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World - Landmark Tunisian presidential election seen heading for run-off


By Tarek Amara and Patrick Markey TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisians voted on Sunday to pick their first directly elected president, with the two major parties expecting a run-off as the final step in the North African state`s transition to full democracy following a 2011 revolution that ousted long-time ruler Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Official results were yet to be announced, but shortly after polls closed, the parties of two front-runners said initial tallies showed they had passed to a second round run-off next month. ...


Sunday, November 23, 2014  23:14

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World - British insurer Aviva reveals talks to buy rival for £5.5bn


London (AFP) - British insurer Aviva said late Friday that it is in advanced talks to buy rival Friends Life for £5.5 billion ($8.6 billion, 6.9 billion euros) to create the nation`s biggest insurance, savings and asset management firm.


Friday, November 21, 2014  22:16

Yahoo

World - Royal Bank of Scotland fined for IT failure: regulator


London (AFP) - British financial regulators have fined state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland a combined £56 million for a series of IT failures that left customers unable to access services, they said Thursday.


Thursday, November 20, 2014  08:38

NYTimes

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 - British house prices soar 12.1% in one year


London (AFP) - British house prices soared by a whopping 12.1 percent to an average of £273,000 in the year to September , the fastest rate of growth in more than seven years, official figures showed on Tuesday.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014  11:19

Yahoo

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 - Tunisians vote for first freely elected president


By Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisians went to the polls on Sunday to vote for their first directly elected president in the final step to be taken to full democracy after the 2011 revolution that ended the rule of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. More than three years since overturning Ben Ali`s one-party rule, Tunisia has become a model of transition for the region by adopting a new constitution, the politics of compromise and avoiding the turmoil facing its neighbors. `Another distinguished day in the history of Tunisia,` said Mouna Jeballi, voting in Soukra district in Tunis. ...


Sunday, November 23, 2014  10:26

Yahoo

World - Voting gets underway in Tunisian presidential election


TUNIS (Reuters) - Voting began on Sunday in the presidential election, one of the final steps in the country`s democratic transition after the 2011 revolution that ousted Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Beji Caid Essebsi, a former Ben Ali official whose secular Nidaa Tounes party leads the parliament, and current President Moncef Marzouki, have emerged as frontrunners out of nearly 30 candidates in the race. (Reporting by Tarek Amara; Writing by Patrick Markey; Editing by Greg Mahlich)


Sunday, November 23, 2014  07:25

Yahoo

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

Yahoo

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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