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Libyans in fiery clash with government officials

Feb 17 2011 [Activists demanded an end to Gaddafi’s 41-year rule] Hundreds of protesters have reportedly torched Libyan police outposts in the eastern city of Beyida, while chanting: “People want the end of the regime.” “All the people of Beyida are out on the streets,” said 25-year-old Rabie al-Messrati, who said he had been arrested after spreading a call for protests on Facebook. Online calls of dissent have been growing rapidly over the past few days, with Facebook groups calling for “Uprising on February 17” doubling in popularity between Monday and Wednesday. In the southern city of Zentan, 120km south of Tripoli, hundreds of people marched...

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Egypt’s leaders may have cost their nation tens of billions

Feb 16 2011 Corruption, tax evasion and crime have cost Egypt approximately $6 billion (Dh22.03 billion) annually and a total of $57.2 billion from 2000 to 2008 in illicit financial activities and government corruption, according to a report by Washington-based Global Financial Integrity (GFI). Deposed President Hosni Mubarak and his family have a personal fortune worth $40 billion to $70 billion accumulated during his 30 years in power, according to recent estimates. Others place the Mubarak family fortune at $1 billion to $5 billion stashed in foreign banks, an anonymous US intelligence official told the news channel ABC. Switzerland froze Mubarak’s assets after he stepped down...

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Egyptian media revolt: cleaning out the bias

Feb 14 2011 With Hosni Mubarak out as president of Egypt, the staff of the state-owned Al-Gomhuria newspaper have launched a revolt of their own. At mid-Sunday morning, writers, editors and the general staff of the long-muzzled paper barred their chief editor from coming to his office to work, saying it’s time for a total change in policies. It’s the second paper along with Al-Ahram that has made a significant shift in the opposite direction. Both papers have been accused of total bias and selective reporting during the first few days of the struggle against Mubarak. Many people are also calling for the dissolution of the Egyptian Ministry of Information, which they have accused of...

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