Published July 24, 2011
Syrian troops storm a northwestern village, making sweeping arrests in a region where the army has been conducting operations for weeks to crush growing dissent against the regime. Syrian authorities have unleashed a brutal crackdown in an effort to put down a four-month-old uprising, and activists say more than 1,600 people have been killed since mid-March. The government blames the unrest on terrorists and foreign extremists.
Germany is loaning Libya's rebel leadership $144 million to help with the country's rebuilding and humanitarian needs. The German Foreign Ministry says it is granting urgently needed funding as a loan because frozen assets related to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi cannot yet be released.
A suicide attacker driving a pickup truck packed with explosives blows himself up outside an army camp in Yemen's coastal city of Aden, killing at least eight soldiers and wounding dozens. The blast erupts near the gate of the camp as a column of vehicles loaded with troops and supplies prepares to leave for nearby Abyan province to take part in fighting against al-Qaida-linked militants.
Jordan's parliament passes a law allowing the formation of the country's first teachers union, meeting a demand of pro-reform activists. The union will make it easier for Jordan's roughly 61,000 teachers to negotiate higher salaries and pensions. The government has been reluctant to license the union but bows to pressure after months of street protests.