Friday, March 04, 2011


* Protests in Tripoli after prayers Libyan security forces have used tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters after Friday prayers in Col Gaddafi's stronghold of Tripoli.

* Al-Qaeda No. 2 calls for Islamic rule in Egypt Osama bin Laden's deputy is urging fellow Egyptians to establish Islamic rule after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

* China Strengthens Military Budget China announced plans to increase its defense budget by 12.7% this year, a pickup from last year's sharply lower growth.

* Samaria: Special IDF Deployment - Against Jews The IDF and Border Police are on special deployment near the Arab villages around Shechem.

* Iraqi forces use water cannon to disperse protests Iraqi security forces used water cannon and batons to disperse protesters in the southern oil hub of Basra on Friday.

* Experts Fear Looted Libyan Arms May Find Way to Terrorists Babyloar Security analysts say the armed uprising in Libya poses a long-term security threat — that weapons looted from government stockpiles could circulate widely.

* Egypt's new PM vows to meet protesters' demands Egypt's prime minister-designate vowed Friday before thousands of demonstrators at a central Cairo square to do everything he could to meet their demands.

* Reports of dozens dead, wounded in Zawiyah, west of Tripoli Al Arabiya television reported at least 13 people were killed on Friday in violence in the Libyan city of Zawiyah, west of Tripoli.

* 'PM told Abbas Israel demands to hold 40% of W. Bank' Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas some five months ago that Israel demands that 40 percent of of the West Bank remain under its control for an extended period.

* EU commissioner goes off-message on Gaddafi Maltese EU commissioner John Dalli has made comments which appear to support Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi.