Updates from Bahrain and Libya

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Supporters of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi shout slogans while holding his picture during a pro-government rally in Tripoli on February 18, 2011.
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Protests continued to rage across the Middle East throughout the weekend. While the Bahraini government withdrew its military from the capital and allowed peaceful demonstrations, Libyan security forces continued to fire on protestors in Benghazi and Tripoli. Human Rights Watch estimates that the Libyan government has killed at least 223 protesters since political unrest began six days ago. But in a nationally-televised address, the son of Libyan ruler Col. Moammar Gadhafi, Seif al-Islam al-Gadhafi, claimed that the death toll was greatly exaggerated and that Libya was on the brink of civil war. Will Gadhafi hold onto power? What's next for Bahrain? And how will the Obama Administration respond?

David Kirkpatrick, Cairo Bureau Chief for The New York Times has been reporting on the political unrest in Libya.

Earlier: David Kirkpatrick on Libya and with updates from Bahrain with Nicholas Kristof, columnist for The New York Times.