Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Mar 19, 2011 1:08 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

Latest developments in the unrest sweeping the Arab world from North Africa to the Persian Gulf:

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LIBYA

French fighter jets soar over a rebel-held city besieged by Moammar Gadhafi's troops and fire on a Libyan military vehicle in the first mission for an international military force launched in support of a 5-week-old uprising.

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EGYPT

Eager for their first taste of a free vote in decades, Egyptians line up by the hundreds to vote on constitutional amendments sponsored by the ruling military. Critics fear the changes could propel the country's largest Islamist group to become Egypt's most dominant political force.

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YEMEN:

A brutal crackdown fails to stop massive protests against Yemen's U.S.-backed president, who attacks a protest camp in the south's main city with live bullets and tear gas, wounding more than a dozen, but doesn't halt demonstrations there or in the capital.

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SYRIA:

Syrian police seal off a southern city after security forces kill at least five protesters there in the first sign that the Arab world's pro-democracy push is seeping into one of the region's most repressive places.

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BAHRAIN

A convoy of Kuwaiti doctors and medical equipment is en route as Gulf neighbors pour more troops and aid into the violence-torn island kingdom that has become an arena for regional tensions.

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IRAQ

Thousands of Shiite protesters jeer Saudi Arabia's king, calling him a slave of America and Israel for sending troops to quell Shiite demonstrations in Sunni-ruled Bahrain.

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IRAN

The son of Iranian opposition figure Mahdi Karroubi says he met his parents in their home, the clearest evidence yet that Karroubi has been under house arrest.