Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Jun 28, 2011 2:49 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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LIBYA

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, urges Moammar Gadhafi's own aides to arrest the Libyan leader and turn him over for trial on murder and persecution charges _ or risk prosecution themselves. The court has issued arrest warrants for the Libyan leader, his son Seif and intelligence chief Abdullah al-Sanoussi for crimes against humanity, but the court has no police force to detain them.

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SYRIA

A Russian envoy tells Syrian opposition members that "leaders come and go" _ an apparent signal to Syrian President Bashar Assad that he cannot count on his ally's unconditional support after months of protests demanding his ouster. It remains to be seen if Mikhail Margelov's comments indicate a change in Moscow's opposition to tough U.N. action on Syria for Assad's bloody crackdown on his opponents.

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BAHRAIN

A Saudi military official says that next week, the kingdom plans to pull out some units of the 1,500-strong Gulf force sent to Bahrain to help quell a Shiite-led uprising demanding more rights. An adviser to Bahrain's king says there are no plans for a full withdrawal.

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EGYPT

An Egyptian court orders the dissolution of more than 1,750 municipal councils, seen as one of the last vestiges of deposed President Hosni Mubarak's rule. Members of the councils were chosen in 2008 in elections said to be widely rigged in favor of the former regime, and the ruling to dissolve them meets a main demand of the protest movement that ousted Mubarak.

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OMAN

Fifteen protesters are sentenced to jail terms for taking part in violent demonstrations calling for more jobs and other reforms from Oman's rulers. The one month to one year sentences are linked to unrest that included looting and damaging government buildings after protests broke out in February. Security forces have tightened their hold in Oman since storming protester encampments last month.