Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Aug 30, 2011 3:35 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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LIBYA

Libyan rebels pledge to launch an assault within days on Moammar Gadhafi's home town, the ousted strongman's last major bastion of support, while a top official said the rebels have a "good idea" where Gadhafi is hiding. The rebels and NATO say Gadhafi loyalists and rebels are negotiating the fate of Sirte, a heavily militarized city some 250 miles (400 kilometers) east of the capital, Tripoli.

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SYRIA

Syrian security forces kill at least seven people, including a 13-year-old boy, as thousands of protesters pour out of mosques and marched through cemeteries at the start of Eid al-Fitr, a holiday when pious Muslims traditionally visit graves and pray for the dead. The three-day holiday marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, a time of introspection that many protesters hoped would become a turning point in the 5-month-old uprising. Instead, the government crackdown on dissent intensified, and the conflict has become a bloody stalemate.

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YEMEN

A military convoy escorting Yemen's defense minister sets off an explosive device that kills two soldiers in a brazen attack on security forces fighting al-Qaida-linked militants. The minister, Mohammed Nasser Ahmed, is not injured. A security official says it is not immediately known who planted the explosive or when. He declines to characterize it as an assassination attempt on the minister. Also, six suspected al-Qaida militants are killed in clashes.

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BAHRAIN

Bahrain says a royal pardon for some protest-linked suspects includes a 20-year-old woman sentenced to a year in prison for reciting poetry critical of the Gulf nation's crackdown on an uprising. A statement from Bahrain's information authority says the king's pardon extends to Ayat al-Qurmezi, who gained prominence for verses denouncing the attacks on Shiite-led protesters.

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