'Protests in Bahrain to continue despite force'
Manama: A prominent cleric in Bahrain says "brutal force" used against protesters seeking to topple the monarchy will not drown out their demands for reform in the Gulf kingdom. Sheik Isa Qassim says Bahrain's majority will continue demanding rights and dignity despite the rulers' resolve to crush the uprising
Violence erupts in Syria, protesters shot
Damascus: Violence erupted around Syria on Friday as troops opened fire on protesters in several cities and pro- and anti-government crowds clashed on the tense streets of the capital in the most widespread unrest in years, witnesses said. Soldiers shot at demonstrators in Daraa, a resident said. Heavy gunfire could be heard in the city center and witnesses reported several casualties, the resident added.