Iran is sending trainers and advisers to Syria to help crush anti-government demonstrations threatening to topple Iranâ€™s most important ally in the region, The Washington Post reported late Friday.
Hordes of Gaza Arabs rushed through into Sinai Saturday morning, as Egyptian authorities opened the Rafiah crossing, this time on a permanent basis, they said. Egyptian officials said that the crossing operated smoothly on its first day, and Gaza Arabs interviewed by reporters praised the opening, calling Egypt â€œvery braveâ€ for the move.
A Cairo court on Saturday fined ousted President Hosni Mubarak and two ex-ministers $90 million dollars for "damaging the economy" with a telephone and Internet shutdown during Egypt's uprising, according to a report by the Associated Press.
The Syrian regime is unleashing shadowy, mafia-style gunmen to carry out some of the most brutal attacks on dissent as the country's 10-week uprising threatens President Bashar al-Assad's once-unshakable grip on power.
Political unrest has stymied three major Gulf investment projects in Syria and harmed efforts to attract capital needed to boost the economy after decades of Soviet-style controls, business figures say.
Thousands of Egyptians converged on Cairoâ€™s Tahrir Square on Friday in what organizers called a â€œsecond revolutionâ€ to push for faster reforms and a speedy trial for former president Hosni Mubarak and his former aides.
Egyptâ€™s former Hosni Mubarak, charged with murder, â€œhad complete knowledge of every bullet firedâ€ at protesters, according to damning testimony by his former spy chief, a day before activists plan to stage a mass protest dubbed a â€œsecond revolution.â€