Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Jul 06, 2011 2:40 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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EGYPT

CAIRO _ Hundreds of protesters pelt the security headquarters in the city of Suez with rocks, angered by a court's decision to uphold the release of seven policemen facing trials for allegedly killing protesters during Egypt's uprising. Riots and protests have been escalating recently over what many see as the reluctance of the military rulers to prosecute police and former regime officials for the killing of nearly 900 protesters during the uprising earlier this year.

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LIBYA

Rebel fighters in western Libya seize two mountain towns from government troops, while the embattled regime of Moammar Gadhafi says it will set up a special court to try rebel leaders for treason. The rebel advances mark small progress in a largely deadlocked civil war.

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SYRIA

The rights group Amnesty International says Syrian security forces may have committed crimes against humanity during a deadly siege of an opposition town in May, citing witness accounts of deaths in custody, torture and arbitrary detention.

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YEMEN

Yemeni security forces clash with Islamist fighters near the southern town of Zinjibar, controlled by militants, leaving seven Islamists and a soldier dead. The the west, two soldiers are killed in clashes with armed tribesmen near the southern city of Taiz, a hotbed of opposition protests. Security across the impoverished nation, home to an active al-Qaida branch, has largely collapsed since the uprising seeking to oust President Ali Abdullah Saleh broke out in February.