Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Aug 02, 2011 2:52 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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SYRIA

Syrian troops tighten their siege on the city of Hama, sending residents fleeing for their lives and drawing a fresh wave of international condemnation against a regime defying the growing calls to end its crackdown on anti-government protesters. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with U.S.-based Syrian democracy activists as the Obama administration weighs new sanctions on Syria.

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LIBYA

The son of the Libyan rebel military chief assassinated last week accuses "traitors" within the opposition of killing his father to create cracks in the rebel ranks. He demands an open investigation and speedy trial for the perpetrators. In Tripoli, Moammar Gadhafi's regime vows to keep fighting until it has reclaimed the whole country from the rebels.

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EGYPT

Hosni Mubarak, 83 years old and ailing, goes on trial Wednesday on charges of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters during the 18-day uprising that toppled him, and many Egyptians are celebrating the chance at retribution against a longtime authoritarian ruler. But they also question whether the trial will truly break with the injustices of the past.

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ALGERIA

Al-Qaida's North African affiliate says the son of a Muslim fundamentalist icon has been killed in a confrontation with security forces, drawing attention to the new generation of fighters challenging Algeria's government. Abdelkahar Belhadj, said to be 23 at the time of his death, was the son of Ali Belhadj, whose party's thwarted electoral victory in 1991 catapulted Algeria into a 20-year-long insurgency that has left an estimated 200,000 people dead.