Tanks, Snipers Target Protesters In Syria; More Violence In Yemen

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The week begins with stories about previously secret U.S. documents that reveal a lot about the suspected terrorists who have been held in recent years at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. We rounded up the reports, including those being reported jointly by The New York Times and NPR, in one post here.

As for other stories making headlines, they include:

— Syrian Army Attacks Protesters In Daraa, Other Locations: "Syrian troops in armored vehicles and tanks stormed the southern town of Daraa early Monday and opened fire, the latest crackdown on a five-week uprising against President Bashar Assad's authoritarian regime, witnesses and activists said." (The Associated Press)

From a related report by NPR's Deborah Amos in Beirut: "Videos posted on YouTube show men in army uniforms advancing on Daraa in the early morning." Witnesses say snipers killed some men "leaving [a] mosque after prayers." There were also security raids in a city near Damascus.

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— Security Forces Fire On Protesters In Yemen: "Security forces in Yemen have opened fire on anti-government protesters in the city of Taiz, wounding at least 10 people, witnesses report. Thousands of people joined rallies calling on President Ali Abdullah Saleh to quit immediately. ... Mr Saleh's ruling party agreed on Saturday to a Gulf Co-operation Council plan under which the president would hand over power to his deputy within 30 days, in exchange for immunity from prosecution." (BBC News)

— NATO Air Strike Targets A Gadhafi Compound: "A NATO air strike on the Libyan capital Tripoli has badly damaged buildings in Col. Muammar Gaddafi's compound. Reports said at least two powerful missiles struck the Libyan leader's sprawling Bab al-Azizia compound early on Monday. Three TV stations briefly went off the air following the explosions." (BBC News)

[Note: NPR follows Associated Press style on the spelling of Moammar Gadhafi's name. Other news outlets use different spellings.]

— "Taliban Tunnel Breakout Outwits Afghan Jailers": "Afghan and NATO forces have launched a huge operation to try to recapture 475 prisoners, nearly all of them Taliban insurgents, who staged an extraordinary mass prison breakout using a tunnel. Officials said the inmates had escaped through the tunnel, dug from a house to the wing of the prison where political prisoners are detained in Kandahar." (The Guardian)



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