Syrian women protest outside the Arab League building yesterday in Cairo

Arab League under fire over Syrian mission

The Arab League's credibility was in jeopardy last night as opposition figures and a senior UN official condemned the bloc's mission to Syria, while Saudi Arabia announced it was withdrawing its monitors from the country, despite the League officially extending its mandate.

Arab League observers urged to stay in Syria

The Arab League is likely to extend the organisation's observer mission in Syria, despite complaints from the Syrian opposition that it has failed to curb bloodshed in the country, two League officials said yesterday.

Arab League considers extension of Syria mission

Syrian government tanks and armored vehicles have pulled back from an embattled mountain town near Damascus, activists and witnesses said today, but at least nine people were killed by security forces elsewhere as a month-long Arab League fact-finding mission expired.

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Egypt goes to the polls – with a fresh threat from generals

Voters across Egypt were due to go to the polls today for the first democratic elections in over half a century, despite a political stand-off which could yet derail the country's emergence from decades of dictatorship.

Tear gas and rubber bullets have been used in the latest protests in Tahrir Square

Cabinet offers to resign as bloody confrontations leave at least 33 dead

The Egyptian cabinet offered its resignation last night as deadly riots, which once again have turned parts of central Cairo into a battlefield, continued into the evening, threatening the viability of next week's landmark elections and leaving at least 33 people dead.

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