Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Sep 16, 2011 3:17 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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LIBYA

Moammar Gadhafi supporters put up fierce resistance against offensives trying to storm two strongholds, forcing revolutionary fighters into retreat in the mountains and turning Gadhafi's seaside hometown into an urban battlefield of snipers firing from mosques and heavy weapons rattling main boulevards. The tough defense displays the firepower and resolve of the Gadhafi followers and suggests Libya's new rulers may not easily push aside the remnants of the old regime.

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SYRIA

Turkey's prime minister says his once-close allies in Syria's authoritarian regime will fall in a reckoning for the bloody crackdown on their own people, as activists there report at least 17 more dead in new raids on anti-government protesters. One protest group puts the death toll as high as 32. The prediction from Turkey's premier, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, significantly deepens Syria's isolation and is especially potent because it comes from a former ally and a rapidly emerging power in the Middle East.

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BAHRAIN

Security forces clash with thousands of mourners and opposition factions after the funeral march for a man whose relatives say died after inhaling tear gas fired at Shiite-led protesters in the Gulf kingdom. The skirmishes erupt shortly after mourners join in anti-government chants that include cries for Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to step aside after more than seven months of unrest on the strategic island, which is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.

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YEMEN

Thousands of protesters take to the streets demanding the resignation of the president, a day after the U.S. State Department said it hoped a power transfer deal could be signed within a week.

President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been in neighboring Saudi Arabia since his compound was attacked in June, has come close to signing the power transfer proposal several times, only to back out at the last minute. A Yemeni government official returning from Saudi Arabia says Saleh will not return to Yemen, suggesting he might agree to leave office.

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EGYPT

Several hundred people demonstrate in Cairo against a decision by Egypt's military rulers to enforce and expand the widely despised Emergency Law. The law, in place for over three decades, allows civilians to be tried in state security courts and detained indefinitely. Its cancellation was a key demand in protests that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak in February.