Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

AP News
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Posted: Sep 20, 2011 4:38 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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LIBYA

Families in pickup trucks stacked with mattresses and jugs of water flee Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte ahead of an expected new push by revolutionary forces to seize the city from die-hard loyalists of the fugitive leader. Fleeing residents say they have been living under a state of siege with Gadhafi's forces preventing them from leaving, while living conditions deteriorate and the city comes under constant rocket fire and NATO bombardment.

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YEMEN

Yemen's capital is mostly calm after a cease-fire negotiated by the country's vice president and several Western ambassadors takes effect, ending another day of violence that left 10 people dead. After the cease-fire came into force, only sporadic gunfire could be heard in the city. The truce comes on the third day of intensified clashes between opponents of the Yemeni regime and forces loyal to its embattled president. More than 60 people have been killed, most of them protesters, in the three days of bloodshed.

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BAHRAIN

Bahrain establishes a special fund to pay compensation to civilians and others harmed "physically or morally" by public officials or security forces, in a decree aimed at easing tensions before a highly charged parliamentary election this week. The decision by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa also comes about six weeks before a report by an independent commission probing allegations of abuse since the Sunni-led Gulf kingdom's majority Shiites began protests for greater rights in February.