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Rights activist: Syrian authorities detain dozens
Publish Date : 4/24/2011 11:18:00 AM
  • BEIRUT - Syrian security forces detained dozens of opposition activists and others in raids Sunday launched less than a week after President Bashar Assad's regime abolished emergency laws used for decades to crush dissent, a human rights activist said.
  • The police sweeps, which began late Saturday, reinforce opposition claims that the repeal of the nearly 50-year-old state of emergency codes offers no protection against blitz-style detentions by Assad's forces.
  • Also Sunday, the watchdog group Human Rights Watch called for a U.N. inquiry into Syria's widening crackdown on opposition protesters that has left more than 120 dead people in recent days and brought some resignations in protest from Assad's regime.

Israeli killed, 4 wounded in West Bank
Publish Date : 4/24/2011 10:32:00 AM
  • JERUSALEM - A Palestinian policeman opened fire Sunday at a group of Israelis who had come to pray at a Jewish holy site in the West Bank without authorization, killing one and wounding four, the Israeli military said.
  • The shooting threatened to inflame tensions in the West Bank, where Jewish settlers and Palestinians live in uneasy proximity and where settlers have responded to attacks in the past with violent reprisals.
  • Limor Livnat, who attended the funeral, told reporters that her nephew was killed by a "terrorist disguised as a Palestinian policeman."

Misrata rebels say they drove out Gadhafi forces
Publish Date : 4/24/2011 10:12:00 AM
  • TRIPOLI, Libya - Rebel fighters drove Moammar Gadhafi's forces to the edge of the besieged western city of Misrata on Sunday, taking control of the main hospital where government troops had been holed up, a resident said.
  • In the fighting, Gadhafi loyalists fired dozens of rockets at Misrata on Sunday, the resident said, despite claims by the Libyan government that the army has held its fire since Friday.
  • At least two people were killed in Sunday's attacks, said the resident, who only gave his given name, Abdel Salam, for fear of retribution.

Departures resume at Mo. airport hit by tornado
Publish Date : 4/24/2011 9:50:00 AM
  • ST. LOUIS - Flights are departing the St. Louis airport for the first time since a tornado struck two days ago.
  • Departures began Sunday morning at Lambert Airport, even as cleanup continued.
  • The tornado that struck the airport Friday night broke panes of glass, tossed a shuttle bus onto a roof and damaged a few planes.

Deal on Yemeni president fails to end protests
Publish Date : 4/24/2011 9:50:00 AM
  • SANAA, Yemen - Thousands of anti-government protesters held their ground Sunday in the Yemeni capital's Change Square despite the president's acceptance of an Arab proposal to leave office under certain conditions after 32 years in power.
  • More than two months of protests pressing for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to immediately step down have left him clinging to power and brought down intense international pressure for him to leave office.
  • Saleh agreed Saturday to the proposal for him to hand power to his vice president within 30 days of a deal being signed in exchange for immunity from prosecution for him and his sons.