Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Aug 22, 2011 3:23 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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LIBYA

Libyan rebels claim to be in control of most of Tripoli after their swift advance on the capital heralds the fall of Moammar Gadhafi's 42-year regime. They still face some fierce resistance, with scattered gunbattles erupting, and the mercurial leader is nowhere to be found. The international community calls on Gadhafi to step down and moves ahead with postwar planning as euphoric rebel supporters celebrate in Green Square, the symbolic heart of the fading Gadhafi regime, restoring its former name of Martyrs' Square. Colleagues warn the leader would not go easily, even after three of his sons are arrested.

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SYRIA

Taking inspiration from the rapid unraveling regime in Libya, thousands of Syrians pour into the streets and taunt President Bashar Assad with shouts that his family's 40-year dynasty will be the next dictatorship to crumble. Assad, who has tried in vain to crush the 5-month-old revolt, appears increasingly out of touch as he refuses to acknowledge the hundreds of thousands of people demanding his ouster. Instead, he blames the unrest on Islamic extremists and thugs. "Gadhafi is gone; now it's your turn, Bashar!" protesters shout in several cities across the country

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EGYPT

A 35-year-old Egyptian engineer douses himself with gasoline and tries to set himself ablaze in front of the Egyptian Cabinet's Cairo headquarters to back a demand for greater rights for the nation's disabled. Police stop Hisham Sayid before he was hurt. Sayid, who is not disabled, runs an organization that benefits disabled Egyptians. A self-immolation in Tunisia set off the round of popular uprisings known as Arab Spring.