Rival protesters clash outside the presidential palace in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Anti-government demonstrators want the sharia-based draft constitution scrapped.
The election of political veteran Essebsi as Tunisia's first ever democratic president is a vital milestone on the way to the establishment of a true Arab democracy, says DW's Loay Mudhoon.
A court in Egypt has given the death penalty to 188 people found guilty of murdering 13 policemen. The accused had attacked a police station in August last year.
A Cairo court has dismissed the case against former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. The reasons for this are obvious, writes DW's Rainer Sollich.
The change needed to bring about a new, democratic Middle East can only come from within, says DW's Naser Schruf. It's the only way to effectively counter terrorist groups like the "Islamic State."
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