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‘It’s your turn next,’ Yemen protesters tell Saleh

SANAA — Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of the Yemeni capital on Friday to demand the resignation of veteran President Ali Abdullah Saleh, galvanised by the death of Libya’s Moamer Kadhafi. “Ali, it’s your turn next, yours and Bashar’s,” the protesters chanted referring to Syrian President…

Syrian forces fire at protests despite Assad pledge

AMMAN (Reuters) – Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad opened fire to disperse protests demanding his removal on Friday despite a pledge that he had ended the crackdown on a five-month uprising in which 2,000 people have been killed, activists said. They said the shooting occurred in the eastern city…

Syria death toll climbs amid anti-regime protests

DAMASCUS — Syrian troops killed three people and wounded several others on Saturday in the border town of Tall Kalakh, a witness said, as the toll rose despite a presidential no-shoot order and dialogue offer. “The security forces, who had been encircling Tall Kalakh since the morning, fired machineguns. At…

Yemen in state of emergency after massacre

Mohamed Sudam and Mohammed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) – Gunmen on rooftops shot dead up to 42 protesters at an anti-government rally in Sanaa after Muslim prayers on Friday, enraging the opposition and prompting President Ali Abdullah Saleh to declare a state of emergency. Medical sources and witnesses told Reuters that…

Egyptian army backs Mubarak rule as protesters launch ‘Day of Martyrs’

CAIRO – Egypt’s army threw President Hosni Mubarak a lifeline on Friday, endorsing his plan to stay in office until September even as hundreds of thousands of angry protesters took back to the streets. Demonstrators sobbed as they conducted the weekly Muslim prayers in massed ranks in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.…

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