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# Arab Spring

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# Egypt
Pics: Tens of thousands of Egyptian protesters encircle presidential palace
A growing crisis over President Mohamed Morsi’s decree which widened his powers continues as scenes reminiscent of the February 2011 uprising are repeated.
# Egypt
Pics: Clashes as Egyptians take to Tahrir Square in their thousands... again
Egyptian police fired tear gas at protesters camped out in the Cairo square this morning as demonstrations against a power grab by President Mohamed Morsi took place across the country.
# Killed
Syria state TV journalist shot dead: official media
The official state news agency said that the man was the latest in a string of employees of pro-government media to be killed.
# Egypt
Egyptian president branded 'new pharaoh' after assuming new powers
Nationwide protests are expected across the country today as Mohamed Morsi gave himself sweeping new powers yesterday.
# Syria
Syrian rebels set up independent intelligence service
Members say they will be a security shield over the ‘sons of the revolution’ – but will hunt down abusers on either side.
# Diplomacy
France becomes first Western country to recognise new Syria coalition
Francois Hollande said France will only recognise the opposition government as part of a series of steps to end the Bashar al-Assad regime.
# Web Summit
Egyptian revolutionary: why online activism can work
Wael Ghonim tells Irish audience how he applied digital marketing strategies to Facebook campaign that helped spark uprising in Egypt last year.
# Libya
Evidence of mass murder after Gaddafi's death
A new Human Rights Watch report suggests opposition militias summarily executed at least 66 captured members of Gaddafi’s convoy in the late dictator’s hometown of Sirte.
# Syria
Syria: Explosions rock central Aleppo
A number of explosions have rocked a central district in the northern city of Aleppo – with some reports of casualties.
# Bahrain
Bahrain high court upholds verdicts in medics protest trial
The highest court in Bahrain has rejected the final appeal by nine medics against their convictions linked to anti-regime protests last year.
# United Nations
Frustration and turmoil as world leaders meet for UN general assembly
Syria, Palestine, Iran’s nuclear program and protests generated by an anti-Islamic film will top the agenda.
# Syria
Syria: Air strike kills 30 as over 150 reported dead in nationwide violence
Clashes across the country have continued today as some estimates now put the death toll from the civil war at over 29,000 since early last year.
# World Wide Web
Man who invented web: 'No, there is no button to kill the internet'
Tim Berners-Lee says there’s no single way to kill the internet – unless governments around the world acted in unison.
# Civil War
A butcher, a barber and a policeman: meet Syria's rebels
Butchers, barbers and students are now getting used to guns, tanks and warfare.
# Syria
US will intervene in Syrian crisis - but only if Assad uses chemical weapons
President Obama says the issue of Syrian WMDs is two-fold, raising fears that chemical or biological weapons may fall into the hands of anti-Israeli extremists.
# Bahrain
US 'deeply troubled' by Bahrain activist jailing
“We believe that all people have a fundamental freedom to participate in civil acts of peaceful disobedience,” said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.
# Arab Spring
Bahrain activist jailed for three years
Nabeel Rajab was found guilty of taking part in illegal gatherings.
# Syria
UN accuses Syria of perpetrating war crimes
The panel also concluded that anti-government armed groups committed war crimes, including murder, extrajudicial killings and torture, but at a lesser frequency and scale.
# Death Toll
Syrian war: fierce fighting continues in Damascus and Aleppo
Rebels have launched an operation to ‘liberate’ Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. Both sides are claiming territorial gains.
# Syria
Bashar Assad’s brother-in-law killed in Damascus suicide bombing
A suicide bombing targeted the national security headquarters in central Damascus with Syrian state TV reporting that Defence Minister General Daoud Rajha was also killed.
# Libya
Liberal alliance ahead in Libya's first post-Gaddafi elections
The structure of the new interim parliament means that the result is still uncertain as a broadly liberal coalition secured more seats than the Islamist parties.
# Syria
UN lays blame for latest massacre on Syrian regime
More people have died in further violence a day after a massacre in the village of Treimsa left at least 118 people dead.
# Libya
Voting begins in Libya's first free elections in 50 years
The elections are the first to be held since the ousting of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi but there are fears that violence could disrupt the voting.
# crisis
Annan warns 'history will judge' the world's failure on Syria
The former UN chief has convened a meeting of foreign ministers to try and broker a deal on Syria – but it’s looking unlikely.
# Egypt
Egypt: Officials delay announcing election winner
Political tensions have been sent soaring in Egypt as officials postpone declaring the winner of the country’s first new presidential elections in three decades.
# Egypt
Egypt: State media reports Hosni Mubarak to be 'clinically dead'
The State-run MENA says the 84-year-old former President’s heart has “stopped beating” and will not respond to defibrillation.
# Arab Spring
Tánaiste seeks clemency for Bahraini medics
The doctors and nurses were sentenced after being found guilty of aiding an uprising against the Gulf kingdom’s regime.
# Egypt
Egypt: Supreme Court's call for parliament dissolution sparks outcry
Activists accused the military of a ‘soft coup’ after a court decision also paved the way for a former ally of the deposed president Hosni Mubarak to run in the presidential run-off this weekend.
# Bahrain
Bahrain medics jailed over Arab Spring protests acquitted, sentences reduced
Jailing of doctors and nurses who treated protesters was highly criticised by rights groups.
# tunisia
Ben Ali sentenced to 20 years for inciting murder
Protests which forced Ben Ali from power marked the start of the Arab Spring uprisings.
# Syria
Syrian conflict: US accuses Russia of sending attack helicopters
The head of NATO, meanwhile, has ruled out military intervention – saying it’s ‘not the right path’ to resolve conflict.
# Mubarak
Mubarak slipping in and out of consciousness as condition worsens
The former Egyptian president’s health is reported to have rapidly deteriorated since his trial.
# Syria
Syrian troops renew shelling of Homs, 38 killed
Women and children have been sheltering in basements for days, according to activists.
# Syria
UN: 'Out of control' Syria on the brink of civil war
UN envoy Kofi Annan believes the time has come for regional and international pressure on Bashar Assad.
# Egypt
Crowds gather in Egypt's Tahrir Square as protests continue
Demonstrations in the aftermath of the trial of former president Hosni Mubarak continued today as the ex-dictator’s health was reported to have deteriorated further.
# Syria
Syria facing 'a foreign plot' for destruction, insists Assad
Bashar al-Assad tells Syria’s parliament that the “international role” in the insurgent uprising “is now obvious”.
# Egypt
Hosni Mubarak sentenced to life in jail – but immediately vows to appeal
Hosni Mubarak, 84, will spend the rest of his life in jail for conspiring to kill those who demonstrated against him.
# Syria
UN chief urges Syria to stop attacks
Ban Ki-Moon said UN observers monitoring the ceasefire were not there to watch the killings of innocent people.
# Syria
Gilmore condemns Syrian massacre while Assad regime pleads innocence
The Tánaiste deplores the attacks in Houda which killed 90, while the Assad government denies responsibility.
# Syria
Troops kill at least 90 in Syria, say activists
The reported massacre in Houla represents one of the highest death tolls in a single area since an internationally-brokered cease-fire went into effect last month.