CAIRO (AP) -- State TV says Defense Minister Hussein Tantawi and senior army officials have visited the main Cairo square where thousands of protesters are pouring in with food and water in an attempt to drive out President Hosni Mubarak after a week and half of pro-democracy demonstrations.
The Obama administration says it is in talks with top Egyptian officials about the possibility of Mubarak immediately resigning, and an interim government forming before free and fair elections this year.
Soldiers are checking IDs and performing body searches at entrances to Tahrir Square Friday. Human chains of protesters are performing secondary searches. The atmosphere is relaxed.
Pro-Mubarak crowds that have attacked demonstrators and foreign journalists do not have a visible presence.
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