Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Sep 19, 2011 3:36 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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LIBYA

Facing little resistance, revolutionary fighters capture the airport and other locations in a southern desert city that is considered one of the last remaining strongholds of Moammar Gadhafi's forces. The capture of Sabha would be a major victory for Libya's new rulers. A push to capture Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte and the mountain enclave of Bani Walid has stalled as well-armed forces loyal to the fugitive leader fight back fiercely with rockets and other heavy weaponry.

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SYRIA

Syrian forces kill five people in raids on anti-government protesters determined to bring down the autocratic regime. The U.N. human rights office says Syrian security forces have killed at least 100 people during the past week. U.N. Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kang Kyung-wha says the latest figures bring the death toll during months of unrest in Syria to more than 2,700 people, including at least 100 children.

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YEMEN

Thousands of protesters armed with sticks and backed by armed military defectors overrun a base of the elite Presidential Guards in Yemen's capital as fighting erupts across much of Sanaa. The death toll for the worst violence in months passes 50 in two days of clashes. The protesters, joined by soldiers from the rebel 1st Armored Division, storm the base without firing a single shot and seize a large number of firearms.

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EGYPT

Egypt on Monday bars formation of a new political party by an Islamist group that was once involved in a bloody insurgency. The Political Parties' Affairs Committee rejects the request by al-Gamaa al-Islamiyya because its proposed party is based on "religious grounds in violation of the law." Also, it advocates a strict interpretation and implementation of Islamic law, under which thieves can be punished by cutting off their hands and murderers can face beheading. Al-Gamaa al-Islamiyya, once Egypt's largest militant group, waged an insurrection against the government in the 1990s, but has since renounced violence.