The U.N. has started military operations against Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo, who has refused to cede power after losing a recent election. Rebels in the nation continue their push to depose Gbagbo.
The U.N. Security Council voted March 17 to authorize a no-fly zone over Libya and to "take all necessary measures" - without using an occupation force - to protect civilians and population centers under the threat of attack in Libya. Click the markers to learn more about the intervention in Libya, and scroll down to learn more about the developments in Libya's civil war.
At first glance, it might seem that Yemen -- like Somalia -- is a place we should best forget about. It has few proven natural resources, its hinterland is largely barren and inaccessible, and it has a long history of being virtually impossible to govern. But first impressions can be misleading, and if Yemen were to sink into a state of anarchy the implications for the Gulf region and beyond would be profound.
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