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BBC News - Violent clashes continue between Cairo police and protesters

BBC News - Violent clashes continue between Cairo police and protesters | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
There's been violence on the streets of Cairo, as Egyptians demand more jobs, cheaper food and less corruption in government.
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France urges 'more democracy' in Egypt

France urges 'more democracy' in Egypt | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said her country condemned the killing of protestors in Egypt on Tuesday and called for "more democracy" in the country. Two protestors and an Egyptian officer were killed in clashes in the city of Suez. The pro-democratic April 6 movement called on the public to continue the protests against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's government. (AFP)
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Egypt opposition calls for second day of protests

Egypt opposition calls for second day of protests | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
An Egyptian opposition group has called on Egyptians again to take to the streets on Wednesday, a day after unprecedented nationwide rallies against President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.
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Robert Fisk: A new truth dawns on the Arab world

Robert Fisk: A new truth dawns on the Arab world | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The Palestine Papers are as damning as the Balfour Declaration. The Palestinian "Authority" – one has to put this word in quotation marks – was prepared, and is prepared to give up the "right of return" of perhaps seven million refugees to what is now Israel for a "state" that may be only 10 per cent (at most) of British mandate Palestine.
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Calm in Cairo after day of protests - swissinfo

Calm in Cairo after day of protests				- swissinfo | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
CAIRO (Reuters) - Calm returned to the streets of Cairo at daybreak on Wednesday after a night and a day of unprecedented demonstrations calling for President Hosni Mubarak to end his 30-year rule. Police fired teargas and water cannon in the early hours of Wednesday to disperse protesters who had occupied the capital's central Tahrir square into the night. By dawn, streets had returned to normal, with traffic flowing across the city.
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Protests spread against Mubarak

Protests spread against Mubarak | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
CAIRO - In the largest protest in Egypt in years, thousands of anti-government demonstrators called Tuesday for the end of President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule, a cry inspired by the fall of an Arab dictator in Tunisia.
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BBC News - Egypt protests: Police disperse Cairo crowds

BBC News - Egypt protests: Police disperse Cairo crowds | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Police in Cairo fire tear gas and water cannon to break up rare anti-government protests which have left three people dead.
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Gaddafi fears foreign meddling in Tunisia turmoil| Top News| Reuters

Gaddafi fears foreign meddling in Tunisia turmoil| Top News| Reuters | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
TUNIS (Reuters) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Tuesday he feared the change of power in Tunisia was being exploited by foreign intervention.

Speaking in an interview broadcast on the private
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Sudan Dispatch: Will Women's Lives Be Any Better In The Independent South? | The New Republic

Sudan Dispatch: Will Women's Lives Be Any Better In The Independent South? | The New Republic | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Juba and Bentiu, Sudan—Southern Sudan’s Interim Constitution, which came into effect in 2005, stipulates a 25 percent quota for women’s participation across all levels of regional and national government. Six years later, in the wake of a referendum that will give the south full independence, women hold 19 percent of the positions in the south’s legislative assembly. And those favoring a new southern nation say women will see this number go up under independence.
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Lebanon's Dangerous Power Struggle: Hezbollah Bests Hariri - The Daily Beast

Lebanon's Dangerous Power Struggle: Hezbollah Bests Hariri - The Daily Beast | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Hezbollah’s takeover in Beirut comes as unrest is sweeping Tunisia and Egypt, and though it’s installed a Harvard-educated Sunni prime minister, it’s a U.S.-designated terrorist organization that’s not averse to war. Christopher Dickey reports.
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US Urges Egypt To Handle Protests 'Peacefully' - WSJ.com

US Urges Egypt To Handle Protests 'Peacefully' - WSJ.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AFP)--The United States urged Egyptian authorities Tuesday to handle antigovernment protests peacefully as three people died during rare nationwide rallies. "We are monitoring the situation in Egypt closely. The United States supports the fundamental right of expression and assembly for all people," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said in a statement.
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Tunisia Has Ingredients for Democracy | World | Epoch Times

Tunisia Has Ingredients for Democracy | World | Epoch Times | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
While democracy may be a rare sight in the Arab world, it is not impossible, and Tunisia could lead the way there, experts say.
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Saad Hariri Forced to Hand Over Lebanon to Hezbollah - NYTimes.com

Saad Hariri Forced to Hand Over Lebanon to Hezbollah - NYTimes.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The choice of Najib Miqati, the Hezbollah-backed candidate, for prime minister sparked protests by backers of the former leader, Saad Hariri, who called the move a “coup d’etat.”
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Mona Eltahawy - Will Egypt's protests go the way of Tunisia's revolution?

Mona Eltahawy - Will Egypt's protests go the way of Tunisia's revolution? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Why Washington is concerned about Arab protests and the potential 'Egypt effect.' Some images from Tuesday show Egyptian police beating unarmed protesters and throwing rocks at them (sadly, an increasingly common tactic). But a photo of a man and a woman standing in Mahalla, posted on the citizen journalists' Web site Rassd News Network, instantly conveys why Egyptians have taken to the streets.
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Egyptians tests Tunisia's Twitter revolution

Egyptians tests Tunisia's Twitter revolution | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Vancouver Sun is your online source of news on Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and around the world. Find local stories happening around British Columbia. Read world headline news. Watch local news stories in multimedia.,Tens of thousands of Egyptians rioted in the centre of Cairo on Tuesday in protests they hoped would blossom into a revolution germinated by the ouster of Tunisia's dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali earlier this month.
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Egyptian spokesman: Demonstrations are nothing noteworthy

Egyptian spokesman: Demonstrations are nothing noteworthy | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Commenting on Tuesday's protests against the ruing Egyptian regime, a spokesman for the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said "the demonstrations taking place in Egypt at the moment are not a new phenomenon," in an interview with CNN on Tuesday night.
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Egypt's Revolution by Internet

Egypt's Revolution by Internet | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Inspired by Tunisia, Egyptians began their protests online and then added hard tactics on the ground in their effort to bring down a crushingly effective police state. Mike Giglio on why President Hosni Mubarak should be worried.
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Tomgram: Juan Cole, American Policy on the Brink | TomDispatch

Tomgram: Juan Cole, American Policy on the Brink |  TomDispatch | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently took a four-day tour of the Middle East, at each stop telling various allies and enemies, in classic American fashion, what they must do. And yet as she spoke, events in Lebanon, Iraq, Algeria, and even Egypt seemed to spin ever more out of American control. Meanwhile, the regime in Tunisia, one of the autocratic and repressive states Washington has been supporting for years even as it prattles on about “democracy” and “human rights,” began to crumble.
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Upheaval On The Borders | The Jewish Week

Upheaval On The Borders  | The Jewish Week | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Israel is watching with concern the street demonstrations that erupted this week in neighboring Egypt and Lebanon. The fear is that an Iranian proxy-state could emerge in Lebanon and that in Egypt the autocratic rule of aging President Hosni Mubarak could be overthrown. Although both demonstrations erupted on Tuesday and had similar names — in Lebanon it was called a “Day of Rage” and in Egypt a “Day of Revolt — they had different purposes. In Egypt they protested Mubarak’s iron rule; in Lebanon, they protested Hezbollah’s seizing of power. The demonstrations followed ones earlier this month that toppled Tunisian strongman President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.
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YEMEN: Somali refugees hope for better life beyond Kharaz camp

YEMEN: Somali refugees hope for better life beyond Kharaz camp | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
KHARAZ CAMP, 25 January 2011 (IRIN) - Every year tens of thousands of Somalis risk their lives crossing the Gulf of Aden to reach Yemen in their search for safety and a better life. Many die atrocious deaths - beaten, thrown overboard, eaten by sharks, drowned or asphyxiated in the hold of crowded smuggler boats.
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The Page by Mark Halperin | White House: “We Support the Universal Rights of the Egyptian People”

The Page by Mark Halperin | White House: “We Support the Universal Rights of the Egyptian People” | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Gibbs sends out statement on protests saying, "The Egyptian government has an important opportunity to be responsive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people, and pursue political, economic and social reforms.
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The Guardian Mideast editor, will the Palestine papers end Abbas' political career?

The Guardian Mideast editor, will the Palestine papers end Abbas' political career? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Ian Black, who has been covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the British media corporation for over two decades, shares in an exclusive interview. "I think that from the moment we saw the documents, we thought that they provide a very important insight on the Israel-Palestinian peace process. I think Mahmoud Abbas was in a difficult position long before the documents saw the light of day, as anyone who follows the story closely knows."
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US sees Egypt's government as stable despite protests

US sees Egypt's government as stable despite protests | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States expressed confidence in Egypt's government on Tuesday and urged calm amid the largest public protests in years. It was an awkward endorsement of an authoritarian regime that is a key Arab ally for Washington.
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Hosni Mubarak faces unprecedented protests

Hosni Mubarak faces unprecedented protests | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
CAIRO (Reuters) - Police fired teargas and water cannon to disperse Egyptian protesters in Cairo in the early hours of Wednesday after a long day of unprecedented protests calling for President Hosni Mubarak to end his 30 year rule.
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Situation in Egypt

Situation in Egypt | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
We are monitoring the situation in Egypt closely. The United States supports the fundamental right of expression and assembly for all people. All parties should exercise restraint, and we call on the Egyptian authorities to handle these protests peacefully.
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