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Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

Source : AP
Last Updated: Sat, Sep 10, 2011 16:20 hrs

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LIBYA

Moammar Gadhafi urges his fighters to crush opponents he ridicules as germs and rats, as loyalists fire at least 10 rockets from inside one of his last strongholds. In contrast. the acting prime minister for Libya's new rulers is appealing for national unity to rebuild the country, while calling Gadhafi a figure of the past. Mahmoud Jibril says the battle for Libya is not over, with pockets still controlled by Gadhafi loyalists. Only after the whole country is "liberated," he says, can a new government be formed.

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SYRIA

Syrian security forces keep up a deadly crackdown on protesters as the embattled regime faces surprising calls to end the violence from its closest ally, Iran, in a sign of growing alarm over the 6-month-old uprising. In a live interview in Tehran, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Syrian President Bashar Assad should back away from his violent crackdown and talk to the opposition.

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YEMEN

At least five civilians are killed in the past 48 hours in military strikes in southern Yemen. Another 38 civilians are wounded in the military offensive against al-Qaida linked militants. Wounded civilians seek treatment at field clinics because government hospitals are closed. In recent weeks, government troops, backed by U.S. airstrikes, have stepped up attacks on militants who have taken advantage of internal political turmoil to seize control of parts of southern Yemen. Officials say 17 militants and eight soldiers were killed Wednesday.

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EGYPT

An ex-security officer testifies in ousted leader Hosni Mubarak's trial that his superiors ordered troops to forcefully disperse Egyptian protesters with tear gas, but he never heard orders to shoot at the protesters. Mubarak and his security chiefs are facing charges of complicity in the deaths of protesters, a charge that could carry the death penalty. So far, testimony from witnesses has caused embarrassment to the prosecution. One witness was even briefly detained on perjury charges for changing his story under oath, denying in court that he had any knowledge of police receiving ammunition.

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LEBANON

The president of a United Nations-backed court investigating the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri names a panel of five judges to begin preparations for a trial, with or without the suspects. In July, the court unsealed an indictment against four members of the Hezbollah militant group, charging them with involvement in the truck bombing that killed Hariri. Hezbollah is refusing to cooperate.

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TUNISIA

Tunisian government officials say the country has barred a Libyan general and ally of Moammar Gadhafi from leaving Tunisia. The two officials say al-Khoweildi al-Hamidi was trying to take a plane out of Tunisia when he was detained and questioned by Tunisian police.


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