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An Egyptian court ordered deposed President Hosni Mubarak released from prison on Wednesday, further deepening the sense of crisis one week after the country’s military-backed interim government carried out what human rights advocates say was the worst single episode of extrajudicial killing in the country’s modern history.

Leaving Cairo’s Tora Prison, where Mubarak was held and the court also convened, Mubarak’s lawyer, Farid Al-Deeb, told Reuters news agency that his client could go free as soon as Thursday. State prosecutor Ahmed el-Bahrawi told the agency Mubarak’s corruption case could not be appealed.

At one time, Mubarak’s release would have triggered massive protests from the revolutionary forces that ended his 30-year rule during the winter 2011 uprising. A June 2012 ruling in a separate court case over the killing of demonstrators in 2011 set off days of protests in Cairo and other cities after the court convicted Mubarak, but failed to…

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Russia Today
November 30, 2012

With the growing unrest in Egypt, as well as protests in Libya and Tunisia, many analysts are now questioning just how much change the Arab Spring has brought to these countries. And as Gayane Chichakyan found out, there are fears that instead of a better and brighter future, these nations may actually be sliding towards a grimmer fate. STORY+PHOTOS: http://on.rt.com/0lqob2

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Saudi-backed security forces in Bahrain arrest 29 protesters

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Saudi-backed security forces in Bahrain have arrested at least 29 protesters in the capital Manama as the regime continues its brutal crackdown on popular protests.

Protesters were arrested on Friday night during mass anti-regime protests held in the capital.

Bahraini activists say regime forces used tear gas and rubber bullets to break up the rally on Friday.

Bahrainis hold almost daily anti-regime rallies to demand the release of political prisoners and an end to the rule of Al Khalifa family…

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Bahrainis condemn killing of protester in Sitra

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Bahrainis have held a demonstration in the northeastern island of Sitra to condemn the killing of a protester by the Manama regime forces, Press TV reports.

Holding the pictures of the 59-year-old victim, Hassan Abdullah Ali, the protesters chanted anti-regime slogans during the demonstration on Saturday.

Ali died when Bahraini…

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Tens of thousands of Bahraini protesters have rallied near the capital, Manama, to demand the release of jailed activists.

The anti-regime demonstration, dubbed “Freedom and Democracy,” was held near a motorway connecting Shia villages with the capital on Friday, AFP reported.

Witnesses say the demonstrators waved Bahraini flags and pictures of jailed opposition activists, including human rights activist Nabeel Rajab, who is sentenced to three years in prison for participating in anti-regime protests.

“We do not forget the prisoners!” the demonstrators chanted.

Bahrainis have been holding frequent demonstrations in support of political prisoners since hundreds of opposition activists were arrested as part of Manama crackdown on protests last year…

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An 18-year-old Saudi protester has died of his injuries, a day after he was shot in the chest by security forces in the eastern part of the country, Press TV reports.

According to the Saudi interior ministry, Hussain Yousef al-Qallaf, who succumbed to his wounds on Saturday, was among a number of young protesters who clashed with regime forces in the Qatif region of the oil-rich Eastern Province on Friday.

The ministry claimed that the protesters shot and killed a policeman and injured another as they were patrolling the area, but did not provide further details about the incident.

Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province has been the hub of a growing anti-monarchy sentiment.

In a demonstration on Friday, protesters demanded the release of teenage activist Muhammad al-Shakhouri and other political activists.

Shakhouri was injured and arrested on July 27 and now is in a military hospital in the…

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