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Tension still high in Arab world

Monday's developments, as instability and protests continued:


President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan, who has been in power for more than 20 years and faces international charges of genocide, will not run for office again after his current term ends in four years, a Sudanese government spokesman said Monday.


Egypt's top prosecutor on Monday asked the Foreign Ministry to seek help from foreign governments to seize ousted President Hosni Mubarak's assets, Egyptian state media reported. The prosecutor's request came as British Prime Minister David Cameron held talks with the interim leaders.


Tunisia's interior minister on Monday sought to dissolve the political party of the country's ousted autocratic president, while the government asked Saudi Arabia to extradite the widely reviled former first lady to face justice at home.


Yemen's embattled leader rejected demands that he step down, calling demonstrations against his regime unacceptable acts of provocation. But protests seeking President Ali Abdullah Saleh's ouster did not let up, as tens of thousands rallied in four cities, including the capital of Sana. An influential group of Muslim clerics called for a national unity government.


Tens of thousands of Bahrainis rallied in support of their beleaguered government Monday, raising new questions about whether the calls for major reforms will lead instead to more sectarianism for a key American strategic ally.


Dozens of students, trade unionists and political activists who gathered to watch Al-Jazeera and BBC news reports on the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt have been arrested on suspicion of plotting to oust President Robert Mugabe.

Times wires

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