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Around 500 protesters, demanding the closure of the secret police headquarters, were met with violence by security forces wearing civilian clothing on Sunday, AFP reported.
To stop protesters from storming the building — where documents were reportedly being destroyed that proved human rights violations — the army fired warning shots and used batons to disperse the crowd, witnesses said.
1925 GMT: Egyptian State TV is reporting that 27 protesters were arrested in front of the State Security Headquarters in Lazoghly in Cairo (see 1740 and 1755 GMT).
Thousands of protesters have gathered outside the prime minister's office in Bahrain to demand that he step down, as their campaign for reform in the tiny Gulf nation enters its fourth week.
The demonstrators massed on Sunday at the Al-Qudaibiya Palace [Ministers' Council complex] in the capital, Manama, chanting slogans against the government and King Hamad, but failed to disrupt a government meeting in progress there.
Demonstrators shouted "Topple Hamad! Topple Hamad!" and "Hey Khalifa, get out! Get out!", referring to the country's long-time prime minister, Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa.
Al-Khalifa, who was presiding over a weekly meeting of government ministers inside the palace, later told the state-run Bahrain News Agency that changes are under way and the kingdom's "reform march will continue".
"The government's development policies will continue upbeat as we are determined more than ever to achieve our goal of upgrading the citizens' standards of living by providing them with the means of decent life," he said.
The demonstrators want al-Khalifa to step down over alleged corruption and a deadly crackdown on the opposition in which seven people were killed.
"We want the prime minister to go," Alaa al-Nasr, a 24-year-old demonstrator, was reported by the AFP news agency as saying.
Protesters on Sunday also chanted for the 2002 constitution, which they say gave too much power to the monarchy, to be scrapped.
2030 GMT: Thousands of Moroccans have gathered in Casablanca's Mohammed V Square, demanding government reform and an end to corruption.
Facing growing isolation over the impasse in peace talks, Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu is planning a new initiative to set up a Palestinian state within temporary borders, press reports said on Friday. The Israeli premier is largely expected to announce his new diplomatic initiative during a visit to the United States in May, in an address to the US Congress or at the annual meeting of the pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC.
Israel deputy FM: It is crucial that the model of Iran's 1979 revolution not repeat itself (Haaretz)
Netanyahu: PA taking advantage of international community's Pavlovian reflex in its favor (AP)
Israeli ambassador Michael Oren: Young American Jews have become alienated from Israel (Haaretz)
Barak: Israel is helping itself, not the Palestinians, by making peace, (Israel Radio)
The rebellion against the Kadaffi dictatorship in Libya has not produced any official outside help, but Egypt has apparently sent some of its commandos in to help out the largely amateur rebel force. Wearing civilian clothes, the hundred or so Egyptian commandos are officially not there, but are providing crucial skills and experience to help the rebels cope with the largely irregular, and mercenary, force still controlled by the Kadaffi clan.
Any Egyptian involvement in Libya has to be handled very carefully. While the two countries fought a three day war in 1977, the real cause of tension is the fact that for thousands of years, most of Libya was considered part of Egypt. Given the fact that Libya has all that oil, and less than a tenth of the population of Egypt, well, then, you can figure out the rest. But for the moment, everyone is a revolutionary brother. At least for as long as the moment lasts, then history takes over.
In Libya, the Kadaffi clan is desperately trying to suppress an uprising among most of its six million inhabitants. The Kadaffis have found that the most dependable troops can be obtained from the nomadic Tuareg tribes in the southwest, and further southwest through Algeria Mali and Niger. There are about five million Tuareg in these countries, but only about ten percent are in Libya. The most likely recruits are to be found in Mali and Niger, and that's where men from the local Libyan embassy have been offering young men $10,000 to join, and several thousand dollars a week to fight in Libya. This is nothing new for the Tuareg, who have been serving as mercenaries for Kadaffi since the 1970s. But now thousands of them are being hired. Times are hard for the Tuareg in Mali and Niger, where drought, and hostile locals have made life difficult. Kadaffi is offering a large payday for those who join. Even if the Tuareg men don't come back, their families have the $10,000, and whatever else their sons send back. If the Tuareg succeed in putting down the rebellion, Kadaffi will likely reward his Tuareg warriors, as he has in the past.
Report: At least 30 killed in Libya's Zawiyah (Reuters)
Gadhafi sends additional forces to Zawiyah in attempt to recapture it from rebels (Reuters)
Gadhafi forces launch new attack on central Zawiyah, tanks firing (Reuters)
Rebels say they downed warplane in east of Libya (Reuters)
Rebels in east Libya set up crisis committee to cover military, foreign affairs (Reuters)
UN: Thousands of migrant workers try to flee Libya (AP)
Libyan rebel Council expects international recognition soon (Reuters)
Gadhafi supports a UN investigation into Libya (AFP)
Report: Libya rebels capture British soldiers in secret mission (Reuters)
Report: Heavy fire exchanged between Gadhafi's forces and rebels in Tripoli (Reuters)
Report: Gadhafi forces attack rebels near coastal town of Sirte (Reuters)
Report: Libya rebels shoot down Gadhafi forces helicopter in country's east (Reuters)
Libya scraps custom duties on imports, abolishes taxes on production, consumption (Reuters)
UNHCR concerned with dramatic decline in migrants fleeing Libya to Tunisia (Reuters)
At least 18 dead in Misrata fighting in Libya, doctor says (Reuters)
British diplomatic team left Libya after 'experiencing difficulties' (Reuters)
Libyan rebels say not contacted over Chavez international peace plan (Reuters)
Gadhafi forces strike opposition fighters en route to the Libyan capital of Tripoli (AP)
Gadhafi's forces seen heading to rebel-held oil town in eastern Libya (Reuters)
In the last eight week, two senior Pakistan politicians have been murdered for speaking out against Islamic radicalism. While the government went through the motions of prosecuting the arrested killer of the governor of Punjab province, and seeking the killers of the Religious Minorities Minister (a Christian), there was no big public outcry against these crimes. Instead, the killer of the Punjab governor was hailed openly by lawyers and clerics, and quietly by many government officials.
Despite the terrorist sanctuaries in North Waziristan and Baluchistan, fighting continues in Pakistan along the Afghan border. So far this year, there have been nearly 800 deaths from this violence in Pakistan, compared to less than 150 terrorism related deaths in India. The Taliban also continue to destroy secular schools, particularly those for girls, in the tribal territories. In the last three years, the Taliban have destroyed over 500 schools, and that campaign continues.
Pakistan appears to be building at least twenty new nuclear weapons a year. Pakistan currently has over a hundred nuclear weapons, and is apparently working on building over 200. Given the degree of corruption in Pakistan, there is fear that some of these nukes may be sold, to nations (like Saudi Arabia), or even Islamic terrorists (much less likely, but always a possibility).
Thousands of Shiite protesters in Bahrain besiege PM office (AP)
China has mounted a huge security operation in the capital in response to renewed online calls for protests.
Anonymous postings had urged people to stroll silently in areas of major cities, as a way of calling for change.
The BBC's Damian Grammaticas in Beijing says crowds of shoppers were out but it was not clear if any were protesters.
The massive police deployments are being seen as a sign of the Communist Party's nervousness at the civil unrest and revolutions across the Arab world.
The security blanket thrown over the parts of Beijing on Sunday afternoon was extraordinary, our correspondent says.
China's capital further tightened restrictions on reporting by foreign journalists on Sunday, the latest sign of the government's determination to prevent the formation of a Middle East-style protest movement.
More than 100 arrested as police and activists clash in Hong Kong (DPA)
For 21 months friends and family have been exceptionally careful about what they discussed on the phone or email. Yes, they talked about the economy, the high prices and difficulties they were facing. They even talked about the increase in crime --- unknown in our area before --- we have all questioned if this is connected to the economic difficulties.
Then a young unemployed vegetable vendor, Muhammad Bouazizi, set himself on fire and sparked revolutions in Tunisia and then Egypt. The consequences of his actions appear to have broken the last bonds of fear that held my friends’ tongues in silence.
I hear the same thing being repeated: the regime are terrified, divided and thus making very bad decisions. (Bad for them, and their survival!) People are agreed that the arrests of [Mehdi] Karroubi, [Mir Hossein] Mousavi and their wives will only create more enemies for the regime. People who have consistently supported them are now beginning to turn against the regime, saying ‘enough’. Even my contacts [within the regime] are aware that, with every passing day, more and more hardliners are turning against them. One friend told me, “There are too many bosses, but no one is really in control”.
In the last two months, reform groups have tried to organize large street demonstrations, but have only been able to bring out thousands, not tens or hundreds of thousands. The problem is that the government has been quite effective in using carrots (jobs, access to university, medical care) and sticks (increasing brutality against public demonstrators, and execution of protest leaders).
A high-powered delegation of U.S. officials visited Cairo last month to find ways to support the revolution. They, along with diplomatic and development officials, have been working quietly, meeting with residents, activists and the leadership, and asking how best to spend the $150 million that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has said would soon be available to help shore up the economy and provide technical assistance in the move toward democracy.
By the time the U.S. delegation departed, no Egyptian pro-democracy organizations had asked for assistance.
Egyptian protesters breached a secret police compound in eastern Cairo on Saturday and carted boxes of files, according to rights activists and Egyptian media reports.
Report: State security building torched in Cairo (Reuters)
Two killed in Muslim-Christian clashes in southern Egypt (AP)
Report: Forty armed men attack Egypt antiquities store (Reuters)
New Interior Minister appointed in Egypt (Israel Radio)
Roadside bomb kills 6 people in the southern Iraq city of Basra (AP)
Ivory Coast has suffered over 400 dead in the last few months, as the loser in a recent election disputes that outcome. Actual losses may be 2-3 times higher, because journalists and other investigators are getting shot at. More than 250,000 people have fled the violence. The most important export, cocoa, has become increasingly difficult to get out of the country because of the increasing violence. Thus the price of cocoa has hit a 32 year high of over $3,700 a ton. It was not supposed to work out this way.
Laurent Gbagbo, who won a legitimate election in 2000, declared the vote a fraud, and had himself declared the winner, with 51 percent of the vote. But the foreign observers and the UN insisted that Ouattara had won with 54 percent. While Ouattara has the support of most of the people, Gbagbo has the support of most of the people with guns, and those guns are increasingly used against anyone who openly opposes Gbagbo.
Hamas announces plan to launch national unity initiative to join forces with rival party Fatah (DPA)
Palestinian leader: No state with temporary border (AP)
In response to rocket fire, IAF targets terror sites in the Gaza Strip (Haaretz)
Egyptian diplomat: We are considering easing Gaza blockade (AP)
Army fires in air at Cairo protest, witnesses say (Reuters)
Cairo reform activists say met by plain-clothed men armed with knives (Reuters)
1,000 protest at Egypt interior ministry, demand to access human rights abuse documents (Reuters)
Armed men attack protesters outside Cairo police headquarters (Reuters)
New Egyptian prime minister names most of his new cabinet (AP)
Saudi Arabia bans all protest and marches (Reuters)
Report: Saudi Arabia forces detain at least 22 Shi'ite protesters (Reuters)
Saudi women protesters arrested after breaking ban on demonstrations (DPA)
Oman replaces three top government positions in attempt to quell more protests (AP)
Yemen President says he will remain in power until end of his term in 2013 (Reuters)
Israel issues Yemen travel warning, urges citizens to leave the country (Reuters)
Suspected Al Qaida militants kill 4 Yemen police officers in ambush east of Sanaa (Reuters)
Turkey sends leading journalists to jail pending outcome of coup plot trial (AP)
Turkey jails two more journalists over coup plot (Reuters)
Around 8,000 protest in Beirut against Lebanon's sectarian political system (Reuters)
Poll: French far-right leader Marine Le Pen would beat Sarkozy if presidential vote held now (AP)
The “day of rage” in Saudi Arabia will take place today, Monday, March 7th, instead of Friday. The organizers of demonstrations in the Saudi Kingdom have decided not to wait and to take to the streets in many Saudi cities – not only in the Shiite areas around the Persian gulf, but also in major cities such as Medina, Jeddah, Hijaz and Taif.
Several thousand anti-government protestors, mostly young people, marched through the Croatian capital on Wednesday demanding conservative Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor to step down.
The protestors initially marched through downtown Zagreb without incident, four days after violent clashes between demonstrators and police left dozens injured.
SAIDYOUSIF #Bahrain hundreds are protesting now opisite of #US #Empassy in manama #Feb14 #Lulu
1715 GMT: Tunisia's Ministry of Interior has announced that it is dissolving the State Security Department, widely accused of committing human rights abuses during the rule of the ousted President Ben Ali.
The announcement comes soon after interim Prime Minister Caid Essebsi made ministerial changes, with the new government free of members with ties to Ben Ali.
The Ministry of Interior said its move was a "definitive break with any form of organisation resembling the political police at the level of structure, mission or practice....These practical measures are in harmony with the values of the revolution, in the wish to respect the law, in word and deed, and in consecrating the climate of confidence and transparency in the relationship between the security services and the citizen."
10. In the Sunni-ruled monarchy of Bahrain, which has practiced employment discrimination against the Shiite majority of citizens, the Ministry of Interior has announced it will create 20,000 security-related jobs, apparently intended to be filled mainly by Shiite Bahrainis with college degrees. The protest movement, however, is unlikely to be satisfied unless there are political, not just economic concessions. Bahrain is an absolute monarchy where the senate is Sunni and court-appointed and both king and senate can over-rule at will the elected lower house. Because of gerry-mandering, although the Shiite party got 60 percent of the vote in the last election, it gained only 18 of 40 seats there.
9. Women, including journalist and human rights activist Tawakkul Karman, are playing a central role in the protests against long-time strong man Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen.
8. Although president Saleh again refused to step down this weekend, several prominent members of his ruling Congress Party resigned in sympathy with the protest movement.
Aljazeera English reports on the resignations:
7. Some 5000 leftists and Muslim activists were able to protest in Amman, Jordan this weekend because the Jordanian cabinet has amended the Public Gatherings Law to allow peaceful assembly without prior government permission. Five other parties have put rallies on hold while they pursue political dialogue with the new prime minister, who was brought in to replace his unpopular predecessor as a result of the protests.
Aljazeera English reports on Jordanian calls for a constitutional monarchy in that country.
6. Sultan Qaboos of Oman has sacked three cabinet ministers and ordered the creation of 50,000 public-sector jobs under pressure of protests by oil workers in cities such as Sohar. This weekend oil workers in Haima demanded more government investment in their area, which is remote from the capital.
Aljazeera English reports on the Oman protests:
5. Tunisia’s provisional government has laid out a road map to the future, under pressure from continued protests. A constituent assembly will be elected this summer and a wholly new constitution will be drawn up by elected representatives of the people. This past week, protesters forced the resignation of the prime minister, as having been too close to ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
4. Egyptian protesters stormed the HQs in Cairo and Alexandria of the State Security Police, the dreaded secret police who used arbitrary arrest and torture to keep strong man Hosni Mubarak in power for decades. They said they had been afraid that security officials would shred documents implicating them in crimes, and they carried off many documents. Some were former prisoners who had been tortured in the cells of the building they invaded.
3. The invasion of the security police HQs forced Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf to replace Mubarak crony Mahmoud Wagdi with Mansour al-Issawi as minister of Interior (the cabinet ministry in charge of police).
2. Former feared Egyptian Interior Minister Habib Adly, who had served since 1997, has gone on trial for alleged human rights abuses.
1. Libyan rebels precariously extended their sway to the oil and refining town of Ras Lanuf, launched a fierce firefight in the capital of Tripoli itself, and fought off three concerted attacks on the western city of Zawiya, as well as fighting off an attack on the large western city of Misurata / Misrata.
Thousands of community police in Algeria have rallied in the capital Algiers despite a protest ban in the city.
The officers had gathered outside parliament to demand better pay and pensions.
Bahraini protesters turned out in defiance of police orders in order to put more pressure on the ruling al-Khalifa dynasty, witnesses said.
Protesters surrounded Bahrain's Cabinet building during the weekend, forcing a halt to government activity. Demonstrators demanded Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa step down.
Three hardline Bahraini Shi'ite Muslim groups said on Tuesday they had joined together with the goal of bringing down the Bahraini Gulf Arab monarchy and setting up a republic.
A senior opposition leader says he would support demands to oust Bahrain's monarchy if that becomes the overwhelming sentiment of protesters.
Bahrain's housing minister has announced plans to build 50,000 homes at a cost of more than $5.3bn, as the government reacts to protests gripping the kingdom.
2035 GMT: In Egypt, a Coptic Christian man has reportedly been killed in clashes this evening between Copts and Muslims.
The death of Mina Fares Hanna occurred in the poor working-class district of Moqattam, but no further details were immediately available.
Fighting broke out mid-afternoon on Tuesday when dozens of Muslims showed up in Moqattam, inhabited by Copts who work as garbage collectors and who had blocked a main north-south artery in the capital.
Today, on International Woman’s Day, Egyptian men and women activists organized a Million Woman March for women’s rights in Tahrir Square, which turned into a violent scene of confrontation.
23:25 SKY News Hillary Clinton: we stress that the UN should make the decision for a no-fly zone and not the US. We will support the international effort, we will not lead it.
22:24 MUST WATCH: The moment an explosion took place in the area of ArRajmah. Translation coming shortly!
2211 Al Jazeera correspondent right now: Today in Ras Lanouf there were 9 deaths and 30 injuries from the revolutionaries’ side
2211 Al Jazeera Live call with political activist in Zawiya who has just reported that the Gaddafi battalions are in control of the main coast highway from both sides of Az Zawiya. He also stated that they conducted an operation today to bring a large group of reinforcements from Tripoli. The caller also confirmed that the revolutionaries are in control of the city of Az Zawiya
2120 GMT: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has arrived at Tripoli's Rixos Hotel, where many foreign journalists are staying. He is expected to hold a news conference soon.
1912 – SKY NEWS Reports of 50 tanks bombarding Zawiya
18:07 BBC Witnesses said a five-year-old child was among the dead in Zawiya, reportedly killed when militia burst into the house to put snipers on the roof.
18:06 Sky News reports that eye witnesses say approximately 50 tanks are bombarding Az-Zawiyah. Buildings and mosques have been completely crushed according to witnesses.
The first delivery of UN food aid to Libya since the start of the fighting is due to arrive in Benghazi some time tonight. A convoy of trucks carrying 70 metric tonnes of high-energy, fortified date bars entered the country from the Egyptian border last night.
Preparations are under way for the delivery of another 70 metric tons of the locally-produced date bars, and 150 metric tons of wheat flour. A shipment of 1,182 metric tons of wheat flour which turned back from Benghazi last Thursday due to security concerns, set sail for Libya again today
Muammar Gaddafi will not prosecute for crimes they claim to have been committed by him, the Libyan leader to leave power in the next 72 hours, said the president of the National Council of Libya, on Tuesday."If he leave Libya immediately, within 72 hours, and stop the bombing, we, the Libyans, we will not pursue him for his crimes, " said Mustafa Abdel Jalil by telephone, a former justice minister of the country
Security forces in Yemen have opened fire at a large protest outside the university in the capital, Sanaa.
They were trying to stop thousands of people joining a protest camp at the university calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign.
At least 50 people were injured. Medical sources told the BBC that five were in a serious condition.
The attack began two hours ago when security forces opened fire on the protesters. Early reports indicate three died. Over 30 were wounded by gunfire and another 40 were injured after being beaten with clubs or choking on tear gas.
Several witnesses reported the medical professionals rushing to the scene were stopped by police. At the same time, the protesters appealed for blood donations and medical supplies via twitter stating several people are bleeding out near the gates of the university. Two medics were beaten by state security.
Hundreds of people armed with knives and machetes have clashed with pro-democracy activists in Cairo's Tahrir Square, Egyptian state TV says.
More than a dozen people were injured when violence erupted in Cairo's Tahrir Square Wednesday, the second day of unrest and protests in Egypt's capital
zores7 RT @MinaNaguib90: Confirmed: The army is arresting everyone with cameras in #Tahrir and there are a lot of clashes bet protesters and thugs HELP #Egypt #Jan25
The #Tahrir Camp has FALLEN! It's completely cleared from protesters now! #Egypt #Jan25 7 minutes ago · reply
litary attack was extremely sudden. People were running everywhere, jumping over cars, fences taken down. complete chaos!! #tahrir
President Karzai's Cousin Killed by Coalition Forces
"It was a mistake," he said. "The forces conducted an operation, he was at his home, he came out and was shot."
Sectarian clashes at Bahrain school
Sectarian clashes have broken out at a Bahrain school, fuelling fears a planned march on the royal court could inflame tensions on the Gulf island where the majority of citizens are Shia but the ruling family is Sunni.
Witnesses said fighting broke out at the school in the town of Sar, where both Shias and Sunni live, when some Shia pupils launched anti-government protests on Thursday.
As resolve deepens among the Shiite-led protesters — who mark their first month Monday — so does the backlash from hard-line Sunni factions that fear their privileges and way of life could hang in the balance.
GCC foreign ministers pledge SR75 billion aid
In a major move to calm anti-government protests in Oman and Bahrain, the foreign ministers of the six nations in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) approved an SR75-billion aid package to create jobs and implement a range of development projects in the two Gulf states.
No Counter-Revolution in Egypt
The interim cabinet warned against counter-revolution attempts and vowed to thwart such efforts as it works to fulfill the demands of the revolution.
dianaiak RT @Egyptocracy: EgyptianTV: 3 months prison sentence to anyone breaking curfew. #Egypt #Jan25 33 seconds ago · reply