Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Jun 30, 2011 2:36 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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LIBYA

Libya's opposition leader says rebels need more weapons and funding, as China and Russia raise concerns over revelations that France supplied arms to civilians fighting Moammar Gadhafi's forces. Mahmoud Jibril of Libya's Transitional National Council says foreign deliveries of military hardware would give the rebels a chance to "decide this battle quickly (and) to spill as little blood as possible." France acknowledges air-dropping weapons to the rebels.

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SYRIA

Syrian army forces spread through a rebellious mountainous area near the Turkish border as the death toll from a two-day military siege rises to 19. The action by Syrian troops in the northwestern area of Jabal al-Zawiya appears aimed at preventing residents from fleeing to Turkey, where more than 10,000 Syrians have already taken shelter in refugee camps.

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BAHRAIN

Bahrain riot police fire tear gas and stun grenades to disperse thousands gathered near the square that was the epicenter of the nation's Shiite-led protests earlier this year. Also, Bahrain is ending a practice of bringing anti-government protesters to trial at a special tribunal with military prosecutors. The procedure has been criticized as unfair by rights activists and the Gulf kingdom's Western allies.

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EGYPT

An Egyptian court orders an independent review of disputed forensic evidence used in the defense of two policemen accused of beating a young businessman whose death helped trigger Egypt's uprising. The state forensic report concluded that Khaled Said died as a result of swallowing a packet of drugs. The finding has been widely ridiculed because photos of Said's battered body showed his face bloodied and his jaw shattered.

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MOROCCO

Moroccans are preparing to vote on a new constitution that the king has presented as a wide ranging set of democratic reforms, though activists maintain it perpetuates an autocracy. The measure, backed by the king and a massive media campaign, is likely to pass.

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TUNISIA

A Tunisian court delays a second criminal trial of the country's ousted president because of a lawyers' strike. Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who fled to Saudi Arabia amid a popular revolt against his authoritarian regime, is not expected to show up in court. Ben Ali and his wife were convicted in absentia earlier this month on embezzlement and other charges.

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JORDAN

Dozens of Jordanians pelted the parliament with eggs, demanding the dismissal of the prime minister and all parliament members. The police briefly scuffle with protesters. The protesters are angry that lawmakers this week cleared Prime Minister Marouf al-Bakhit of involvement in a casino scandal during his previous 2005-2007 term.