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Yemen's regime weakens, Syrian protests spread

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-03-25

As anti-regime protests spread to new Syrian cities on Friday and coalition forces continued to bomb Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s military apparatus, Yemen's embattled president said he was ready to cede power into "safe hands".

To see our minute-by-minute coverage of Friday’s events, scroll to FRANCE 24's blog at the bottom of the page.

• SYRIA - Protests spread to more Syrian cities on Friday, challenging the 40-year rule of the Assad family after their forces killed dozens of demonstrators in the south.

• JORDAN - Protesters demanding reforms clashed with government supporters in the centre of Jordan's capital, pelting each other with stones until security forces charged in and beat protesters. The clashes, in which more than 100 were injured, were the most violent in more than two months of protests.

• YEMEN - President Ali Abdullah Saleh said on Friday that he was ready to cede power to stop more bloodshed, but only into what he called "safe hands" as tens of thousands rallied against him in "Day of Departure" protests.

• LIBYA - Western warplanes bombed Muammar Gaddafi's tanks and artillery in eastern Libya again on Friday to try to break a battlefield stalemate and help rebels take the strategic town of Ajdabiyah.

Our live coverage of Friday's events:

 

 

Date created : 2011-03-25

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