Entries in Hamit Coskun (3)
A video from the Syrian frontline: a regime soldier defects in Armanaz in Idlib Province --- his surprised colleagues cannot attack him because of the presence of observers
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Bahrain Live Coverage: Marches and US Arms Sales br>
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Friday's Syria (and Beyond) Live Coverage: Uncertainties After the Damascus Bombs
1722 GMT: Syria. Human rights lawyer Anwar Bunni has said that a military court has released eight activists, including blogger Razan Ghazzawi, until their 29 May trial on charges of "possession of banned publications".
The firing of the royal advisor fits a pattern of recent years in which senior clerics who oppose limited reforms have been dismissed.
Earlier this year, the head of the religious police was replaced by a cleric who was seen to be more liberal, and in 2010 King Abdullah fired the judiciary head, Sheikh Saleh al-Lohaidan, for attacking a new university that was the centrepiece of government education reforms.
Protesting women greet armoured personnel carriers with peace signs; police respond with sound grenades
See also Palestine Opinion: The Hunger Strike of Hana Shalabi --- "Will Anyone See It?" br>
Middle East Feature: Why are Arab Journalists The "Unknown Soldiers" in Battle for Truth? br/>
Syria (and Beyond) Live Coverage: This is "Peace" --- Another 90 Die
1818 GMT: The Local Co-ordination Committees of Syria claims that 45 people have died today, including three women and four children. Twenty-four of the deaths were in Homs, where several neighbourhoods are being shelled, and 13 in Idlib, where regime forces have moved into the Saraqeb district.
1641 GMT: Andrew Hammond of Reuters writes, amidst reports of widespread use of tear gas by Bahrain's security forces:
back after Sitra. all i can say is that was really insane. cld have been worse too if media hadnt been around— Andrew Hammond (@Hammonda1) March 24, 2012