Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Jul 16, 2011 4:49 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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SYRIA

Tens of thousands of Syrians shouting "We want freedom!" carry slain protesters through the streets as opposition figures meeting in Turkey call for a united front to bring down the 40-year ruling dynasty of the Assad family. A day earlier, Syrian security forces killed at least 28 people in the largest protests since the uprising began more than four months ago.

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LIBYA

Libya's embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi says his country will never surrender in the face of assaults by rebels and a NATO air campaign. In an audio address directed at the city of Zawiya where thousands demonstrate their support, Gadhafi promises that Libya will keep fighting.

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EGYPT

A member of Egypt's ruling military council visits a protest tent camp in a central Cairo square, but leaves after activists, some holding up shoes in anger, boo him off a stage. Maj. Gen. Tarek el-Mahdi later says he wanted to persuade a dozen demonstrators to end a days-long hunger strike, but was forced to cut short his visit because of the heckling.

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YEMEN

Yemeni protest leaders announce the formation of a so-called shadow government, in a move to take the lead in the fight to oust President Ali Abdullah Saleh's regime. The new group seeks to create a unified leadership for the tens of thousands of demonstrators who have filled public squares across Yemen for five months.

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BAHRAIN

A Bahraini rights activist says a woman has died in clashes between riot police and anti-government protesters in the Gulf kingdom. The Bahrain Center for Human Rights says the woman suffocated after inhaling tear gas fired by riot police during a demonstration Friday.

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ALGERIA

Reports say a police officer and a city hall employee are killed in a suicide bombing that targeted a public security headquarters in Algeria's restive northern Boumerdes region.