Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Jul 27, 2011 5:53 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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SYRIA

Syrian troops open fire on scores of people in a Damascus suburb, killing at least eight people who were trying to halt the soldiers' advance by throwing stones and burning tires, activists say.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the residents of the Kanaker suburb were trying to set up blockades around the area to stop several tanks and a bulldozer that were heading in.

The group says the raid wounded a number of people who were being treated in mosques that residents had turned into makeshift hospitals. It says the raid occurred after electricity and telephones were cut off in the area.

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LIBYA

Britain officially recognizes Libya's main opposition group as the country's legitimate government, the U.K. foreign secretary says, announcing the expulsion of all diplomats loyal to Moammar Gadhafi's regime.

William Hague also says his country is unfreezing 91 million pounds ($150 million) of Libyan oil assets to help the National Transitional Council, which the U.K. now recognizes as "the sole governmental authority in Libya."

The council had been invited to send an ambassador to London, Hague says, adding that "we will deal with the National Transitional Council on the same basis as other governments around the world."