Turkey has raised its voice for Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak to step aside, as it tries to burnish its credentials as the region’s 'model' democratic, modern, and Islam-leaning state.
Concerned about ending up on the wrong side of history, world leaders have appeared hesitant to vocally support either the Egyptian government or the growing number of protesters in Cairo. Below are the reactions from five regional and world players to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, his government, and the protests.
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai before a meeting as part of the Turkey-Afghanistan-Pakistan Fifth Trilateral Summit in Istanbul December 24, 2010.
Iran's invitation to Russia, China, and other nations to visit its nuclear facilities is seen as an attempt to magnify divisions in the international community ahead of talks later this month.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman criticized Turkey in an apparent attempt to outflank Prime Minister Netanyahu on the right and pick up support from hardline nationalists disillusioned with the peace process.
As international help pours in to quench an unprecedented Israeli wildfire, many are asking whether the country is equally unprepared to deal with an Iran or Hezbollah missile attack.
Until WikiLeaks revealed otherwise this week, Israeli officials had insisted that the two countries remained regional partners. Now they're speaking more openly about a shift toward Turkey's rival, Greece.
The release of US diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks contains some serious stuff: US diplomats have been trying to steal the credit card numbers of top UN officials, Saudi Arabia is putting pressure on the US to attack Iran, Iran has obtained advanced long-range missiles from North Korea. Other cables are not so earth-shaking, but they nonetheless reveal personalities and events that are comical, surprising, or just plain weird. Here's our top five.
Europe: Man-made lights highlight particularly developed or populated areas of the Earth's surface, including the seaboards of Europe. Large cities are often located near rivers or oceans so that they can exchange goods cheaply by boat. This image is a composite of hundreds of pictures made by the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP), which currently operates four satellites carrying the Operational Linescan System (OLS) in low-altitude polar orbits.
People in Kiev, Ukraine, protest against the possible cancellation of social bonuses to war veterans next year.