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2011  January 14
Anti-gpovernment protests begin in Jordan, soon causing King Abdullah to form a new cabinet with the brief to introduce reform       
2011  February 7
The results are published of the Southern Sudan referendum on independence, with more than 98% voting in favour of the break from Sudan       
2011  February 11
After nearly three weeks of escalating violence in Egypt, President Mubarak announces his resignation       
2011  February 20
A demonstration in Rabat demands that the king of Morocco relinquish some of his powers is followed by King Mohammed VI announcing on television plans for reform       
2011  February 26
Benghazi, by now firmly in the control of rebels, becomes the temporary headquarters of Libya's newly formed National Transitional Council      
2011  May 28
A court in Cairo finds Hosni Mubarak guilty of damaging the national economy by severing internet connections on January 26 and fines him about US $34 million    
2011  July 9
Following the referendum result earlier in the year, South Sudan secedes from the Sudan to become the independent Republic of South Sudan    
2011  August 3
Hosni Mubarak appears in court on a hospital bed on the first day of his trial on the capital charge of premeditated killing of peaceful protesters    
2013 June 30
Violent clashes erupt throughout Egypt between Muslim Brotherhood supporters of President Morsi and those objecting to his Islamist policies    
2013 July 3
After mounting chaos in Egypt the army arrests President Morsi, legitimately elected, and takes control