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Libyan Rebels Retake City; Protests Continue Across Region


Libyan rebels duck for cover behind a sand dune during a failed attempt to take the town of Ajdabiya earlier this week.(PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Libyan rebels retake Ajdabiya: After a night of allied bombardment, Muammar el-Qaddafi's forces pulled back from the city in eastern Libya, the New York Times reported Saturday. The development is the latest victory for the rebel forces, who until the allied air raids that began a week ago, faced possible defeat.

Syrian unrest: Violence and anti-government demonstrations that had remained in the southern part of Syria spread on Friday to Damascus, the capital. State security forces opened fire on citizens late this week, and estimates on the number of casualties vary. Human Rights Watch, citing media reports, reported that 36 people were killed. UPI reports that 55 demonstrators were killed in the past week.


Yemen seething, still: Hundreds of thousands of pro- and anti-government protesters thronged in the streets of Sana Friday. Meanwhile President Ali Abdullah Saleh said he would relinquish power only into "safe hands," the New York Times reported.






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