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Bahrain on Tuesday banned all protests and gatherings to ensure "security is maintained" after a spate of clashes between Shiite-led demonstrators and security forces in the Sunni-ruled country.
A new rebel group boasting some 1,000 fighters launched an operation Sunday to capture Syria's largest city, Aleppo, while government troops using helicopter gunships and heavy artillery rolled back opposition gains in the capital, Damascus.
A Libyan aid boat carrying supplies for Gaza was sailing toward Egypt late Tuesday instead of trying to run a naval blockade of the Palestinian territory, Israeli military officials said, apparently defusing a confrontation on the high seas.
"There is agreement on the need for the rapid resignation of President Bashar al-Assad," Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani told journalists following a ministerial meeting of the Arab League in Doha.
He urged Mr. Assad to make the "courageous" decision in order to save his country where fierce fighting raged on Sunday between government troops and rebels.