A look at political unrest in the Middle East

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Posted: Mar 12, 2011 3:37 PM
A look at political unrest in the Middle East

A look at anti-government protests, political unrest and key developments in the Middle East on Saturday:

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LIBYA:

Moammar Gadhafi's forces retake territory and towns held by rebels in the east.

The Arab League appeals to the U.N. to declare a no-fly zone over Libya, though several states worry about the precedent of approving international intervention.

A rebel leader pleads with the international community to approve a no-fly zone over Libya as Moammar Gadhafi's forces gain strength in the east. Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, the head of the opposition's interim governing council, also expresses disappointment over the failure to act by the United States and other Western countries, which have expressed solidarity with the rebels but stopped short of approving military action.

An Al-Jazeera cameraman was shot and killed near Benghazi, the first journalist to die in a month of fighting.

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YEMEN:

Witnesses say Yemeni security forces fire live bullets and tear gas on two pro-democracy demonstrations, killing six people as the government clamps down on a growing protest movement.

The violence begins with a pre-dawn raid on a central square in the capital, Sanaa, where thousands of pro-democracy protesters have been camped out for the past month to demand the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

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BAHRAIN:

Tens of thousands of protesters in Bahrain march on a royal palace hours after clashes with police injured dozens of activists. This time police hold their fire.

The latest unrest comes as U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates visits on a mission to encourage dialogue between the mostly Shiite protesters and the Sunni monarchy.

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IRAQ:

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejects calls for regime change, saying protesters are out of step with the will of the people, just after the parliament starts considering a 50 percent pay cut to try to satisfy Iraqis angry over high salaries for officials while poverty in Iraq is widespread.

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JORDAN:

About 10,000 supporters of King Abdullah II march in Amman, nearly three times the number of anti-government protesters who demonstrated earlier in the day.