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The Associated Press: Restive Chinese city to be under full surveillance

BEIJING (AP) — China is putting a western city where deadly ethnic violence broke out in 2009 under full surveillance, including ensuring "seamless" coverage of sensitive areas of the city with tens of thousands of cameras, state media reported Tuesday. Security has been tight in Urumqi since tensions between the area's largely Muslim Uighurs and members of the country's Han majority flared into open violence in 2009. Uighurs have long resented what they see as an incursion by Han migrants into their ancestral homeland, the Xinjiang region.
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Wave of Arab world riots spreads to Yemen, as Egypt unrest enters third day

Wave of Arab world riots spreads to Yemen, as Egypt unrest enters third day | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a key ally of the United States in its war against a resurgent Yemeni arm of Al-Qaida, has ruled the impoverished Arabian Peninsula state for over 30 years.
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Anti-government rallies hit Yemen

Anti-government rallies hit Yemen | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands of people, inspired by events in Tunisia, protest in Sanaa to demand President Saleh's resignation.
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In Tunisia, Women Play Equal Role In Revolution : NPR

In Tunisia, Women Play Equal Role In Revolution : NPR | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tunisian women have access to birth control and abortion. They have the same rights to divorce as their male counterparts. And they are playing just as vital of a role in the country's revolution. Now, they must continue their fight to keep religion out of politics.
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Tens of thousands protest in Yemeni capital, demand ouster of country's longtime president

SAN'A, Yemen — Tens of thousands of Yemenis have taken to the streets in the country's capital, calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh's ouster. The protests are taking place at four different locations across Sanaa, led by opposition members and youth activists. The crowds are chanting for an end to the government of Saleh, who has been in power for nearly 32 years.
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DEBKAfile, Political Analysis, Espionage, Terrorism, Security

DEBKAfile, Political Analysis, Espionage, Terrorism, Security | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
President Hosni Mubarak has sent his defense minister Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi to Washington with an urgent request for US backing for his embattled regime against the street protest movement which gained in violence on its second day, Wednesday, Jan. 26. DEBKAfile's Washington sources report that in secret meetings, the Egyptian defense minister put the situation before President Barack Obama and a row of top US political, military and intelligence officials.
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AFP: Thousands of Yemenis call on president to quit

AFP: Thousands of Yemenis call on president to quit | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
SANAA — Thousands of Yemenis demonstrated in the capital on Thursday, calling on President Ali Abdullah Saleh to depart after being in power since 1978, AFP correspondents reported."Enough being in power for (over) 30 years," chanted protesters in demonstrations staged by the Common Forum opposition in four different locations in Sanaa. They also referred to the ouster of Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, saying he was "gone in just (over) 20 years."
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Thousands of Yemenis call on president to quit

SANAA, Yemen - Thousands of Yemenis demonstrated in the capital on Thursday, calling on President Ali Abdullah Saleh to depart after being in power since 1978, Agence France-Presse correspondents reported.
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Yemeni Protestors Seek to Remove President Saleh in Mass Rally - Bloomberg

Thousands of Yemeni protesters gathered today in the capital, Sana’a, to demand that the President Ali Abdullah Saleh step down, echoing mass demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt.
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Egypt: exaggeration or denial?

Egypt: exaggeration or denial? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In the absence of any noteworthy events in Egypt, the semi-official al-Ahram newspaper had to look further afield for its main front-page headline yesterday: "Widespread protests and disturbances in Lebanon". This is a classic example of the old-style Arab media sticking its head in the sand.
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Muslim population growth outpaces non-Muslims’: Study – The Express Tribune

Muslim population growth outpaces non-Muslims’: Study – The Express Tribune | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The world's Muslim popula­tion will grow twice as fast as the non-Muslim popula­tion in the next 20 years.
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Egyptians Hope for Another Tunisia | World | Epoch Times

Egyptians Hope for Another Tunisia | World | Epoch Times | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Tunisia’s seemingly successful Jasmine revolution has inspired young Egyptians demanding revolutionary change.
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Tunisia reshuffle includes interior, defence -sources| Reuters

Tunisia reshuffle includes interior, defence -sources| Reuters | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
TUNIS, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Tunisia's interior, defence andforeign affairs ministers will be replaced as part of a cabinetreshuffle to be announced on Wednesday, political sources said-- a move that could
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Egypt charges 40 protesters with trying to overthrow regime

Egypt charges 40 protesters with trying to overthrow regime | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Protesters gathered in the eastern city of Suez early Thursday morning torched a police post, to decry killing of demonstrators earlier this week.
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ElBaradei Set to Join Egypt Protests

ElBaradei Set to Join Egypt Protests | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A prominent Egyptian reform campaigner is set to return to the country, as anti-government activists plan a new massive rally in the capital. Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the U.N. nuclear agency, is expected to return to Egypt Thursday to join demonstrators protesting against President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year-old rule.
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Pakistan flood crisis as bad as African famines, UN says

Pakistan flood crisis as bad as African famines, UN says | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Unicef survey shows almost a quarter of people malnourished in Sindh province six months after floods
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BBC News - EU urges Albania to defuse political crisis

BBC News - EU urges Albania to defuse political crisis | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The EU urges Albania's rival politicians to restore respect for state institutions after three died in an opposition protest.
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How Russia Created Its Own Islamic Terrorism Problem - TIME

How Russia Created Its Own Islamic Terrorism Problem - TIME | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Behind the Moscow attack is a history of Russia's flawed, brutal policies in the Caucasus
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Egypt protests: President's son 'flees to London with 100 pieces of luggage' | Mail Online

Egypt protests: President's son 'flees to London with 100 pieces of luggage'  | Mail Online | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Gamal Mubarak, 48 and believed to be his father's choice of successor, boarded a private jet from Cairo to London with his wife, daughter and around 100 piece of luggage, according to reports.
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FACTBOX-Security developments in Yemen| Energy & Oil| Reuters

Jan 25 (Reuters) - Yemen is trying to quell a resurgent wing
of al Qaeda which has stepped up attacks on Western and regional
targets. It is also trying to cement a truce with Shi'ite rebels
in the north
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Thousands march in Yemen to demand change of govt

Thousands march in Yemen to demand change of govt | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
* At least 16,000 protesters gather in capital Sanaa * Hundreds join rival rally by ruling party * Security forces in central square to protect banks By Mohammed Ghobari and Khaled Abdullah SANAA,
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Yemen protests: Thousands call on president to leave

Yemen protests: Thousands call on president to leave | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Thousands of Yemenis are demonstrating in the capital, Sanaa, calling on President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down after more than 30 years in power.
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Report Offers Surprises on Muslims’ Growth

Report Offers Surprises on Muslims’ Growth | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A new report forecasts that the number of Muslims around the world will grow over the next 20 years at twice the rate of non-Muslims, but that the rapid growth will level off. With more Muslim women getting educations and jobs, people migrating to cities, and living standards improving, the report says, the birthrate in majority-Muslim countries will come to more closely resemble the pattern in other nations.
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Is Tunisia the First Domino? | Mother Jones

Is Tunisia the First Domino? | Mother Jones | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Joshua Tucker makes an argument today that Tunisia might be the leading edge of a broader revolt in the Middle East, just as Poland was the leading edge of the fall of communism in Eastern Europe in 1989.
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5 Things You Should Know About Tunisia

5 Things You Should Know About Tunisia | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
I know the North African country of Tunisia and the current turmoil there seem far, far away but what happens in Tunisia does have an impact on Canada, so I thought I should fill in a few gaps that seem to be left by daily news coverage of the situation. Besides, I have all this [...]
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