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Google Says Manager Has Gone Missing In Egypt

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Google Middle East manager Wael Ghonim was last spotted on January 27, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. (Google)

Google Middle East manager Wael Ghonim was last spotted on January 27, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt. (Google)

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MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) — Google said one of its Middle East managers has gone missing in Cairo, where violent protests against the ruling regime have embroiled Egypt’s capital for the past week.

Wael Ghonim’s whereabouts have been unknown since last Thursday evening. That’s when Google said he was spotted in central Cairo.

Ghonim oversees Google Inc.’s marketing in the Middle East and Africa from the company’s Dubai office. The company has temporarily closed its Cairo office as a safety measure.

Google wants anyone with information about Ghonim to call a United Kingdom phone number: +44-20-7031-3008.

Egypt’s government cut off Internet access last week in hopes of squelching mass protests and public dissent.

To help counter the Internet blackout, Google has set up a voicemail system that posts written messages on people’s Twitter accounts.

(© 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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