Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Jul 12, 2011 3:22 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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SYRIA

Syria accuses Washington of provocation after the U.S. says President Bashar Assad has lost legitimacy and the American administration has nothing invested in his remaining in power. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton issued her strongest condemnation yet of Assad after mobs of hundreds of regime supporters attacked the American and French embassies in Damascus, smashing windows and spray-painting obscenities on the walls. Three French Embassy employees were injured. The attacks also prompt withering criticism from France.

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EGYPT

Egypt's military rulers sternly warn protesters against "harming public interests" as demonstrators continue to lay siege to Cairo's largest government building and threaten to expand their sit-in to other sites in the capital. Thirty men armed with knives and sticks storm the protesters' tent camp in Cairo's central Tahrir Square, wounding six.

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LIBYA

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe says Paris has had contact with emissaries from Moammar Gadhafi who say the embattled Libyan strongman is "prepared to leave" power. Up to now Gadhafi has refused to leave or relinquish control of Libya. "We receive emissaries who are saying, 'Gadhafi is prepared to leave. Let's discuss it,'" Juppe says, without identifying the envoys. French officials insist that Gadhafi's giving up power is key to ending the hostilities, which began in mid-March.

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YEMEN

A government airstrike in a section of southern Yemen overrun by radical Islamists kills five militants, as the country's security deteriorates. The airstrike hits a militant checkpoint between the towns of Jaar and Zinjibar. Eight more airstrikes hit the town of Jaar and other areas nearby. Security across Yemen has nearly collapsed during the five-month uprising seeking to oust longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

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BAHRAIN

Two senior members of Bahrain's biggest Shiite party say its delegates have walked out of talks with the island kingdom's Sunni rulers, saying they are not serious about addressing Shiite demands for greater rights and political freedoms. Khalil al-Marzooq says he's advised the party's top leaders to withdraw from the U.S.-backed talks entirely, and a final decision will be made by Thursday. Al-Marzooq tells the AP the government is not interested in political reform, making the dialogue meaningless.

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LEBANON

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri says Lebanon "will pay the price" for Hezbollah's refusal to turn over four of its members indicted in the 2005 assassination of Hariri's father. The public comments in a televised interview are the first by Hariri since a U.N.-backed tribunal investigating the murder of his father, former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, indicted the Hezbollah members at the end of last month. The Iran-backed Hezbollah has taken control of Lebanon's government.