Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Aug 21, 2011 6:06 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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LIBYA

Euphoric Libyan rebels push into Tripoli without meeting resistance after overrunning a major military base that defends the capital. The trappings of Moammar Gadhafi's regime are crumbling fast, with opposition forces rising up from within his stronghold at the same time. Associated Press reporters with the rebels say they were greeted by civilians lining the streets and waving rebel flags. Rebels say they arrested Gadhafi's son Seif al-Islam, but Gadhafi himself makes a defiant speech, calling the rebels "occupiers."

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EGYPT

Egypt's stock market falls by more than 3 percent as the country's diplomatic tussle with neighboring Israel over the death of several Egyptian soldiers weighs on investor sentiment. The trading session offers investors their first chance to react to the fallout between Egypt and Israel after several Egyptian security personnel were killed as Israeli troops pursued militants behind Thursday's coordinated attacks in southern Israel that killed eight.

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SYRIA

Syrian President Bashar Assad says his regime is in no danger of collapse and warns against any foreign military intervention in his country as the regime tries to crush a 5-month-old popular uprising. In his fourth public appearance since the revolt against his family's 40-year rule erupted in mid-March, Assad insists that security forces are making inroads against the uprising.Rights groups charge Assad's forces routinely open fire on unarmed protesters, killing more than 2,000.

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BAHRAIN

Bahraini authorities release the country's top nursing official after five months in custody. Rola al-Safar was detained during crackdowns on Shiite-led protesters demanding greater rights. Al-Safar is among more than two dozen doctors and nurses facing charges linked to the demonstrations by Bahrain's majority Shiites, who claim widespread discrimination by Sunni rulers. At least 19 medical personnel remain in custody.

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YEMEN

Two suicide bombings targeting anti-al-Qaida tribesmen in southern Yemen kill 11 people in Abyan province, where al-Qaida-linked militants have been taking advantage of a breakdown in security linked to Yemen's political turmoil to take over towns and large swaths of territory in the south.