Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Apr 23, 2011 6:23 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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SYRIA

Security forces fire on funeral processions that drew tens of thousands of people, one day after the bloodiest crackdown so far in the uprising against President Bashar Assad. The shootings push the two-day death toll to more than 120 and two lawmakers and a religious leader resigned in disgust over the killings. The resignations are a possible sign of cracks developing in the regime's base in a nation where nearly all opposition figures have been either jailed or exiled during the 40-year dynasty of the Assad family.

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YEMEN

Yemen's embattled president agrees to a proposal by Gulf Arab mediators to step down within 30 days and hand power to his deputy in exchange for immunity from prosecution, a major about-face for the autocratic leader who has ruled for 32 years. A coalition of seven opposition parties say they also accept the deal but with reservations. Even if the differences are overcome, those parties do not speak for all of the hundreds of thousands of protesters seeking President Ali Abdullah Saleh's ouster, and signs were already emerging that a deal on those terms would not end confrontations in the streets.

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LIBYA

Heavy fighting rages in Misrata and kills 24 people as Moammar Gadhafi's forces give up more ground inside Libya's third-largest city. The U.S. says its first Predator drone attack in the country destroys a government rocket launcher that had menaced civilians in the western city.

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BAHRAIN

Bahrain's main opposition party says authorities have demolished 16 mosques as part of crackdown on Shiite dissent in the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom over the past month. Al Wefaq says 30 Shiite places of worship _ including 16 mosques _ have been destroyed since martial law was declared last month.