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Monday, March 28, 2011
Anti-government protesters salute during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa,Yemen. (AP)

In Syria, security forces have opened fire on demonstrators in at least 6 locations. Unrest continues in Jordan with nearly 200 dead after police broke up a pro-reform protest camp in Amman. We look at the cultural and historical factors leading individual governments to respond in different ways.

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Monday, March 14, 2011
Anti-government protesters react to tear gas fired by riot police along a main highway in Manama, Bahrain. (AP)

One thousand troops from Saudi Arabia, and backed by other Gulf nations, have reportedly been invited by Bahrain today to protect the government from pro-democracy demonstrators.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Anti-Gadhafi rebels ride on a truck with a multiple rocket launcher, as flames rises from a fuel storage facility that was attacked during fighting with pro-fighters, in Sedra, eastern Libya. (AP)

As Libyan warplanes launch air strikes, many countries continue to debate creating a no-fly zone over Libya. Britain and France want the UN to create one, the US is debating one, too. But what about the Arab League and Turkey?

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Saif al Gadhafi, son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, gives his thumbs up when arriving for the traditional opera ball in front of the state opera in Vienna, on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010. (AP)

As events unfold in Libya, Moammar Gadhafi’s children have increasingly taken center stage. One son commands a personal army believed to be behind brutal attacks against demonstrators, another reportedly plotted a coup against his father.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi smells flowers given to him by a supporter as he drives away in an electric golf cart after speaking in Tripoli, Libya, Wednesday, March 2, 2011. (AP)

As anti-regime and pro-Gadhafi forces battled in the eastern oil port of Brega, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said he would fight to the “last man and last woman” to defend his country. The BBC’s Abdul Rahim Al Farsi was present for Gadhafi’s address and he has a update from Tripoli.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Unidentified pro-Gadhafi security forces stand near a checkpoint on a street in Qasr Banashir, southeast of the capital Tripoli, in Libya. (AP)

Witnesses say pro-Gadhafi forces battled opposition forces in the city of Zawiya, outside of Tripoli, for six hours overnight, but could not retake control of the city 30 miles west of Tripoli.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Egyptians who worked Libya and fled the unrest in the country wait to register as they arrive at a refugee camp set up by the Tunisian army, at the Tunisia-Libyan border, in Ras Ajdir, Tunisia. (AP)

A UN official expressed concern that racism may be a factor in what the organization warns is a looming crisis along the Libya-Tunisia border, as tens of thousands flee unrest in Libya.

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Monday, February 28, 2011
Human Rights council members follow a speech by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton,at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. (AP )

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Geneva, Switzerland today to rally international pressure against Libya, as the European Union agreed to an economic blockade of the country. We look at the international community’s options in Libya.

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Friday, February 25, 2011
Traders work the crude oil options pit at the New York Mercantile Exchange in New York. (AP)

As the fight for control of Libya continues, world markets are fluctuating as they traders to determine how Libya’s political future will affect its oil future. We examine Libya’s oil reserves and how important they are to world oil production.

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Friday, February 25, 2011
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, anti-government protesters celebrate in the east Libyan city of Albayda. (AP/Xinhua)

As opposition leaders close in on Tripoli, American business and consulting firms that work in the country are keeping a close eye developments there. We take a look at one Boston-based firm that Libya hired to improve its image after sanctions were dropped in 2004.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011
Gunmen prepared to fight against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi stand on a small military truck with weapons taken from a Libyan military base, in Benghazi, Libya, on Thursday Feb. 24, 2011. (AP)

A Libyan woman described a Tripoli with empty streets, and residents hunkered down indoors out of fear. A man in Benghazi said of the country’s leader Gadhafi, “we need someone to tell the guy: ‘Come on pack your bags and go.’”

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Thursday, February 24, 2011
This image taken from amateur video obtained Thursday Feb. 24, 2011 and released by Libyan opposition groups, purportedly shows a crushed red car surrounded by a gesticulating and distressed crowd, as tanks roll in the distance releasing exhaust smoke between Feb 18-19, 2011 in Benghazi, Libya. (AP Photo via APTN)

Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi told state TV that Osama bin Laden is to blame for the uprising in Libya, as opposition groups continue to make gains in the east. We speak with two Libyans in Tripoli and Benghazi, who tell us what they see on the ground.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
A Libyan boy flashes a V sign as he protests against Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi, in Tobruk, Libya, on Wednesday Feb. 23, 2011. (AP)

In Libya, protesters continue to make gains as foreigners flee. In Yemen, thousands turned out in the capital protesting the government. And in Bahrain, the King is visiting Saudi Arabia seeking advice. We get a roundup of the news from the region.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Egyptians who fled Libya carry their belongings through the Salloum land port gate at the Egyptian-Libyan border on Tuesday. (AP)

There are reports that the streets of Tripoli, Libya, are littered today with the bodies of slain protesters, after pro-government forces cracked down on anti-government demonstrators by shooting anyone outside on sight. We get an update on what’s happening from a Libyan man in Tripoli.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011
A fire burns in a street in the Libyan capital Tripoli in the early hours Tuesday Feb. 22, 2011 in this image taken from TV. (AP/APTN)

31-year-old protester Ahmed tells Here & Now that despite a deadly government crackdown in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, protesters haven’t lost resolve. “Everyone in Libya has spoken, and they’re willing to give up their lives for the sake of freedom.”

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Monday, February 21, 2011
An elderly Yemeni anti-government demonstrator shouts slogans during a demonstration demanding the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen. (AP)

Rumors are swirling that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has left the capital of Tripoli, where a main government building is burning. In Yemen, the president is rejecting calls to step down. We take a closer look at the events playing out across the region, and who is in control now.

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Friday, February 18, 2011
Students in Plymouth, Mass. are watching the history that's unfolding in Egypt from their classroom.

As protests continue in the mideast, here in the U.S., students are getting a rare chance to watch history in the making. We touch down in one school, Plymouth South High School in Plymouth, Mass.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011
Bahraini soldiers in tanks and armored vehicles stand ready Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, near a main highway west of the capital of Manama, Bahrain. (AP)

The army has locked down the capital city of Manama, after riot police conducted an early morning raid on protesters, leaving at least five dead and hundreds injured. We get an update from the capital city of Manama.

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Monday, February 14, 2011
Bahraini demonstrators run from tear gas Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, as riot police disperse a protest in the village of Duraz, Bahrain, outside the capital of Manama. (AP)

Protests have broken out in Yemen, Bahrain, Algeria and Iran in the wake of Pres. Hosni Mubarak’s resignation in Egypt. Meanwhile, human rights activists in Egypt are trying to get more information about the dozens of people, who were possibly detained and are still missing after taking part in Egypt’s protests.

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Friday, February 11, 2011
An Egyptian woman cries as she celebrates the news of the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, who handed control of the country to the military, at night in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt Friday, Feb. 11, 2011. (AP)

Nobel Peace Laureate Mohammed El Baradei, an opposition figure, greeting Mubarak’s resignation by saying “this is the greatest day of my life.” We look at what the changes mean for Egyptians with Farouk El-Baz, a scientist from Boston University who is also an Egyptian.

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