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ElBaradei joins protesters in central Cairo

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Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei told thousands of protesters in central Cairo on Sunday that an uprising against Hosni Mubarak's rule "cannot go back."

ElBaradei, a Nobel peace laureate and retired international diplomat, said earlier he had been given a mandate to make contact with the army and build a new government in Egypt.

"I bow to the people of Egypt in respect. I ask of you patience, change is coming in the next few days," he said.

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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood eyes unity government without Mubarak

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An army officer, borne on the shoulders of anti-government protesters, tearing up a picture of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in downtown Cairo, January 29, 2010.

The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's largest opposition group,is in talks with other anti-government figures to form a national unity government without President Hosni Mubarak, a group official told DPA on Sunday.

Although the Muslim Brotherhood is officially banned from running for elections for parliament, some movement members have presented candidacy for parliament as independents.

Gamal Nasser, a spokesman for the Brotherhood, told DPA that his group was in talks with Mohammed ElBaradei - the former UN nuclear watchdog chief - to form a national unity government without the National Democratic Party of Mubarak.

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Queenland floods make heavy weather of insurance costs

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Household insurance premiums are likely to skyrocket this year because of natural disasters as tropical cyclone Yasi threatens even more damage in flood-ravaged Queensland.

Yasi is predicted to hit the coast between Townsville and Cairns tomorrow night or early Thursday with gusts of 250km/h and heavy rain. It could cause flash and riverine flooding, said Ann Farrell, a meteorologist at the weather bureau.

Destructive winds are expected between Cooktown and Yeppoon by tomorrow morning as Yasi approaches. A storm surge combined with high tides could flood low-lying coastal areas.

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Pakistani children haunted by images of flood waters

Raja Hussain, 10, still sees flood waters roaring towards his farming village most nights. They sound like a high-speed train.


Monsoon floods hit Pakistan six months ago. Yet, those vivid images still haunt the Pakistani child's nightmares.

"In the dreams I see myself praying to Allah for help," said Hussain.

One of the worst natural disasters in Pakistan's history left about 11 million people homeless, killed nearly 2,000, destroyed millions of acres of crops and hammered the economy.

They also inflicted a heavy psychological toll, and children are most vulnerable.

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Passenger on storm-tossed cruise says event led to wife's death

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A taxi driver from Scotland who was aboard Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas in December when it was rocked violently by extreme winds and waves says the heavily publicized event led to his wife's death.

John Davey tells the UK's Mirror his wife, Barbara Davey, fell into a coma three days after being thrown about her cabin during the incident. She was taken to a hospital after the 2,100-passenger ship reached Malta and then airlifted back to Britain but never recovered and died on Jan. 7, the news outlet says.

Royal Caribbean said last month that more than 100 passengers were injured during the incident, which it has called serious, but the line said the injuries were mostly minor. The line said the ship unexpectedly experienced extreme conditions as it was approaching Alexandria, Egypt, that caused the vessel to roll sharply. Passenger photos posted online after the incident show toppled furniture, broken glass and other signs of a violent event.

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Gas Canisters Used On Egyptian Protesters Clearly Marked 'Made In The USA'

January 27, 2011 MSNBC, The Rachel Maddow Show.


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Egyptian protesters push back armed police!

This YouTube video shows protesters pushing back police on bridge in Cairo.


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UK: Police use CS spray on tax protesters

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Protester washing eyes A man washes his eyes after police used CS gas on tax protesters in London.
UK Uncut activists hospitalised after targeting Boots in Oxford Street as part of latest day of action

Tax avoidance protesters needed hospital treatment today after police used CS spray to break up a demonstration on Oxford Street in central London.

Hundreds of people staged peaceful sit-ins at high street stores around the country as part of the latest UK Uncut day of action, designed to highlight companies it says are avoiding millions of pounds in tax.

In London protesters had successfully closed down Boots in Oxford Street - one of the companies campaigners accuse of tax avoidance - when police tried to arrest a woman for pushing a leaflet through the store's doors. Other demonstrators tried to stop the arrest and at least one police officer used CS spray, which hospitalised three people.

Jed Weightman, one of those who went to hospital, said protesters had joined hands to try and prevent the arrest.

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The Evolving Populist Political Rebellion in the Arab World

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A protestor in Tahrir Square holds a photo showing President Mubarak's face crossed out as another displays a gun cartridge on January 29, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt.
What we are witnessing in the Arab world that began with the self immolation of a fruit seller in Tunisia, the subsequent rebellion there which saw the departure of the dictator Ben Ali and his 23 year rule has inspired a populist political rebellion well beyond Tunisia that has connected with and touched a nerve in many (most?)Arab people.

What started in Tunisia (the demand that Ben Ali step down over his corruption, oppression, high food prices, widespread unemployment and poverty and the humiliation by government agents that caused the desperate act of self immolation) has spread to Egypt with mass demonstrations that began Tuesday, continuing despite an official crackdown by the Mubarak regime. Through internet postings (Twitter and Facebook) larger demonstrations are planned for today in Cairo and other Egyptian cities. Former Chief U.N. nuclear inspector Mohamed ElBaradei (and an Egyptian himself) has joined in the call for Mubarak to step down.