Kerry urges Mubarak to step aside
Leading US Democratic senator John Kerry calls on Egypt's president to "step aside gracefully" and pledge not to run in this year's election.
Mass protest fills central Cairo
Egyptian protesters hold a massive rally in the capital, Cairo, as President Hosni Mubarak prepares to make a TV statement.
'Million man march' underway in Cairo
Hundreds of thousands of people have flooded the streets of Cairo, taking part in the biggest demonstration in Egypt's capital since the beginning of the protests.
Condon warns of 'turbulent' policing atmosphere
The government is creating a "very turbulent" atmosphere for policing, former commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Lord Condon has warned.
Crystal-clear idea for cloaking
Researchers have demonstrated an idea for an invisibility cloak using calcite, a common crystalline material.
Demand for fish hits record high
A UN report shows that the global consumption of fish hits a record high, while the status of the world's fish stocks have not improved.
Egypt protesters use voice tweets
Google's speak-to-tweet service is letting people use Twitter without the need for an internet connection.
Loneliness 'hidden killer' of old
Loneliness is the "hidden killer" of elderly people, says a campaign group calling for wider recognition of the link between isolation and ill-health.
Global 'failure' over cholesterol
Most people around the globe with high cholesterol are not getting the treatment they need, claims the largest ever study representing 147m people.
Container ships 'avoiding' Egypt
The unrest in Egypt leads to some container ships being re-routed as vessels look to bypass Egyptian ports.
US 'urged Mubarak to step aside'
The Obama administration told Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak not to stand for re-election in the September, the BBC learns.
Taliban seek guarantees for talks
Taliban commanders in Afghanistan tell the BBC that they are willing to explore peace talks if their security is guaranteed.
EU sanctions on Tunisia ex-leader
The EU freezes the assets of ousted Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben and his wife after a request from the country's new leaders.
Tunisia protests 'left 200 dead'
At least 219 people died during the protests that toppled Tunisia's President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali last month, a UN team says.
Switzerland blocks Duvalier funds
Swiss bank accounts held by Haiti's ex-leader Jean-Claude Duvalier are blocked as a new law takes effect in Switzerland.
Queensland set for 'huge' cyclone
Patients are being evacuated from hospitals and tourists are leaving resorts as Cyclone Yasi heads towards northern Queensland.
France holds Ben Ali 'family jet'
French prosecutors seize a jet said to belong to the family of ousted Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.
Government rethinks net blocking
The government is to review its plans to block access to sites that infringe copyright.
Citigroup takes ownership of EMI
Debt-laden UK music company EMI falls into the hands of US banking giant Citigroup after a long period of wrangling.
Warning over 7/7 bomb ingredient
The main ingredient in the bombs used on 7/7 is easier to buy than large numbers of aspirin pills, the coroner at the inquests into the attacks says.
Mubarak vows to quit after polls
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak says he has decided not to stand for re-election in September, as protests against his rule grow.
Analysis: Spy Agencies Failed to Predict Egypt Uprising Author: intelNews
It is becoming increasingly clear that the ongoing popular uprising in Egypt represents the most important geopolitical development in the Middle East since the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran. In light of this, it is remarkable how unprepared foreign intelligence agencies have proven in forecasting the crisis. Even the Israelis were caught completely unaware: on January 25, the day when massive protests first erupted across Egypt, Major General Aviv Kochavi, newly appointed head of Israel's Military Intelligence Directorate, told a Knesset committee that "there are no doubts about the stability of the regime in Egypt" and that "the Muslim Brotherhood is not organized enough to take over". Continue reading
Egypt: Obama tells Mubarak not to stand in elections amid "march of a million" Author: Jon Jensen
US says Mubarak should not stand in September election as Egyptians flood Tahrir Square.

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Suez Canal concerns abate, despite Cairo protest Author: News Desk
Oil dropped from a two-year high, but held above $100 as concern eased that supplies through the Suez Canal may be disrupted by unrest in Egypt.

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African leaders are warily watching Egypt Author: Tristan McConnell
Will sub-Saharan Africa's frustrated masses join the wave of revolts in North Africa?

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Jordan's king fires cabinet, names new PM (VIDEO) Author: News Desk
King Abdullah II of Jordan fired his government Tuesday in the wake of street protests and asked an ex-prime minister to form a new cabinet, ordering him to launch immediate political reforms. read more
Arab allies of US skittish in wake of Egypt unrest Author: Caryle Murphy
For other US-backed Arab states, events in Egypt are seen as "tragic."

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Hosni Mubarak to quit the presidency, after Obama message Author: News Desk
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said Tuesday he would quit the presidency at the end of his term in September, a decision reportedly urged by President Barack Obama.

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Egypt: Mubarak will not stand in September elections Author: Jon Jensen
Mubarak says he will not stand in September elections after as Egyptians flood Tahrir Square.

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Eingeklemmt zwischen Wüste und Meer
Die Opposition in Ägypten hat zum "Marsch der Millionen" gegen Staatspräsident Hosni Mubarak aufgerufen. Die künftige Regierung des Landes wird sich mit einem existentiellen Problem auseinandersetzen müssen: Die Produktion von Lebensmitteln kann mit dem Bevölkerungswachstum nicht mithalten. Aus Bangkok Christian Mihatsch
Überfischung der Meere auf Rekordhoch
FAO-Weltfischereibericht: Die Menschen haben im vergangenen Jahr mehr Fisch gegessen als jemals zuvor. Klimawandel bedroht Kaltwasserfische
Exxon macht 30 Milliarden Dollar Gewinn
Erstmals seit 2008 kostet Erdöl wieder mehr als 100 Dollar je Barrel. Das spült kräftige Gewinne in die Kassen der Großkonzerne - nur BP fährt Miese ein. Allerdings sind die im Vergleich zu den Folgen der Ölpest eher marginal.Von Nick Reimer
Egypt's undercover police behind museum looting, group claims Author: David Edwards
Egyptian security forces have been caught trying to loot priceless artifacts from the museum in Cairo and commit other acts of violence "in an attempt to stoke fear of instability," a rights group claimed Tuesday. Human Rights Watch emergency director Peter Bouckaert told The Washington Post that police identification cards were found on several wounded [...]
Tunisia govt reviews tense security situation Author: Agence France-Presse
TUNIS - The new interim government met Tuesday to review Tunisia's tense security situation as the United Nations said 210 people died in the popular revolt that ousted strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. It was the first meeting of Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi's government since it was reshuffled on January 27. A government source, [...]

Egypt President Mubarak announces plan to retire in Sept. Author: Stephen C. Webster
Watch and chat live, here Update: Mubarak has announced plans for a 'peaceful transition of power' Castigating "political interests" that sought to cause unrest in Egyptian society, President Hosni Mubarak announced Tuesday he would not seek reelection at the end of his term in Sept. "I instructed the vice president to engage in dialog with [...]
US ambassador talks to Egypt's ElBaradei Author: Agence France-Presse
WASHINGTON - The US ambassador to Egypt spoke to the country's top dissident Mohamed ElBaradei Tuesday as mass protests built in Cairo, in another apparent sign Washington is looking to the post-Mubarak era. Ambassador Margaret Scobey spoke to the former globe-trotting diplomat for the first time since he flew back to Egypt as public unrest [...]
Sen. Graham: Egypt's army will block Islamist state Author: Agence France-Presse
WASHINGTON - Egypt's US-backed army will prevent Islamists from ever controlling that country's government, a US Senator said Tuesday, stressing Americans must not be "ashamed" of backing that military. "Every American should be very appreciative of the fact that for years we've been providing aid to the Egyptian army in terms of equipment and training, [...]

Egypt's youth ready for the future, protester says in moving interview Author: Eric W. Dolan
A young female protester at Cairo's Tahrir Square told filmmakers that the widespread rallies against President Mubarak show the Egyptian people "can take this country forward." The interview was part of the upcoming documentary "Zero Silence" by filmmakers Jonny von Wallström and Alexandra Sandels. The documentary is about the youth movement in the Middle East [...]

Rights groups: Manning is a UK citizen and deserves protection Author: David Edwards
Rights groups revealed Tuesday that Bradley Manning -- the US soldier accused of leaking 260,000 US State Department cables to secrets outlet WikiLeaks -- deserves the protection of the British government because he is a UK citizen. "His Welsh parentage means the UK government should demand that his 'maximum custody' status does not impair his [...]

Rachel Maddow: Egypt Protesters Are Calling Out the US Commitment to Democracy
On her MSNBC program, Rachel Maddow continued her coverage of the crisis in Egypt, and she pointed out that the Egyptian protesters are calling out the US commitment to democracy, "The people in Egypt are calling us out on that. They are saying out loud we know our leader is illegitimate. We do not support him. We want him gone. They are saying does America agree?"

Is Google Protected by 'Secret' Relationship with NSA?
Consumer Watchdog group issues report that implies Google is protected by "inappropriate secret relationship" with NSA.

Egypt's Last-Standing ISP Goes Dark Author: David Kravets
A small Egyptian ISP that continued sputtering along after the government ordered Egypt off the internet Friday is now offline. Security researcher Renesys said the Noor Group, believed to be the last Egyptian ISP in operation, had provided access to the aviation, banking and financial sectors -- including the Egyptian stock market.

FBI Set To Turn Up Advanced Security Search Engine Author: CmdrTaco
coondoggie writes "The FBI says it is set to roll out is N-DEx search engine and information sharing program to a wider swath of the federal, state and local law enforcement community. The FBI has been developing N-DEx since 2008 and says that once this latest round of development is complete, law enforcement agencies will be able to search, link, analyze, and share information such as case reports on a national basis to a degree never before possible, the agency stated." Read more of this story
Iraq operating 'secret prison': Human Rights Watch Author: Agence France-Presse
BAGHDAD - Security forces linked to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki are operating a "secret detention site" and elite teams are torturing detainees at a separate facility, Human Rights Watch charged on Tuesday. The New York-based watchdog's claims come a week after the Los Angeles Times reported some detainees at a prison in the Iraqi [...]
WikiLeaks cables show Government was 'playing false' over Lockerbie bomber
WikiLeaks documents that disclose how British ministers secretly advised Libya on securing the successful early release of the Lockerbie bomber demonstrate that Tony Blair's Government was "playing false" over the issue.
Obama: Change in Egypt 'must begin now' Author: Daniel Tencer
President Barack Obama called in a televised address Tuesday night for an "orderly transition" in Egypt to "begin now," signaling the administration's acceptance that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's days are numbered. The president's call for immediate change may have been a challenge to Mubarak, who announced in a speech several hours earlier that he would [...]
Maddow falls for satirical story calling for Palin-led Egypt invasion Author: Daniel Tencer
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow was red-faced Tuesday after it emerged she and her producers had fallen for a satirical article jokingly calling for a US invasion of Egypt led by Sarah Palin. In her broadcast Monday night, Maddow reported on an article at ChristWire.org, a satirical site that has fooled reporters before. The article, titled "As [...]
US Dept. of Justice, ICE Still Seizing Domains Author: timothy
Chaonici writes "Operation In Our Sites, a US initiative to crack down on websites related to online copyright infringement, appears to be ongoing. Rojadirecta is a site that links to (but does not host) broadcasts of major sporting events, including soccer matches. It is highly popular in Spain, where it has prevailed twice in court after its legal status was challenged. However, US authorities have now seized the .org domain of the website without notifying the site's owner or its web host, GoDaddy. Rojadirecta can still be accessed through .com, .es, .me, and .in domains, which are not controlled by the US, but rojadirecta.org currently redirects to this well-known image." Read more of this story
Breaking News: Mubarak Says He Won't Run Again : The Two-Way : NPR
Protesters have been demanding he step down. Whether an announcement that he won't seek re-election is enough to satisfy them remains to be seen.
Egypt: Protesters defiant after Mubarak speech Author: Jon Jensen
Mubarak statement that he won't run for re-election fails to satisfy protesters. read more
Vitamin A in Sunscreen Linked to Skin Tumors
A press release from the Environmental Working Group says the chemical retinyl palmitate, found in many sunscreens, accelerates the development of skin tumors when it is applied to skin exposed to sunlight, and that this relationship has been confirmed.