Portal:Current events/February 2011

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February 2011 was the second month of that common year. The month, which began on a Tuesday, ended on a Monday after 28 days.

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Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from February 2011.

Armed conflicts and attacks
  • 2011 Egyptian protests
    • Protesters plan a "million-man march" on President Hosni Mubarak's presidential palace in Cairo starting at Tahrir Square. (Voice of America) (Al Jazeera)
    • At least two million people gather in Tahrir Square in the biggest demonstration since the popular revolution against the Mubarak regime began. (The Hindu) (Al Jazeera) (The New York Times) (AFP via The Sydney Morning Herald)
    • The government closes down Egyptian National Railways as well as Internet and mobile phone services. (CNN)
    • Mubarak addresses the nation to tell the people of his refusal to leave Egypt, though promises to resign at the end of his term. He tells the people of Egypt that he is "proud of his achievements over the years in serving Egypt and its people". (Reuters) (AFP via The Sydney Morning Herald) (Al Jazeera) (ABC News)
    • Protesters vow to stay in Tahrir Square until Mubarak goes. (Jerusalem Post)
    • International response to the 2011 Egyptian protests:
      • President of the United States Barack Obama urges Hosni Mubarak not to run for the presidency again, though stops short of telling him to resign immediately. He also called for the transition to democracy "to begin now". (BBC) (The New York Times) (The Guardian), (Washington Post)
      • Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan completely backs the people of Egypt in their battle against the Mubarak regime. Newspapers had previously criticised him for his lack of a response to the revolution there. (Al Jazeera)
      • Google and Twitter team up to build a voice-to-tweet system to allow Egyptians to tweet despite the closure of Internet and mobile phone systems. (Fortune)
      • Al Jazeera reports that its signal is being jammed in parts of the Middle East, days after Egypt shut the news network's operations there. (Reuters)
  • Abdullah of Jordan sacks the Jordanian government amid protests over prices in the country. (Al Jazeera) (Xinhua) (M&C)
  • A Buddhist family of four is shot killed by suspected Muslim separatists seeking autonomy from predominantly Buddhist Thailand in the latest attack in an escalation of violence in the southern Thailand. (Reuters)
Business and economy
  • The owner of China's fourth-most visited website, Sohu.com Inc, posted a better-than-estimated 41 percent gain in profit after the company raised prices and boosted services such as video sharing. (China Daily)
  • A court in London bars the oil company BP from entering into a planned joint venture and share swap with Rosneft, a state-controlled Russian company. (Reuters)
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Law and crime
  • U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, the alleged whistleblower who is thought to have revealed secret U.S. government documents to the international public, is reported to be held in solitary confinement awaiting trial by the United States for seven months now, treatment which the United Nations deems a form of torture when used for such prolonged periods. (Al Jazeera)
  • The Karmapa Lama, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Tibetan Buddhism's third-highest lama, is questioned by police after large amounts of foreign money are found at his monastery in Dharamsala, northern India. Some Indian media allege he is acting as a spy for China. (Asia Times Online)
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  • 2011 Egyptian protests:
    • Egyptian protesters continue nationwide demonstrations against President Hosni Mubarak for a ninth day. (Al Jazeera) (The Guardian)
    • Mohamed ElBaradei, an emerging leader of anti-regime protests, and other protesters say that Mubarak must leave Egypt by Friday at the latest to avoid further bloodshed and turmoil. (The Australian)
    • The protestors increase their demands for the end of the Mubarak regime and are not impressed by Hosni Mubarak's promise to resign at the end of his current term. (Al Jazeera)
    • Clashes occur in Cairo and Alexandria between supporters and opponents of President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak with one person dead and 700 injured. (BBC) (Euronews) (Fox News) (Al Jazeera)
    • Mubarak supporters, rumored to be directed by the Mubarak regime, protest in central Cairo, Alexandria and other cities, attacking anti-government protestors with stones, knives and Molotov cocktails. (The Washington Post)
    • Some supporters of the Mubarak regime ride horses and camels and attack anti-government protesters with whips. (AP via The Guardian)
    • Two Molotov cocktails are thrown into the grounds of the Egyptian Museum. (The Guardian)
    • The United Nations (Navi Pillay) believes as many as 300 people have been killed in Egypt over the last nine days. (Almasry Alyoum)
    • Amr Moussa, Arab League Secretary General and a former Egyptian foreign minister, says he would "seriously" consider whether to seek the Egyptian presidency. (The Jerusalem Post)
    • The Egyptian Army calls on protesters to "help restore normal life". (Reuters)
    • Mohamed ElBaradei, of the Egyptian opposition, raises concerns that clashes in Cairo could escalate into a "bloodbath". (Los Angeles Times)
    • Egyptian state television warns the people of Egypt to evacuate Tahrir Square in Cairo. (The Guardian)
    • Internet access is partially restored in Egypt after a five-day blackout. (Al Jazeera)
    • Al Jazeera urges Egyptian satellite company Nilesat to resume broadcasting its signal or face legal action. (Reuters)
    • Al Arabiya journalist Ahmad Abdallah is reported missing but later found after being beaten by pro-Mubarak supporters. (The Guardian)
    • Pro-Mubarak protestors attack CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and his crew. The attack is successfully filmed. (Huffington Post) (The Guardian)
    • The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) compiles a list of members of the media who have come under attack in Egypt today. (The Guardian) (Committee to Protect Journalists)
    • International response to the 2011 Egyptian protests:
  • 2011 Yemeni protests: President of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh backtracks on his plan to rule Yemen for life and to then allow his son to inherit his rule during an emergency session of parliament ahead of tomorrow's "day of rage" against his three-decade rule. (Al Jazeera) (AP) (The Times of India)
  • The army in Mauritania destroy a car packed with explosives outside the capital Nouakchott, killing three people suspected of being members of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. (BBC) (AFP via Google News)
  • WikiLeaks reveals that the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation had launched an investigation of a previously unknown group of men believed to be involved in the September 11 attacks. (Daily Telegraph)
  • At least two people are dead and ten injured following the explosion of a car bomb in a commercial area of the Pakistani town of Peshawar. (AP via Atlanta Journal Constitution) (Jerusalem Post)
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  • 2011 Egyptian protests:
    • Anti-government protestors continue to protest against the Mubarak regime for a tenth day. (Al Jazeera) (The Guardian)
    • Protesters detain 120 people with IDs linking them to the police or ruling party; most were attacking protesters at the time. (The Guardian) (Ynetnews)
    • A tense standoff between supporters and opponents of President Hosni Mubarak continues in Cairo, with at least three people killed and 1,500 injured in fighting on Wednesday. (CNN) (AP via PhilStar) (Sky News)
    • At least three people are killed as a result of gunfire in Cairo's Tahrir Square. (AFP via Brisbane Times) (Al Jazeera)
    • Egyptian prime minister Ahmad Shafiq says "sorry" for all the violence that has occurred in Tahrir Square and promises there will be no more. (Al Jazeera)
    • Journalists from Al Jazeera and the BBC are among those targeted in fresh attacks from Mubarak regime "thugs". The UK's Channel 4 News reports that Mubarak's "secret police" are threatening journalists to keep off the streets of Cairo. (The Guardian)
    • Prominent Egyptian blogger and anti-Mubarak activist sandmonkey is arrested and his blog is taken offline by authorities in Egypt. (The Guardian) (Hot Air)
    • Egyptian state television forments the unrest by reporting that "Israeli spies" have infiltrated Cairo, leading to an increase in antisemitic sentiment among the pro-Mubarak forces attacking people and journalists on the streets. (Al Jazeera) (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) (Channel 4 News)
    • Two Al Jazeera journalists are attacked on their way from the airport to central Cairo. (The Guardian)
    • Nile TV (state television) journalist Shahira Amin, deputy head of the station, resigns after being threatened and intimidated; she tells Al Jazeera "I can't be part of the propaganda machine and I refuse to be a hypocrite", adding that she feels "liberated". (iloubnan) (Gulf News)
    • Journalists from Al Jazeera and The Washington Post are arrested by Egyptian authorities; Swedish television loses contact with correspondent Bert Sundström. (M&C) (The Guardian) (The Washington Post)
    • Representatives of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are arrested. (Amnesty International) (BBC) (The Guardian)
    • Mobile phone firm Vodafone says the Egyptian authorities have hijacked its network to send unattributed text messages supporting the government. (BBC)
    • Egypt's attorney-general bans several former ministers and Ahmed Ezz, a prominent member of the ruling party who resigned last week, from travelling abroad; their bank accounts are also frozen. (Al Jazeera)
    • Video footage emerges on YouTube of a police van being driven at high speed into peacefully marching anti-regime protesters. (The Guardian) (Direct link)
    • Four members of the April 6 Youth Movement, an opposition group known for organising events on Facebook, are arrested by Egyptian authorities. (The Guardian) (Wired)
    • Hosni Mubarak breaks his silence to grant an interview to Christiane Amanpour of America's ABC News inside his palace. (The Guardian) (Reuters) (BBC)
    • An ABC News crew are carjacked and threatened with decapitations by pro-Mubarak supporters. (The Guardian) (The Hollywood Reporter) (The Huffington Post)
  • The United States Senate passes a motion supporting democracy in Egypt and calling on President Hosni Mubarak to begin transferring power. (Washington Post)
  • 2011 Yemeni protests: Thousands of pro- and anti-government supporters demonstrate in Yemen over the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in a planned "day of rage". (Al Jazeera)
  • 2010–2011 Algerian protests: President Abdelaziz Bouteflika vows to lift the country's state of emergency, in force since 1992, in the "very near future". (BBC)
  • 2011 Syrian protests: Social media mobilises the people of Syria for rallies demanding freedom, human rights and the end to emergency law, scheduled for Friday and Saturday in front of the parliament in Damascus and at Syrian embassies internationally. (Al Jazeera)
  • Gunmen open fire in Thailand's majority Muslim Pattani Province killing five people and injuring three people. (AFP via ABC News) (Thai News Agency)
  • Awal Gul, an Afghan accused of being a Taliban base commander, who has been imprisoned without charge since 2002, dies while exercising at the Guantanamo Bay detention center. (Miami Herald) (BBC)
Business and economy
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  • Cyclone Yasi
    • Cyclone Yasi hits North Queensland in Australia with the worst affected towns including Mission Beach, Tully, Cardwell and Innisfail. (Melbourne Age), (Herald Sun), (ABC News Australia)
    • So far, there have been no reports of deaths or serious injury caused by the cyclone. (Sydney Morning Herald) (Al Jazeera)
    • The cyclone is downgraded from a Category 4 severe tropical cyclone to a category 1 tropical cyclone. (News Limited) (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Death toll of second blast reaches 18 in Ankara, Turkey. (TRT) (Anadolu Agency) (CNTV)
  • Two people are killed and 223 injured in Beijing as a result of fireworks set off on the first day of the Chinese New Year. (Xinhua)
Law and crime
  • Italy's parliament rejects a search request by prosecutors investigating Silvio Berlusconi for having sexual intercourse with an under-age prostitute. (BBC)
  • A former policeman questions the suicide verdict recorded in the 1979 death of French cabinet minister Robert Boulin, claiming he could not have drowned. His family believe he was murdered. (BBC)
Politics and elections
  • Lawmakers in Nepal vote to elect a new Prime Minister. (BBC) (Review Nepal)
  • Lawmakers in Burma elect two out of three Vice Presidents, one of whom will become the President. (BBC) (One India)
  • Haiti's presidential run-off candidates are named. They are former First Lady Mirlande Manigat and popular singer Michel Martelly. (BBC) (Reuters)
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Business and economy
  • Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, and Nicolas Sarkozy, the President of France, jointly propose a new set of policies for the euro zone defined to defend the euro as a currency, such as higher retirement ages and the abolition of inflation-indexed wages. (Reuters)
  • The court-appointed trustee for creditors of Bernie Madoff claims that the owners of the New York Mets owes $300 million. (NBC New Tork)
  • Target Corp. has agreed to pay $22.5 million in settlement with the Government of California and local governments in settlement over alleged illegal hazardous waste dumping. (Los Angeles Times)
  • A court in Canada strikes down the government's decision to allow Globalive to operate a wireless telecomm network in that country, given the extent of foreign holdings. (Reuters)
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Armed conflicts and attacks
  • 2011 Egyptian protests:
    • Anti-Mubarak forces continue their nationwide protests for a twelfth day, remaining in Cairo's Tahrir Square. (Al Jazeera) (The Guardian) (Sky News)
    • The media reports that President Mubarak's son Gamal resigns as head of the National Democratic Party bureau. Secretary Safwat el-Sharif and the six-member Steering Committee of the General Secretariat also resign. (USA Today), (The New York Times) (Sky News)
    • Protesters form a human chain in Tahrir Square to prevent tanks from entering the area. (CNN) (Al Jazeera)
    • International response to the 2011 Egyptian protests:
      • President of Israel Shimon Peres, speaking at a European Friends of Israel (EFI) conference in Jerusalem, defends Mubarak, calling him a "peacemaker" whose "contribution to peace would never be forgotten". (Los Angeles Times) (Ynetnews)
      • U.S. TV coverage of the uprising in Egypt is criticised for being both pessimistic and superficial and for its focus on what events mean for the U.S. and its regional allies. (Al Jazeera)
      • France halts sales of arms and riot equipment to Egypt. (France 24)
  • 2010–2011 Tunisian uprising: Tunisian police shoot dead two people and injure another 17 during a protest in the city of El Kef. (BBC), (France24)
  • Cambodian–Thai border stand-off: A Thai soldier is shot dead and four wounded in clashes with Cambodian troops in a disputed border area. (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
  • At least 20 people are killed in a shootout among the military in Malakal, Southern Sudan. (Reuters) (Al Jazeera)
Arts and culture
  • Pope Benedict XVI ordains five new bishops, including a Chinese prelate from Hong Kong despite attempts by China's official church to ordain bishops without his approval. (AP via Google News)
  • Comedian Steve Coogan criticises the presenters of BBC television series Top Gear in relation to their recent insulting of Mexicans. He also criticies the BBC's "pitiful" and "mealy-mouthed" apology after it offended Mexicans. (The Guardian)
  • Inception and The Social Network win top prizes at the Writers Guild of America awards. (Los Angeles Times)
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  • The largest anti-government demonstration in years occurs in Belgrade, with thousands of disenchanted Serbs travelling to the parliament building from across the country to call for early elections there. An opposition party leader at the event compares it to the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt. (BBC) (Deutsche Welle) (Reuters)
  • Thousands of Italians attend a rally to demand the resignation of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi over a sex scandal. (Sky News)
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • 2011 Egyptian protests:
    • People demonstrate against the Mubarak regime for the thirteenth consecutive day, dubbed the "Day of Martyrs" in memory of those killed. (Press TV) (Al Jazeera) (The Guardian)
    • Graphic rooftop footage emerges of a protester being gunned down in Alexandria. (The Guardian)
    • Protestors express anger at the governments of France, Israel and the United States due to their support of the thirty-year Mubarak dictatorship. (Press TV)
    • Human Rights Watch expresses increased concerns at the continuing targeting by the Egyptian authorities of journalists, human rights defenders, and youth activists, while another Al Jazeera reporter is arrested. (The Guardian) (The Guardian)
    • An Israeli man is released from custody. (Press TV)
    • Traffic to Al Jazeera's English-language website, which features a live stream of events, increases by 2,500 per cent during the past week of its coverage of the events in Egypt, with as much as 60 per cent of this coming from the United States. (Los Angeles Times)
    • Two people are married in Tahrir Square. (The Guardian)
    • Images emerge on YouTube of a man being shot at close range, possibly by police, in Cairo / Alexandria; his condition is unknown. (Al Jazeera)
    • Egyptian banks reopen for the first time in a week. (Reuters) (BBC) (The Guardian) (Al Jazeera)
  • 2010–2011 Tunisian uprising
    • Police in Tunisia kill at least two people during a protest in the northwestern town of El Kef demanding the resignation of a police chief - crowds retaliate by burning the police station. (BBC), (Houston Chronicle) (Al Jazeera)
    • Tunisia's interior minister suspends activities of the former ruling party Constitutional Democratic Rally. (Reuters) (BBC)
  • Cambodian–Thai border stand-off
    • Cambodia says a disputed 11th Century temple has been damaged on the third day of cross border clashes with Thailand. (BBC)
  • U.S.-led forces kill four civilians, including a woman, in northern Afghanistan. (Press TV)
  • Israeli soldiers have shot three Palestinians, two while they collected gravel from destroyed homes in Gaza, and another while he worked in the northern Gaza Strip. (People's Daily)(The Palestine Telegraph)
  • The Indian Army insists it is to inquire "on its own" the death of a man in Kashmir, allegedly killed in an army ambush. His family says he was snatched from his home before being shot. (Sify) (Kashmir Observer)
  • At least 50 people have died in a mutiny of the Sudan People's Armed Forces in southern Sudan. (Reuters) (BBC)
  • The President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai says that a transfer of security authority from international to Afghan forces will begin on March 21. (CNN)
  • The Indian Navy captures 28 suspected Somali pirates on a Thai fishing vessel in the Indian Ocean. (AP via the Washington Post)
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  • Palestinian leaders express disappointment at the refusal of the Middle East QuartetUnited States, United Nations, European Union and Russia — to hear their call for unilateral statehood and failure to take a strong stance on Israel's settlement construction at its February 5 meeting in Munich. (RIA Novosti)
  • The European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton expresses what she believes is the even more crucial need for progress in peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians due to events in Egypt and other countries. (Sunday Independent)
  • Spanish police remove more than 100 rowdy Belgian students from an aeroplane. (BBC)
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  • Julian Assange and the WikiLeaks website:
    • The defence team for Julian Assange, facing allegations of sex crimes, prepares to argue that Assange cannot receive a fair trial in Sweden as such cases are heard in secret without any transparency. (The Sydney Morning Herald)
    • 39-year-old Australian Julian Assange is reported by The Independent newspaper to be considering legal action for libel against The Guardian newspaper over claims in a book it published. Guardian News & Media, however, has not received any official notification of the action. (The Independent)
    • Files regarding Sweden's sexual indecency charges against Julian Assange are leaked on the Internet. (The Daily Mail)
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  • Somali pirates seize an oil supertanker off the coast of Oman. (BBC)
  • At least seven people are killed and dozens of others are injured during three explosions in Kirkuk, Iraq. (Al Jazeera)
  • Serial blasts rock Russia's Grozny, at least five people are wounded. (People's Daily)
  • 2011 Egyptian protests:
    • Nationwide protests against President Hosni Mubarak and his regime continue for a sixteenth day. (Al Jazeera) (The Guardian)
    • Labour unions involving thousands of workers go on a nationwide strike, boosting the pro-democracy demonstrations occurring across the country. (Al Jazeera)
    • Human rights groups say the military is secretly detaining and torturing hundreds and possibly thousands of suspected government opponents and has been doing so since the protests started. (The Guardian)
    • The government threatens a crackdown as the protests spread. (Khaleej Times) (Voice of America)
    • Egyptians mourn those killed for protesting against their government. (Al Jazeera)
    • After being released by the authorities, Google executive Wael Ghonim addresses the crowds in Tahrir Square. (The Guardian)
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  • President of France Nicolas Sarkozy calls for an end to government ministers holidaying abroad after it emerges they went to countries such as Egypt and Tunisia while anti-regime protests were underway. The controversy has led to calls for resignations. (Al Jazeera)
  • Korean talks
  • U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano claims the possibility of terrorism being carried out against the country "has evolved significantly" and, she claims, is "at its most heightened state" since the 9/11 attacks". (BBC)
  • In a new agreement, Denmark and Russia will for the first time, cooperate within military. (Jyllandsposten)
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Armed conflicts and attacks
  • 2011 Egyptian protests:
    • Protests against the Mubarak regime go on nationwide for a seventeenth consecutive day. (The Guardian) (Al Jazeera)
    • Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak refuses to resign in an address to the nation. (Al Jazeera) (The Guardian)
  • At least 16 people have been killed the Southern Sudanese state of Jonglei, breaking a ceasefire agreed last month. (Al Jazeera)
  • A suicide bomber attacks a Pakistan Army recruitment centre in northwestern Pakistan causing at least 27 deaths and 40 injuries. (Reuters) (AP via Courier Mail) (BBC) (Sify)
  • The FARC organisation releases the first of five hostages promised this week as a gesture of peace to the government in Colombia. (BBC)
  • Israeli forces remove Palestinian tents near Nablus of which 8 were reportedly used as homes.(Jerusalem Post)(Arab News)
Arts and culture
Disasters
  • Eight people are killed in a warehouse fire in Perm, Russia. (Itar Tass) (AFP via Google News)
  • A Manx2 flight from Belfast to Cork crashes on landing, killing six and injuring at least another six. It is the deadliest in Irish aviation since 1968. (The Guardian) (RTÉ) (CBC News)
  • Three people are dead, and two others are missing after a natural gas line rupture and explosion in the city of Allentown, Pennsylvania. (CNN)
  • A snowstorm hits the Southeastern United States and Tennessee Valley with warnings in place across ten states. (CNN)
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  • An American man is held responsible for the "cold-blooded murder" of two men in Lahore, Pakistan, by city police chief Aslam Tareen. (BBC)
  • China's foreign minister Yang Jiechi visits Zimbabwe as the countries agree a $10 billion trade deal. (BBC)
  • North Korea asks its embassies worldwide to appeal for aid to feed its population. (The Independent)
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  • 2010–2011 Algerian protests:
    • Thousands of people, inspired by the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, take to the streets of Algiers to protest against their own regime and to call for the removal of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. (Al Jazeera) (BBC) (France24) (Herald Sun)
    • Algerian police and security forces attempt to prevent the people from participating in the illegal march for democracy and change in Algiers. (Xinhua)
    • The Algerian government shuts down the internet as tear gas and plastic bullets are deployed and journalists, especially those seen with cameras, targeted by state-sponsored thugs. (The Daily Telegraph)
    • Thousands of riot police crack down on those protesting against the ruling Bouteflika regime. Protesters chant "Bouteflika out!" (The Guardian) (Gulf Times) (The New York Times) (euronews) (The Daily Telegraph)
    • The opposition says approximately 5,000 people took part in today's attempt to bring down the Bouteflika regime. (Xinhua)
    • International response to the 2010–2011 Algerian protests:
      • A demonstration occurs from the streets of Montreal in Canada to the front of the Algerian consulate as people, including many Tunisians and Egyptians, join international calls for Abdelaziz Bouteflika's resignation. (AFP via Google News) (Montreal Gazette)
      • A peaceful protest occurs at the initiative of the National Coordination for Change and Democracy in Algeria in Paris against Algerian police brutality, forced disappearances and the state of emergency that the regime has imposed upon the country. (CNN)
  • 2011 Yemeni protests:
    • Thousands of anti-government protesters gather in Sana'a calling for the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has ruled the country since 1978. (Al Jazeera) (AFP via Google News)
    • Anti-government protesters march towards Sana'a University, chanting slogans such as "Get out, Get out Ali" and "The people want the regime to fall." (Times LIVE) (Press TV)
    • Demonstrators also attempt to celebrate yesterday's resignation of President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak, brought down by an 18-day popular revolution, but police clamp down on the celebrations. (BBC)
    • Yemeni police use clubs to beat those protesting against the Saleh regime, leaving Yemen's ally, the United States, in a "delicate position". (Taipei Times) (Radio New Zealand)
    • The United States lifts its ban on freight flights from the country after finding Yemen to have sufficiently developed its airport security measures and that there would be "no problems with resuming cargo flights from Yemen anymore". (Yemen Post)
    • Yemen's government offers its "respect" for the choice of the Egyptian people to protest and force the resignation of Hosni Mubarak. (Reuters)
  • Mehbooba Mufti, People's Democratic Party (PDP) president, criticises the Jammu and Kashmir government for "dismissing the Kashmiri youth who led the summer unrest" as drug addicts and people from the Lashkar-e-Taiba, saying the situation is akin to Egypt and announcing protest demonstrations for 14 February. (The Hindu)
  • An attack on police headquarters in Kandahar, Afghanistan, kills 16 officers and 3 civilians, and injures 53 others.(The New York Times) (Al Jazeera)
  • The Government of Italy declares a humanitarian emergency after thousands of Tunisian immigrants land on the small island of Lampedusa. (Al-Jazeera)
  • At least 33 people die following a suicide bombing near the Iraqi city of Samarra. (AFP via Yahoo News)
  • Turkey releases its inquiry into the Gaza flotilla raid, finding Israel violated international law and used "excessive, indiscriminate and disproportionate force" during the attack. (AP via Google)
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  • Scientists blame chemicals for Vincent van Gogh's bright yellows turning brown. (BBC)
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  • Monarch butterfly colonies in Mexico more than double in size after bad storms reduced their numbers a year ago. (Reuters)
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  • The Israeli Knesset has passed a bill making boycotting Israeli individuals or organizations illegal.(Haaretz)
  • A proposal by a consortium of private contractors to attack WikiLeaks and to discredit journalists in favour of the website - including Glenn Greenwald - is uncovered after thousands of e-mails are leaked onto the internet, some of which call for people who donate to be tracked and intimidated. (The Independent)
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  • At least 12 people die as a tourist boat capsizes in Vietnam's Ha Long Bay. (AP via Yahoo! News) (Reuters via ABC News Australia)
  • At least 32 people are killed in several hours of explosions due to an accident at a munitions dump in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania closing the city's airport, destroying homes, a school and sending debris flying across the city as thousands of people seek shelter in a stadium. The death toll is expected to rise. (BBC) (DAWN) (Al Jazeera) (CNN) (France24)
  • The inquiry into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is released finding that the accident was entirely preventable. (Oil Spill Commission)
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  • The CBC releases information about an alleged attack originating from China against the computer networks of the Finance Department and Treasury Board in Canada, forcing the immediate shutdown of all internet access in both departments. (CBC News)
  • English football fan Garry Mann, jailed for his role in a riot during UEFA Euro 2004, is transferred from jail in Portugal in order to serve the remainder of his sentence in his home country. (BBC)
  • United States authorities charge more than a hundred doctors, nurses and physical therapists in nine cities with Medicare fraud. (AP via Google)
  • Police arrest nine people allegedly involved in a United States-Mexico arms ring, and seize 300 weapons. (Reuters)
  • Former Egyptian Interior Minister Habib Ibrahim El Adly is arrested pending investigation of corruption allegations along with former Housing Minister Ahmed Maghrabi, former Tourism Minister Zuhair Garana and a former official from the National Democratic Party. (AP via Houston Chronicle), (CNN)
  • Anthony Graves, an American man found innocent of the murders which left him on death row for 18 years, is denied restitution due to a technicality. (My Fox Houston) (Press TV)
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  • A thousand or more non-citizen residents of Kuwait demonstrated yesterday demanding rights given to Kuwaiti citizen. (Reuters)(Al Jazeera English)(CNN)
  • Police and indigenous protesters clash in Panama during a protest against changes to the country's mining law. (AFP via Google News)
  • At least 37 people are killed and others are wounded in a U.S.-led airstrike in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. (Press TV)
  • Retired CIA officer-turned-political activist Ray McGovern is thrown out, bloodied and arrested while protesting a speech given by Hillary Clinton on internet freedom at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Veterans for Peace requests that Clinton apologise. (Press TV) (American Independent)
  • 2011 Bahraini protests:
    • Troops and tanks patrol Manama as the Bahraini military sets up checkpoints; a ban on public gatherings is announced. (Al Jazeera)
    • King of Bahrain Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa visits and praises the military for its nighttime crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Manama, lauding their "bravery and readiness to assume their national duties". (Press TV)
    • Thousands of people attend the first funerals of those killed by security forces in yesterday's massacre at Pearl Square, many making known their anger at the Bahraini regime. (BBC)
    • Bahrain's military fires at hundreds of mourners advancing towards Pearl Square with reports of live ammunition being used. (New York Times)
  • 2011 Djibouti protests:
  • 2011 Jordanian protests:
    • At least 8 people are injured during an attack on a pro-democracy protest rally in Amman. (Press TV) (Xinhua)
  • 2011 Libyan civil war:
    • Anti-regime protests continue overnight after yesterday's "Day of Rage". Funerals of those killed due today. Human Rights Watch lists 24 killed and many wounded. (BBC) (Human Rights Watch)
    • Libyans in Benghazi take over a radio station; it broadcasts its message to the world - calling on the international media to cover what "the criminal Gaddafi" is doing - while libya17.com posts videos in English. (Foreign Policy)
    • Libya shuts off access to the Internet. (TechCrunch)
    • Al Jazeera reports that its signal to Libya is being blocked. (Reuters)
  • 2011 Iraqi protests:
    • Anti-regime protests occur in Baghdad, with demonstrators calling for a larger demonstration next Friday as part of an "Iraqi revolution". (CNN) (Xinhua)
    • Deaths and injuries occur during anti-regime demonstrations in Sulaymaniyah. (euronews)
    • Anti-regime protests occur in the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. (Al Jazeera) (Press TV) (The Washington Post)
  • 2011 Yemeni protests:
    • Anti-regime protesters gather for the largest of eight days of demonstrations. (Bloomberg)
    • 4 people are killed during nationwide protests in Yemen. (MSNBC)
    • In the southern port city of Aden one anti-government protester is shot dead and 40 others are injured as police open fire on thousands of demonstrators; thousands of protesters later storm two council buildings setting them on fire. (Xinhua)
  • Egyptian Revolution of 2011:
    • Some Egyptians march through the streets of Cairo apologising for the way in which Hosni Mubarak was deposed after 30 years in the recent revolution. "Yes to Change, No to Humiliation". (Reuters)
    • Ayman al-Zawahri, Al-Qaeda's deputy leader, issues a video saying that Egypt had long "deviated from Islam" and warning that democracy "can only be non-religious." (AP via ABC News America)
    • Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a leading Islamic preacher associated with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, is to lead public prayers in Cairo's Tahrir Square for the first time in thirty years. (Al-Arabiya)
  • Other Arab Spring Events:
  • Tens of thousands of people march peacefully through Tirana urging the Albanian government to resign due to corruption in the Sali Berisha regime. 4 people were killed in a similar demonstration nearly a month ago. (CP via Google News) (AP via The New York Times) (Xinhua)
  • The corpse of Mark Rybinski is found with multiple stab wounds and a slit throat outside a private school in Tunis. (Al Jazeera)
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  • The U.S. abandons its criminal investigation of Angelo Mozilo former chairman of Countrywide Financial, in connection with Countrywide's collapse in 2007-08. Mozilo settled a civil action four months ago. (L.A. Times)
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  • Arab Spring:
    • 2011 Libyan civil war:
      • More than 200 people are killed and 900 other are injured as military troops attack protestors in Libya.(BBC) (CBC) (Al Jazeera)
      • Members of a Libyan Army unit defect and claim to have "liberated" Benghazi. (Sky News)
      • Shaikh Faraj al Zuway, the head of the Zuwayya tribe in eastern Libya threatens to cut off oil exports unless the Government of Libya stops the "suppression of protestors". (Reuters via London South East)(Reuters)
      • Al Jazeera reports that the protests have spread to the capital Tripoli. (Al Jazeera)
    • 2011 Bahraini protests:
      • Anti-regime demonstrators continue their overnight occupation of Pearl Roundabout junction in Manama, chanting "Get out Hamad" in reference to the country's ruler, having reclaimed the junction after earlier being forced out by authorities. (Al Jazeera)
    • 2011 Moroccan protests:
      • A coalition of Moroccan youth groups called “The February 20 Movement” calls for peaceful protests in cities throughout the country. (Al Arabiya)
      • Protests spread to the city of Rabat as thousands march on the central Hassan II Avenue calling for health and educational reform, economic opportunity and assistance against increased cost of living. (Al Jazeera)
      • Thousands of Moroccans demonstrate in Rabat demanding that King Mohammed VI give up some of his powers. (BBC) (Afrol News)
    • 2011 Yemeni protests:
      • Nationwide anti-regime protests continue for the 11th consecutive day as one leader is arrested in Aden and thousands of people stage sit-ins in Ibb and Ta'izz calling for the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. (Al Jazeera)
  • Protests in other parts of the world:
    • 2011 Chinese protests:
      • Police in China show up in force in several cities after a call for a "Jasmine Revolution", and disperse protesters in Beijing and Shanghai. (Sify India) (BBC)
    • 2011 Iranian protests:
      • Iranians are invited to attend a protest rally in Tehran and other cities in commememoration of the two people killed while attempting to demonstrate for better freedoms last week. (Al Jazeera)
      • Mehdi Karroubi, the opposition leader under house arrest, calls for his trial to take place in public so that people can "get to know the truth". He posts the request on his website since he cannot leave his house to personally deliver it. (Al Jazeera)
  • NATO pledges to investigate itself amid reports of its recent killing of dozens of civilians in eastern Afghanistan. (BBC)
  • War in Pakistan:
  • War in Afghanistan:
  • The death is announced of slain LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran's mother Vallipuram Parvathi. (The Hindu)
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  • British gay Muslims fight for equality and the right to be Islamically married. (BBC)
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  • UK based oil giant BP agrees to pay Reliance Industries $7.2 billion for a stake in 23 oil and gas blocks in deep water off India. The two companies will also enter into a joint venture for marketing and sourcing natural gas. (Reuters)
  • ConAgra lays off 234 workers from its Slim Jim manufacturing plant in Garner, North Carolina prior to the closure of the plant. (ABC Local), (News and Observer)
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  • A missing Enid Blyton manuscript is found in an archive of her work. (The Guardian)
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  • Four men from Xinjiang in western China are to be executed following convictions for terrorism in the region last year. (BBC) (The Times of India)
  • Thai police seize six tiger cubs at the house of a suspected weapons dealer. (Straits Times)
  • Three people are arrested in the United Kingdom in connection with an alleged attempt to blackmail Coleen Rooney, the wife of Manchester United F.C. star Wayne Rooney. (BBC via SBS)
  • Colin Hatch, a convicted child murderer, is murdered in jail while serving his sentence; a 35-year-old male prisoner has been arrested on suspicion of murder. (Sky News)
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  • A landslide hits La Paz, Bolivia, after rains killed 44 people. (CNN International) (Media with Conscience) (Nazarene Communications Network)
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  • Bahrain: Thousands of anti-government protesters demonstrate in the capital Manama, as 18 opposition MPs submit their resignations. (AFP via Google News)
  • Lebanon: Hundreds of protesters demonstrate in the capital Beirut against the country's sectarian political system. (Reuters)
  • Libya:
  • Oman: Police clash with anti-government protesters in Sohar, leaving two people dead. (Al Jazeera) (BBC)
  • Sudan: Riot police break up a demonstration against election fraud in the capital Khartoum. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia:
  • Yemen: President Ali Abdullah Saleh says that protests against his rule are an attempt to split the nation. (Al Arabiya) (AFP via Google News)
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