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Dozens More Bodies Found in Flattened Gadhafi Hometown

Volunteers are still finding dozens of bodies in Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte that fell on October 20, including of Libyan civilians killed in a suspected NATO air strike.

Twenty-six unmarked makeshift graves covered by breeze-blocks were discovered at a water treatment plant in Number Two district where pro-Gadhafi fighters put up a final stand after several weeks of heavy bombardment.

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Tunisia Flashpoint Town Calm after Curfew

Calm returned on Saturday to Sidi Bouzid, the birthplace of the Tunisian revolution, after an overnight curfew imposed because of violent post-election protests, police said.

"There were no incidents during the night," a police official said.

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Saudis Swear Allegiance to New Crown Prince

Saudis began swearing allegiance on Saturday to the new Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, described by the local press as the "man for the job" and praised in Washington for his commitment to fight terrorism.

Nayef -- who served as interior minister for nearly four decades and led a crackdown on al-Qaida in the kingdom -- was named in a royal decree on Thursday to succeed Prince Sultan who died in the U.S. last week following a long illness and was buried in Riyadh.

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Syria Bloodletting Spurs New Arab Warning

Clashes between Syrian troops and suspected deserters reportedly killed 17 soldiers, a rights group said Saturday, as Arab foreign ministers condemned the murder of dozens of civilians during anti-regime protests.

The latest civilian bloodletting came on Friday as worshippers emerging from weekly Muslim prayers swarmed streets in the central protest hub of Homs and other towns urging a Libya-style no-fly zone to protect civilians and encourage army deserters.

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U.S. Envoy: Hamas Vulnerable to Arab Spring

Hamas could be swept out of power by the Arab Spring if the Palestinian Authority is able to show "tangible" results from peace negotiations with Israel, a top U.S. diplomat said Thursday.

"The Palestinians are no more immune to the currents of change and demand for democratization, reform and freedom than any of the other people in the region," said Ambassador David Hale, the U.S. envoy for Middle East Peace.

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Syrian-American Pleads Not Guilty to Spying on Dissidents

A Syrian-American pleaded not guilty in U.S. court Friday to charges he spied on anti-Assad protesters and handed recordings to Syrian intelligence in a bid to silence the opposition.

Mohamad Anas Haitham Soueid, 47, was remanded to custody by U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton, who set a March 5 trial date.

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Spain Summons Syria Envoy over Alleged Abuses

Spain summoned Syria's ambassador to Madrid on Friday, complaining of allegations that members of his embassy abused Syrian opposition sympathizers on Spanish soil, the Spanish government said.

The foreign ministry summoned ambassador Hussamedin Ala'a "after repeated complaints by Syrian and Spanish-Syrian citizens, opponents of the current regime, of acts allegedly committed by members of the embassy in clear abuse of their status," it said in a statement.

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Yemenis Demand Saleh's Trial as Top Officer Killed in Aden

Yemenis marched by the thousands on Friday demanding President Ali Abdullah Saleh be tried, as a woman was killed by a sniper and five other people were wounded, four critically, witnesses said.

Meanwhile, an officer in charge of an anti-terrorism unit in the main southern city of Aden was killed in a car blast that was blamed on al-Qaida.

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Thousands of Egyptians Call on Military to Leave Power

Several thousand protesters in Cairo called on the ruling military on Friday to promptly transfer power to a civilian government and exclude old regime figures from politics.

The protesters in Tahrir Square, the epicenter of Egypt's uprising that ousted president Hosni Mubarak in February, chanted "down with the military" and called on the ruling generals to "return to the barracks."

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Obama Congratulates Saudis on New Crown Prince

U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday congratulated Saudi King Abdullah on the selection of Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz as his heir, noting the new crown prince's counterterrorism record.

"I congratulate King Abdullah and the Saudi people on the selection of Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz as crown prince. We in the United States know and respect him for his strong commitment to combating terrorism and supporting regional peace and security," Obama said in a statement.

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