28 Mar

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective






Libyan rebels facing tough fight for Sirte

 Rebels are attempting to seize control of Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown, but government forces are gathered to stop them. 

 Last Modified: 28 Mar 2011 16:35 GMT 


 Egypt’s Mubarak ‘under house arrest’

Military council denies ousted leader has fled to Saudi Arabia and says emergency laws will be lifted ahead of vote.

Last Modified: 28 Mar 2011 14:59 GMT  


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Is it ‘game over’ in Yemen?

Murad Alazzany 28 Mar 2011 08:57 GMT
The Yemeni president still appears more defiant than responsive to the protests rocking his country.


Tribesmen stand near bodies of victims of an explosion at a bullet factory in the southern Yemeni town of Jaar on Monday. At least 110 people were confirmed dead and more bodies were expected to be recovered, doctors said. (Reuters)

Blast at Yemen explosives factory kills 110

ADEN: A series of blasts at a bullet factory in south Yemen killed at least 110 people on Monday when residents broke in to steal ammunition a day after clashes between militants and the army in the town, doctors said. Witnesses said the blasts, possibly triggered by a cigarette, caused a massive fire in the factory in the town of Jaar in Abyan province, where Al-Qaeda militants and mainly leftist southern separatists are active.


  Libyan rebels close on key Qaddafi stronghold

 BIN JAWWAD, Libya: Rebel forces on Monday fought their way to the doorstep of Muammar Qaddafi’s hometown of Sirte, a key government stronghold guarding the road to the capital Tripoli, their rapid advance built on powerful international airstrikes that have battered Qaddafi’s air force, armor and troops.


 Radiation in seawater may be spreading in Japan   new

Officials believe the contaminated water has sent radioactivity levels soaring at the coastal complex.


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Desperate Assad tries to blunt uprising with new promises of reform

Syrian leader faces greatest challenge to his family’s rule since his father took power 40 years ago. Patrick Cockburn reports  

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