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Protests erupt in Syria despite reform pledge

Syrian anti-government protesters march in the northeastern town of al-Qamishli. AFP photo.
REGIONSCAPE -EUPHRATES
BEIRUT – From wire dispatches
29 min. ago
Syrian security forces fired tear gas at protesters Friday as thousands gathered in a tense southern city to demonstrate despite overtures of reform.
Comment  2011-04-08



The sudden overthrow of the Tunisian president in January sparked violent unrest across the Arab world in February, leading to Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak's resignation and a wave of anti-regime protests in Libya, Bahrain and elsewhere. The Daily News follows the developments here.
A closer look at the unrest

Here's key information about the countries in the region and how Turkey fits into the picture.
LIBYA: IN PICTURES

Deadly clashes, anti-regime unrest spread through Libyan cities
BAHRAIN: IN PICTURES

Bahraini protesters push for reform after retaking square
EGYPT: IN PICTURES

Chaos spreads as fury burns on Egypt's streets
 
 





From the Bosphorus: Straight - No more surprises, Mr Sarkozy
Hijacking the Arab revolution
Libya and altruism
Defending a bloody dictator 'from Christian Crusades'
A difficult decision to make
Where are the Egyptians when you need them?
From the Bosphorus: Straight - The wisdom of Tunisia’s Chebbi
A man of principles
President Gül’s timely Egyptian visit
Non-violence is the new strategy


























INTERNATIONAL
Embattled Yemen leader rejects Gulf exit plan
SANAA, Yemen – Agence France-Presse
1 hour ago
Embattled Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has rejected an exit plan by Gulf states trying to broker an end to bloody unrest in his country despite continued protests.
Comment  2011-04-08
REGIONSCAPE - EUPHRATES
NATO refutes talk of stalemate in Libya
BRUSSELS – Agence France-Presse
2 hours ago
NATO refuted any talk of a stalemate in Libya, describing the situation on the ground as fluid and confusing after alliance warplanes struck rebel forces twice in less than a week.
2 Comments  2011-04-08
REGIONSCAPE - EUPHRATES
Libyan rebels say NATO airstrikes hit their forces
AJDABIYA, Libya – The Associated Press
1 day ago
Rebel fighters claimed NATO airstrikes blasted their forces in another apparent mistake that sharply escalated anger about coordination with the military alliance in efforts to cripple Libyan forces. At least two rebels were killed and more than a dozen injured, a doctor said.
1 Comment  2011-04-07
REGIONSCAPE - EUPHRATES
Gadhafi, in letter, asks Obama to end airstrikes
WASHINGTON – The Associated Press
1 day ago
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi appealed directly to President Barack Obama to end what Gadhafi called "an unjust war." He also wished Obama good luck in his bid for re-election next year.
1 Comment  2011-04-07
TURKEY - DIPLOMACY
Time for Gadhafi family exit, says Turkish Foreign Ministry
SEVİL KÜÇÜKKOŞUM
ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily News
1 day ago
Turkey does not support the continuation of Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s rule over Libya, Foreign Ministry officials said Wednesday.
31 Comments  2011-04-06
TURKEY - DIPLOMACY
Turkey supports Damascus reforms
DAMASCUS, Syria – From wire dispatches
2 days ago
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu voiced his country's backing for a Syrian government reform package when he met President Bashar al-Assad.
1 Comment  2011-04-06
REGIONSCAPE - EUPHRATES
Libya ‘open to reform,’ rebels pushed back
TRIPOLI – From wire dispatches
Libya's government said it is ready to negotiate reforms but only as long as Moammar Gadhafi is not forced out, as loyalists troops pushed rebel fighters back from the key oil port of Brega.
Comment  2011-04-05
REGIONSCAPE - EUPHRATES
Tribe of Yemen president clashes with army, 3 dead
SANAA, Yemen – The Associated Press
Tribesmen loyal to Yemen's embattled president clashed with a group of soldiers whose commander has sided with the opposition, and the fighting in a suburb of the capital Sanaa left three tribesmen dead, according to tribal elders and military officials.
Comment  2011-04-05

REGIONSCAPE - EUPHRATES
Italy recognizes rebels as legitimate Libyan voice
BENGHAZI, Libya – From wire dispatches
Italy recognized Libya's opposition interim national council as its sole interlocutor and promised sweeping economic reconstruction measures for rebel-held eastern Libya.
1 Comment  2011-04-04
REGIONSCAPE - EUPHRATES
15 protesters shot dead in Yemen protest
SANAA, Yemen – Agence France-Presse
Yemeni security forces shot dead 15 anti-regime demonstrators and wounded scores more as Gulf states seek to mediate in Yemen crisis.
1 Comment  2011-04-04
OPINION - CONTRIBUTOR
Hijacking the Arab revolution
AIJAZ ZAKA SYED
After promoting and perpetuating tyranny in the Middle East all these years, it’s touching to see Uncle Sam and his cohorts cheer on the march of Arab democracy.
5 Comments  2011-04-03
REGIONSCAPE - EUPHRATES
Yemen police 'shoot dead protester'
SANAA, Yemen - Agence France-Presse
Yemeni police kill one protester and wound scores of others when they opened fire on anti-government demonstrators in the city of Taez.
Comment  2011-04-03
REGIONSCAPE - EUPHRATES
Islamists poised to fill Egypt vacuum
ALIAA HAMED
CAIRO - Hürriyet Daily News
Islamists' reactions to the overwhelming approval by voters last month of changes to the Egyptian constitution have triggered a tidal wave of concern.
6 Comments  2011-04-01
REGIONSCAPE - EUPHRATES
Egyptians rally in Cairo to 'save the revolution'
CAIRO - Agence France-Presse
Tens of thousands of Egyptians gather in Cairo's Tahrir Square, issuing calls to "save the revolution" that ousted president Hosni Mubarak.
3 Comments  2011-04-01
REGIONSCAPE - EUPHRATES
Yemenis hold largest protest yet against leader
SANAA, Yemen - The Associated Press
Hundreds of thousands of pack a square in the capital and march in villages and cities across the nation in what appeared to be the largest demonstrations yet.
Comment  2011-04-01

REGIONSCAPE - EUPHRATES
NATO takes command of Libya campaign
BRUSSELS - From wire dispatches
NATO finally took full command Thursday of all Libyan operations, but only a minority of the 28 allied nations will conduct the bombings.
11 Comments  2011-03-31
REGIONSCAPE - EUPHRATES
Britain says no immunity offered to Libyan minister
LONDON – Agence France-Presse
Libya's foreign minister has not been offered immunity after his surprise arrival in Britain, London said while urging other members of Moammar Gadhafi's "crumbling" regime to quit.
2 Comments  2011-03-31
REGIONSCAPE - DANUBE
Protesters at London summit condemn attacks on Libya
XI CHEN
LONDON - Hürriyet Daily News
The London Conference on Libya that ended Tuesday with critical issues unsolved was protested by a group of around 200 Libyans who condemned Western actions.
2 Comments  2011-03-30
REGIONSCAPE - EUPHRATES
Without major reform pledge, Syria’s al-Assad warns of 'conspiracy'
DAMASCUS - Agence France-Presse
President Bashar al-Assad blamed conspirators for deadly unrest in Syria but failed to lift emergency rule or offer other concessions in his speech.
21 Comments  2011-03-30
TURKEY - DIPLOMACY
Turkey tells Syria: make reforms now
SEVİL KÜÇÜKKOŞUM
ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily News
As the Syria protests have turned increasingly violent in recent days, Turkey urges the Syrian administration to make reforms 'without delay.'
3 Comments  2011-03-29
TURKEY - DIPLOMACY
Turkish Islamic aid group mobilizes for Libya, Gaza
ANKARA, Turkey – The Associated Press
1 hour ago
An Islamic aid group whose Gaza-bound ship was stormed by Israeli security forces in a deadly raid last year has taken a prominent role in Turkey's humanitarian efforts in Libya.
2 Comments  2011-04-08
REGIONSCAPE - EUPHRATES
Jordan man sets himself ablaze outside PM's office
AMMAN, Jordan – The Associated Press
3 hours ago
A Jordanian man set himself on fire outside the prime minister's office in the first such act since political unrest hit the country in January.
Comment  2011-04-08
REGIONSCAPE - EUPHRATES
Diplomacy for Libya as war hits stalemate
BENGHAZI, Libya – From wire dispatches
1 day ago
The key Western powers involved in the Libyan conflict were throwing their energies into negotiating a solution, as the war between government and rebel forces dug deeper into a stalemate.
Comment  2011-04-07
REGIONSCAPE - EUPHRATES
Gulf states press Saleh to quit
SANAA – Agence France-Presse
1 day ago
Gulf states heaped pressure on Yemen's embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh, announcing they expect him to quit after more than two months of bloody protests.
1 Comment  2011-04-07
REGIONSCAPE - EUPHRATES
NATO dismisses criticism from Libyan rebels
BRUSSELS – The Associated Press
2 days ago
NATO rejected criticism from Libyan rebels over the pace of its military campaign in Libya, saying its airstrikes against Moammar Gadhafi's forces are increasing every day.
1 Comment  2011-04-06
TURKEY - DIPLOMACY
Turkish ship transports wounded from Libya, docks in Muğla
ANKARA – From wire dispatches
A Turkish ship evacuating hundreds of wounded from Libya has arrived on Turkey's Aegean coast where a field hospital scrambled to provide emergency treatment.
2 Comments  2011-04-05
REGIONSCAPE - EUPHRATES
Syrian protest hub holds general strike
NICOSIA – Agence France-Presse
Syria was bracing for a series of demonstrations organized by a Facebook group to mark "Martyrs Week" as the southern town of Daraa held a general strike.
1 Comment  2011-04-05
TURKEY - DIPLOMACY
Ankara moves to broker Libya deal
FULYA ÖZERKAN
ANKARA Hürriyet Daily News
Turkey could emerge as a mediator to the ongoing conflict in Libya as Ankara prepares to hold talks with an official from Tripoli following similar talks with opposition groups.
26 Comments  2011-04-04
REGIONSCAPE - EUPHRATES
Syria takes the initiative ahead of protests
DAMASCUS – Agence France-Presse
A new governor has been appointed to the southern town of Daraa while a Facebook group urged rallies in honor of those killed in the unrest.
1 Comment  2011-04-04
TURKEY - DIPLOMACY
Turkish aid ship brings rare glimpse of Libya's bloodiest front
BENGHAZI, Libya – From wire dispatches
From makeshift beds inside a Turkish cruise-ship-turned-hospital, wounded residents of a besieged Libyan city told of the bloodiest front in the revolt against Libya's Moammar Gadhafi.
18 Comments  2011-04-04
REGIONSCAPE - EUPHRATES
British boots on the ground in Libya strike
LONDON - Daily News with wires
The United Kingdom will send a Royal Navy taskforce of 600 marines and at least six ships to Libya this week as part of a humanitarian mission to provide medical and food aid to rebel-held towns, the London-based Times reported on Sunday, without saying where it got the information.
29 Comments  2011-04-03
REGIONSCAPE - EUPHRATES
Syria communications down, minister asked to form government
DAMASCUS - Agence France-Presse
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad asks a former minister to form a new government as communication networks fail and residents in Douma prepare to bury their dead.
2 Comments  2011-04-03
REGIONSCAPE - EUPHRATES
Thousands defy Assad to protest in Syria
DAMASCUS – Agence France-Presse
Thousands of Syrians emerged from prayers to protest in the country's north and south, in the first rallies since President Bashar al-Assad dashed hopes for greater freedoms.
3 Comments  2011-04-01
REGIONSCAPE - EUPHRATES
Libyan rebels sets conditions for cease-fire
BENGHAZI, Libya – The Associated Press
Libya's rebels will agree to a cease-fire if Moammar Gadhafi pulls his military forces out of cities and allows peaceful protests against his regime, an opposition leader said Friday.
Comment  2011-04-01
TURKEY - DIPLOMACY
Questions linger over Turkey's Mideast role
CİHAN ÇELİK
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hürriyet Daily News
Questions are lingering over Turkey's recent overtures to its troubled neighborhood, with experts both praising and challenging Ankara's role in the Middle East.
4 Comments  2011-03-31
REGIONSCAPE - EUPHRATES
Syrian president orders study on hated laws
DAMASCUS, Syria – The Associated Press
Syria's president ordered that a legal committee be set up to study the possibility of abolishing the country's hated emergency laws that have been in place since 1963.
3 Comments  2011-03-31
REGIONSCAPE - EUPHRATES
Gadhafi's forces adapt to airstrikes, pound rebels
AJDABIYA, Libya – The Associated Press
Moammar Gadhafi's ground forces recaptured a strategic oil town and moved within striking distance of another major eastern city, nearly reversing the gains rebels made since international airstrikes began.
Comment  2011-03-31
REGIONSCAPE - EUPHRATES
Allies disagree over arming Libyan rebels
PARIS - Agence France-Presse
Disagreement over arming rebels battling Libyan leader Gadhafi emerged Wednesday with at least three of the countries enforcing the no-fly zone opposing the idea.
21 Comments  2011-03-30

REGIONSCAPE - EUPHRATES
Yemen's Saleh tried to 'get rid of' army rival, military source says
SANAA - Agence France-Presse
Yemen's President Saleh tried last year to 'get rid of' his rival, Gen. al-Ahmar, who has defected and emerged as a possible successor, a military source says.
Comment  2011-03-30
REGIONSCAPE - EUPHRATES
Syrian protesters rev up for evolution
CİHAN ÇELİK
DAMASCUS, Syria – Hürriyet Daily News
Syria’s capital appeared to throw its support behind the country’s embattled president Tuesday, but it was the hopes of opposition forces that found reason to celebrate.
4 Comments  2011-03-29
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