Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Dec 22, 2011 3:13 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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SYRIA

Syria says more than 2,000 of its soldiers and security forces have been killed during a nine-month uprising, on the day an Arab League delegation prepares to post foreign monitors, part of a plan to end the crisis. The Arab League delegates arrive in the midst of a new international uproar over activist reports that government troops killed more than 200 people in two days. Neighboring Turkey condemns President Bashar Assad over the "bloodbath." The United Nations says more than 5,000 people have been killed as Syria has sought to put down the uprising.

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EGYPT

Egypt's military-appointed prime minister calls for national dialogue to resolve the country's political crisis and pleads for a two-month calm to restore security after weeks of protests and bloodshed. Kamal el-Ganzouri also tells a news conference that the ruling military, which took over from longtime leader Hosni Mubarak 10 months ago, is eager to relinquish power and deliver the country to civilian rule, as demanded by some activists and those still staging protesters in the streets around Cairo's Tahrir Square.

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YEMEN

A brother of Yemen's al-Qaida leader is among dozens of people killed in battles raging for days in the south of the country. A member of a local tribe confirms that Abdel-Rahman al-Wahishi was killed in fighting between Yemen's military and Islamic militants near the city of Zinjibar. He was a younger brother of Nasser al-Wahishi, a Yemeni who once served as Osama bin Laden's personal aide in Afghanistan and now leads al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

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LIBYA

A new force of border guards in Libya is deployed to the key crossing with Tunisia. It is the first time an Interior Ministry force from the transitional government takes responsibility for a main border point since the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi. Ras Ajdir is the primary crossing between Tunisia and Libya and is on a major trade route to the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Former rebels had been in control of the Libyan side of the crossing.

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BAHRAIN

Bahrain's official news agency says 79 education ministry employees who were dismissed from their jobs during months of protests will get their jobs back. The Bahrain News Agency says the employees would be back on the job by January 1. The move comes two days after the Gulf kingdom said it would reinstate 180 other civil servants in the new year. More than 1,600 suspected opposition supporters have been pushed out of their jobs since March, when Bahrain's Sunni rulers started cracking down on Shiite-led protesters campaigning for more rights.

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TUNISIA

A moderate Islamist party will run most of Tunisia's government ministries in a new coalition presented by the Cabinet, the first since the country's first post-uprising elections. Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali of the long-banned Islamist party Ennahda says the 41-member government will focus on boosting the economy and fighting corruption.