The new shoe-thrower’s index

The <em>Economist</em> has updated its index of unrest in the Arab world to include internet connect

The Economist has released a new toy for those interested in the Middle East. Following on from its remarkably prescient "shoe-throwers' index", the magazine yesterday released a brand new version of the index which allows you to fiddle with the inputs.

The previous index measured unrest by examining the length of time a ruler had been in power, how democratic the state was and how much corruption there was in society, among other factors. This time, the Economist has included adult literacy and the proportion of internet users in a country. Have a play and work out which despot will tumble next.

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Police shoot man in parliament

A man carrying what appeared to be a knife was shot by armed police after entering the parliamentary estate. 

From the window of the parliamentary Press Gallery, I have just seen police shoot a man who charged at officers while carrying what appeared to be a knife. A large crowd was seen fleeing from the man before he entered the parliamentary estate.

After several officers evaded him he was swiftly shot by armed police.

Ministers have been evacuated and journalists ordered to remain at their desks. 

More follows. Read Julia Rampen's news story here.

Armed police at the cordon outside Parliament on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Getty

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.