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Tunisians prepare to elect new president

Tunisians prepare to elect new president

 Tunisians are preparing to cast their ballots on Sunday to elect a new president in a vote billed as the country's first free and fair presidential election. Twenty-seven presidential candidates are vying for office in the weekend vote, the last phase of Tunisia's...

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Egypt to try five students in military court on riot charges

Egypt to try five students in military court on riot charges

(Reuters) - Five Egyptian students were transferred to a military court on Sunday on charges of rioting at a university, a judicial source said, weeks after a law was passed allowing military trials of civilians for damaging state property. A Cairo criminal court transferred...

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2nd Brotherhood member dies in Egypt prison this week

2nd Brotherhood member dies in Egypt prison this week

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said Friday that a second member had died in prison this week. Abu Bakr al-Qadi, 64, died in prison in the Upper Egyptian province of Qena late Friday from stomach cancer, the Islamist movement said in a statement. The group accused security...

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Egypt militant group posts video of attack on army checkpoint

Egypt militant group posts video of attack on army checkpoint

(Reuters) - Egypt's most dangerous militant group on Friday posted its first video message since pledging allegiance to Islamic State, with footage purporting to show that the group was behind one of the most deadly attacks on Egyptian security forces in years. The nearly...

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Bombs explode near Egyptian, UAE embassies in Libyan capital

Bombs explode near Egyptian, UAE embassies in Libyan capital

(Reuters) - Bombs exploded near the Egyptian and United Arab Emirates embassies in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on Thursday though there were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage in the attacks. The blasts followed a series of car bombs on Wednesday mainly in...

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Libya's top court dissolves elected parliament

Libya's top court dissolves elected parliament

Libya's supreme constitutional court on Thursday formally dissolved the country's recently-elected House of Representatives (parliament). A number of lawmakers had asked the court in June to rule on the constitutionality of the assembly, which was elected in June. There has...

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Three Tunisian soldiers killed in suspected Islamist attack

Three Tunisian soldiers killed in suspected Islamist attack

(Reuters) - Three Tunisian soldiers were killed and 12 others were wounded on Wednesday in an attack by suspected Islamist militants on a bus carrying soldiers in Kef near the Algerian border, the Defense Ministry said. The attack came while Tunisia preparing its first free...

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Heavy fighting near seaport of Libyan city Benghazi, navy ship hit

Heavy fighting near seaport of Libyan city Benghazi, navy ship hit

(Reuters) - A Libyan navy ship was hit and 13 people killed during heavy fighting with aircraft and tanks on Monday between the army and Islamist militants near the port of Benghazi, residents of the Mediterranean city said. The battle was part of a wider conflict in the North...

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Libyan army urges residents of Benghazi port area to evacuate

Libyan army urges residents of Benghazi port area to evacuate

(Reuters) - Libya's army urged residents to evacuate a central district of Benghazi that is home to its seaport, a spokesman said on Sunday, as it prepares a military operation against Islamists in the country's second-largest city. At least 230 people have been killed since...

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Dozens of Libyans in eastern town pledge allegiance to Islamic State leader

Dozens of Libyans in eastern town pledge allegiance to Islamic State leader

CAIRO (Reuters) - Dozens of residents of a town in eastern Libya have pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of Islamic State militants fighting in Syria and Iraq, according to a video and a resident. Around 50 young people could be seen in a video...

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Tunisia's Islamists down but not out after election defeat

Tunisia's Islamists down but not out after election defeat

(Reuters) - After Tunisia's Islamist party Ennahda conceded defeat in Sunday's parliamentary elections, there were no fireworks, concerts or cheering rallies outside the headquarters of its rival, the secular Nidaa Tounes alliance. Instead it was Ennahda's leader Rached...

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 Libya near 'point of no return', U.N. says as fighting toll rises

Libya near 'point of no return', U.N. says as fighting toll rises

(Reuters) - Factional warfare in Libya is pushing the oil producer "very close to the point of no return", the U.N. special envoy to the country said on Tuesday with efforts to bring about a ceasefire and political dialogue showing no result. The death toll from two weeks...

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Tunisia's secular party Nidaa Tounes takes lead in parliament vote: source

Tunisia's secular party Nidaa Tounes takes lead in parliament vote: source

(Reuters) - Leading Tunisian secular party Nidaa Tounes has won more than 80 seats in an election for the new 217-member parliament against 67 seats for Islamist party Ennahda, a party source, citing a preliminary ballot count, said on Monday. Election authorities are...

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In rural Tunisia, economic malaise weighs on voters

In rural Tunisia, economic malaise weighs on voters

(Reuters) - In the western Tunisian city of Kasserine, campaign posters plastered on walls make plain what many voters want from Sunday's parliamentary election -- jobs, whose scarcity has fueled unrest and militancy. Alongside portraits of would-be lawmakers and party logos,...

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Tunisians vote for new parliament, hope for full democracy

Tunisians vote for new parliament, hope for full democracy

(Reuters) - Tunisians elect a new parliament on Sunday as the prospect of a full democracy finally comes within their reach, four years after they cast out autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali. Tunisia has fared better than neighbors who also ousted their own long-ruling...

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Tunisia says it thwarted jihadist attack before elections

Tunisia says it thwarted jihadist attack before elections

Reuters) - Tunisian security forces have arrested a group of Islamist militants, including two women, that planned to carry out attacks in the capital, Tunis, less than two weeks before parliamentary elections, authorities said on Tuesday. Since its 2011 uprising, ...

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French tourists avoid Tunisia after traveler's beheading in nearby Algeria

French tourists avoid Tunisia after traveler's beheading in nearby Algeria

(Reuters) - Tunisia lost about a third of its French tourist bookings to cancellation shortly after the beheading last month of a French traveler by Islamist militants in neighboring Algeria, the country's tourism minister said on Monday. Increased political unrest and...

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Tunisia cracks down on jihadists as elections loom: PM

Tunisia cracks down on jihadists as elections loom: PM

(Reuters)- Tunisia has arrested some 1,500 suspected jihadists this year, Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa told Reuters, part of a security crackdown aimed at safeguarding the North African country's fragile transition to democracy. Among those held are hundreds of militants...

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