Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Aug 29, 2011 3:19 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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LIBYA

Moammar Gadhafi's wife and three of his children flee Libya to neighboring Algeria, firm evidence that the longtime leader has lost his grip on the country. There is no indication that Gadhafi himself or his son and one-time heir apparent Seif al-Islam have left the country, however, something that the rebels worry will stoke more violence. The rebels also say that one of Gadhafi's other sons, military commander Khamis, might have been killed in battle. The reports come as battles rage on two sides of Sirte, the southern city that is the headquarters of Gadhafi's tribe and his regime's last major bastion.

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SYRIA

Syrians should not take up arms in their uprising against President Bashar Assad or invite foreign military action like the intervention that helped topple the government of Libya, a prominent activist group warns. There have been scattered reports of some Syrians using automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and improvised weapons to repel government troops, but there appears to have been no organized armed resistance to Assad during the five-month uprising.

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YEMEN

A new round of fierce fighting in southern Yemen kills 10 soldiers and 26 militants, the latest battle in a government campaign to retake territory from al-Qaida-linked fighters. Another 38 militants and about 30 soldiers are wounded in the clashes near the city of Dufas in the southern province of Abyan. A colonel is among the military dead. The U.S. and other Western powers look on with concern as al-Qaida gains a strong foothold in southern Yemen.