Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Aug 24, 2011 7:39 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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LIBYA

Libyans hunting Moammar Gadhafi offer a $2 million bounty on the fallen dictator's head and amnesty for anyone who kills or captures him as rebels battle to clear the last pockets of resistance from the capital Tripoli. While some die-hard loyalists keep up the fight to defend Gadhafi, his support is crumbling. His deputy intelligence chief defects, and even his foreign minister says his 42-year rule is over.

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SYRIA

The European Union imposes sanctions against the elite unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, saying the Quds Force is providing equipment and other support to help Syrian President Bashar Assad crush the 5-month-old uprising against him. The sanctions broadens the international pressure against Syria by directly targeting its key ally Iran, which the U.S. and other nations have accused of aiding the crackdown.

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YEMEN

Airstrikes kill 36 suspected al-Qaida militants in southern Yemen, as the government pressed on with a campaign to drive out fighters who have overrun several towns. Islamic militants _ some suspected of links to Yemen's al-Qaida branch _ seized the towns starting in late May, taking advantage of the political turmoil unleashed by protests against Yemen's longtime ruler. Nearly three months of attacks by warplanes and ground forces have failed to dislodge them.

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QATAR

Libyan rebels urgently need world leaders to release at least $5 billion in frozen assets to pay state salaries and maintain vital services like medical care, a senior Libyan diplomat says after talks with Western and Arab envoys. The figure is higher than previous estimates on the rebels' immediate financial needs. The diplomat, Aref Ali Nayed, suggests that the rebels' transition team is expanding its short-term goals of repairing hospitals and oil facilities to include projects like clearing mines and disarming civilians as it takes over from the regime of Moammar Gadhafi. "We cannot wait for this money," Nayed says.