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Clashes erupt at protests in Syria

Clashes erupt at protests in Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Reports of violence as residents of three towns fill the streets in demonstrations against the government.
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Yemen Protest Crackdown Kills Dozens, Emergency Declared

Yemen’s security forces fired on protesters in Sana’a in the most violent crackdown in two months of political unrest, and President Ali Abdullah Saleh declared emergency rule as the opposition urged wider protests.
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Syria police disperse protest at Damascus mosque

DAMASCUS, March 18, 2011 (AFP) - Plain-clothes Syrian police broke up a protest after Friday prayers at the main mosque in central Damascus, dragging away at least two activists, AFP reporters witnessed. "There is no God but God,” a crowd inside the men's section of the Omayyed Mosque started chanting in crescendo after Friday prayers. It was unclear what had sparked the chants.
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Bahrain Funeral May Spur Protesters as Opposition Arrested

Bahrain Funeral May Spur Protesters as Opposition Arrested | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Bahrainis are gathering in the village of Sitra today to mourn the death of a protester, a day after security forces arrested opposition leaders and accused them of having ties with foreign countries.
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'Days of Rage' erupt in Syria

'Days of Rage' erupt in Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
To hear Syrian TV tell it, since Tuesday Damascus has been the scene of "a few insignifi cant incidents" provoked by "a handful of misguided elements."
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Arab Spring’s Youth Movement Spreads, Then Hits Wall

Arab Spring’s Youth Movement Spreads, Then Hits Wall | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The movement for change in the Arab world is not necessarily over, but it has run up against dictators willing to use lethal force to preserve their power.
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Bahrainis to bury dead protester amid crackdown

Bahrainis to bury dead protester amid crackdown | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
(Reuters) - Hundreds of Bahrainis gathered on Friday to bury an activist killed in a crackdown on mainly Shi'ite Muslim protesters that has angered Iran and raised tensions in the world's largest oil-exporting region.
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Bahrain Brings Back the Sectarianism

Bahrain Brings Back the Sectarianism | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
While the American and international debate over Libya continues, the situation in Bahrain has just taken a sharp turn for the worse. A brutal crackdown on the protestors followed the controversial entry of security forces from Saudi Arabia and three other GCC states.
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Kuwait says navy heading to Bahrain soon: ambassador

KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait's navy plans to head to Bahrain soon to protect the Gulf Arab island nation's waters, Kuwait's ambassador to Bahrain was quoted as saying on Thursday.On Monday, Bahrain asked
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32 protesters held for hurting Syria's 'image': NGO

32 protesters held for hurting Syria's 'image': NGO | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
DAMASCUS — Syria on Thursday charged 32 demonstrators with attacking the reputation of the state a day after they joined a rally calling for the release of political prisoners, a rights group said. The 32 protesters, including rights activist Suhair Atassi, were detained on Wednesday at a Damascus rally organised by the relatives of political prisoners to petition for their release.
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Saudi Arabia Demonstrators Hold Rallies in al-Qatif, Awwamiya

Saudi Arabia Demonstrators Hold Rallies in al-Qatif, Awwamiya | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
About 1,000 people in Saudi Arabia’s eastern city of al-Qatif defied a ban on demonstrations yesterday and protested peacefully to demand the country’s troops end their incursion into Bahrain.
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Iraq Shi'ites rally against Saudi troops in Bahrain

(Reuters) - Hundreds of Iraqis took to the streets in the holy Shi'ite city of Kerbala on Thursday to rally against the arrival of troops from Sunni power Saudi Arabia in Bahrain.
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Youth and unemployed plan demos in Algeria

Youth and unemployed plan demos in Algeria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
ALGIERS — Algerian youths seeking political change and a movement of unemployed people say they plan to hold separate demonstrations in Algiers late this week, stepping up protests against the authorities.
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Bahrain Tears Down Monument as Protesters Seethe

Bahrain Tears Down Monument as Protesters Seethe | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Bahrain tore down the monument at the center of Pearl Square in a symbolic end to the popular protests put down by the government.
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33 killed in Yemen clashes

33 killed in Yemen clashes | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
At least 33 people were killed and more than 100 hurt Friday in clashes between tens of thousands of anti-government protesters and security forces outside Sanaa University in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital, medical officials on the scene said.
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Bahrain's capital quiet after government cracks down on protesters

Bahrain's capital quiet after government cracks down on protesters | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Many streets of Manama were quiet Friday morning, days after the Bahrani government cracked down on protesters.
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Yemen: 'Chaos by design'

Yemen: 'Chaos by design' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Abdulghani al-Iryani, a Yemeni political researcher and analyst, talks about the challenges facing his country.
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Syrian protesters charged with weakening morale

Syrian protesters charged with weakening morale | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syrian authorities have charged 33 activists who mounted a silent protest for the release of political prisoners with weakening national morale and compromising the state, defence
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Saudi king to speak amid unrest

Saudi king to speak amid unrest | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah will address the nation on Friday, amid reports of a possible government reshuffle.
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As Bahrain arrests the opposition leaders, no one is left for dialogue

As Bahrain arrests the opposition leaders, no one is left for dialogue | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
MANAMA, BAHRAIN — American calls for Bahrain’s government to negotiate with protesters fell on deaf ears Thursday after the arrest of seven movement leaders in early-morning raids left it unclear who could speak for the opposition.
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Tribes Raise the Stakes in Yemen

Tribes Raise the Stakes in Yemen | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
As violence rises in protests in San'a, opposition ranks are swelling with members of the nation's vast tribal network from outside the capital, complicating the challenge President Ali Abdullah Saleh faces in quelling unrest.
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Crackdown: Why Bahrain's Military Has Taken Over a Hospital

Crackdown: Why Bahrain's Military Has Taken Over a Hospital | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Supplemented by Saudi tanks, the King of Bahrain brings down an iron fist on the protesters who have been demanding that he abdicate
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Syrian Protesters Attacked by Regime Thugs in Cairo

Syrian Protesters Attacked by Regime Thugs in Cairo | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
One protester was briefly kidnapped, and others attacked, during a demonstration today in front of the Syrian embassy in Cairo.
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Oman protesters urged to avoid acts of violence

Oman protesters urged to avoid acts of violence | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
MUSCAT — The Council of Ministers and the chief of Oman’s trade union federation called upon the people to protest peacefully and not to indulge in violent activities.
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