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Egypt protest echoes across Middle East

The possible heirs of Egypt's uprising took to the streets yesterday in different corners of the Middle East:

Iran's beleaguered opposition stormed back to central Tehran and came under a tear gas attack by police.

Demonstrators faced rubber bullets and birdshot to demand more freedoms in the relative wealth of Bahrain.

And protesters pressed for the ouster of the ruler in impoverished Yemen.

Meanwhile, Israel watches the region around it erupt into chaos, leaving questions about its security.

The protests, all with critical interests for Washington, offer an important lesson on the ways groups across the Middle East appear to be absorbing the message from Cairo and tailoring it to their own aspirations.

The heady themes of democracy, justice and empowerment remain intact as the protest wave works its way through the Arab world and beyond. - AP

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