Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Sep 22, 2011 3:11 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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LIBYA

Moammar Gadhafi's former prime minister is arrested in Tunisia, as Libya's new rulers and NATO warn the fugitive leader and his loyalists that they are running out of places to hide. Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi was arrested overnight with two other people after they were found without visas in the southern town of Tameghza, near Tunisia's border with Algeria, The three were appearing in court to face charges of illegal entry into Tunisia.

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SYRIA

Syrian students chanting for revolution march outside the capital and other areas after class in a new tactic that brings a swift response from security services, who beat up or detain many of the young protesters. Children as young as 10 have been taking to the streets since the new school year started on Sunday, according to witnesses and online videos posted by activists. It appears to be the first major attempt to bring out the country's schoolchildren to join the 6-month-old uprising.

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YEMEN

Renewed violence in the Yemeni capital kills at least 15 people as forces loyal to the regime and its opponents shell each other's strategic positions from hills surrounding the city. The shelling over the city terrifies residents and empties out city streets, already pockmarked by street battles between rival forces in different corners of the capital. A number of shops in a main boulevard in Sanaa are torched from earlier mortar shelling, and oil spots covered the streets after electricity transformers also took a hit.

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ALGERIA

Algeria recognizes the National Transitional Council as the legitimate government of Libya. The Foreign Ministry statement declares the government's willingness to "work closely with the new Libyan authorities." A close ally of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, Algeria withheld its recognition long after the rest of the Arab world and the West backed the rebels in their struggle. Gadhafi's wife, daughter and two of sons took refuge in Algeria after rebels stormed the capital.

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BAHRAIN

Bahrain is stepping up pressure on anti-government activists ahead of elections this week, warning they could face jail for posting Web messages urging protests or other acts of dissent. The Interior Ministry statement is part of wider security measures taking shape before the highly charged parliamentary elections Saturday. It says that charges could be filed against anyone using social media and websites to urge for demonstrations or anti-state actions.

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TUNISIA

A Tunisian military tribunal grants provisional release to a police officer jailed since May for accusing top Interior Ministry officials of destroying documents compromising the country's deposed president. Samir Feriani was detained after he sent a letter to the interior minister alleging ministry officials destroyed documents that he said showed ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali collaborated with Israel's secret service. Feriani faces charges including "plotting against the internal security of the state."