Syria warns the American and French ambassadors not to travel outside the capital without permission, two weeks after they angered the regime by visiting a city that has become the center of the country's four-month-old uprising. If the U.S. and French envoys disobey the order, Syria will ban all diplomats from leaving Damascus, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem says during a lecture at Damascus University.
Egypt's ruling generals say foreigners won't be allowed to monitor upcoming elections, but there will be Egyptian observers. This comes as the military unveiled a law setting guidelines for Egypt's first post-revolution parliamentary vote. A key member of a panel drafting guidelines for Egypt's next constitution says most of the group's 50 members object to giving the military a future role in politics.
France's foreign minister suggests that a possible way out of Libya's civil war would be to allow Moammar Gadhafi to stay in the country if he relinquishes power. Gadhafi insists he will neither step down nor flee the country he has led for four decades. With the NATO-led air campaign against Gadhafi's forces entering its fifth month and the fighting in a stalemate, the international community is seeking exit strategies.
A bomb placed under the driver's seat of a British man's car blows up in southern Yemen, killing the man, and opposition parties accuse the government of trying to assassinate the leader of a key Islamist opposition group in an attack in the capital. Security across Yemen has nearly collapsed after five months of protests calling for the end of autocratic President Ali Abdullah Saleh's 33-year rule.
An Algerian daily says that security forces have killed seven foreigners trying to enter Libya, and they confiscated weapons, U.S. dollars and documents about the al-Qaida branch in North Africa. El Khabar cites security forces well informed about the southern arm of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb for its information.
A Jordanian police probe blames protesters for instigating violent clashes with security forces that left dozens of people injured during a recent pro-democracy demonstration. The eight-page report Is quickly rejected by Jordanian activists. About 100 protesters gather outside the Interior Minister's office, accusing police of carrying out Friday's violence and demanding security not use force against protesters.