Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Sep 17, 2011 4:20 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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LIBYA

Revolutionary fighters struggle to make gains in an assault on Gadhafi's hometown with street-by-street battles against loyalist forces fiercely defending the most symbolic of the shattered regime's remaining strongholds. The new attack into the Mediterranean coastal city of Sirte contrasts with a stalemate in the mountain enclave of Bani Walid where demoralized anti-Gadhafi forces try to regroup after being beaten back by loyalist snipers and gunners holding strategic high ground.

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SYRIA

About 200 Syrian opposition members meet outside the capital, Damascus, in a significant gathering of dissidents on Syrian soil. The Syrian opposition consists of a variety of groups with often differing ideologies, including Islamists and secularists, and there have been many meetings of dissidents who say they represent the opposition. But the latest meeting is unusual in part because it is held inside Syria, rather than neighboring countries.

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TUNISIA

Five unemployed men try to hang themselves in a suicide pact after their unsuccessful years-long wait for government jobs, the official news agency says. The five college graduates were protesting the results of a recruitment exam with the Education Ministry. They were rescued by passers-by and hospitalized in stable condition.

The suicide of a fruit vendor late last year sparked waves of protests nationwide that toppled authoritarian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and inspired the other uprisings transforming the Arab world.

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BAHRAIN

Supporters of Bahrain's Sunni rulers protest against an international investigation into the Gulf kingdom's crackdown on months of Shiite-led demonstrations calling for greater rights. Thousands of supporters rally in the capital, Manama, urging authorities to protect police and army officers who helped quell the anti-government unrest from being questioned by the panel.

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YEMEN

Thousands of anti-government protesters in Yemen storm the capital's main university, preventing the first day of classes from beginning and tearing down pictures of the longtime leader whose ouster they seek. The crowds are aiming to keep Yemen's protest movement alive and out on the streets as the school year begins. Protests since February have failed to push President Ali Abdullah Saleh from power.