France says it has sent military officers to work with Libyan rebels on the ground, and vows to step up its share of NATO-led airstrikes on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's forces. Italy and Britain have said they're also sending military officers. The U.S., meanwhile, says it plans to give the Libyan opposition $25 million in non-lethal assistance _ the first direct U.S. aid to the rebels _ after weeks of assessing their capabilities and intentions.
Thousands of students stage demonstrations in the city of Daraa against Syria's authoritarian regime, brushing off President Bashar Assad's sweeping declarations of reform. Dozens of students also protest at Aleppo University in the country's north. Human rights activists say Syrian authorities have arrested an opposition figure, Mahmoud Issa, at his home during an overnight raid, hours after the government announced an end to emergency rule.
Gunmen on motorcycles speed by and open fire on hundreds of demonstrators camped out in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida, killing one protester and wounding several others. In the southern port city of Aden, one policeman is killed and four others wounded after clashes with gunmen believed to be associated with the southern dissidents, as hundreds of protesters blocked main roads with rocks and burning tires.