Tuesday, February 08, 2011


* Egypt protests: Hosni Mubarak's concessions rejected Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians have poured into Cairo's Tahrir Square for the latest protest calling for Hosni Mubarak's government to step down.

* Army Chief Ashkenazi: Prepare for all-out war Given recent changes in the Middle East, Israel must prepare for a battle in several theaters.

* Beware of Middle East Democracy The Western world has traditionally strongly supported the process of democratization in the Middle East.

* 'Erdogan: Israel must not intervene in Egypt's matters' Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that "Israel must under no circumstance interfere" in what is happening in Egypt.

* Assad's days numbered, dissident tells 'Post' A prominent US-based dissident Syrian blogger said on Monday he believes his homeland isn’t ripe for the kind of unrest that has rocked other Arab states in recent weeks.

* Jordan tribes threaten revolution over country's Palestinian Queen Rania Jordanian tribal figures have issued a petition urging King Abdullah to end his Palestinian wife's role in politics.

* Ashton aims to visit Tahrir Square, scene of Egypt's revolutionary drama U foreign policy head Catherine Ashton hopes to visit revolutionaries camped out in Tahrir Square in Egypt next week.

* Indonesia: Angry Muslim crowd attacks Java churches The attacks in Temanggung happened after a Christian man was sentenced to five years in jail for distributing leaflets deemed insulting to Islam.

* Violence continues in Iraq as US mission changes The White House says the U.S. combat mission in Iraq is over, but Army Lt. Daniel McCord and his fellow American soldiers feel anything but safe.

* US looks to reassure Israel as protests roil Middle East As domestic turmoil sweeps moderate Arab countries and emboldens Islamic groups across the Middle East, the US assured Israel Tuesday that it was attentive to its security concerns.