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 U.N.-brokered Libya dialogue delayed again: diplomatic sources

U.N.-brokered Libya dialogue delayed again: diplomatic sources

(Reuters) - A new round of U.N.-brokered peace talks aimed at ending the escalating political crisis in Libya has been delayed once again and will not take place early this week as originally planned, diplomatic sources said on Sunday. The United Nations had planned to hold a...

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New air strike on Libyan city Misrata, clashes near oil port

New air strike on Libyan city Misrata, clashes near oil port

(Reuters) - Forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government on Saturday staged air strikes on the commercial port of Misrata, a western city allied to a group that holds the capital Tripoli, both sides said. Fighting was also reported near the country's biggest...

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2014: Libya's future in limbo amid violent stalemate

2014: Libya's future in limbo amid violent stalemate

Throughout 2014, Libya remained embroiled in political infighting that evolved into a violent power struggle between two rival seats of government, throwing the fractious North African country's future into uncertainty. Oil-rich Libya has been dogged by political...

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Essebsi sworn in as Tunisia's president

Essebsi sworn in as Tunisia's president

(Anadolu News Agency)- Beji Caid Essebsi on Wednesday took the constitutional oath as Tunisia's first democratically-elected President following a 2011 revolution that ousted autocrat Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. Essebsi, who served as a parliament speaker under Ben Ali,...

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 Fire at Libyan oil port destroys up to 1.8 million barrels of crude

Fire at Libyan oil port destroys up to 1.8 million barrels of crude

(Reuters) - A fire raging for almost a week at Libya's biggest oil port of Es Sider has destroyed up to 1.8 million barrels of crude and damaged seven storage tanks, causing total damage of $213 million, a top oil official said on Tuesday. The Es Sider terminal and nearby Ras...

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First air strikes hit Libyan city of Misrata

First air strikes hit Libyan city of Misrata

  Forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government have for the first time carried out air strikes on targets in the third largest city of Misrata, which is allied to an armed group that seized the capital in the summer. The internationally recognised Prime...

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Béji Caïd Essebsi: My three goals as Tunisia’s president

Béji Caïd Essebsi: My three goals as Tunisia’s president

By Béji Caïd Essebsi is president-elect of Tunisia. Tunisia’s extraordinary political experience since the Arab Spring stands as a testimony to the openness, tolerance and moderation that Tunisians owe to their 3,000-year history as a Mediterranean state crisscrossed by...

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Without help, Libya could become next Syria, foreign minister says

Without help, Libya could become next Syria, foreign minister says

(Reuters) - Libya , torn by a growing political divide that threatens to engulf its oilfields, could become the next Syria if it does not patch its divided government and get help battling Islamic militants, the country's foreign minister said on Tuesday. "If we don’t do the...

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Hundreds of civilians killed in Libya fighting as crisis deepens: U.N.

Hundreds of civilians killed in Libya fighting as crisis deepens: U.N.

(Reuters) - Hundreds of civilians in Libya have been killed in fighting since late August, the United Nations said on Tuesday, warning commanders of armed groups that they could face prosecution for possible war crimes including executions and torture. The North African...

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Veteran Essebsi wins Tunisia's first free presidential vote

Veteran Essebsi wins Tunisia's first free presidential vote

(Reuters) - Veteran Tunisian politician Beji Caid Essebsi won the country's first free presidential election, in the final step of a transition to democracy after an uprising that ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. Essebsi beat rival and incumbent Moncef...

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Essebsi declares win in Tunisia election, rival contests

Essebsi declares win in Tunisia election, rival contests

(Reuters) - Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi declared victory in Sunday's presidential run-off vote, seen as the last step in Tunisia's shift to full democracy four years after an uprising ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali. Official results are not due until Monday...

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Tunisians vote in historic presidential run-off

Tunisians vote in historic presidential run-off

(Reuters) - Tunisians began voting on Sunday in a presidential run-off election that completes the country's last steps to full democracy nearly fours years after an uprising that toppled autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali. With a new progressive constitution and a full...

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Tunisia deploys 36,000 troops for presidential runoff

Tunisia deploys 36,000 troops for presidential runoff

The Tunisian army plans to deploy 36,000 troops to secure a presidential runoff vote slated for Sunday, a Defense Ministry spokesman has said. "Around 28,000 soldiers will be used to secure polling stations, while 8,000 others will be deployed in rapid reaction units,"...

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Tunisia NGOs urge youth to vote in presidency runoff

Tunisia NGOs urge youth to vote in presidency runoff

(Anadolu News Agency)- Five independent poll-monitoring agencies have called on young Tunisians to take part in next Sunday's presidential run-off vote. The call was one of five recommendations issued by Tunisian civil society "to ensure the success" of the looming vote, according to a...

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Fighting in Libya's Benghazi kills 50 in past 10 days: medics

Fighting in Libya's Benghazi kills 50 in past 10 days: medics

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - - Almost 50 people have been killed in the past 10 days in fighting between Libyan pro-government forces and Islamist groups in the second-largest city, Benghazi, medical personnel said on Wednesday. That brings...

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Tunisia to hold second round of presidential vote on Dec. 21

Tunisia to hold second round of presidential vote on Dec. 21

TUNIS(AFP)- Moncef Marzouki and Beji Caid Essebsi will face off on Dec. 21 in Tunisia's second round of presidential voting to decide who leads the nation that sparked the Arab Spring. "Voting will take place on December 21," the head of the ISIE electoral organizing body, Chafik Sarsar, told...

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Tunisia's 3rd largest parliamentary bloc to back Essebsi

Tunisia's 3rd largest parliamentary bloc to back Essebsi

Tunisia's Free Patriotic Union party – which has the third largest bloc in parliament – has said it would throw its weight behind presidential candidate Beji Caid Essebsi of the centrist Nidaa Tounes party in a runoff vote slated for late December. "We call on supporters to vote for...

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Ex-Bourguiba minister elected Tunisia parliament speaker

Ex-Bourguiba minister elected Tunisia parliament speaker

  Tunis (AFP)- Tunisia’s first parliament since the 2011 revolution on Thursday elected veteran politician Mohamed Ennaceur, 80, of anti-Islamist party Nidaa Tounes as house speaker. Ennaceur, the sole candidate, won 174 votes from the 214 MPs in attendance. In a brief...

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