousands demanding President Hosni Mubarak step down after three decades in power.

    Earlier, Al Jazeera TV channel said about 100 people had been killed in clashes with police in Cairo and other Egyptian cities.

    More than 10 protesters were killed in clashes with police near the Egyptian Interior Ministry building in Cairo in the early hours of Sunday, Al Jazeera reported.

    A crowd of protesters was trying to storm the building, located in the center of the Egyptian capital, forcing police to open fire, the TV channel said.

    In the Faiyum Governorate, located about 81 miles (130 km) to the southwest of Cairo, unknown gunmen shot dead the chief of a local prison, freeing several hundred prisoners, Al Jazeera said.

    On Saturday, Mubarak dismissed the country's government and appointed a former civil aviation minister, Ahmed Shafiq, as the new prime minister, ordering him to form a new cabinet.

    TOKYO, January 30 (RIA Novosti) 

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