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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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Tunisian deputy survives assassination attempt

Tunisian deputy survives assassination attempt

TUNIS (Reuters) - A deputy in Tunisia's transitional parliament survived an assassination attempt in the city of Kasserine, near the Algerian border, where security forces have been hunting Islamist militants for months. Mohamed Ali Nasri told reporters in...

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Militants attack Tunisian army base, kill one soldier

Militants attack Tunisian army base, kill one soldier

(Reuters) - A Tunisian soldier was killed after Islamist militants tried to storm an army base early on Sunday in the town of Sbitla near the Algerian border, the Tunisian government said on Sunday. Militant assaults on the Tunisian army have become more frequent in recent...

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Clashes kill 30 in Benghazi in escalating Libya turmoil

Clashes kill 30 in Benghazi in escalating Libya turmoil

(Reuters) - Libyan forces on Tuesday battled Islamist militants with rockets and warplanes for control of an army base in the eastern city of Benghazi after at least 30 people were killed in overnight fighting. Intense fighting in Benghazi, Libya's second city, and battles...

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Air Algerie loses contact with plane over west Africa

Air Algerie loses contact with plane over west Africa

Algiers (AFP) - Air Algerie said Thursday it had lost contact with one of its passenger aircraft nearly an hour after takeoff from Burkina Faso bound for Algiers. A company source told AFP that the missing aircraft was a McDonnell Douglas DC-9 and that some 110 people of...

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Kidnapped Tunisian embassy workers freed in Libya

Kidnapped Tunisian embassy workers freed in Libya

(Reuters) - A Tunisian diplomat and an embassy worker kidnapped earlier this year by unknown gunmen in Libya arrived at dawn on Monday at a Tunis airport after being freed on Sunday. With Libya's government weak and its armed forces still in formation, armed groups have...

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Syrian rebels could aid fight against Iraq militants: Kerry

Syrian rebels could aid fight against Iraq militants: Kerry

Syrian rebels can help weaken jihadists fighting in Iraq, US Secretary of State John Kerry said as Washington unveiled plans to boost Syria's opposition with $500 million in arms and training. The top US diplomat flew to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for talks with the Syrian opposition...

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Libyan rights activist killed in Benghazi

Libyan rights activist killed in Benghazi

(Al Arabiya-AFP)- Libyan human rights activist and lawyer Salwa Bugaighis, who played an active part in country’s 2011 uprising, was shot dead by unknown assailants in the eastern city of Benghazi late Wednesday. “Unknown hooded men wearing military uniforms attacked Mrs...

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As Libya teeters near chaos, U.S. keeps hands-off policy

As Libya teeters near chaos, U.S. keeps hands-off policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Among all countries swept by the Arab Spring uprisings, few today are as dysfunctional as Libya. Heavily armed militias outgun its fledgling army. A renegade former general has launched a purge of radical Islamists. Weapons looted from arsenals of ousted...

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Tunisia eyes autumn elections to anchor democracy

Tunisia eyes autumn elections to anchor democracy

Tunisia’s election authority has proposed a parliamentary vote on Oct. 26 and the first round of presidential polls a month later, marking the final step towards full democracy in the cradle of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings. Tunisia’s often turbulent political transition began...

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Eastern Libya oil rebel rejects new government

Eastern Libya oil rebel rejects new government

(Reuters) - The leader of the protesters occupying Libyan oil ports said on Monday he did not recognize Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq's new government and suggested a previously agreed deal to end his blockade could be in jeopardy. Ibrahim Jathran, who wants more autonomy from...

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