Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

AP News
Posted: Apr 08, 2011 3:50 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest



A mass protest calling for sweeping changes in Syria's authoritarian regime turns bloody, with the government and protesters both claiming to have sustained heavy casualties as the country's three-week uprising enters a dangerous new phase.



Anti-government fighters battle forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi for control of a key roadway in the only major rebel-held city in western Libya, a witness says. International relief efforts are stepped up for civilians caught in the crossfire.



Yemen's president rejects a mediation offer by Gulf nations that called on him to resign, denouncing the proposal in a speech before tens of thousands of cheering supporters in the capital. Demonstrations around the country demand his ouster and turn bloody in a southern city where three people were shot dead.



Egypt's protesters step up their challenge to the country's ruling military, as tens of thousands mass demanding it prosecute ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his family for alleged corruption _ and a smaller group test out the army's tolerance with a march on Israel's embassy.



Authorities in the United Arab Emirates detain a blogger and rights activist who says he's gotten death threats for calling for political freedoms in the Gulf nation.