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US says confinement of ElBaradei has to change

Associated Press Modified: January 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm •  Published: January 28, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is praising Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei (ehl-BEHR'-uh-day) and saying the government's policy of keeping him under house arrest has to change.

ElBaradei was confined after joining the protests that have erupted this week against President Hosni Mubarak (HAHS'-nee moo-BAH'-rahk).

Press secretary Robert Gibbs said Friday that President Barack Obama knows his fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate well and has worked with ElBaradei on nuclear proliferation issues.

Asked if ElBaradei's house arrest should be ended, Gibbs replied, "These are the type of activities that the government has a responsibility to change."