Moroccans Stage Huge Protest as Crackdowns Worsen Elsewhere

More than 10,000 protestors took the streets in several Moroccan cities to protest against high unemployment and demand political reforms, the third such demonstration in the country since February. King Mohammed has already announced certain constitutional reforms that would give the country's government more independence from the monarchy; protestors have also asked for the release of political prisoners and reforms that would further limit the king's influence on the economy.

Meanwhile in Italy, the Pope called for an end to violence in Libya even as the city of Misrata faced "heavy shelling and gunfire" despite earlier claims that rebel forces had successfully expelled troops loyal to Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi. Indeed, rebels now accuse Qaddafi of playing "dirty games" in the heavily-damaged city, relying on tribal rivalries to help eliminate the rebel forces.

Protests in Yemen continued despite reports that President Ali Abdullah Saleh had agreed to resign; despite conditional support from opposition leaders, rank-and-file activists and students are reportedly mistrustful of Saleh and his advisers, and skeptical that he will follow through with a resignation. In Syria, violent crackdowns on protests continued, and dozens of Syrians have disappeared, likely into government hands. More than 100 have died since Thursday, when the government announced the repeal of the four-decade "emergency rule" law.

And in really bad news, the Crown Prince of Bahrian declined his invitation to the U.K. Royal Wedding because he's too busy murdering protestors and detaining doctors and lawyers.

[Image, of protestors in Yemen, via AP]