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Oakland mayor now claims to ‘support’ the occupation

After playing a key role in sparking a night of violence and bloodshed, Jean Quan, the mayor of Oakland, issued a statement late Wednesday saying that the city is in “support” of the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrations taking place around the nation. The position is stunningly different than what Mayor…

Watch: Police arrest 32 ‘Occupy Iowa’ protesters

Thirty-two people were arrested Sunday night in Iowa while participating in an “Occupy” protest on public land, after police warned that the proper permits had not been issued. The Iowa State Patrol began arresting the peaceful demonstrators, including two juveniles, after 11 p.m. They gave protesters several warnings that they…

Mubarak ‘may face death’ if proven guilty

CAIRO — Egypt’s ex-president Hosni Mubarak, detained pending a probe into corruption and state violence, may be jailed or hanged if found guilty of ordering the killing of demonstrators, state media said on Friday. The state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram quoted the head of Cairo’s appeals court, Zakaria Shalash, as saying that…

Yemen’s top generals defect from government, throw support to protesters

SANAA (Reuters) – Top generals, ambassadors and some tribes threw their support behind Yemen’s anti-government protesters on Monday in a major blow to President Ali Abdullah Saleh as he tries to survive growing demands for his immediate departure. The president, a perennial survivor who has stayed in power for 32…

Libyan crackdown on protesters kills 24: rights group

CAIRO — A “day of anger” against Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi turned into a bloodbath when security forces gunned down at least 24 people in two of the country’s biggest cities, Human Rights Watch said on Friday. In a detailed account of the unrest in Benghazi and Al-Baida, the New…

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