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March 5, 2011 | By Barbara Demick and David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
Whoever is sending out the mysterious tweets calling for regular Sunday afternoon "strolls" around China has come up with a highly effective psychological operation against the government, sending a paranoid security apparatus chasing at shadows. The possibility that somebody might heed the coy calls to protest led Chinese security to virtually shut down some of the most heavily trafficked sites in the country: a McDonald's on the popular Wangfujing pedestrian mall in downtown Beijing and Shanghai's People's Park.
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February 11, 2011 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
In the din of frantic phoning and texting that has characterized these tense days in Cairo, unusual messages arrived this week that left many Egyptians squinting at their cellphones: "Police have returned to streets to protect citizens and their security. Please cooperate with them. " Another said: "The police will be nothing but at the service of the people and their protection. " For the most part, these communiques from the police state have been greeted with puzzlement, if not derision.
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February 25, 2011 | By Alice Fordham and Raheem Salman, Los Angeles Times
Anti-government protests across Iraq on Friday led to violent clashes between some demonstrators and security forces, leaving at least 11 people dead and many buildings in flames. Inspired by protests in countries such as Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, Iraqis marched outside official buildings and in town centers calling for less corruption, more jobs and better public services as part of a "day of rage. " Protesters reportedly were killed in the cities of Mosul, Hawija, Tikrit and Kalar.
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May 24, 2011 | By Iona Craig, Los Angeles Times
Gun battles raged across the capital Monday between government forces and fighters from Yemen's most powerful tribe, prompting fears of civil war after President Ali Abdullah Saleh balked over the weekend at signing a transfer-of-power agreement. Smoke billowed from fires at the Interior Ministry and the head office of the national airline, Yemenia, witnesses said. Nearby residents fled their homes when gunmen took over a school opposite the ministry to launch rocket-propelled grenades at the government building.
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July 8, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi and Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
Syrian authorities have intensified a campaign to detain the same opposition activists with whom they recently vowed to begin a dialogue, as the nation braced for another potentially bloody weekend of violence against those opposed to the autocratic rule of President Bashar Assad. Security forces loyal to Assad continued their siege of the restive city of Hama on Thursday. A witness said that water and electricity had been cut in large parts of the city and that armored vehicles had surrounded the entry points, allowing only women and children to flee what appears to be an impending military assault.
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November 5, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim
Iran's capital erupted in chaos and violence today as anti-government protestors and security forces clashed on the 30th anniversary of the seizing of the U.S. Embassy by radical students. Today's demonstration did not appear to be as large as the huge marches that erupted following the disputed June 12 reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But the protest, the largest in six weeks, struck at one of the ideological pillars of the Islamic Republic by showing that a sizable chunk of Iranians disagree with hard-liners' anti-American agenda.
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September 14, 2010 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
A U.S. government study released Monday found that Iraq has a budget surplus of $52.1 billion, with $11.8 billion that is readily available for spending on its security forces. The study by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, comes as lawmakers prepare to debate a $2-billion funding request from the White House for the Iraqi security forces. "Billions of dollars that Iraq has budgeted for security have gone unused. As U.S. troops withdraw, the Iraqi government must take a larger role in providing security throughout the country," the report said.
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March 13, 2011 | By Haley Sweetland Edwards, Los Angeles Times
Security forces opened fire on antigovernment protesters when they awoke for prayers Saturday morning near Sana University, killing at least one and injuring hundreds, witnesses said. Security forces used tasers, tear gas, water cannons and live ammunition against the camped-out protesters, witnesses said. A government statement said the forces moved against the protesters at the request of residents in the area who felt besieged. The statement said the live ammunition was used by unaffiliated "third parties.
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March 11, 2011 | By Neela Banerjee, Los Angeles Times
Saudi security forces on Thursday dispersed a protest by Shiite Muslims in restive Eastern province with percussion grenades and rubber bullets, wounding five people, witnesses in the city of Qatif said. The crackdown heightened fear that nationwide demonstrations scheduled in Saudi Arabia for Friday could turn violent. The Shiite minority has long complained about religious and employment discrimination in the Sunni Muslim-dominated kingdom. They have been holding more frequent protests in the last few weeks, demanding equal treatment and the freeing of political prisoners.
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July 20, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi and Roula Hajjar, Los Angeles Times
Syrian security forces reportedly killed at least 16 people in Syria's third-largest city Tuesday amid allegations that the government of President Bashar Assad was attempting to bolster its widely challenged rule by intensifying the country's sectarian tensions. The shootings took place at a funeral procession for victims of the ongoing violence in the city of Homs, about 90 miles north of Damascus. Amateur video posted to the Internet by activists showed panicked residents fleeing amid the roar of automatic weapons fire.
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