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From the Foreign Desk 3/29/11…

From the BBC….

Arms to Libya rebels ‘not ruled out’

US President Barack Obama says he does not rule out arming the rebels in Libya as government forces push them back…..

From Politicaldog101

Anger as Yemen blast toll rises

The death toll from explosions at an ammunition plant in southern Yemen has risen to 150.

Initial reports said 78 had died, but more bodies have since been pulled out of the factory in the town of Jaar.

The explosion has caused great anger among locals, who accuse the authorities of planning it to try to win further support from the US, a BBC correspondent says.

Yemeni officials have blamed al-Qaeda for the blasts.

The explosions came after weeks of protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s rule…..

 

Syrian cabinet quits amid unrest

 

The Syrian government has resigned, state-run television has said.

President Bashar al-Assad accepted the cabinet’s resignation following a meeting on Tuesday.

The resignation is the latest concession by the government aimed at curbing pro-democracy protests in which dozens of people have been killed.

President Assad is expected to address the nation in the next 24 hours to announce he is lifting the emergency law and restrictions on civil liberty…..

 

Dozens killed after siege in Iraq

 

At least 41 people have been killed after gunmen stormed a council building in northern Iraq and took dozens of hostages.

Security forces laid siege to the building in Tikrit for several hours before moving in, officials say.

Several council members and a journalist are said to be among the dead and scores more are reported wounded.

Tikrit, Saddam Hussein’s hometown, has been a bastion of a Sunni insurgency.

Officials said gunmen dressed in military uniform stormed the provincial council building after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside.

A long siege then began. Salahuddin provincial spokesman Mohammed al-Asi said the gunmen executed their hostages as security forces closed in.

 

 

 

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