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    Stability is returning to Egypt on Sunday after almost two weeks of violent riots against President Hosni Mubarak's rule, with banks opening and people coming back to work.

    Stability is returning to Egypt on Sunday after almost two weeks of violent riots against President Hosni Mubarak's rule, with banks opening and people coming back to work.

    Egypt has seen huge protests mainly in the largest cities of the North African country since January 25, with protestors demanding for President Mubarak to resign reaching into the millions.

    More than 300 people have been killed and some 5,000 injured in riots throughout the country, with the largest masses seen in the country's capital of Cairo.

    Several hundred banks across Egypt will partially resume their work on Sunday after being closed for more than a week. The closure has paralyzed business in the country and hampered the life of Egyptians.

    The largest branches of Egyptian banks will open on Sunday and the remaining branches will resume their work later.

    Egypt's central bank said it would limit cash withdrawals by individuals to 50,000 Egyptian pounds or $10,000.

    Egyptian courts will also start working on Sunday. The country's education ministry will later announce the decision to resume studies at schools.

    The Egyptian prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, said the situation in Egyptian cities was returning to normal. "The security situation is improving every day," he said.

    Police authorities, which have become a rare breed throughout Egypt, have started reappearing on the streets.

    Shafiq said the government will continue ensuring security of foreign journalists covering the events in Egypt.

    He also assured that the supply of food and water to Egyptians was steady.

    The situation at the Egyptian capital's Tahrir Square, the main focus of the protests, has improved. The estimate number of protesters is now between 6,000 and 8,000, a RIA Novosti correspondent said.

    However, some opposition members still refuse to leave the site. "We will continue staying here until the president leaves," a local doctor Muhammad said.

    An opinion poll published by Egypt's state daily Al-Ahram said most Egyptians want an end to the protests and return to normal life.

    CAIRO, February 6 (RIA Novosti) 

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