Latest developments in Arab world's unrest
The Associated Press
Hundreds of Syrians, some with gunshot wounds, cross into neighboring Lebanon in search of a refuge from the growing government crackdown in their homeland, a Lebanese security official says. Other Syrians march in a funeral for victims of the crackdown outside Damascus, demanding President Bashar Assad's ouster.
Most refugees arriving at the Lebanese border came after Syrian security forces opened fire on protesters in anti-regime demonstrations across Syria on Friday. Syrian activists say 20 people were killed, including two children aged 12 and 13.
Libyan authorities accuse NATO of killing 15 people in an airstrike that they say hit a restaurant and bakery in the east, though the alliance denies the report.
It is the latest outcry from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's government blaming NATO for killing civilians amid a four-month uprising that has sparked a civil war. NATO insists it does all it can to avoid such casualties.
Rebel representatives, meanwhile, say their fighters are coordinating around the country for the "zero hour" when their forces would reach the capital of Tripoli.
The rebels say they have been working to cut fuel supplies from the Tunisian border in an attempt to paralyze Gadhafi's forces. Rebels also are making homemade bombs and trying to ferry other weapons to their comrades in Tripoli, a spokesman for an underground guerrilla group there says.
Amnesty International urges Egypt's military rulers to break with the past and abolish repressive laws and practices as the country prepares for parliamentary elections in the aftermath of Hosni Mubarak's ouster.
Amnesty Secretary-General Salil Shetty tells reporters during a visit to Cairo that the military council that took power from Mubarak on an interim basis after February's political upheaval should fulfill a promise to scrap decades-old emergency laws that gave Mubarak's security agents and police a free hand to silence dissent.
"This is an incredible moment of opportunity for the Egyptian authorities to show they have made a clean break with past abuses," he says.
Yemeni forces kill three men who were among nearly 60 suspected al-Qaida militants who escaped from prison this past week, officials says. The three escapees were awaiting execution in the Mukalla prison in southern Yemen, where inmates attacked guards, seized their weapons and fled through a tunnel on Wednesday in another sign that Islamic militants are making gains amid Yemen's political turmoil.
Nearly four months of anti-government protests have left the country's president of more than three decades clinging to power.
Tunisia's official news agency says a Tunis appeals court has upheld the conviction of a nephew of ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on drug use and possession charges.
The court gave Imed Trabelsi a four-year prison sentence, twice the penalty handed down in the original trial in May. He was also fined 3,000 dinars ($2,100).
A Justice Ministry spokesman says Trabelsi will stand trial on other charges including corruption, fraud and illegal trafficking of archaeological items.
Ben Ali fled to Saudi Arabia Jan. 14 amid a public uprising. He and his wife, Leila Trabelsi, were convicted in absentia Monday and sentenced to 35 years each in prison and fined millions of dollars.
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