SPAIN: Economic protests growing
Tens of thousands of protesters -- young and old, those with jobs and those without -- marched Sunday in Madrid to drive home their anger over high unemployment, bleak economic prospects and politicians they consider inept. Similar demonstrations were held in Barcelona in the north, Valencia in the east and Seville in the south. Police were out in force after a Wednesday protest in Barcelona turned violent. Nearly two years of recession have left Spain with a 21.3-percent unemployment rate, the highest in the 17-nation eurozone, and saddled with debt. The jobless rate, which has more than doubled since 2007, jumps to 35 percent for people aged 16 to 29. Protests began May 15 and spread across the country, striking a chord with hundreds of thousands fed up with the wage cuts and tax hikes needed to resolve a financial crisis they see as created by banks and wealthy developers.
MOROCCO: Royalists attack protesters
Pro-government demonstrators attacked democracy activists protesting constitutional reforms recently unveiled by King Mohammed VI. Hundreds of young men paraded through a lower income neighborhood of the capital, Rabat, on Sunday, waving Moroccan flags and pictures of the king. They encountered a scheduled march by activists from the February 20 pro-democracy movement opposing the king's constitutional reforms, beating some of them and hurling eggs. On Friday, the king announced a series of constitutional reforms he said increase democracy and diminish some of his powers.
YEMEN: Shelling kills 12 militants
Government forces killed 12 al-Qaida-linked militants and wounded three others in shelling attacks Sunday in the south, officials said. They said the shelling was concentrated on the Dufas area in Zinjibar, capital of Abyan province. Eight soldiers were wounded, according to the military hospital. Militants have been taking advantage of Yemen's internal strife to overrun parts of the country.