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Egypt Protests Spark Confrontations in Yemen, Algeria | Informed Comment

Egypt Protests Spark Confrontations in Yemen, Algeria | Informed Comment: "Then protesters poured back into one area of the square, to the side of the traffic. Aljazeera is saying that some of them are from the countryside and cannot so easily just pick up stakes and go home. Others are committed to staying in the square until the state of emergency is lifted and other reforms are practically implemented. On the other hand, most protesters have returned to work or school (Sunday is a work day for many in Egypt), and can hardly afford to continue to abandon their day jobs.

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Timeline: US indecision on Egypt - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Timeline: US indecision on Egypt - Middle East - Al Jazeera English: "Protests begin in Egypt on the day Barack Obama, the US president, gives State of the Union address to Congress.

Obama did not mention Egypt but did refer to protests in Tunisia, saying the US 'supports the democratic aspirations of all people'.

Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, gave the first high-level US response to the Egypt protests, saying: 'Our assessment is that the Egyptian government is stable and is looking for ways to respond to the legitimate needs and interests of the Egyptian people.'

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Egypt's army dissolves parliament - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Egypt's army dissolves parliament - Middle East - Al Jazeera English: "Soldiers have moved to try and clear pro-democracy protesters from Tahrir Square in Cairo [Reuters]

Egypt's military has dissolved parliament and suspended the constitution, two days after Hosni Mubarak, the long-serving president, stepped down in the wake of a popular uprising.

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Italy declares migrant emergency - Europe - Al Jazeera English

Italy declares migrant emergency - Europe - Al Jazeera English: "Italy has called a humanitarian emergency after thousands of migrants sailed across the Mediterranean from Tunisia, overwhelming authorities on a remote island.

'The cabinet today... has proclaimed a state of humanitarian emergency following the influx of the large number of citizens from North Africa,' the government said in a statement on Saturday.

On Sunday, the Italian government said that it was planning to deploy security forces on Tunisian soil to stop the waves of illegal immigrants.

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Hornberger's Blog - Obama: Egyptians Are Too Dumb for Democracy

Hornberger's Blog - Obama: Egyptians Are Too Dumb for Democracy: "Flip-flopping over events in Egypt, President Obama and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have decided that it would be a bad idea for unelected Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak to immediately resign from office. Their reason? Under Egypt’s constitution, Mubarak’s departure from power would require national elections to be held within 60 days.

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How Pakistan could be made to pay for an American killer - Asia, World - The Independent

How Pakistan could be made to pay for an American killer - Asia, World - The Independent: "As Pakistan has continued to refuse to accommodate Washington's request, so the arm-twisting has increased with veiled warnings about the possible impact on American aid to Islamabad and the possible cancellation of a meeting planned for next month between President Asif Ali Zardari and Barack Obama. On Thursday, Pakistan's ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani, was forced to deny a report that US national security adviser Tom Donilon had threatened to expel him from the country if Mr Davis was not released.

But Pakistani politicians find themselves in a difficult position. While they do not wish to lose out on the billions of dollars of US military and non-military aid, they do not dare antagonise a Pakistani public that is increasingly anti-American by being seen to give in to US demands. Most political parties favour Mr Davis being tried in Pakistan and yesterday morning in Karachi…

Egypt: Hosni Mubarak used last 18 days in power to secure his fortune - Telegraph

Egypt: Hosni Mubarak used last 18 days in power to secure his fortune - Telegraph: "The former Egyptian president is accused of amassing a fortune of more than £3 billion - although some suggest it could be as much as £40 billion - during his 30 years in power. It is claimed his wealth was tied up in foreign banks, investments, bullion and properties in London, New York, Paris and Beverly Hills.

In the knowledge his downfall was imminent, Mr Mubarak is understood to have attempted to place his assets out of reach of potential investigators.

On Friday night Swiss authorities announced they were freezing any assets Mubarak and his family may hold in the country's banks while pressure was growing for the UK to do the same. Mr Mubarak has strong connections to London and it is thought many millions of pounds are stashed in the UK.

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