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A young cigarette vendor has set himself on fire in Tunis, reviving memories of similar events two years ago that sparked an uprising which spread across the Arab world.

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The future of the Middle East probably lies with the likes of Rachid Taha.

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Young children detained and tortured after protests in Egypt

Activists speak out over 'unprecedented level of institutional abuse of children'

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No matter how much red tape we put in place, we have no control over how such weaponry is used

Briton among seven kidnapped by Nigerian gunmen

Islamists have waged a guerilla war in the region for over a year

Foreign Secretary William Hague

Britain must work with regimes that have abused human rights, says William Hague

Britain must be prepared to share intelligence with foreign governments that could prevent a terrorist attack in this country or abroad even if those countries have questionable human rights records, the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, said today.

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They should keep calm and plod on. The public wants stability not chaos

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Fresh crisis in Tunisia as PM's party turns against him

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China, India or Egypt: who will win the 21st century?

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