Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: May 09, 2011 3:14 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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EGYPT

About 1,000 Egyptians protest violence against the country's Coptic Christian minority after Muslim mobs burn a church and spark riots in Cairo that left 13 people dead. Demonstrators say they fear that some in Egypt seek to replace ousted President Hosni Mubarak's three decades of autocratic rule with an Islamic state that would marginalize Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt's nearly 80 million people. Most are Coptic Christians. Authorities arrest 23 people, including two accused of sparking the riots, which started late Saturday and marked a new low in Muslim-Christian relations in Egypt.

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SYRIA

Syrian security forces arrest hundreds of activists and anti-government protesters in house-to-house raids across the country, part of an escalating government crackdown aimed at stamping out a revolt engulfing the country. President Bashar Assad's regime appears determined to crush the uprising by force and intimidation, despite rapidly growing international outrage and a death toll that has topped 630 civilians since the unrest began. The arrests, which zeroed in on the protests' organizers and participants, were focused in four areas _ the central city of Homs, the coastal city of Banias, some suburbs of the capital Damascus and villages around the southern flashpoint city of Daraa.

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LIBYA

An overcrowded ship carrying up to 600 people trying to flee Libya sinks just outside the port of Tripoli. Aid officials are trying to confirm the fate of those people after the vessel broke apart Friday in the Mediterranean Sea. Witnesses who left the Libyan capital on another boat shortly afterward report seeing remnants of the sunken ship and the bodies of some passengers floating in the sea, Other witnesses see passengers swimming to shore but it is unclear how many survived

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YEMEN

Yemeni security forces open fire on demonstrators and launch rocket-propelled grenades at an office building, killing three people as they crack down on a protest in the flashpoint city of Taiz in the country's south. The attacks come a day after protesters begin a new sit-in on one of the city's main streets, and as tensions escalate across the country between embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh and protesters seeking his ouster.