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March 19, 2011 | By Hannah Allam and Mohannad Sabry, McClatchy Newspapers
CAIRO - Violence shook the Middle East after security forces attacked protesters Friday in Yemen and Syria, leaving at least 46 dead in Yemen and three in Syria, as the region's authoritarian regimes turned to deadly force to stop pro-democracy uprisings. President Obama condemned the Yemen violence, but his 110-word written statement issued to reporters was milder than the 1,257-word denunciation of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi that he delivered from the White House. Human-rights advocates decried what they said was a double standard in the treatment of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, a U.S. ally, and Gadhafi, a longtime villain in the West and a pariah in much of the Arab world.
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August 4, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi and Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT, Lebanon - The U.N. Security Council condemned the violent crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Syria on Wednesday as authorities intensified the assault on a city that symbolizes resistance to President Bashar al-Assad's autocratic rule. The Security Council, which has been deadlocked over Syria for the last three months, expressed "grave concern at the deteriorating situation" and called on authorities "to fully respect human rights and to comply with their obligations under applicable international law. Those responsible for the violence should be held accountable.
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June 16, 2013 | By Esam Mohamed, Associated Press
TRIPOLI, Libya - Rooftop snipers and knife-wielding assailants killed six soldiers in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi early Saturday, officials said, in the largest attack on the country's new security forces to date. The brazen overnight assault by hundreds of plain-clothed gunmen on security installations forced soldiers to withdraw from some of their bases. In one case, soldiers fled out the back door of the First Infantry Brigade's headquarters in Benghazi as assailants stormed the main gate, torching the building and two military vehicles.
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January 7, 2013 | By Aaron Favila, Associated Press
ATIMONAN, Philippines - At least three police personnel were among 13 suspected criminals who were gunned down in a shootout with Philippine security forces at a highway checkpoint, officials said Monday. Gunmen riding in three black SUVs opened fire on more than 50 army and police troopers who flagged down the vehicles late Sunday in the coastal town of Atimonan in Quezon province, about 90 miles southeast of Manila. Eleven suspects died on the spot, including a police colonel who was a regional commander and two other officers, said police spokesman Erwin Obal.
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February 13, 2012 | Associated Press
MANAMA, Bahrain - Bahrain on Sunday deployed thousands of security forces to confront antigovernment protesters ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Shiite-led uprising that seeks to loosen the Sunni dynasty's monopoly on power. Opposition groups urged marchers to stream toward an empty lot dubbed "Freedom Square" outside the capital, Manama. Some activists are seeking to occupy the site before Tuesday's anniversary of the start of the protests, and turn it into a semipermanent hub for the uprising to replace Pearl Square.
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February 5, 2012 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - The death toll from violence between protesters and Egyptian security forces climbed to 12 on Saturday, but clashes eased as weary demonstrators and riot police squared off on battered streets leading to the capital's Interior Ministry. Protests jolted several other cities, including Alexandria and Suez, where medical officials told Egyptian reporters that seven demonstrators had died since renewed violence erupted nationwide Thursday. Five people were killed in Cairo as police fired tear gas and birdshot at stone-throwing protesters in skirmishes around the Interior Ministry.
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February 26, 2012 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Amro Hassan, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - The headlines reflect a new kind of cruelty: a woman gunned down in a rich Cairo neighborhood, a rash of carjackings, a deadly soccer riot, a stream of smuggled arms that have given muscle to criminal gangs once easily outgunned by police. The revolution that inspired this country one year ago has set loose a menacing air that Egyptians find unfamiliar. Bristling beneath the political battle for power against the ruling generals is an insecurity over crime and a bitterness that has darkened Egypt's congenial nature.
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May 12, 2006 | By Hannah Allam INQUIRER FOREIGN STAFF
Egyptian security forces beat unarmed activists and journalists yesterday as demonstrations sprang up throughout downtown Cairo in support of two judges who face disciplinary measures for exposing alleged fraud in last year's parliamentary elections. The clashes were among the largest and most violent since Egyptian judges launched a movement seeking greater independence from the authoritarian rule of President Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled for 25 years. Under Mubarak, Egypt, the world's most populous Arab country, has become one of the region's most dependable U.S. allies.
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March 29, 2011 | By Zeina Karam, Associated Press
DAMASCUS, Syria - Syrian President Bashar Assad wavered between cracking down and compromising Monday in one of the Middle East's most authoritarian and anti-Western nations as thousands of protesters in the southern city of Daraa defied security forces who fired tear gas to disperse them. The unrest in Syria, a strategically important country of 23 million people, could have implications well beyond its borders, given its role as Iran's top Arab ally and as a front line state against Israel.
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January 18, 2013 | By Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is stepping up aid for Mexico's bloody drug war with a new U.S.-based special-operations headquarters to teach Mexican security forces how to hunt drug cartels the same way special operations teams hunt al-Qaeda, according to documents and interviews with multiple U.S. officials. Such assistance could help newly elected Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto establish a military force to focus on drug criminal networks that have terrorized Mexico's northern states and threatened the Southwest border.
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July 28, 2013 | By Aya Batrawy and Tony G. Gabriel, Associated Press
CAIRO - Security forces clashed with supporters of Egypt's ousted president early Saturday, killing at least 65 protesters, the Health Ministry said, in the country's bloodiest incidence of violence since the military deposed Mohammed Morsi. In chaotic scenes, pools of blood stained the floor and bodies were lined up under white sheets in a makeshift hospital near the site of the battles in eastern Cairo as doctors struggled to cope with the flood of dozens of wounded. The extent of the carnage underlined the willingness of police to unleash deadly firepower against any expansion of Islamist-led protests demanding the reinstatement of Morsi.
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July 23, 2013 | By Jenny Barchfield and Bradley Brooks, Associated Press
RIO DE JANEIRO - Since taking the helm of the world's biggest church in March, Pope Francis has waded into massive crowds with minimal protection to hug children and wash the feet of the faithful. Yet for Brazilian security officials charged with protecting the 76-year-old pontiff with the common touch, his seven-day visit this week is an uncommon security challenge. In his first international trip as pope, Francis has built much of his schedule in the world's biggest Catholic country around high-profile events that send him straight into unpredictable, chaotic environments.
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July 4, 2013 | By Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press
BAGHDAD - Insurgents unleashed another wave of attacks Tuesday in Iraq, killing at least 49 people, officials said, the latest in a surge in violence across the country that has raised concerns over a return to sectarian bloodshed. Also, seven extremists were killed. There was no claim of responsibility for the attacks, mostly car bombs in Shiite areas. Al-Qaeda's Iraq branch, which has been gaining strength in recent months, frequently targets Shiites, security forces, and civil servants in an effort to undermine the Shiite-led government in Baghdad.
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June 16, 2013 | By Esam Mohamed, Associated Press
TRIPOLI, Libya - Rooftop snipers and knife-wielding assailants killed six soldiers in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi early Saturday, officials said, in the largest attack on the country's new security forces to date. The brazen overnight assault by hundreds of plain-clothed gunmen on security installations forced soldiers to withdraw from some of their bases. In one case, soldiers fled out the back door of the First Infantry Brigade's headquarters in Benghazi as assailants stormed the main gate, torching the building and two military vehicles.
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June 16, 2013 | By Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post
ISTANBUL, Turkey - In a tear-gas-filled conclusion to two weeks of antigovernment protests in Turkey, riot police on Saturday cleared a central Istanbul square and park that had formed the heart of a broad challenge to the 10-year rule of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The storming of Taksim Square and adjoining Gezi Park risked further inflaming opposition to Erdogan, with protesters who had complained that he had authoritarian tendencies saying Saturday that the leader had destroyed all chances for negotiation.
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June 12, 2013 | By Tom Hussain, McCLATCHY FOREIGN STAFF
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Military operations against Taliban insurgents in the country's northwest tribal areas have reached a turning point with the imminent retaking of a militant stronghold near the legendary Khyber Pass. After months of operations, which saw Pakistani special forces parachute into the area in March, the military succeeded over the weekend in taking mountain ridges that overlook the junction of the Khyber and Kurram tribal agencies, prompting insurgents of the self-described Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan to flee.
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June 10, 2013 | By Esam Mohamed and Aya Batrawy, Associated Press
TRIPOLI, Libya - One of Libya's highest military officers resigned Sunday after clashes between protesters and a government-aligned militia he was in charge of left 31 people dead in the eastern city of Benghazi, the deadliest such violence in a country where armed factions hold sway. The bloodshed underscored the rising public anger over the government's failure to build an army capable of reining in the militias that dominate parts of the country nearly two years after the fall of Moammar Gadhafi.
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May 31, 2013 | By Adam Schreck, Associated Press
BAGHDAD - Officials in Iraq are growing increasingly concerned over an unabated spike in violence that claimed at least 33 more lives on Thursday and is reviving fears of a return to widespread sectarian fighting. Authorities announced plans to impose a sweeping ban on many cars across the Iraqi capital starting early Friday in an apparent effort to thwart car bombings, as the United Nations envoy to Iraq warned that "systemic violence is ready to explode. " Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, meanwhile, was shown on state television visiting security checkpoints around Baghdad the previous night as part of a three-hour inspection tour, underscoring the government's efforts to show it is acting to curtail the bloodshed.
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May 15, 2013 | By Jon Gambrell, Associated Press
LAGOS, Nigeria - Admitting Islamic extremists now control some of his nation's villages and towns, Nigeria's president declared a state of emergency Tuesday across the country's northeast, promising to send more troops to fight what he said was an open rebellion. President Goodluck Jonathan, speaking live on state radio and television networks, also warned that any building suspected of housing Islamic extremists would be taken over in what he described as the war now facing Africa's most populous nation.
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April 26, 2013 | By Adam Schreck, Associated Press
BAGHDAD - With more than 100 people killed over the last two days as Sunni gunmen begin to confront the Shiite-led government's security forces head-on in northern and western Iraq, fears are growing fast of a return to full-scale sectarian fighting. The unrest is shaping up to be the most pivotal moment for Iraq since U.S. combat troops withdrew in December 2011. "Everybody has the feeling that Iraq is becoming a new Syria," Talal Younis, owner of a currency exchange in the northern city of Mosul, said Wednesday.
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