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

Tunisians get a crash course in democracy ahead of historic vote

Around Tunis, locals are craning necks to study giant billboards that depict colourful cartoon characters going through a 12-step process.

Adrian Hamilton: A symbolic vote for the Middle East

The Tunisian uprising happened so fast and the overthrow of the regime in January came so quickly that it is easy, as it goes for elections this Sunday, to take it for granted, a footnote of calm in a chapter of violence and suppression which has marked its neighbours to the west and east.

Cradle of Tunisia uprising is ripe for fresh revolt

Not a day goes by for Manoubia Bouazizi when she does not think about her son. "He was a dutiful boy, he had a long life ahead of him, he martyred himself for justice, for Tunisia," she said. "People cannot forget that."

Prince Andrew 'to give up trade role'

The Duke of York is to step down from his role as the UK's roving business ambassador, according to reports.

Violence flares again in Arab Spring town

A boy of 14 was reportedly killed by "a stray bullet" during a violent protest in the Tunisian town where the uprisings that have swept the Arab world began.

A sea change for tourism in Tunisia

Six months after the unrest that heralded the Arab Spring, this nation's once-bustling Mediterranean resorts hope to welcome visitors again

Robert Fisk: A dictator's trial that even his enemies questioned

How do you defend a dictator who's been around for years and years and years when he's accused of – well, being a dictator for years and years and years?

Album: Various artists, Our Dreams are Our Weapons: From the Kasbah...(Network)

You couldn't get more topical than this, the soundtrack to the Arab Spring.

Album: Various Artists, Our Dreams Are Our Weapons (Network)

This compilation of songs from the recent revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt confirms both the enduring power of music and the more positive aspects of the internet when music is decoupled from business.

Technology revolution is key to fight for democracy, says Aung San Suu Kyi

The Nobel peace laureate and human rights campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi spoke yesterday in a BBC lecture of the vital role played by communications technology in modern democratic uprisings and said she was not morally opposed to the use of violence in exceptional circumstances.

Tunisia attempts to break the grip of 'the family'

As the ousted Tunisian President, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, goes on trial in absentia in Tunis, Patrick Cockburn reports on how he and his relatives controlled the country

Environmentalists and tuna fishers manoeuvering at sea

Environmentalists on the Mediterranean sent a small launch this morning to inspect a sea cage to determine whether it was holding tuna, but fishermen attacked them with debris, forcing a return to the mother ship.

200 missing after migrant boat sinks off Tunisia

More than 200 people were reported missing and two dead after a fishing boat carrying an estimated 800 migrants sank off Tunisia in a storm.

Al-Qa'ida release Bin Laden audio tape



Shortly before his death, Osama bin Laden recorded a message praising the Middle East protest movements and predicting that revolutions would spread across the region.

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