Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Mar 22, 2011 1:10 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

Here is a look at the latest developments in Mideast political unrest on Tuesday:

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LIBYA

An American fighter jet crashes in Libya's rebel held east, both crew ejecting safely as the aircraft spins from the sky during the third night of the U.S. and European air campaign. Moammar Gadhafi's forces shell rebels regrouping in the dunes outside a key eastern city, and his snipers and tanks roam the last major opposition-held city in the west.

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YEMEN

Yemen's embattled U.S.-backed president pledges to step down more than a year early but refuses to immediately resign, infuriating tens of thousands of demonstrators demanding his ouster. The opposition says it will not accept President Ali Abdullah Saleh's offer to resign by year's end in response to nationwide anti-government protests, which have swelled dramatically since security forces opened fatally shot more than 40 demonstrators on Friday.

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BAHRAIN

Mourners bury a Shiite woman who witnesses say died at the hands of Bahrain's military shortly after emergency rule was imposed last week. The funeral is a reminder that emotions remain raw and tensions are still high between the Shiite majority, which make up the bulk of the opposition, and the kingdom's Sunni rulers and their allies.

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SYRIA

Syria seeks to contain the first serious intrusion of the Arab world's political unrest by firing the governor of a southern province where a government crackdown killed seven protesters over the weekend. Residents of the city of Daraa had been demanding his departure after security forces violently suppressed three straight days of protests by thousands of people calling for political freedom and an end to corruption.

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EGYPT

Fire sweeps the upper floors of Egypt's Interior Ministry building as policemen protest outside to demand higher pay. A security official accuses demonstrators of starting the blaze in downtown Cairo.

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IRAQ

The mayor of a town in Iraq's Kurdish self-ruled region says one policeman was fatally shot and ten others wounded during a demonstration. Kurds in northern Iraq have been protesting almost daily, calling for political and economic reforms.