International Round-up

  • Egypt: Biggest demonstrations for 30 years stuns Mubarak’s repressive regime
  • Lebanon: Hezbollah-backed candidate appointed new prime minister
  • Tunisia: ’Caravans’ of the revolution converge on Tunis
  • Israel: ’Haifa Chemicals’ workers’ demonstration
  • China: Another suicide at Foxconn

 

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