News Nearly half the people surveyed in Lebanon thought no head covering should be worn by women

A major new social-attitudes survey on head covering in the Middle East finds that few people are in favour of the burka

Leading article: Western hypocrisy towards the Arab world stands exposed

Tunisia, Jordan, Yemen, Egypt...the arc of popular discontent continues to grow.

Arab world 's unrest puts pressure on Jordan king

Unrest ripping across the Arab world is putting pressure on Jordan's King Abdullah II, a key U.S. ally who has been making promises of reform in recent days in an apparent attempt to quell domestic discontent over economic degradation and lack of political freedoms.

TUI hit by Tunisia unrest but sales for summer rise

TUI Travel, the owner of holidays brands including Thomson and First Choice, said the heavy snowfall in Britain and civil unrest in Tunisia had hit its recent bookings but said reservations for this summer were "encouraging". The tour operator, which is controlled by its German parent, TUI AG, also said its underlying operating losses had risen by £20m in the first quarter from a £107m loss a year ago.

Winds of Arab revolt reach Yemen

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of the Yemeni capital yesterday to demand the end of the three-decade rule of its President in the latest sign of rebellion sweeping the Arab world.

Tunisia seeks international warrant for arrest of despised, deposed president

Tunisia requested an international arrest warrant yesterday for its ousted president, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, as a minister revealed that 11,000 prisoners had escaped during the unrest which continues nearly two weeks after the tumultuous uprising.

Leading article: Egypt: on the threshold of change

From the day that President Ben Ali bowed to the inevitable and fled his homeland for exile in Saudi Arabia, the question was never just what would happen next in Tunisia, but whether the popular uprising there would become a catalyst for discontent elsewhere. It is less than two weeks since the Tunisian President was toppled, but already there are the beginnings of an answer – from neighbouring Algeria, from Jordan, but most eloquently and defiantly from Egypt.

Video: More clashes in Tunis

Police fire tear gas at stone-throwing demonstrators near the prime minister's office in Tunis.

Violence on the streets of Cairo as unrest grows

Protesters rise up against Mubarak in cities throughout the nation as spirit of uprising spreads from Tunisia

Tear gas fired to quell protests

Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in central Tunis yesterday as pressure grew for the removal of government ministers linked to ousted president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.

Ben Ali allies put under house arrest

Two allies of the ousted Tunisian president have been put under house arrest, the official news agency reported yesterday, as protesters kept up pressure on the caretaker government to lock the old guard out of power.

Tunisian police join protesters

Tunisia's once-feared police have staged a rally of their own, demanding better salaries and insisting they're not to blame for shooting deaths among protesters who forced the North African country's longtime autocrat to flee.

The Exile Factor: Wives of Deposed Dictators

Behind every tyrant on the run with a trunkful of loot, there's usually a spouse. Jerome Taylor on the world of the WODDs

Fears of Islamist revival as Tunisian PM falters

Even as Tunisians celebrate the fall of totalitarianism after 23 years, for many there is a shadow looming over their new-found freedom – the apprehension of rising religious fundamentalism and its effect on human rights.

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