"Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil producer, bans public protests and political parties. In 2004, Saudi security forces, carrying batons and shields, thwarted protests in Riyadh and Jeddah called for by a Saudi dissident group in London." —reuters saudi libya
"Democracy activists in Saudi Arabia say the government is closely monitoring social media to nip in the bud any protests… . Activists have set up Facebook pages calling for protests on March 11 and 20." —globe + mail saudi libya
"At least 20 protesters have been killed in the southern port city [Yemen] of Aden since mid-February, including eight killed on Friday when, according to reports from the city, snipers fired on demonstrators." —nyt yemen libya
"Yemen’s political opposition rejected an invitation from President Ali Abdullah Saleh to form a national unity government and instead threw its support for the first time behind street protests calling for an immediate end to his authoritarian rule." —nyt yemen libya
"Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen’s president, is to announce a government of national unity "within the next 24 hours", government sources have told Al Jazeera… . The opposition appeared likely to reject any offer from Saleh." —aje yemen libya
"The Egyptian army has used force to disperse activists gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to demand the removal of Hosni Mubarak loyalists from the interim cabinet.
Egyptian soldiers fired in the air and used batons in the early hours of Saturday to disperse the crowd, the Reuters news agency reported.
Demonstrators had also gathered in front of the parliament building in Cairo, where police beat protesters and used tasers to suppress the crowds, an Al Jazeera producer in the capital reported. —aje egypt
"Libya’s opposition movement has seized control of territory close to the capital, Tripoli, as anti-government protesters gear up for what could be a final battle for leader Muammar Gaddafi’s stronghold." —aje libya
Tony Blair, widely criticised in recent days for offering Muammar Gaddafi “the hand of friendship” seven years ago, made an extraordinary personal intervention when he twice phoned the embattled Libyan dictator on Friday and asked him to stop killing protesters. —the independent libya uk
North Korea threatened Sunday to enlarge its nuclear arsenal and mercilessly attack South Korea and the United States, as the allies prepared to start annual joint military drills which the North says are a rehearsal for an invasion. —ap korea
"The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog said it has uncovered new information indicating that Iran is exploring ways to militarize its nuclear program, including ways to affix atomic weapons onto long-range missiles." —wsj iran