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November 14, 2012 | By Raja Abdulrahim
AMMAN, Jordan -- Anti-government protesters and security forces clashed Wednesday night as demonstrations broke out for a second day in Jordan's capital in response to the cut of fuel subsidies and rising prices. Riot police and soldiers in Amman fired tear gas and attacked protesters with batons and activists said at least 10 people were arrested. Teachers and lawyers went on strike Wednesday and more protests and strikes are expected in the coming days. Demonstrations were held in several other Jordanian cities as well.
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April 13, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been corrected and updated. See below for details.
MOSCOW -- Vowing that the Russian takeover of Crimea would not be repeated elsewhere in the east of his country, Ukraine's interim president gave separatists until Monday to lay down their arms and surrender government buildings they have seized or face a crackdown by military forces. Those separatists who don't fire on security forces and surrender their weapons will not be prosecuted, President Oleksandr Turchynov promised Sunday. “The Council of National Security and Defense has decided to carry out a large-scale anti-terrorist operation with the use of armed forces of Ukraine,” Turchynov said in a televised address to the nation Sunday afternoon.
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August 13, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
CAIRO -- Egyptian security forces firing tear gas moved early Wednesday to break up anti-government protests as supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi fired slingshots and hurled rocks at advancing police while military helicopters skimmed the Cairo skyline. State TV carried images of black smoke and chaos as security forces, clad in riot gear, pushed toward a sit-in at Cairo University. At a second operation across the Nile, police fired tear gas and bulldozers rolled toward barricades to disperse thousands of pro-Morsi loyalists outside the Rabaa al Adawiya mosque.
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April 13, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Paul Richter
MOSCOW - Vowing that the Russian takeover of Crimea would not be repeated elsewhere in the east of his country, Ukraine's interim president gave separatists until Monday to lay down their arms and surrender government buildings they have seized or face a crackdown by military forces. Those separatists who don't fire on security forces and who surrender their weapons will not be prosecuted, President Oleksandr Turchynov said Sunday. "The Council of National Security and Defense has decided to carry out a large-scale anti-terrorist operation with the use of armed forces of Ukraine," Turchynov said in a televised address Sunday afternoon.
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September 16, 2013 | By Laura King and Ingy Hassieb
CAIRO -- Egyptian security forces on Monday stormed a community where supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi had seized control weeks earlier, news reports and officials said. The Coptic Christian minority in Dalga, about 190 miles south of Cairo, had reported a harsh campaign of intimidation by militants who burned churches and shook them down for protection money. About one-sixth of the town's 120,000 residents are Christians. In the wake of the dawn offensive, residents told the Associated Press that they were ordered to stay indoors and that entrances into the community were sealed off while security forces conducted house-to-house searches for Islamist militants.
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March 17, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO  - A state-appointed human rights panel on Monday blamed both sides for the deadly violence seven months ago when security forces broke up protest camps set up by supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. The National Council for Human Rights, releasing its findings at a news conference, said it had confirmed the deaths of 632 people, most of them protesters. Egyptian and international human rights groups have put the toll over several days in mid-August at nearly double that.
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June 7, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
Syrian state television claimed Monday that 120 members of the nation's security forces were killed by armed groups in recent days in a report that said the government was prepared to "deal firmly and sternly" with any such attacks against its rule. The broadcast cited no sources and offered no footage to verify the report of a "massacre" by gunmen at a police station in the restive northwest city of Jisr Shughur, the site of weeks of ongoing clashes between security forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and pro-democracy protesters inspired by revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia.
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December 7, 2009 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Reporting from Beirut — Protests surged in Iran as students around the country clashed this afternoon with security forces armed with clubs in the latest round of street confrontations over the nation's disputed presidential elections. Police shot tear gas canisters at protesters chanting "Death to the dictator" and setting garbage bins afire. Hundreds of security forces in riot gear stood alongside streets, witnesses said. Pro-government Basiji militiamen had been allowed to flood university campuses since early in the morning to prevent protests from breaking out, students said.
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December 25, 2009 | By Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim
Several thousand protesters took to the streets of Tehran on Thursday and clashed with security forces in the latest round of unrest over Iran's disputed June presidential election, according to witnesses and amateur video posted on the Internet. The latest unrest in the nation's capital comes as Iran steels itself for a potential outbreak of violence around the country this weekend during Ashura, the annual commemoration of the 7th century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, a grandson of the prophet Muhammad and a revered figure in Iran's Shiite Muslim faith.
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August 14, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Ingy Hassieb
CAIRO -- Columns of smoke rose, gunfire rattled and scores of protesters were killed early Wednesday when security forces clashed with loyalists of deposed president Mohamed Morsi in a bloody and chaotic military operation to crush two massive sit-ins. The streets of the capital echoed with bursts of tear gas and steady streams of automatic weapons fire as security forces backed by bulldozers and armored personnel carriers stormed pro-Morsi sit-ins at Cairo University and across the Nile outside the Rabaa al Adawiya mosque.
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March 17, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO  - A state-appointed human rights panel on Monday blamed both sides for the deadly violence seven months ago when security forces broke up protest camps set up by supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. The National Council for Human Rights, releasing its findings at a news conference, said it had confirmed the deaths of 632 people, most of them protesters. Egyptian and international human rights groups have put the toll over several days in mid-August at nearly double that.
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February 21, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - A suicide car bomber attacked the Somali presidential palace in Mogadishu on Friday, triggering a massive explosion, before about 10 heavily armed gunmen jumped out of two more vehicles and opened fire. Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamed, whose residence and office is in the presidential palace compound, known as Villa Somalia, was unharmed. Al Shabab, the Al Qaeda-linked Somali terror group that carried out last year's attack on a shopping mall in Kenya, claimed responsibility for the attack, Reuters reported.
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February 20, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine - The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday passed a measure calling for a halt to a day-old "anti-terrorism operation" and ordering all law enforcement officers to cease fire and return to their barracks, the UNIAN news service reported. If the steps are carried out, they could ease the political crisis that has cost scores of lives this week in clashes between protesters and security forces in Kiev, the capital. Even if the move is not successful, the ability of opposition lawmakers to push through the measure in a parliament dominated by the ruling Party of Regions was widely seen by them and many others as an important victory for their cause.
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February 18, 2014 | By Victoria Butenko and Carol J. Williams
KIEV, Ukraine - The 3-month-old uprising against Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich flared to a deadly crescendo Tuesday with antigovernment protesters setting fire to the ruling party headquarters and security forces storming their tent camp in what officials labeled "an anti-terror operation. " The Interior Ministry reported that at least nine people were killed: two police officers, an official of the ruling Party of Regions and six protesters. Opposition lawmaker Oleksandra Kuzhel said the death toll had grown to 15 after security forces moved against the encampment with stun grenades and water cannons.
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January 24, 2014 | By Laura King and Amro Hassan, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
CAIRO -- A trio of explosions in the Egyptian capital Friday, one of them an apparent vehicle bomb in front of a downtown security headquarters, killed at least five people and injured scores of others, according to officials and state media reports. Four of the deaths were reported at the security headquarters, where the powerful early-morning explosion sheared off the building's facade, shattered windows over a wide radius and damaged a museum building directly across the street. About three hours later, a second blast went off near a metro station a few miles away, killing one person, according to the Health Ministry.
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January 23, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- A strong explosion rocked a security headquarters in downtown Cairo, and state television reported at least three people were killed and 35 injured. The blast came on the eve of a holiday honoring the police. Attacks against security forces are common in Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula, but relatively rare in cities such as Cairo. A bombing at a security headquarters last month in the city of Mansoura, north of the capital, killed at least 15 people. Friday, the main Muslim prayer day, is a weekend day in Egypt, so relatively few passersby were in the vicinity of the early-morning explosion, but officers were on duty inside the building.
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December 29, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- An explosion hit a military intelligence building northeast of Cairo on Sunday, the second blast in less than a week to strike an Egyptian security installation. Four people were injured, the military's chief spokesman said. State television showed pictures of the damaged two-story building in the small town of Anshas, with a brick wall blown out on both the ground and upper floors. The cause was thought to have been a car bomb, state media reports said. Although Sunday's attack was much less serious than a deadly one Tuesday at a police headquarters in Mansoura, in northern Egypt, it revived concerns that an Islamist campaign against security forces is expanding from the Sinai peninsula to mainland Egypt.
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December 29, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- An explosion hit a military intelligence building northeast of Cairo on Sunday, the second blast in less than a week to strike an Egyptian security installation. Four people were injured, the military's chief spokesman said. State television showed pictures of the damaged two-story building in the small town of Anshas, with a brick wall blown out on both the ground and upper floors. The cause was thought to have been a car bomb, state media reports said. Although Sunday's attack was much less serious than a deadly one Tuesday at a police headquarters in Mansoura, in northern Egypt, it revived concerns that an Islamist campaign against security forces is expanding from the Sinai peninsula to mainland Egypt.
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December 25, 2013 | By Laura King and Amro Hassan
CAIRO -- In a sharp escalation of the confrontation between Egypt's military-backed administration and the Muslim Brotherhood, the interim government on Wednesday declared the Islamist movement a terrorist organization. The step gives Egyptian authorities even broader authority to move against the Brotherhood, which already has been the target of a harsh and sustained campaign by security forces and the judicial system. It has been nearly six months since Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was booted out of office by the Egyptian army, following massive nationwide demonstrations demanding his removal.
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