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More than 50,000 Americans converged on the National Mall in the centre of Washington, in one of the biggest protests since the build-up for war began. The most popular chant was "No War For Oil". The crowds carried placards saying "Regime Change Starts at Home" and "Would Jesus Bomb Them?"


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Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Baghdad after Friday prayers, to protest against what they see as a foreign occupation of their country.


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At least 21 people are now known to have died in clashes between Thai troops and opposition supporters in Bangkok, and more than 800 were hurt.


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Thai authorities have extended a curfew in Bangkok for three more nights, following Wednesday's deadly army assault on anti-government protesters.


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More than 100 angry Ryanair passengers staged a sit-in in an aircraft cabin for several hours on Wednesday after their flight was diverted to Belgium.


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Thousands of opposition protesters in Belarus have tried to storm the government headquarters, following the country's presidential election. The demonstrators smashed windows and the doors of the building in Minsk, but were later pushed back by riot police.


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Tens of thousands of Belgians have staged a march to call for national unity and demand a government after seven months of political impasse. About 50,00 people joined the "Shame: no government, great country" march in Brussels, organisers said. Police put the number at 34,000.


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Egypt is to crack down on public protest and has vowed to arrest and prosecute anyone found taking to the streets against the government. Public gatherings, protests and marches will no longer be tolerated, the interior ministry has said.


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Egyptian security forces are on high alert, with thousands of people expected to join anti-government rallies after Friday prayers. The government says it is open to dialogue but also warned of "decisive measures" as the fourth day of violent protests loomed. Widespread disruption has been reported to the internet and mobile phone messaging services.


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Internet connections across Egypt have been cut, as authorities geared up for a day of mass protest.


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For lovers of ancient history, the Egyptian Museum and the priceless, cultural treasures it contains have been in alarmingly close proximity to troubles in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Following an inventory, Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass has now confirmed for the first time that artefacts were stolen during a break-in on 28 January. In a statement entitled "sad news", he lists 18 items that have disappeared. They include a...


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Thousands of opposition supporters have clashed with security forces in the centre of the Iranian capital, Tehran. Police used tear gas and detained dozens rallying in solidarity with uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.


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Security forces in Bahrain have dispersed thousands of anti-government protesters in Pearl Square in the centre of capital, Manama.


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