Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Aug 28, 2011 4:44 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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LIBYA

Retreating loyalists of Moammar Gadhafi killed scores of detainees and arbitrarily shot civilians over the past week, as rebel forces extended their control over the Libyan capital. In one case, Gadhafi fighters opened fire and hurled grenades at more than 120 civilians huddling in a hangar used as a makeshift lockup near a military base, said Mabrouk Abdullah, 45, who escaped with a bullet wound in his side. Some 50 charred corpses were still scattered across the hangar.

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SYRIA

Syrian authorities pursuing a crackdown against President Bashar Assad's critics ban three prominent opposition figures from leaving the country, and security forces killed two people and arrested several others in northern Syria. The three were on their way to neighboring Lebanon to take part in a televised panel discussion when they were told by Syrian immigration authorities at the border that they were prohibited from leaving out of concern for their safety in Lebanon. The three denounced the decision.

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BAHRAIN

Bahrain will dismiss charges against some people detained during crackdowns against Shiite-led protests and allow compensation to prisoners abused by security forces, the Gulf nation's king says in a nationally broadcast speech. It comes more than six months after his regime launched sweeping crackdowns against demonstrators seeking greater rights. In the speech, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa offers no clear concessions toward Bahrain's majority Shiites, whose demands include easing the Sunni dynasty's hold on power, setting policies and hand-picking government officials.

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OMAN

An Omani court says it needs more time to study slander-related charges that could bring the closure of a newspaper after articles alleging widespread corruption inside the Justice Ministry. The court adjourns the trial until Sept. 9 after hearing testimony from the justice minister and two top editors for the Azzaman daily. The charges have brought complaints from press watchdog groups about media clampdowns in the tightly ruled Arabian peninsula nation, which faced pro-reform protests earlier this year.

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