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Syrian security forces storm towns, witnesses say

BEIRUT: Syrian troops in armored vehicles and tanks stormed the southern town of Daraa early today and opened fire, the latest crackdown on a five-week uprising against the President, Mr Bashar Assad’s authoritarian regime, witnesses and activists said.

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Security beefed up in Nigeria ahead of governorship polls

ABUJA: Authorities in Nigeria have beefed up security nationwide ahead of the gubernatorial polls to be held on Tuesday in a bid to prevent the recurrence of violent riots that led over 200 people dead following the recent presidential elections.

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Fighting rages in Misrata

TRIPOLI: Besieged Misrata has continued to be bombarded by rockets and automatic weapons, despite claims that the  Libyan Leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s army had fled the Libyan city.

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Yemen protesters reject president’s exit plan

SANAA: Defiant protesters today camped out in Yemen’s capital and second city of Taez demanded the President, Mr Ali Abdullah Saleh step down immediately, even after his ruling party accepted a 30-day exit plan.

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Libyan army to withdraw from Misurata

TRIPOLI: Pro-Gaddafi troops will withdraw from the besieged rebel-held city of Misurata and leave it to local tribes to resolve the conflict either through “force or negotiations”, the Libyan government has said, as NATO carried out more air strikes on Tripoli killing three people.

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Pakistan army chief says terrorist backbone broken

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani army has “broken” the backbone of terrorists and will soon prevail over them, its powerful chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said Saturday in an apparent riposte to US concerns about his force’s capability to take on militants.

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