Violence marks anti-authoritarian protests

Anti-government protesters control Benghazi, Libya, as dissent fills the streets of Yemen, Bahrain and Morocco.

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh speaks during a media conference in Sanaa, Yemen, on Monday, Feb. 21, 2011. Mr. Saleh rejected demands that he step down and said the widespread demonstrations against his regime were unacceptable acts of provocation, though he renewed calls for talks with the protesters. After a week and a half of marches that have left nine dead, Mr. Saleh said that he had ordered the army to fire at demonstrators "only in case of self-defense." (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh speaks during a media conference in Sanaa, Yemen, on Monday, Feb. 21, 2011. Mr. Saleh rejected demands that he step down and said the widespread demonstrations against his regime were unacceptable acts of provocation, though he renewed calls for talks with the protesters. After a week and a half of marches that have left nine dead, Mr. Saleh said that he had ordered the army to fire at demonstrators "only in case of self-defense." (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

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