Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Aug 01, 2011 3:12 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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SYRIA

Anti-government protesters in the Syrian city of Hama set up barricades and take up sticks and stones to defend themselves after one of the bloodiest days so far in the regime's campaign to quell an uprising now in its fifth month. Syrian troops backed by tanks renew shelling of Hama for a second day in an attempt to subdue the city. Six people are killed across Syria, four of them in Hama. At least 55 died the previous day.

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LIBYA

France is handing over $259 million (euro179 million) in frozen Libyan funds to the country's opposition and allowing the rebels' new ambassador to use the country's mothballed embassy in Paris. The French Foreign Ministry says the money, currently frozen in French banks, must be used for humanitarian purchases, in accordance with European law.

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YEMEN

Government airstrikes kill at least 15 suspected al-Qaida-linked militants in southern Yemen. They also destroy a tank seized by militants and several artillery positions in the Dufas area near Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan province. The airstrikes are the latest in a government campaign to try to dislodge al-Qaida-linked militants from Zinjibar and Jaar, another city in Abyan.

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EGYPT

Egyptian forces swinging electrified batons and shouting the battle cry "God is great" swiftly chase off dozens of activists who had refused to end four weeks of renewed protests at Tahrir Square to pressure the country's transitional military rulers. Hundreds of riot police backed by armored vehicles and soldiers move in to tear down the camp of dozens of tents after a group of holdout activists _ some of them relatives of people killed in the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak in February _ refuse pleas over loudspeakers to go home.

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ALGERIA

A remotely detonated roadside bomb kills three soldiers and injures eight others in a convoy southwest of Algeria's capital. The attack in the Tissemsilt region, about 150 miles southwest of Algiers, comes as the troops return to barracks after a routine patrol. There is no immediate claim of responsibility. Algeria has seen a recent bout of anti-government violence.