N. Africa, Mideast protests: Yemeni president fires 5 governors
Moammar Gadhafi was warned by the head of the United Nations that "further action may well be necessary" against his regime.
March 1st, 2011
09:00 PM ET

N. Africa, Mideast protests: Yemeni president fires 5 governors

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 interactive map 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, 10:00 p.m. ET, 5:00 a.m. local] The Canadian government has frozen $2.3B (CDN) in assets tied to the Libyan government, President Gadhafi and those associated with Gadhafi, a government spokeswoman said. The assets were frozen after Canada enacted sanctions over the weekend, Canadian Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Lynn Meahan said.

[LIBYA, 6:47 p.m. ET, 1:47 a.m. local] In Libya, the rivals for power appear to be heading a stalemate. CNN's Nic Robertson explains what's happening in the capital, Tripoli, why two cities in rebel control could be key to the country's future, and why neither side has the power to dislodge the other completely.

[LIBYA, 4:13 p.m. ET, 11:13 p.m. local] The U.N. General Assembly has adopted by consensus a resolution to oust Libya from its seat on the 47-member Human Rights Council.

[LIBYA, 3:53 p.m. ET, 10:53 p.m. local] U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday they have not seen independent confirmation corroborating reports that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has had Libya's military fire on Libyans from the air.

[WASHINGTON, 2:52 p.m. ET] U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday he has directed the Navy ships USS Kearsarge and USS Ponce to the Mediterranean as the United States positions ships in the region near Libya. The focus is on humanitarian assistance and evacuations, and there has been no authorization for use of force, he said.

[YEMEN, 12:01 p.m. ET, 8:01 p.m. local] Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh fired the governors of five of the nation's provinces, where anti-government protests have unfolded for several weeks. All five were appointed to other positions, according to a decree released Tuesday.

[WASHINGTON, 10:29 a.m. ET] U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that the United States has "joined the Libyan people in demanding that (Moammar Gadhafi) must go - now, without further violence or delay - and we are working to translate the world's outrage into action and results."

[IRAN, 10:12 a.m. ET Tuesday, 6:42 p.m. local] Security forces clashed with protesters and fired tear gas Tuesday in front of Tehran University, the opposition website Kaleme reported. Witnesses told CNN that police were out in force on the streets of the Iranian capital in anticipation of demonstrations called for Tuesday by supporters of two key opposition leaders.

[TUNISIA, 10:09 a.m. ET Tuesday, 4:09 p.m. local] At least three Tunisian government officials resigned Monday and Tuesday, the country's official news agency reported, in the wake of the resignation of the prime minister on Sunday.

[LIBYA, 7:15 a.m. ET Tuesday, 2:15 p.m. local] UNHCR staff at the Libya-Tunisia border say 14,000 people fled Libya for Tunisia on Monday and 10,000 to 15,000 are expected to cross today. Between 70,000 and 75,000 have crossed since February 20, officials said. They said they need a way to move these people from the border area to avoid a humanitarian crisis.

[YEMEN, 4:19 a.m. ET Tuesday, 12:19 p.m. local] Thousands of anti-government demonstrators gathered outside Sanaa University in the Yemeni capital Tuesday in a planned protest  by youth  groups, opposition leaders and even members of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's powerful tribal  group who want an end to Saleh's continued rule.

In a counter-demonstration, thousands of government loyalists descended in the city's Tahrir Square.

[LIBYA, 3:30 a.m. ET Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. local]
The European Parliament is scheduled to discuss the turmoil in Libya on Tuesday, a day after the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations said Moammar Gadhafi sounded "delusional" and a Libyan woman said protesters will eventually succeed in ousting Gadhafi because "too much blood has been shed."

[VENEZUELA, 2:37 a.m. ET Tuesday, 3:07 a.m. local] Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez claims the United States' criticisms of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi have a clear aim: military invasion.

"Let's not  get carried away by the drums of war, because the United States, I  am sure that they are exaggerating and distorting things to justify an  invasion," Chavez said Monday, according to Venezuelan state media.

Chavez is a longtime ally of Gadhafi.

[OMAN, 1:04 a.m. ET Tuesday, 10:04 a.m. local]
A fourth day of demonstrations are expected in Oman on Tuesday, this time in the capital Muscat.

On Monday, anti-government protesters in the key port city of Sohar refused to end protests despite orders from the sultan to hire 50,000 people and pay a stipend to people who are out of work, sources in the Gulf state told CNN.

[YEMEN, 12:55 a.m. ET Tuesday, 8:55 a.m. local]
Youth  groups, opposition leaders and even members of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's powerful tribal  group are expected to take to the streets Tuesday to protest his continued rule.

The demonstrations come a day after the country's main opposition bloc rejected Saleh's call to form a unity government until elections to replace him are held. The bloc said its goal is simply "the fall of the regime."

[IRAN, 12:40 a.m. ET Tuesday, 9:10 a.m. local]
Supporters of Iranian opposition leaders Mir Hossein Moussavi and Mehdi Karrubi have called for demonstrations Tuesday to protest the two men's reported imprisonment.

[LIBYA, 8:30 p.m. ET Monday, 3:30 a.m. local]
After United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday about possible measures to take regarding Libya, Ban told reporters that "further action may well be necessary."

Gadhafi "has lost his legitimacy when he declared war on his people," Ban said of the Libyan leader. "This is again a totally unacceptable situation. I sincerely hope and urge him to listen to the peoples' call. That's my message to him."

American officials slapped sanctions on Libya on Friday, and the U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Libya on Saturday.

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soundoff (153 Responses)
  1. Cesar

    Hey Mohammad y pablo. 😉 Que ustedes quieren ir chapuza de embalaje más tarde?

    March 1, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mohamad

    Hey fake Cesar quit trying to speak spanish you sound like a fool

    March 1, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      hey gramma is ready for u she says she's feelin good tonight she says you may get lucky

      March 1, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jesus

    Oh and dad wants an end to that weird sword fighting stuff. If you want to harm your own weewee that's ur choice, but don't think you have the right to go all cbt on someone else. Sick bassterds!

    March 1, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary


      March 1, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Hey you Phunnie,I don't mind so much that post your jokes and right-wing mumbo-jumbo under my name,but can you leave Jesus out of it??? That's getting blasphemous!

      March 2, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Sorry folks,I meant Phunnie boy,not "Phunnie" above. This posting under the name of Jesus is going to far like I said above. Impersonating me is one thing but another to blaspheme.

      March 2, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mohammad

    Anyone know of any younger boys who like older men? You know how the Superfriends roll 😉

    March 1, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      NOOOO not u

      March 1, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mohamad

    Ok Mary I understand I'm not that young either I'm 50 and my name is Ellis

    March 1, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      you should post under that name i like

      March 1, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mohamad

    Mary don't pay attention to the fake mohamad

    March 1, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      what is this every one has some copying them next u know there will be a fake mary there is a word for this szyo

      March 1, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mohamad

    Now you sound like the fake, you will learn to recognize the people by how they write and express themselves

    March 1, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      ya i can recognize the fake Cesar but i have only been reading this blog for the past few days

      March 1, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    casey on american idol just sung "i will put a spell on u" OMG love him to the top and beyond

    March 1, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ellis

    Ok Mary happy?

    March 1, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      sounds bluesy love it

      March 1, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ellis

    I'm writing from my blackberry, I was working till late in the free zone(Panama)

    March 1, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      not sure if i should get a blackberry or iphone right now i have a straight talk phone

      March 1, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      i can write on FB from my phone but not sure how to do it from this blog to my phone

      March 1, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. PrinceAlbertSpadeAh

    Don't you tell me how to run my crew!!! Gar! I'm wonderfully Mad at my tea party! My wife serves me a salty cream pie every night and I love it Gar!!! Cesar and phil and tomcat and Jesus and Muhammad are my little tranny servants! Gar!!!! Har har! Don't tell me how to police my flock! I'm above God! Who wants to sword fight? I like little boys too. MJ was possesed by Jesus' ghost! But Gar! Don't tell me how to run my planet!

    March 1, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      you must have gotten into those drugs Gadhafi was talking my poor poor misslead fool

      March 1, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ellis

    It depends on your friends(if they have blackberry it would nice for you and easy to chat with them or me I just have to gibve you my pin number and that's it we can talk for free and instantly) the I phone is good also but I think the BlkBerry is more user friendly

    March 1, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      blackberry it is then, how do you connect to post from your phone on this blog

      March 1, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ellis

    you go to cnn and from there you go into this blog its very easy, what I do now is save this page so we can keep talking tmrw

    March 1, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      sorry i can blog from my phone but it is soo much easier from my computer i think i am going to get a IPAD i was looking at one the other day , gonna wait the the IPAD 2 comes out so the price of the IPAD 1 will be less bucks

      March 1, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ellis

    I have a BlackBerry and it's horribly slow while surfing the net. It has no flash support either. The Apps kinda suck too. The only feature I like is having all my email sent to my phone. If I had a choice I would go with an iPhone or a good Droid phone. Considering you're paying an extra $30 a month you should get the most for ur money.. I don't even know phones. I'm such a loser. Now back to the little boys....

    March 1, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      you just told me the blackberry is better , and what little boys ?

      March 1, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ellis

    Sorry Marry there is someone using my name I think you can notice it.

    March 1, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      ok thanks for the heads up did u see my post about the fact yes i can get this blog from my phone but i hate it i want the IPOD but it will be awhile before i get it at least till the IPOD 2 comes out so i dont have to pay so much for the ipod 1

      March 1, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
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