Mideast protests at a glance

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Posted: Feb 28, 2011 1:02 PM
Mideast protests at a glance

A look at anti-government protests, political unrest and key developments in seven Arab countries on Monday.

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LIBYA:

The West moves to send its first concrete aid to Libya's rebellion in the east of the country, hoping to give it the momentum to oust Moammar Gadhafi. But the Libyan leader's regime clamps down in its stronghold in the capital of Tripoli, quashing an attempt to hold new protests as residents report skyrocketing food prices from the crisis.

The two sides in Libya's crisis appear entrenched in their positions, and the direction the uprising takes next could depend on which can hold out longest.

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EGYPT:

Egypt's top prosecutor seizes all the funds of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak and his family and bans them from travel abroad, the latest humiliation for the once-powerful family.

During the 18-day pro-democracy uprising, unconfirmed reports that Mubarak and his family might have amassed billions, or even tens of billions of dollars over their three decades in power fueled protesters already enraged over massive corruption and poverty in Egypt.

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BAHRAIN:

Anti-government protesters blockade Bahrain's parliament and mass outside the state broadcaster in efforts to escalate pressure on the nation's embattled monarchy after two weeks of nonstop marches and deadly clashes. The demonstrations appear part of a strategy to hold rallies at sensitive locations in the capital Manama while maintaining a round-the-clock protest base in a landmark square in the tiny Gulf kingdom.

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OMAN:

Protesters set a supermarket ablaze and rally at two places in a seaside town in a third consecutive day of unrest that has included deadly clashes in the strategic Gulf nation. Security forces seal off main roads to Sohar, about 120 miles (200 kilometers) northwest of the capital of Muscat, in an attempt to isolate the protesters and keep crowds from swelling.

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YEMEN:

Yemen's president offers to form a unity government with opponents who want him out of office _ provided protests against him stop. President Ali Abdullah Saleh's offer is swiftly rejected by opposition figures. Saleh has come under mounting pressure in recent weeks to step down, with large daily rallies calling for his ouster. Key allies, including some tribal chiefs, have abandoned him.

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TUNISIA:

Opposition leaders say youth join large police patrols to help keep the peace in Tunisia's tense capital after a weekend of deadly protests led to the resignation of the longtime prime minister. Tunis sees no new major demonstrations after weekend clashes between riot police and stone-throwing youths left at least five people dead. Amid the violence, Mohamed Ghannouchi quit after 11 years as prime minister.

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IRAQ:

Iraq's prime minister calls for new provincial elections following anti-government protests that kill 14 people last week in a demonstration of the simmering anger many Iraqis feel at a government they say fails to provide basic services. Nouri al-Maliki tells a news conference he would ask the parliament to pass a law allowing for the early elections for the councils that rule Iraq's 18 provinces.