Sep 25, 2011, 9:56 p.m.

Syrian tanks pound rebel town near Homs, 3 injured

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian tanks pounded a town on a strategic highway overnight, injuring at least three people during a military crackdown on dissent in the central region of Homs, activists and residents said on Monday. Homs has become a major flashpoint between troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and army defectors, backing pro-democracy protesters demanding the president's overthrow.

Yemen's Saleh calls for early elections, violence goes

SANAA (Reuters) - Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh made no pledge on Sunday to step down in his first address to the nation since returning home, calling for early elections in a move that is unlikely to appease protesters demanding his immediate departure. Saleh, speaking after the sixth day of a wave of violence in which more than 100 people have been killed, said in his speech he was committed to transferring power through elections.

Kenya Nobel laureate Maathai dies in hospital: media

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmentalist Wangari Maathai has died in hospital where she was undergoing treatment for cancer, Kenyan television channels reported on Monday. Maathai, who won the 2004 Nobel Prize, was the founder of Kenya's Green Belt Movement, a civil and women rights activist and also served as a Member of Parliament.

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