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- Yesterday, as part of its response to ongoing protests in the country, Egypt became unavailable on the internet. Gizmodo quotes IP expert Stéphane Bortzmeyer's tweet: "...The cables have simply been unplugged."
- An Interpol extradition request for Belhassen Trabelsi, brother-in-law to ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, has been accepted by the government of Canada. Belhassen Trabelsi fled with family members to Montreal. The government has said it is freezing his assets; Trabelsi is a billionaire who sits on the board of the Banque de Tunisie, and owns several tourism airlines.
- Two days after Ugandan gay activist David Kato was beaten to death in his home, fellow Ugandan Brenda Namiggade awaits imminent deportation at Heathrow Airport near London. The British Home Office says a judge previously ruled Ms Namiggade was "not homosexual", and so does not qualify as a refugee. Homosexuality is a crime in Uganda, punishable by up to 9 years imprisonment. Ugandan MP David Bahati, who has authored a bill which would apply the death penalty in some cases of homosexuality, has called on Ms Namiggade to "repent or reform" to avoid being arrested on her return to Uganda.
- The site will be Munich, the date will be February 5th, the event will be the coming into force of the new Strategic Arms Reductions Treaty between Russia and the USA. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will exchange their respective ratification documents and the treaty will come into immediate force. The treaty is the first of its kind since 1991, and two years after the previous treaty lapsed in 2009.
- The Japanese Yen edged downward to two month lows against the US dollar after Standard & Poors downgraded the country's long-term debt credit rating to AA-minus, the first downgrade in nine years. While the currency moved down slightly stocks stabilised as the lower currency is seen as a boon to exporters such as Sony, and bonds actually moved higher. The credit rating downgrade from AA is seen as due to rising debt loads relative to government revenues.