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ElBaradei Set to Join Egypt Protests

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.The activists have...

Anti-Government Protests Continue to Rock Egypt

Egyptian riot police clashed with thousands of anti-government activists for a second day Wednesday, firing rubber bullets and using tear gas and batons on protesters who defied a government ban on demonstrations.At least four people have died in two days of demonstrations against President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year-old rule. Another two people were...

Protests in Egypt, Tunisia Spark Turmoil

Egyptian security forces have deployed en masse across the capital, Cairo, Wednesday amid calls by protest leaders to continue demonstrating despite a ban. In central Cairo, Egyptian activists clashed with security forces stationed nearby as thousands of Interior Ministry troops stood watch along key roads and bridges to keep passersby from...

Egypt Opposition Calls for Renewed Protests

An Egyptian opposition group has called for a second day of protests in Cairo, just hours after police fired tear gas and beat anti-government protesters to clear a central square in the city.The 6th of April Youth Movement used its Facebook page to urge protesters to continue Wednesday, after the largest demonstrations in years against President...

NCP Proposes Extended Interim Period to Resolve Issues

A senior member of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) told VOA an agreement between his party and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) to extend the “interim period” will help expedite the resolution of the outstanding issues between the north and south. Rabie Abdelati Obeid said such an extension would not, in his words, hamper...

Tunisia: Life Without Ben Ali

Many observers are wondering what will happen next for Tunisians. Recently, the country’s longtime leader, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, left the country as civilian protestors demanded a new government. Some are asking whether Tunisia’s long-standing ties to the West will continue, whether Islamists will play some part in a future Tunisian...

Egypt Blames al-Qaida-Linked Palestinian Group for New Year's Bombing

Egypt's interior minister has blamed a Palestinian group linked to al-Qaida for the New Year's Day suicide bombing that killed more than 20 people and wounded about 100 others at a Coptic Christian church.Habib al-Adly announced Sunday that the government believes the Army of Islam was behind the attack. The Army of Islam praised the attack but...

Rising Prices Fuel Anti-Government Sentiments Across Middle East

The uprising in Tunisia against government corruption has forced other countries in the region to take notice.  Record high prices for food and oil are also fuelling anti-government feeling in many developing countries.  Analysts predict the protests will spread far beyond Tunisia’s borders.Few people in or outside Tunisia could have predicted the...

Analyst SeesTunisian Unrest as Promising, Warning to Arab World

Tunisia’s transitional government Wednesday freed all the country’s political prisoners in an apparent follow-up to a previously announced government pledge. The government also said it would go after assets held overseas by former President Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali and his family. Ellen Lust, associate professor of political science at Yale...

Summary of Obama's Call With Egyptian President Mubarak

The President spoke with Egyptian President Mubarak this morning on a broad range of issues, to include the New Year's Day attack on a Coptic Christian church in Alexandria, developments in Tunisia and Lebanon, and how best to advance Middle East peace. The President extended his personal condolences to President Mubarak and the Egyptian people...

Arab League Chief Says Tunisia's Unrest May Spread

Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa has warned Middle East leaders that the region is being "broken" by poverty, unemployment and a general slide in economic conditions. He commented Wednesday at a summit in Egypt that is being overshadowed by the unrest that toppled Tunisia's government last week. Moussa told Arab leaders the political...

Could A Tunisian-Style Revolt Happen Elsewhere?

Years of anger and dissatisfaction in Tunisia over corruption, joblessness and other economic woes have erupted recently. What was unimaginable two months ago has taken place—Tunisia’s government shattered. Now, analysts are looking at other regimes in the region for signs of similar unrest. They do not have to look far. There have been self-...

Tunisia: Education Driving Calls for Political Freedom

As the protests in Tunisia continue, one analyst says education may be driving the demand for political freedom there. Cornell University African Studies Professor N’Dri Assie-Lumumba was in Tunisia in December when the turmoil began to surface.  She says considering Tunisia’s educated population, public protest to political repression is not...

Critics Contend US Should Offer Stronger Support to Tunisians

It is unprecedented in the Arab world and the seeming answer to a U.S. prayer - youth, rising up against a dictator and toppling the government in the span of a few short weeks. This happened in Tunisia as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in the region to advance political, economic, and social reform across the region. Some critics...

More Self-Immolation Attempts in Egypt

Egyptian officials say at least one more protester set himself on fire Tuesday in an apparent attempt to imitate an act in Tunisia that triggered events leading to the president's ouster.Egyptian officials say one man set himself on fire outside of government headquarters in Cairo while another man made a self-immolation attempt in Alexandria. ...