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11 February 2011 Last updated at 08:17 ET Cairo's Tahrir - or Liberation - Square has been the focal point for tens of thousands of protesters rallying against the regime of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak. Play the slideshow to see changes in the square from the "Day of Departure" opposition protests on 4 February, mass gatherings over the weekend and ongoing daily demonstrations. Tent camps have sprung up around the square and Monday's early morning scene shows graffiti painted by protesters. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
10 February 2011 Last updated at 04:17 ET By Anne Alexander University of Cambridge Muslim and Christian shoulder-to-shoulder in Tahrir Square Just weeks after a New Year's Day church bombing rocked the port city of Alexandria, Egypt's religious tensions have been set aside as the country's Muslims and Christians join forces at anti-government protests.
10 February 2011 Last updated at 07:49 ET Medics say they are angry at corruption as well as low wages in Egypt Striking doctors and a host of other workers have joined thousands of anti-government protesters in Egypt. Medics wearing white coats streamed into Cairo's Tahrir Square alongside demonstrators who continue to call for President Hosni Mubarak to resign.
4 February 2011 Last updated at 13:59 GMT By Yolande Knell BBC News, Cairo Some accused Mohamed ElBaradei of hijacking the protesters' cause Egypt's opposition groups are weak and fractured, offering no clear leader to steer the country during this historic opportunity for democratic change. Ruled by a succession of military strongmen since the 1952 revolution, Egypt's political system has successfully stifled opposition voices.
4 February 2011 Last updated at 07:59 ET Credit Agricole has revised down its estimate for Egypt's economic growth this year Egypt's uprising is costing the country at least $310m (£192m) a day, according to analysis from Credit Agricole bank. Economists at the bank have also revised down their economic growth estimate for Egypt this year from 5.3% to 3.7%. Banks and the stock exchange have been closed for days, and many factories in the major cities have shut.
4 February 2011 Last updated at 11:51 GMT Yemen has become the latest target for hacktivists Hacktivists from the online group Anonymous have turned their attention to Yemen as part of their battle for greater net freedoms. The website of President Ali Abdullah Saleh has become inaccessible as Yemenis stage anti-government protests. It follows attacks on the websites of Egypt's ruling party and ministry of information this week. Last month Anonymous shut down some Tunisian websites, including the government's official site.
3 February 2011 Last updated at 22:07 ET By Frank Gardner BBC security correspondent Middle Eastern states have long used secret police to stifle dissent and prop up unpopular regimes International journalists covering events in Egypt this week have had a small but painful taste of "the dark side" - the secret security apparatus used by governments across the region, day in day out, to keep unpopular rulers in power. The BBC, CNN and several Arab media organisations have all been experiencing harassment, crude and at times violent, by plain clothes "thugs" supporting President Hosni Mubarak.
4 February 2011 Last updated at 15:59 ET Ian Pannell spent the day with the crowds in Tahrir Square Huge crowds have occupied the main square in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, to reinforce their demand for the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. The tens of thousands of protesters attending the "day of departure" rally in Tahrir Square waved flags and chanted "Leave!
2 February 2011 Last updated at 01:05 GMT President Hosni Mubarak: 'I did not intend to stand again' Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has said he will not stand for re-election in September, as protests against his rule grow. Speaking on state TV, Mr Mubarak promised constitutional reform, but said he wanted to stay until the end of his current presidential term. The announcement came as hundreds of thousands rallied in central Cairo urging him to step down immediately.
1 February 2011 Last updated at 11:48 ET By John Simpson BBC World Affairs Editor, Cairo Egypt's army has ruled out the Tiananmen option - using force to end the protests In every revolution, popular or otherwise, there comes a critical moment - a tipping point - at which the future is decided. Suddenly there is an answer to the basic question: Are the protesters too strong for the power structure or can the country's leaders face them down? In Iran, in 1978-79, the Shah resisted the demonstrators in the streets and ordered his soldiers to shoot them for several months until his will to continue gave way and he escaped.
1 February 2011 Last updated at 15:10 ET By Rupert Wingfield-Hayes BBC News, Cairo The army's promise not to attack protesters encouraged families to venture out If Hosni Mubarak is hoping that the uprising against his government is starting to lose steam, then Tuesday's massive demonstrations will come as a rude shock. They have been by far the biggest yet.
1 February 2011 Last updated at 20:29 ET President Obama: "An orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful and it must begin now" US President Barack Obama has said an orderly political transition "must begin now" in Egypt and lead to free and fair elections. His statement followed the announcement by Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak that he would not stand for re-election. Earlier, the US had told Mr Mubarak not to stand for re-election nor to put forward his son, the BBC learned.
28 January 2011 Last updated at 18:21 GMT Intelligence agencies should track social networking sites more closely, the UK's top civil servant has said. Sir Gus O'Donnell told the Iraq inquiry that events in Egypt, where protests against the government are escalating, showed the value of "open source" intelligence as a barometer of opinion. The issue would be examined as part of a review of government intelligence "machinery" due by the summer, he said. But he said any information gathered must, above all, be "reliable".
31 January 2011 Last updated at 12:39 ET By Yolande Knell BBC News, Cairo The crowds have defied a curfew to remain in the square For many in Tahrir Square in central Cairo, the days are starting to take on a familiar pattern. After nearly a week of demonstrations, many people now sleep here.
31 January 2011 Last updated at 12:14 ET Protesters want President Hosni Mubarak to step down after 30 years in power. Official and pro-government newspapers in the Middle East are looking nervously at the implications of Egyptian unrest.
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