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Thousands Rally for funerals of Slain Protesters

More than 10,000 people occupied the central square of the Syrian city of Homs on Monday, for funeral processions of the 14 people who were killed the day before.
Early on the mourners offered traditional prayers, turned into aggressive chanting. Security officials fired into the air but the crowd did not disperse, according to the New York Times.
As of Monday, as many as 25 people had been killed in Homs, and more than 30 around the country, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Syrians continue to protest president Bashar-Al-Assad.

Former Leader of Ivory Coast is Captured

Laurent Gbagbo was captued and taken into custody by his rivals on Monday, ending a four month standoff that left hundreds dead and dragged the country back into civil war.
For months, African officials have been trying to get Gbagbo to step down, but he would not giv up power, even after losing a presidential election last year, according to the New York Times.
Gbagbo's capture came after French helicopters heavily attacked the presidential bunker where Gbagbo was trapped, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Gbagbo and his wife had been held up in the bunker for days when the French helicopters bombarded the compound, aiming at taking out his weapons.
This force could have sparked even more animosity from Gbagbo supporters.

Syrian Forces open fire on Protesters

Syrian forces met protesters in two cities with gunfire on Saturday, killing 13 people and injuring hundreds more.
These attacks came after the single boodiest day of Syria's antigovernment uprising over the past three weeks, according to the New York Times.
Violence broke out in Dara, which as been the center of the uprising, and more violence occured in the city of Hims, according to the Los Angeles Times.
During the uprising Syrian President, Bashar Al-Assad has made some concessions, including firing some government officials and starting committees to change laws. Many protesters say that this is not enough.
The result of these actions has been more violence breaking out in many cities all over the country.

Qaddafi Forces Counterattack against Libyan Rebels

A counterattack by Libyan government forces causes rebel forces to flee eastward on Tuesday.
It marks the second day of an effort by the government to defend the town of Surt, the birthplace of Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi, according to the Los Angeles Times.
On Monday pro- Qaddafi fired missles and forced the frontline back.
American warplanes were active on Monday, firing on Libyan ships making sure that they didn't fire on merchant wessels, according to the New York TImes.
On Tuesday Qaddafi forces attacked Misurata from the perimiter, with tanks shooting randomly into the city.
With no formal leadership, the rebels struggled to hold off the advances of the government forces.

Obama faces more Criticism after Libyan Air Strike

President Barack Obama has been facing more criticism from U.S. politicians and politicians from around the globe after the air strikes on Libya on Saturday.
Some have begun to wonder if the military actions taken in Libya was the wrong policy, or the right one but at the wrong time, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Some have also wondered what the real intent of the campaign. "We are not going after Qaddafi", Vice Adm. William E. Gortney said on Sunday. This was said to inform about the intent of the mission. Is it to protect the Libyan people from their government, or is it to take out Qaddafi, according to the New York TImes.
President Obama's objective which he stated two weeks ago was that Qaddafi "must leave."

Gunman Kills 2 U.S. airmen at German Airport

Two U.S. airmen were killed while 2 other were injured when a gunman opened fire on their military bus at the Frankfurt airport Wednesday.
The soldiers were on their way to Afghanistan when a man began shooting their military bus, according to the New York Times.
The suspect is a 21-year-old who lives in Frankfurt. Police have charged him with murder, attempted murder, and have not ruled out terrorism.
The victims were U.S. military personel who were stationed at the Royal Air Force base in Lakenheath in Britain, according to the Los Angeles Times.
German police are still investigating whether the gunman was part of a terrorist plot.

Kadafi Continues deadly Assault on city of Zawiya

About 40 people died in the City of Zawiya on Saturday when Moammar Kadafi renewed his assault against the rebels.
The port city of Zawiya is located about 25 miles from Tripoli. Kadafi remains locked in battles with the rebellion all over the country, according to the Los Angelese Times.
The revolt, which started 18 days ago as loud civil demonstrations similar to those in Egypt has evolved into a deadly ground battle between the Libyan army and the rebels, according to the New York Times.
There have been increasingly heavy civilian casualties and it is not expected to stop any time soon.

Rescuers race to find Survivors of New Zealand Earthquake

New Zealand rescuers keep searching for earthquake survivors as 300 people remain missing one day after an earthquake has already killed 75 people.
Rescuers are in a frenzy to find survivors of the earthquake that rocked the town of Christchurch, according to the Los Angeles Times. This was the largest earthquake registered in the country in 80 years.
Hope for finding survivors has been fading until they started searching near a collapsed six-story building where there there could be as many as 100 people trapped, according to the New York Times.
Rescue teams from Japan have arrived on the scene, where there is believed to be as many as 11 Japanese students trapped.
The last survivor who was rescued was found on Wednesday afternoon in New Zealand.

18 Dead after Attack at Afghan Bank

An insurgent attack on a bank in the city of Jalalabad left 18 people dead and 70 wounded on Saturday.
The attackers who had explosives started a gun fight with the soldiers and police officers who were waiting in line at the bank, reports the New York Times.
There were seven suicide bombers, five of which were killed in the fight.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the incident saying they were targeting Afghan police that use the bank, according to the Los Angelese Times.
This is just the latest of several recent insurgent attacks.

Egyptian President Mubarak Steps Down

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned on Friday.
The resignation came less than a day after Mubarak gave a speech in which he said that he would not resign, according to the Los Angeles Times
After 18 days of protesting the people finally got what they wanted, einding Mubarak's 30-year reign of power, according to the New York Times
This happened after a huge demonstration in Tahrir Square. After his resignation more than 20,000 protestors gathered to celebrate...

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