Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Apr 17, 2011 6:33 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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LIBYA

Libyan rebels fight Moammar Gadhafi's forces in close-quarters battles in the city center of Misrata, the last major rebel foothold in western Libya. Government troops pound Misrata with mortar rounds and rocket-propelled grenades, residents say. Seventeen people are killed, an NGO worker and an opposition activist say.

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SYRIA

Gunmen open fire during a funeral for a slain anti-government protester, killing at least three people on a day when tens of thousands of people took to the streets nationwide as part of an uprising against the country's authoritarian regime, witnesses and activists say. Syria's state-run news agency later says one policeman is killed and 11 other policemen and security personnel are wounded when an "armed criminal gang" opened fire on them in Talbiseh.

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EGYPT

Prosecutors file corruption charges against the former prime minister and two other senior members of the Cabinet that served under ousted President Hosni Mubarak. Ahmed Nazif, ex-Finance Minister Yousef Boutros Ghali and former Interior Minister Habib el-Adly were charged with wasting public money and profiteering. Their prosecution is the latest in a sweeping campaign to bring officials of Mubarak's toppled regime to justice.

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YEMEN

Security forces fire on anti-government protesters in Yemen's capital, as hundreds of thousands of marchers _ including many women _ packed cities around the country to denounce the president and remarks he made against women taking part in rallies demanding his ouster.

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ALGERIA

Two nearly simultaneous attacks by suspected Islamist extremists kill six members of the country's security forces.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Human rights lawyers say authorities have detained a fourth activist for advocating democratic reforms in the oil-rich Gulf nation. The federation of seven sheikdoms heavily restricts political activity but has been spared the unrest hitting other Arab nations.

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OMAN

Oman says it will spend about 1 billion rials ($2.6 billion) to address demands by protesters for more jobs and state aid. The spending boost is a centerpiece of efforts to quell two months of sporadic demonstrations for more jobs and a greater political voice in the tightly ruled Gulf monarchy.