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  • Yemeni President Pledges New Constitution VOA 10 Mar 2011 -- After a month of protests across Yemen, President Ali Abdullah Saleh has pledged to draft a new constitution, which he says will be voted on by the nation before the end of the year. An opposition spokesperson says the move is too little, too late.
  • YEMEN: Timeline of 2011 protests IRIN 10 Mar 2011 -- Nationwide protests demanding an end to the 32-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh have entered their sixth week, but the Yemeni leader is refusing to step down until 2013. About 30 protesters have been killed and hundreds injured in clashes with government troops or Saleh supporters. Below is a timeline highlighting key events since the protests began:
  • YEMEN: The view from Aden IRIN 10 Mar 2011 -- Some of the worst violence in Yemen as protesters demand the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been in the southern port city of Aden, where at least 20 people have been killed since mid-February.
  • Saudi Arabia Braces For Friday Protests, Particularly In Shi'ite East RFE/RL 10 Mar 2011 -- As opposition organizers in Saudi Arabia surreptitiously used the Internet to call fellow citizens out for a "Day of Rage" on March 11, there was no way of knowing how many would heed the call.
  • Ban urges parties in Bahrain to begin dialogue on reform and reconciliation UN News Centre 10 Mar 2011 -- Voicing his concern at the apparent impasse in launching a national dialogue in Bahrain, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all parties to work together to address political reforms and advance reconciliation.
  • Is Azerbaijan Ready For Its Own Revolution? RFE/RL 10 Mar 2011 -- Inspired by last month's Egyptian uprising, young activists in Azerbaijan are calling for antigovernment demonstrations on March 11 -- and using Facebook to spread the word.
  • China doubts Dalai Lama's retirement RIA Novosti 10 Mar 2011 -- China has said the Dalai Lama is "playing tricks" on the world by announcing he will retire as the political leader of the Tibet government.
  • Dalai Lama to Step Down as Tibetan Political Leader VOA 10 Mar 2011 -- In a move that is not unexpected, the Dalai Lama has announced his decision to step down as political leader of the exiled Tibetan movement.
  • Tensions High At U.S. Congressional Hearing On Muslim Radicalization RFE/RL 10 Mar 2011 -- Days of controversy - playing out through protests, debates on television news channels, and in the living rooms of average Americans - reached a crescendo on March 10 when the chairman of the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, Republican Peter King (California), opened a congressional hearing on the radicalization of American Muslims.
  • Congress Holds Hearing on Radicalization of US Muslims VOA 10 Mar 2011 -- Emotions ran high at a congressional hearing Thursday on the extent of radicalization in the U.S. Muslim community. The hearing has reignited a national debate on how best to fight domestic terrorism while respecting Americans' civil liberties and religious diversity in the country.
  • U.S. Vice President Meets Putin, Russian Opposition RFE/RL 10 Mar 2011 -- In a speech wrapping up his two-day visit to Moscow, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has reiterated Washington's support for Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization (WT) because it will lead to greater trade between the two countries.
  • Reset in Russian-U.S. relations works for whole world - Biden RIA Novosti 10 Mar 2011 -- The reset in relations between Russia and the United States is working for the whole world, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said during his visit to Moscow on Thursday.
  • Madagascar's Interim President to Form New Transitional Government VOA 10 Mar 2011 -- The government of Madagascar's de facto president Andry Rajoelina has resigned, in line with a regional mediation proposal to lead the country out of a two-year political crisis. On Thursday, several opposition parties signed an agreement recognizing Mr. Rajoelina as president until elections are held. But two key parties did not sign the document, while the party of ousted president Marc Ravalomanana may sign next week after submitting a counter-proposal calling for Mr. Rajoelina to have less power.
  • At UN, A Push To Get More Aggressive Against Piracy RFE/RL 10 Mar 2011 -- The UN Security Council will take up the issue of piracy on the high seas today, at the urging of China and Russia, two of the council's permanent members
  • Russia has no plans for Bout swap deal - Foreign Ministry RIA Novosti 10 Mar 2011 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed rumors on Thursday that it is planning to repatriate alleged arms dealer Viktor Bout through a swap deal with the United States.
  • Viktor Bout says no help from Russian authorities in his U.S. case RIA Novosti 10 Mar 2011 -- Alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout claims that Russian authorities have never responded to his requests for legal assistance in a case that could put him in a U.S. prison for life.
  • EU prepares new sanctions against Belarus - media RIA Novosti 10 Mar 2011 -- The European Union is preparing a new round of sanctions against the Belarusian authorities in response to a court ruling to jail three opposition figures, the EUobserver online paper said on Thursday.



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