2111 GMT: Saudi Arabia. Claimed footage from a sit-in protest by women and children of political detainees, burning the picture of the Minister of Interior:
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2126 GMT: UAE. Two days after denying entry to a British academic scheduled to present a conference paper on Bahrain, two Bahrain-based journalists --- Associated Press reporter Reem Khalifa and her husband, Mansoor al-Jamri, chief editor for the independent Al Wasat newspaper, have been turned away.
Khalifa and al-Jamri were on a private trip to Dubai. No explanations were given for the refusal of entry.
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On Friday, 13 Chadian soldiers were slain in fighting around what one senior commander said was an insurgent base of "significant importance". At least 93 insurgents have been killed so far, according to the Chadian military.
The casualties are the heaviest suffer by African troops since a French-Malian offensive cleared insurgents from towns and cities earlier this month.
Rallies after Friday Prayers, with the theme "Iraq or Maliki" also took place in the capital city of Baghdad, the northern city of Mosul, and the central city of Fallujah.
Protests, largely made up of Sunnis, have been ongoing for weeks, with demands for the release of prisoners, an end to Government anti-terrorism policies, and a halt to the marginalising of minorities.
The rallies were sparked by the raid on 20 December 20 of the home and offices of Sunni Minister of Finance Rafi al-Issawi.
One of this week's protests in Port Said in Egypt
"The president will issue a decree soon, it could be tonight, calling for elections to start in April," a source in his office told Reuters.
1900 GMT:Morocco. Reporters Without Borders has condemned the 10-month prison sentence handed down last week to citizen journalist Mohamed Attaoui on the charge of “working as a local official despite being suspended”.
Attaoui was arrested on 21 January in town of Tounfite north-central Morocco while photographing homes that are unfit for habitation for a report he intended to publish.
The president and general secretary of the Tounfite Group, a grass-roots association to which Attaoui belongs, were also arrested and have been sentenced to a year and eight months in prison, respectively.
Following his arrest, Attaoui was placed in solitary confinement and was not allowed a visit from his wife until 18 February.
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"Third-day" funeral of 16-year-old Hassan AlJazeeri, killed by police on Thursday night
The women are among 160 members of the advisory body.
"The development we are working at must be gradual," King Abdullah said. He recommended that the Council show "realism" in its discussions and allow "reason to prevail in issues [with which] it has to deal".
On 11 January, the King appointed the women, who include university graduates, human rights activists, and two princesses.
The three men are Mamdouh Hamamreh, a reporter for the Al-Quds satellite channel; Samer Hamad, a cameraman for Palmedia news agency, and Abdul-Rahman Younos, a reporter for Al-Quds.com.
The arrests follow the claimed abduction of Mohamed Saba’na, a political caricaturist for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida newspaper, after his return from a ocnference in Jordan.
2123 GMT: Bahrain. Meanwhile, the regime claims that their police were attacked by rioters and vandals, some of whom threw molotov cocktails:
(14) صور لأعمال الشغب والتخريب على شارع البديع في ختام عزاء متوفى بالديه twitter.com/moi_bahrain/st…— Ministry of Interior (@moi_bahrain) February 19, 2013
2110 GMT: Bahrain. The Bahraini government is saying that it has arrested 8 members of a terror cell suspected of plotting against the government. Here is part of the press release, which can be read in full here:
Opposition montage of the funeral march for 16-year-old Hassan AlJazeeri on Saturday
Ahmed Abdullah, known as Abu Islam, is already on trial for tearing up a Bible during a protest outside the US embassy in Cairo in September over the American-produced film "The Innocence of Muslims", which denigrated the Prophet Mohammed.
An official source within the ministry has said that meetings are being held with Ministry of Petroleum officials to solve the crisis. The two ministries are considering opening an additional source of funding for diesel subsidies through a law giving the Minister of Finance the power to approve additional credits.
The government's subsidies for diesel fuel are currently estimated at LE50 billion (about $7.43 billion).
Today's funeral procession for 16-year-old Hassan AlJazeeri, killed on Thursday by security forces
Mass opposition march in Bahrain on Friday
2155 GMT: Bahrain. A candlelight march by women in Alkharjya village for Hassan AlJazeeri:
Today's clashes after AlJazeeri's funeral:
Today's opposition march in Bahrain
2037 GMT: Bahrain. A clash between police and young men today --- at the 0:49 mark, one of the youths is hit in the head and seriously wounded: