Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Nov 30, 2011 2:48 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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EGYPT

Partial results show the Muslim Brotherhood emerging as the biggest winner in Egypt's landmark parliamentary elections, and leaders of the once-banned Islamic group demand to form the next government, setting the stage for a possible confrontation with the ruling military. The generals who took power after the February fall of Hosni Mubarak say they will name the government, and the parliament would have no right to dissolve it.

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SYRIA

The Arab League unveils a list of top Syrian officials facing a travel ban, and Turkey imposes tough new sanctions against Damascus as pressure intensifies for President Bashar Assad to end his regime's violent effort to suppress an 8-month-old uprising. The 17 officials who could be banned from traveling to other Arab countries include the defense and interior ministers, along with close members of Assad's inner circle.

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YEMEN

Thousands of residents flee the central Yemen city of Taiz when government forces shell the city, killing one person, and two guards are shot dead in the south by Islamist militants. The violence rages despite longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh's agreement to step down. He has been the target of months of protests, and some units of his military have joined the rebels.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

The United Arab Emirates is boosting state salaries and offering citizens other perks to mark the Gulf nation's 40th anniversary, following similar moves by other Arab countries to try to soften challenges by their increasingly restive populations. The UAE has not experienced the widespread popular uprisings of the Arab Spring, and the huge raises appeared to be at least in part an attempt by the government to keep it that way.

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KUWAIT

Kuwait's ruler names a new prime minister amid mounting opposition protests over claims of high-level corruption. The official Kuwait News Agency says the emir selected Defense Minister Sheik Jaber Al Hamad Al Sabah for the post _ two days after the entire Cabinet resigned. Opposition groups have been pressing for the resignation of the long-serving prime minister, Sheik Nasser Al Mohammad Al Sabah, who is viewed by critics as trying to muzzle dissent. The new prime minister now must select a Cabinet.

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TUNISIA

Tunisia's former dictator is convicted in absentia of torturing army officers and sentenced by a military court to five years in prison. Zine Abidine Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia Jan. 14 in the face of a popular uprising and now faces over 100 charges in civilian and military tribunals. He has already been convicted three times by civilian courts.