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Middle East and North Africa erupt against dictators

Here are the latest developments in unrest sweeping the Middle East and North Africa

AFP, Tuesday 22 Feb 2011
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LIBYA: Moamer Gaddafi denied fleeing the country in a defiant television appearance as protesters overran several cities and regime insiders quit, shaking the foundations of the Libyan leader's 41-year rule.
- The UN's human rights chief warned Libyan authorities that systematic and widespread attacks against the civilian population could amount to "crimes against humanity" and called for an international probe.

BAHRAIN: Thousands of Bahrainis joined the funeral of a slain Shiite protester as King Hamad ordered political prisoners freed in a new bid to end a standoff with anti-regime demonstrators.
- Protesters have called a mass rally in Manama's Pearl Square.

YEMEN: Supporters of President Ali Abdullah Saleh armed with daggers and batons clashed with students in Sanaa, wounding five before police intervened, an AFP reporter said.

IRAN: A top Iranian judiciary official warned that any followers of the opposition leaders in the Islamic republic will now be treated as an "anti-revolutionary."

EGYPT: Thousands of Egyptians are waiting to cross the border from Libya to flee the uprising against Kadhafi's regime, as Egypt's military deployment is beefed up to cope with an influx of fleeing foreigners.

IRAQ: The government proposed new legislation that would slash the salaries of politicians and top officials, just days after MPs approved smaller pay cuts in a bid to head off protests.

MOROCCO: Five burned bodies were found in a bank set ablaze in a north Moroccan town in unrest that erupted after weekend demonstrations for change, Interior Minister Taib Cherkaoui said Monday.

KUWAIT: A group of Kuwaiti writers and journalists on Monday urged the government to reopen the office of Qatar's Al-Jazeera news channel closed more than two months ago.

SUDAN: President Omar al-Bashir will not stand for re-election, an official of his ruling National Congress Party said on Monday, but insisted that he was "not under pressure" from the wave of protests rocking the Arab world.

JORDAN: Jordan asked Libyan authorities on Monday to help bring home its citizens after a deadly crackdown on anti-regime protesters in the North African country.

DJIBOUTI: The two main opposition groups on Monday condemned the "violent repression" by security forces of a rally they organised last week to demand regime change.

ALGERIA: At least one person was injured Monday when protesting students in the capital Algiers clashed with police who tried to stop their demonstration at the ministry for higher education, witnesses said.

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