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April 21, 2011 – Activists in Syria have called for more demonstrations Friday, planned to be the biggest yet in the month-old protest against the authoritarian rule of President Bashar Assad. What began as calls for reform has evolved into demands for regime change; with the opposition, brushing aside Bashar’s recent lifting of emergency rule.
The ruling party in Yemen is considering a Gulf Cooperation Council proposal that would allow President Ali Abdullah Saleh to peacefully relinquish power over a three-month transition period. The plan would grant immunity from legal proceedings against the president and his family, a sticking point for the opposition coalition.
Authorities in Karachi, Pakistan, are investigating a bomb blast at a gambling house that left at least 16 people dead and more than 35 wounded. Early indications are the attack is part of ongoing gang wars in the country’s largest city.
Violence following last weekend’s national elections in Nigeria has been mostly brought under control, and President Goodluck Jonathan said next week’s local elections will take place as scheduled. Hundreds of people are feared dead in the riots, most in the predominantly Muslim northern states.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told a news conference Thursday that armed Predator drone aircraft are flying missions over Libya. The flights were approved by President Obama in an effort to target Muammar Gaddafi’s forces entrenched in urban areas, such as Misrata. Witnesses now put the death toll in the besieged city at more than 1,000.
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