On Thursday’s NewsHour: Unrest Escalates in Egypt, Planets Discovered

BY News Desk  February 3, 2011 at 5:14 PM EST

EGYPT UNREST | Chaos continued to escalate in Egypt as President Hosni Mubarak told ABC News that stepping down now would create further turmoil. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the attacks on foreign journalists and rights groups. There were also signs of growing discontent in Yemen and Algeria, raising questions about ripple effects of the unrest. Judy Woodruff has more with Steve Clemons of the New America Foundation, Samer Shehata of Georgetown University and Steven Cook of the Council on Foreign Relations.

DISCOVERING PLANETS | Science correspondent Miles O’Brien looks at the discovery of 1,200 planets outside our solar system and how this affects future space research.

INSTABILITY IN LEBANON | Special correspondent Kira Kay reports from Beirut about how the fallout from the U.N. investigation into the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri is fanning political turmoil in the country.

JOYCE CAROL OATES | Jeffrey Brown speaks with author Joyce Carol Oates about her new memoir, “A Widow’s Story,” detailing her life after the death of her husband.

Jim Lehrer and Judy Woodruff anchor Thursday night’s program. Hari Sreenivasan will have the day’s other top headlines and a look at features on our website.

We hope you’ll join us.