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2011-02-22

Europe

Hard knocks of EU diplomacy

Eleven days after the fall of Hosni Mubarak, the European Union’s foreign minister Catherine Ashton should have been the first high-ranking official

Europe

Ashton follows Cameron to Egypt

The European Union’s foreign policy chief, visiting Cairo, has talked about adding a billion euros to current aid being given to Egypt. Encouraging

World

Gaddafi remains defiant

Colonel Gaddafi has made a defiant and inflammatory speech on Libyan state television.  It lasted over an hour.   He said he won’t step down but will

World

Yemen

President Ali Abdullah Saleh has ruled what is the Arab world’s poorest nation for 32 years. Crowds began taking to the streets on February 10 to

World

Tunisia

The first regime to fall. President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali was ousted on January 14 after 23 years in power and less than a month after protests

World

Syria profile

A protest, a rare occurrence in Syria, was held on Thursday 17 February but few people turned up and those who did were not calling for regime

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Sudan

Groups of Sudanese students inspired by events in Egypt and Tunisia used social network sites to organise small pockets of protest at the end of

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Saudi Arabia

Although there has been little in the way of protest, the situation in neighbouring countries like Bahrain and Yemen is a growing cause for concern

World

Morocco

Tens of thousands of people joined peaceful rallies in cities across the country on February 20 to demand the resignation of the government

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Libya

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi seems to be losing his 41-year grip on power. Protests start in the eastern city, Benghazi, on February 17, intensify

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Jordan

Protests, largely peaceful, began in January calling for political and economic reform amid high unemployment and a high cost of living. King

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Iraq

Anti-government protests sprang up across the country in the middle of February. The worst violence was witnessed in the autonomous Kurdish region in

World

Iran

Iranian opposition groups returned to the streets on February 14 after more than a year of staying quiet. Their last protest before that came in the

World

Egypt

The most populous Arab country, Egypt was the second domino to fall. After 18 days of intense and sometimes violent protests centred around Cairo’s

World

Libya in chaos

The situation in Libya remains confused, chaotic and dangerous. The latest amateur video has shown just how intense the fighting was in some parts of

World

Bahrain

King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa and his family has maintained a firm grip on power in Bahrain, where a Sunni minority rules over a Shi’ite majority. Al

World

Algeria

Army backed President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been in power since 1999. At the beginning of the unrest in Tunisia he promised to open up state media

Culture

Anna Nicole, the Opera

Her life was a soap opera, played out in courtrooms and on the pages of gossip magazines. The world was fascinated by Anna Nicole Smith: her plastic