South Africa's murder rate rose by 4.9 percent in the last year, official statistics showed Friday, with the police minister admitting the country was struggling with "a prevalent culture of violence."
The BBC's Ian Pannell reports from Cairo, where he is seeing thousands of pro-Mubarak forces surging on Tahrir Square. He says there's a lot of anger in the streets and that fists are flying as violence escalates in the square.
It was October 1981 and Hosni Mubarak was beside President Anwar Sadat as he was assassinated. Stability became the watchword of his presidency. Emergency law lasted throughout the 30 years of his rule. What will happen next?
The Takeaway talks with Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said professor of Modern Arab studies at Columbia University, who thinks the government is trying to incite chaos in order to maintain control as the transition happens.
While rejecting calls for his immediate ouster, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak agreed not to seek reelection in September. A new government is all but guaranteed in the region, but will the country's transition to Democracy be peaceful?
Jordan's King Abdullah has sacked his government following protests as thousands marched to protest rising prices and unemployment and to demand that the prime minister, Samir Rifai step down. Prince Hassan of Jordan reacts to the news.
"We believe in democracy," says one protester standing in Tahrir Square. The crowd has hit more than a hundred thousand and has been jubiliant. Voices have come together to talk about change peacefully. The BBC's John Sudworth reports.