Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Jul 15, 2011 3:54 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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SYRIA

BEIRUT _ Hundreds of thousands of Syrians mount the largest protests since the uprising began more than four months ago, pouring into areas where the government crackdown has been most intense in a sign that security forces cannot break the revolt. Syrian authorities fire on the crowds, killing at least 17 people and wounding more than 100, activists say.

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LIBYA

The United States and more than 30 other nations formally recognize Libya's main opposition group as the country's legitimate government, giving the rebel movement a major boost. The decision gives Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's foes greater credibility and potentially frees up billions in frozen Gadhafi assets that could not be funneled to the rebels.

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EGYPT

Thousands of Egyptians, increasingly impatient with their interim military rulers, rally in the nation's two largest cities. They ring a security building with chants of "Oh police, you are thugs" and demand trials for police officers suspected of killing of hundreds of activists in the uprising that brought down Hosni Mubarak.

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JORDAN

Riot police swinging clubs clash with dozens of pro-reform demonstrators trying to set up a protest camp in a central square, injuring at least 15 in the most violent confrontation in the Jordanian capital since March. The crackdown comes a day after Jordan's prime minister warns he will not tolerate an open-ended sit-in.

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YEMEN

At least 10 Yemenis are killed in fighting between government forces and tribesmen seeking to oust President Ali Abdullah Saleh, target of a five-month-long popular uprising. The violence is the latest sign that security is unraveling in the Arab world's poorest country, home to an active al-Qaida branch.

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BAHRAIN

New York-based Human Rights Watch says more than 2,000 workers have been fired from state-linked firms and government jobs in apparent retribution for participating in pro-democracy protests earlier this year.