18 January 2011
Last updated at 20:17 ET
Tunisia's interim president and prime minister quit the RCD party, in an apparent bid to defuse anger over its continued involvement in running the country.
Arab nations formally submit a resolution to the UN Security Council condemning Jewish settlement construction in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
A suicide bomber kills at least 60 people and injures more than 100 outside a police recruitment centre in Tikrit, Iraqi officials say.
A man dies after setting himself on fire in Egypt's northern port city of Alexandria, in the latest such incident in North Africa.
Israeli tanks enter the northern Gaza Strip, sparking fighting that kills one Palestinian and injures two more.
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