Reuters links it to the Tunisian protests which began December 17 2010 when a man immolated himself in response to police harassment. President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fled Tunisia on January 14 2011. Protests today in Cairo and other cities were preceded by lawyer Mohamed Farouk Hassan, 52, protesting rising prices before setting himself alight on January 18.
From December 2010 through today
Protests erupted in Tunisia's neighbor, Algeria in the wake of Tunisia's crisis and focused on food prices.
In Jordan, hundreds of protesters chanted slogans against Prime Minister Samir al-Rifai in the southern city of Karak on January 14.
Sudan saw student protests against cuts in subsidies to sugar and petroleum products.
Oman saw protests against government corruption.