N. Africa, Mideast protests: Egyptian stock market set to reopen Tuesday
Protesters in the Libyan city of Zawiya on Sunday.
February 27th, 2011
02:01 PM ET

N. Africa, Mideast protests: Egyptian stock market set to reopen Tuesday

Across the Middle East and North Africa, CNN's reporters and iReporters are covering protests, many of them inspired by revolts in Tunisia and Egypt that toppled those countries' longtime rulers. Check out our story explaining the roots of the unrest in each country and full coverage of the situation in Libya. Have a story to tell from the scene? Click here to send an iReport. CNN's Fareed Zakaria breaks down what the movements toward democracy mean.

Developments on unrest in the Middle East and North Africa:


[LIBYA, 8:50 p.m. ET, 3:50 a.m. local] Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has criticized a resolution that the U.N. Security Council passed against his regime, telling private Serbian station Pink TV by phone that council members "took a decision based on media reports that are based abroad."

He added, "If the Security Council wants to know about something, they should have sent a fact-finding committee."

The resolution, passed over the weekend, includes an arms embargo, an asset freeze and travel bans for Gadhafi and members of his family and associates.

[GAZA, 3:41 p.m. ET, 10:41 p.m. local] A Palestinian militant was killed in east Gaza Sunday in an Israeli air strike, according to Palestinian medical and security officials. An Israel Defense Force spokeswoman denied that such an attack took place.

[EGYPT, 2:53 p.m. ET, 9:53 p.m. local] Officials say the Egypt Stock Exchange plans to open on Tuesday. The markets have been closed since January 27.

[LIBYA, 1:45 p.m. ET, 8:44 p.m. local] The British government said Sunday it is freezing the assets of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, members of his family, and those acting on their behalf.

[LIBYA, 9 a.m. ET, 4:15 p.m. local] Protests are picking up in Libya's western city of Zawiya with former security forces who said they have switched sides and joined the opposition. About 150 people rallied outside the town in support of Gadhafi later on Sunday, in what appeared to be a hastily organized demonstration. CNN later saw a second small pro-government rally that may have been organized for the benefit of international journalists. The crisis in Libya is affecting oil prices, and how much Americans pay at the pump. To better understand why, CNN gets an explanation from an oil analyst.

The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a draft resolution to impose sanctions against Libya amid escalating attacks on anti-government protesters in the north African country.

The resolution draft includes an arms embargo, asset freeze and a travel ban. It also refers Libya to the International Criminal Court.

[YEMEN, 12:14 p.m. ET, 8:14 p.m. ET local] Thousands of people are protesting outside Sanaa University demanding that President Ali Abdullah Saleh resign. Representatives said the youth-dominated sit-in will not budge until he leaves. On Saturday, leaders of two prominent tribal groups, the Hashid-dominated National Solidarity Council and the Baqil tribe, said they would send members to join the protests calling for Saleh's resignation. Time magazine weighs in on how long the protests in Yemen might last.

[TUNISIA, 11 a.m. ET, 5:18 p.m. ET local] Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi's resignation Sunday came a day after three people were killed during protests in the capital, Tunis. "I am resigning today because I am not willing to be a person that takes decisions that could cause casualties," he told reporters Sunday. He also questioned "why a lot of people considered their main target to keep attacking the government, although a lot of its members agreed to join in this critical time."

[TUNISIA, 10 a.m. ET, 4:21 p.m. local] The prime minister of Tunisia has stepped down from the interim government, according to the country's official news agency.

[OMAN, 9 a.m. ET, 6:10 a.m. local] At least two protesters were killed and about 10 injured during clashes between protesters and police in the Omani industrial town of Sohar, according to reports from state media and Oman TV editor Asma Rshid. "The police shot them because they burned shops and cars in Sohar," Rshid said. Another source said police fired rubber bullets. A number of police had also reportedly been injured, but CNN has not been able to confirm how many.


[TUNISIA, 9:12 p.m. ET, 3:12 a.m. local] Protests in Tunisia turned violent and deadly Saturday, just over six weeks after a popular uprising forced the president out of office, and lit a spark of desire for democratic reform in parts of Africa and the Middle East.

Three people were killed Saturday and nine others injured during mayhem in the capital, Tunis, according to a Interior Ministry statement cited by the state-run news agency, Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP).

More than 100 people were arrested, the ministry said, in the area around Habib Bourguiba Avenue, in the city's center, accused of "acts of destruction and burning."

[LIBYA, 4:58 p.m. ET, 11:58 p.m. local] City councils in areas no longer loyal to Moammar Gadhafi have chosen former Justice Minister Mustafa Abdul Jalil to head an interim government which will represent all of Libya, according to Amal Bogagies, a member of the February 17 Uprising coalition, and a separate Libyan opposition source.

[LIBYA, 4:40 p.m. ET, 11:40 p.m. local] President Barack Obama, in a statement issued Saturday after reports that forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi had fired on civilians, said "that when a leader's only means of staying in power is to use mass violence against his own people, he has lost the legitimacy to rule and needs to do what is right for his country by leaving now."

The White House statement was  issued after Obama spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

[BAHRAIN, 9:37 a.m. ET, 5:37 p.m. local] Exiled opposition leader Hassan Mushaima has arrived back in Manama, Bahrain. Mushaima, leader of the Haq Movement, had told followers earlier in the week that he had been detained in Beirut, Lebanon.

[YEMEN, 2 a.m. ET, 10 a.m. local] Four people were killed and 26 wounded in clashes Friday night between anti-government protesters and security forces in southern Yemen, medical officials in Aden said Saturday.

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  1. Cesar

    @Mary, Someone with poor social skills is using my name, RuffNutt's name, Philip's name, and banasy's name to get attention. Oh well, once a troll, always a troll. Hahaahaah monkey .

    February 27, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    @Mary,now I need to pinch myself that I'm still cesar. Why impersonation men?

    February 27, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar


    February 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |

    i feel let down... i figured i'd be cloned today already...

    February 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Fort leavenworth kansas

    commander caldwell scandal ...afghanistan.. Cover up by kansas officers..offspring..local police..politicians and wives..read all about it.

    February 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bobby q.

    well u guys have a very interesting conversation going on here

    February 27, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Darrin G

    Big story here in Chicago of a police officer being shot and a mexican drug cartel, NOW can we invade Mexico?

    February 27, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |

    anyone else see that movie machette? it was good..

    February 27, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mary


    February 27, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Hello Mary,I'm Phunnie boy here. How do you do?

      February 27, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Gee Phunnie boy,I didn't know that you were a gigolo. No wonder you're such a right-wing fanatic!

      February 27, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      how do you do Cesar-Phunnie Boy

      February 27, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. leeintulsa

    From what i'm reading, the oil fields are already free and he's floating on what little unfrozen assets are out there. And the gold he has laying around. Hope he paid the mercs up front.

    February 27, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Saint Peter II

    Obama is wise to stand back re Libya as our support is the kiss of death in that area. Gaddafi is circling the bowl and doesn’t have supporters, he has employees. He may blame LSD or anyone that pops up in his feverish mind for Libya's problems, but a lot of the fireworks are being supplied by private military contractors. Private Military Contractors or mercenaries as they were previously known have been showing up a lot in the news lately! They deserve full court press of attention particularly from the UN. From Libya to Pakistan and Iraq their exploits have been major news. There is however nothing new about mercenaries and to see an exclusive 2000 year old picture of them on the job at Golgotha Hill go to Citizen Editorial cartoons 'n text at http://www.saintpeterii.com/blog/?p=417

    February 27, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mary

    i'm back is any one still here , Cesar were are u

    February 27, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mary

    RuffNutt , you here

    February 27, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mary

    all my buddies are fast asleep dreaming fairies and BEER

    February 27, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Arlon

    Gadhafi's son released a video rallying whatever supporters are left of Gadhafi, sounds like the next 24 hrs are going to be bloody...

    February 27, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
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