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, 6:43 p.m. ET, 1:43 a.m. local] U.S. military aircraft and French charter jets joined efforts to get tens of thousands of people fleeing the fighting in Libya back home Thursday as the United Nations called for stepped-up aid to refugees.
Nearly 180,000 people, mainly foreign workers, have fled to the neighboring nations of Tunisia and Egypt amid fighting between government troops and rebels pushing to oust longtime strongman Moammar Gadhafi, the U.N. refugee agency reported. About 95,000 people have crossed into Tunisia and another 83,000 into Egypt, the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees estimated.
[LIBYA, 1:38 p.m. ET, 8:38 p.m. local] President Barack Obama said Thursday he approved the use of U.S. military aircraft to help return to Egypt those Egyptian citizens who have fled to Tunisia to escape unrest in neighboring Libya.
[LIBYA, 7:14 a.m. ET, 2:14 p.m. local] Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the International Criminal Court prosecutor, said the body is investigating Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and other government officials for crimes against humanity.
[EGYPT, 6:38 a.m. ET, 1:38 p.m.] Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who is still at his residence in Sharm el-Sheikh, will be brought to Cairo next week for questioning in a corruption case, the prosecutor general's office told Mustafa Bakri, a former member of Egypt's parliament, who brought the case.
The Arab League summit scheduled for March 29 in Baghdad has been postponed because the situation is unstable in many of the countries in the group, an Iraqi government spokesman said. The summit will be rescheduled for no later than May 15 and will still be held in Baghdad, said Ali Hadi al-Moussawi, a spokeman for Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
[LIBYA, 6:27 a.m. ET, 1:27 p.m. local] The German embassy in the Libyan capital of Tripoli has been closed for security reasons, the German Foreign Office said Thursday.
[LIBYA, 4:23 a.m. ET, 11:23 a.m.] Two bombs were droppedĀ on military camps in the eastern Libyan town of Ajdabiya on Thursday, a tribal leader said.
Another bomb was dropped in al-Brega between the oil facility and the airport, but there were no injuries or damage, witnesses said.
Al-Brega, which has key oil and natural gas facilities, was also bombed Wednesday.
[NETHERLANDS, 3:38 a.m. ET, 9:38 a.m.] Three Dutch Navy personnel were captured by armed men loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi during an evacuation operation on Sunday, the Netherlands Ministry of Defence said Thursday.
"Intensive diplomatic negotiations" are going on between Dutch and Libyan authorities and relatives of the crew are being kept informed, said Otte Beeksma, a spokesman for the Dutch Ministry of Defense.
The crew members were trying to evacuate a Dutch citizen from the Sirte area when they were taken prisoner, he said.
[NETHERLANDS, 3:16 a.m. ET, 9:16 a.m.] Three Dutch Navy personnel were captured by armed men loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi during an evacuation operation on Sunday, the Netherlands Ministry of Defense told CNN Thursday.
[LIBYA, 1:49 a.m. ET, 8:49 a.m.] Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has spoken with embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi about a proposal to bring an international mediation team to Libya, Venezuela's information minister confirmed Wednesday.
The two leaders conversed Tuesday, Minister Andrez Izarra said in a post on his Twitter account.FULL STORY