Egypt had on-going debate over their proposed constitution and also saw the Coptic community select a new pope. The killing continued in Syria, with hundreds reported killed. The British offered safe passage for President Assad, but he vowed to remain in Syria. A trial began in Turkey of the Israeli military officers involved in the deadly high seas incident in 2010. Analysts are expecting that U.S. policies for the Middle East may shift during President Obama’s second term. A shakeup in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has pundits checking their scorecards of which way the royal family seems to be going. A well-known blogger in Iran dies while under detention, drawing international concern.
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