African leaders have signed a historic agreement to create the continent's largest common market, encompassing 26 countries.
Officials of three African economic blocs held talks on a "one trade regime" that would forge a common market spanning the continent.
"There is a constant fear and anxiety. I never had this kind of feeling in my life. Now you are afraid in your own home," says a gay man in Egypt.
Egypt's presidential frontrunner Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said it will take up to 25 years for Egypt to achieve "true democracy".
After a car bomb killed 14 people in Mansoura, Egypt's prime minister has labelled the Islamist party, the Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorist group.
Cairo police are now searching for two men on a motorbike who opened fire on guests at a church wedding, killing four including an eight-year-old.
A gun fight erupted in central Tripoli, killing four, as a group of former rebels from Libya's third biggest city, Misrata, clashed with ex-fighters.
Millions of Arabs dream of attaining democracy in 2012, aiming to build on gains from the deadly protests that ousted two dictators.
Libya's new rulers have said that they are ready to forgive the forces of slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
Officials say Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam is just a "helpless criminal" in the Libyan town of Zintan where he can stay until his trial.