Middle East Protests

  • Syria: 70 killed in anti-Assad protests on Friday 04-06-2011 07:45 PM

    Beirut: Syrian forces killed at least 70 protesters on Friday, activists said, in one of the bloodiest days since the start of an 11-week revolt against the authoritarian rule of President Bashar al Assad. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets on Friday in defiance of security forces...
  • Yemen: Saleh says Qaeda to take over if he goes 21-05-2011 07:00 PM

    Sanaa: Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Saturday that al Qaeda could take over in many parts of the Arabian Peninsula country if he leaves office under a Gulf-brokered deal which he said he has accepted. Saleh has twice backed out of the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) transition deal,...
  • Tanks storm south Syria city, US puts pressure 18-05-2011 10:06 AM

    Amman: The West warned of more pressure on Syria if a crackdown against pro-democracy protests continues, hours after tanks stormed a city in the south, cradle of an uprising against Baathist rule. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that both the European Union and the United States - which...
  • Libya: NATO planes pound government weapons depot 09-05-2011 07:32 PM

    Tripoli: NATO planes pounded Libyan government weapons depots southeast of the town of Zintan on Monday, in a sign of widening conflict in the Western Mountains region as rebels battle to unseat Muammar Gaddafi. "The air strikes occurred around 1100 (0900 GMT). We saw big plumes of smoke and heard...
  • Yemen: President Saleh agrees to quit 24-04-2011 08:25 PM

    Sanaa: Yemeni protesters demanding President Ali Abdullah Saleh's removal vowed to step up street protests and said Saleh's inner circle could still frustrate a Gulf plan for him step down. Saleh has ruled this impoverished Arabian Peninsula state for nearly 33 years and has agreed to a Gulf Arab initiative...
  • Syria's bloodiest day of unrest, 90 dead 23-04-2011 06:08 PM

    Amman: Syrian security forces killed almost 90 protesters on Friday, rights activists said, the bloodiest day in a month of escalating pro-democracy demonstrations against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. The Local Coordination Committees sent Reuters a list with the names of 88 people, classified by region, the group said...
  • War of propaganda on in Libya 25-03-2011 07:48 PM

    Not just airstrikes - a war of propaganda on in Libya as well. Nic Robertson, who is in Tripoli, tells us more. ...
  • Gaddafi defiant as West flexes military muscle 02-03-2011 10:12 AM

    US warships will pass through the Suez Canal on Wednesday on their way to Libya as Western nations put more pressure on Muammar Gaddafi to stop a violent crackdown and step aside. The United States said Libya could sink into civil war unless Gaddafi quits amid fears that the uprising,...
  • Govt to evacuate Indians from Libya 22-02-2011 08:46 PM

    New Delhi: With rising death toll in anti-government protests in Libya, government today decided to evacuate its nationals numbering about 18,000 from Libya. "Arrangements for air and sea evacuation of our nationals from Libya are being finalised," Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said. Rao, along with other top officials from other...
  • Bodies reported on streets of Libyan capital 22-02-2011 05:01 PM

    Cairo: A Libyan opposition activist and a Tripoli resident say the streets of a restive district in the Libyan capital are littered with the bodies of scores of protesters shot dead by security forces loyal to longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi. Mohammed Ali of the Libyan Salvation Front and the resident...
  • Unrest will lead to civil war: Gaddafi's son 21-02-2011 08:15 AM

    Tripoli:The son of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi on early Monday proposed the speedy implementation of significant democratic reforms in the traditionally restrictive country, while warning of a chaotic civil war, return to colonialism and mass poverty if citizens sided with anti-government demonstrators. "Tomorrow, we can speak rationally, we can spare...
  • Firing on Libyan mourners, about 300 dead 20-02-2011 07:45 PM

    Cairo: Libyan security forces opened fired on mourners at a funeral for anti-government protesters in the eastern city of Benghazi again today, a day after commandos and foreign mercenaries loyal to longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi pummeled demonstrators with assault rifles and other heavy weaponry as well as knives. Libyan protesters...
  • 2 killed in anti-government protests in Libya 17-02-2011 12:07 PM

    Tripoli: At least two people were killed in clashes between security forces and demonstrators in the Libyan town of Bayda, east of Benghazi city, as activists planned major anti-government protests throughout the country Thursday. The deaths come as hundreds of protesters on Wednesday reportedly torched police outposts in the eastern...