Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Aug 11, 2011 3:14 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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SYRIA

The Syrian army kills 11 people in a western town near the Lebanese border and storms a northwestern town near the frontier with Turkey. Anti-government protests are common in Qusair and, combined with the early morning assault on the town of Saraqeb near the Turkish border, reflects the determination of President Bashar Assad to crush the five-month old uprising against his regime, despite mounting international condemnation.

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EGYPT

Egypt's government says it plans to lift the country's hated emergency law before parliamentary elections later this year. The law, imposed in 1981, gave ousted President Hosni Mubarak's security forces wide powers to arrest and detain Egyptians without charge. Canceling the law is a key demand of the protesters the uprising that ousted Mubarak. Government spokesman Mohammed Hegazy says lifting the emergency law will "prepare for fair and free elections." No firm date has been set.

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LIBYA

Libyan rebel fighters are battling Moammar Gadhafi's troops inside a key oil terminal city along the Mediterranean coast. Two rebels are killed and 16 were wounded in clashes as rebels push into the first of three residential compounds making up the port at Brega, a strategic oil terminal and Libya's second-largest hydrocarbon complex. The rebels have been trying to reclaim Brega for the past three weeks.

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LEBANON

Lebanese authorities inform the special court in the Netherlands investigating the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri they are unable to arrest four suspects, all members of Hezbollah, or serve them with their indictments. Court President Antonio Cassese appeals to the four men to hire lawyers and turn themselves in _ or at least make themselves available by video link to participate in their trial.