Image: Egyptian police escape from a fire in a building in the Egyptian Interior Ministry compound in central Cairo
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Egyptian police escape from a fire in a building in the Egyptian Interior Ministry compound in central Cairo on Tuesday. A ministry source said it was probably linked to a protest by police demanding the minister's resignation. Ambulances and at least five fire engines raced to the scene of the blaze.
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updated 3/22/2011 2:03:54 PM ET 2011-03-22T18:03:54

Latest developments in the unrest sweeping the Arab world from North Africa to the Persian Gulf:

Libya: American fighter jet crashes
A U.S. fighter jet crashes in Libya's rebel held east, both crew ejecting safely as the aircraft spins from the sky during the third night of the U.S. and European air campaign. Moammar Gadhafi's forces shell rebels regrouping in the dunes outside a key eastern city, and his snipers and tanks roam the last major opposition-held city in the west.

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Yemen: President pledges to step down
Yemen's embattled U.S.-backed president pledges to step down more than a year early but refuses to immediately resign, infuriating tens of thousands of demonstrators demanding his ouster. The opposition says it will not accept President Ali Abdullah Saleh's offer to resign by year's end in response to nationwide anti-government protests, which have swelled dramatically since security forces opened fatally shot more than 40 demonstrators on Friday.

Saudi Arabia: Municipal elections next month
Saudi Arabia announced Tuesday it will hold municipal elections next month after a delay of a year and a half that had angered rights activists. In a setback to reform advocates, the voting on April 23 will not be open to women. The kingdom held its first municipal elections in 2005, the first elections ever held under the absolute monarchy.

Bahrain: Tensions still high
Mourners bury a Shiite woman who witnesses say died at the hands of Bahrain's military shortly after emergency rule was imposed last week. The funeral is a reminder that emotions remain raw and tensions are still high between the Shiite majority, which make up the bulk of the opposition, and the kingdom's Sunni rulers and their allies.

Syria: Violence amid protests
Syria seeks to contain the first serious intrusion of the Arab world's political unrest by firing the governor of a southern province where a government crackdown killed seven protesters over the weekend. Residents of the city of Daraa had been demanding his departure after security forces violently suppressed three straight days of protests by thousands of people calling for political freedom and an end to corruption.

Egypt: Fire in government building
Fire sweeps the upper floors of Egypt's Interior Ministry building as policemen protest outside to demand higher pay. A security official accuses demonstrators of starting the blaze in downtown Cairo.

Iraq: Kurds protest
The mayor of a town in Iraq's Kurdish self-ruled region says one policeman was fatally shot and ten others wounded during a demonstration. Kurds in northern Iraq have been protesting almost daily, calling for political and economic reforms.

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