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NATO Strikes Targets in Tripoli, Gadhafi’s Oil Minister Defects

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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NATO warplanes have carried out more strikes on Libyan military targets in Tripoli, where the government of leader Moammar Gadhafi suffered another setback with the defection of its oil minister. At least three airstrikes shook the Libyan capital early Thursday. NATO’s latest operational update says the alliance hit a military vehicle storage facility and a […]

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Death Toll Mounts from Crackdown in Central Syria

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 8:55 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian activists say at least 15 people were killed on Thursday as Syrian security forces pound the central town of Rastan. Witnesses say a number of buildings in the town have been destroyed as the government continues its crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. On Wednesday, rights groups put the civilian death toll from the crackdown in […]

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Syrian Shells Destroy Buildings in Protest Stronghold

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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Syrian forces are shelling the western town of Rastan Thursday, continuing a crackdown on pro-democracy movements in core parts of the country. Witnesses say a number of buildings in the ancient town were destroyed. On Wednesday, rights groups put the civilian death toll from the crackdown in that region of Syria at 41 or more, […]

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Flights Suspended as Yemen Fighting Intensifies

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 6:35 am (UTC-5)
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Flights have been suspended at the airport in the Yemeni capital as fighting intensifies between government forces and armed tribesmen. Reports said airport operations were halted when the fighting moved close to the airport Thursday. Thousands of armed tribesmen are said to be heading to the capital, Sana’a, to join the fight against government forces. […]

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Fighting in Yemen Intensifies

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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Unrest is intensifying in Yemen, where a battle rages in the capital city and troops have fired on protesters in the southern city of Taiz. Reports Thursday said thousands of armed tribesmen are heading to the capital, Sana’a, to join the fight against government forces. Government forces are reported to be shelling the positions of […]

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Strong Explosions Rock Tripoli

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 10:20 pm (UTC-5)
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At least three suspected NATO air strikes hit targets in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, early Thursday while yet another high-ranking official fled the country and announced his defection from leader Moammar Gadhafi’s embattled government. Oil Minister Shukri Ghanem, one of the most prominent officials to have publicly broken with the Libyan strongman, said in Rome […]

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Syrian Forces Kill 41 Civilians as Crackdown Continues

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 8:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Rights groups say Syrian forces have killed at least 41 civilians, including two young girls, in recent efforts to crush pro-democracy protests in central and southern areas of the country. Government troops backed by tanks continued lethal attacks for a fourth straight day Wednesday on towns around the central city of Homs, including al-Rastan and […]

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Deadly Street Battles Kill 41 in Yemen’s Capital

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Yemeni government forces and fighters loyal to tribal leader Sheik Sadeq al-Ahmar continue to exchange heavy gunfire in the capital, Sana’a, battling for control of key positions as more foreign diplomats leave the impoverished, war-torn country. The fighting in Sana’a raged until dawn Wednesday and continued in bursts throughout the day. Medical officials and witnesses […]

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Syrian Government Opponents Discuss Regime Change

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Syrian opposition leaders meeting in Turkey have rejected their government’s offer of a general amnesty and say they will continue to push for a regime change. More than 300 dissidents are attending a conference in the Turkish town of Antalya on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Syrian government freed hundreds of political prisoners on Wednesday, a day […]

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UN Panel: Libyan Forces and Opposition Committed War Crimes

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.N. panel investigating the conflict in Libya says forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and opposition forces in the country have committed war crimes. The report, published Wednesday by three U.N.-appointed experts, says the violations committed by pro-Gadhafi forces were severe enough to also constitute crimes against humanity. They said violations by opposition […]

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