Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Jul 11, 2011 3:36 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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SYRIA

Syrian government supporters smash windows at the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, raise a Syrian flag and scrawl graffiti calling the American ambassador a "dog" in anger over the envoy's visit to an opposition stronghold. Also, French Embassy guards in the Syrian capital fire in the air to hold back loyalists of President Bashar Assad's regime who attack that compound to protest the French ambassador's visit last week to the same rebellious city, Hama.

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EGYPT

Egypt's benchmark stock index drops almost 3 percent, dragged down by concerns of mounting unrest in the Arab world's most populous nation. The decline reflects the continuing fears in the country five months after the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak. Two days after a Friday protest in Cairo's central Tahrir Square that drew tens of thousands, demonstrators are still camped out there, demanding accountability of former officials and justice for nearly 900 people killed in the popular uprising.

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LIBYA

France says it is passing messages to Moammar Gadhafi's regime in liaison with the rebel movement and allies. French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero says, "There are not direct negotiations between France and Gadhafi's regime but we are passing him messages." He says in an online briefing that the messages "are simple and without ambiguity" _ a political solution must including Gadhafi leaving power and quitting politics.

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YEMEN

The White House counterterrorism chief briefs Yemen's vice president on Washington's push for a swift transfer of power. John Brennan met with Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in a bid to revive a power transfer deal proposed by Yemen's neighbors. Hadi has headed the government since embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh left for neighboring Saudi Arabia to be treated for wounds he suffered in a June 3 attack on his compound in Sanaa, Yemen's capital.