Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Jun 18, 2011 1:52 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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SYRIA

Syrian troops sweep into a village near the Turkish border, cutting food supplies for nearly 2,000 refugees who have so far refused to leave their country. The British Foreign office, meanwhile, urges its citizens in Syria to leave the "immediately."

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LIBYA

NATO accuses Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi of using mosques and children's parks as shields. NATO has been ramping up the pressure on Gadhafi's more than four-decade-old regime. At least two explosions shake Tripoli as NATO jets soar above the capital.

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YEMEN

A petition signed by more than 100 influential religious clerics and tribal leaders is calling for the formation of an interim government and presidential elections within 60 days. President Ali Abdullah Saleh is undergoing medical treatment in Saudi Arabia after being wounded in an attack on his palace earlier this month.

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EGYPT

Egypt's armed forces fire into the air to disperse thousands of employees demanding higher salaries and promotions at companies affiliated with the Suez Canal. Labor unrest has surged in Egypt after the toppling of longtime President Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising in February.