The Brits and the Middle East: Prince Harry cancels visit to Dubai; British team released and flee Libya.
British best to avoid the embattled zone of the Middle East, as their team of special forces botches attempted mission to intervene in Libya.
Two pieces that talk of Britain and the Middle East: The Brits are developing an allergy to the region, as they avoid or leave after a failed mission.
Prince Harry cancels Visit to Dubai
Prince Harry has cancelled his visit to Dubai for a charity fundraising polo match, due to the unrest in the region.
St James' Palace confirmed Harry was due to take part in the Sentebale Cup this month - a competition in aid of his Africa based charity.
A spokesman said: "Prince Harry was very much looking forward to the visit, but feels that it would be insensitive for him to participate in a sporting event at a time when there are matters of greater priority to focus on in the region."
Arab states in north Africa have seen their leaders toppled by mass demonstrations and unrest in recent months and in Libya the country is close to civil war.
Libyan rebels free British team
Libyan rebels have released a British special forces team in the country.
Libyan rebels have released a British special forces team who were detained when a mission to contact opponents of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi went wrong, it has been revealed.
The eight-strong group, who were escorting a junior diplomat, has now left the country bound for Malta on board HMS Cumberland.
However, Foreign Secretary William Hague said the government intended to send further diplomatic personnel soon to "strengthen dialogue" with rebel leaders.
"I can confirm that a small British diplomatic team has been in Benghazi," Mr Hague said. "The team went to Libya to initiate contacts with the opposition. They experienced difficulties, which have now been satisfactorily resolved. They have now left Libya."
Meanwhile, at least 18 people, including a baby, have been killed in fighting between forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and rebels in the town of Misrata.
Eyewitnesses and rebel sources say that the towns of Tobruk and Ras Lanuf, which government forces claim to have retaken, actually remain under rebel control.
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