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World - Tunisians go to polls for presidential election


By Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisians go to the polls on Sunday to vote for a new president in just the third free election since the 2011 revolution that ended the regime of autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Nearly 30 candidates are running, but a race is emerging between a veteran ex-Ben Ali official and a rights activist who says the election is a chance to stop the return of old-regime stalwarts. ...


Sunday, November 23, 2014  01:25

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Africa - World Briefing: Somalia: Gunmen Kill Minnesota Man


Gunmen shot and killed a Somali-American from Minnesota who had left his job to help the fledgling city government in Mogadishu with urban planning and drainage systems.


Thursday, November 20, 2014  01:55

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World - Tunisia artists, media fear for freedoms after election


Tunisian rappers, comedians and journalists, fearful that next week`s presidential election could cement a return to power by partisans of the former dictatorship, are bracing themselves to defend the freedoms won since it was ousted in 2011. Under former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, tough censorship sharply circumscribed freedom of expression in the media and performing arts. A flattering piece on Ben Ali could always be found on the front page, and another at the top of the lineup on the television news. Rappers, a particular bane of the old regime, are leading the way in warning against what they fear could be the effective return to power of Ben Ali`s RCD party in the shape of Nidaa Tounes, which already won parliamentary elections in October.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014  11:36

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World - Two frontrunners emerge in Tunisia`s presidential vote


By Patrick Markey and Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisians vote on Sunday in a presidential election pitting an ex-official from the days of autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali against a rights activist appealing to the spirit of the 2011 revolt that ousted him. Beji Caid Essebsi, an 87-year-old former Ben Ali official, prefers to invoke the memory of Habib Bourguiba, Tunisia`s first post-independence leader, as a reference for the secular, modern state-building he advocates for the North African country. ...


Saturday, November 22, 2014  13:56

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World - Wanted Ben Ali son-in-law returns to Tunisia


An exiled son-in-law of deposed Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali returned to the capital Tuesday to challenge a jail sentence for having a gun, his lawyer told AFP. Businessman Slim Chiboub, who has been living in the United Arab Emirates since Ben Ali fled Tunisia in January 2011 during a popular uprising, had been sentenced in absentia to five years in jail for illegal possession of a firearm. `He arrived at Enfidha airport` south of Tunis, Chiboub`s lawyer Wissem Saidi said, before going `straight to the court in Tunis to challenge the ruling. The former president of one of Tunisia`s most popular football clubs, Esperance, Chiboub announced his intention to return home in an interview published last week.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014  22:12

Yahoo

World - Somalia`s al Shabaab claims responsibility for northeast Kenya bus attack


MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia`s al Shabaab insurgents said they were behind a bus attack in northeast Kenya that killed 28 people on Saturday, saying it was in retaliation for raids on mosques in the port city of Mombasa. `The Mujahideen successfully carried out an operation near Mandera early this morning, which resulted in the perishing of 28 crusaders, as a revenge for the crimes committed by the Kenyan crusaders against our Muslim brethren in Mombasa,` Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage, al Shabaab`s spokesman, said in an emailed statement. ...


Saturday, November 22, 2014  11:31

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World - Mutiny inside Yemen`s special forces


SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni officials say officers loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh are leading a mutiny inside the headquarters of an elite paramilitary unit, seeking to oust their commander.


Thursday, November 20, 2014  16:37

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World - UK men planned to behead member of the public, terrorism trial hears


LONDON (Reuters) - Three men appeared in court on Thursday charged with terrorism offences relating to an alleged plot to carry out a beheading in Britain. The men were arrested in London and High Wycombe, west of the British capital, two weeks ago. Nadir Ali Sayed, 21, his cousin Yousaf Shah Syed, 19, and Haseeb Hamayoon, 27, were charged with preparing to commit acts of terrorism. Prosecutors said the charge related to a plot to behead a member of the public. The men were remanded in custody to appear at London`s Old Bailey court on Dec. 4. ...


Thursday, November 20, 2014  16:37

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World - Iran`s Supreme Leader frees pioneering Iranian `Blogfather`: media


DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran`s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday pardoned Iranian-Canadian blogger Hossein Derakhshan after six years in prison for spreading propaganda, insulting Islam and cooperating with hostile countries, Iranian media said. Iranian bloggers credit Derakhshan - a journalist in Tehran before moving to Toronto in 2000 - with launching a blogging revolution in the Islamic Republic by publishing instructions on the subject in Farsi. No reason was given for Derakhshan`s release. A U.N. ...


Thursday, November 20, 2014  15:43

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World - Egypt arrests Brotherhood leader as crackdown intensifies


CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian police on Thursday arrested Mohamed Ali Bishr, one of the few Muslim Brotherhood leaders to escape jail after last year`s overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, in the latest sign of a crackdown on political dissent. Bishr, a veteran politician who served as a cabinet minister under Mursi, was accused of calling for mass protests on Nov. 28, state media said. Since the army toppled Mursi in July 2013, Egypt has banned the Brotherhood, its oldest Islamist movement, labelled it a terrorist organisation and rounded up thousands of its members. ...


Thursday, November 20, 2014  11:46

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