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Secular Nidaa Tounes party beats Islamists in Tunisian poll

Tunis - The secular Nidaa Tounes party came top in Tunisia's landmark legislative polls beating Islamist rivals Ennahda, who had already conceded defeat, provisional results released early Thursday showed.

'Free' Tunisia polls offer Arab Spring ray of hope

Tunis - Foreign observers praised Tunisia's "free" elections ahead of the release of results Wednesday, after the Islamists conceded defeat in a vote that raised hopes of a peaceful transition in the birthplace of the Arab Spring.

'Free' Tunisia polls offer Arab Spring ray of hope

Tunis - Foreign observers on Tuesday praised Tunisia's landmark "free" elections, after the Islamists conceded defeat in a vote that raised hopes of a peaceful transition in the birthplace of the Arab Spring.

Secular party wins most seats in Tunisia election

Tunis - Nidaa Tounes, a secular party has won the most seats in yesterday's election in Tunisia. It main rival the moderate Islamist Ennahda came in second.

Islamist party congratulates rival for Tunisia vote win

Tunis - The leader of Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda party congratulated his secular rival Monday for "his party's win" in a general election seen as critical for democracy in the cradle of the Arab Spring.

Islamist party Ennahda says Nidaa ahead in Tunisia vote

Tunis - The Islamist party Ennahda finished second behind secular rival Nidaa Tounes in Tunisia's parliamentary election, the movement which has dominated politics in the country since its 2011 revolution said Monday."We have estimates which are not yet final....

Tunisia awaits 'milestone' vote results, secular party upbeat

Tunis - Tunisians voted Sunday in an election seen as critical for democracy in the cradle of the Arab Spring, with the main secular party confident of a strong showing as the vote count started.

Tunisia goes to the polls

Tunis - The general election on Sunday will be the first under the country's new constitution, but the second since the beginning of the Arab Spring and the uprising that overthrew Zine Ben Ali.

Tunisia police kill 6 'militants' ahead of key polls

Tunis - Tunisian police killed six suspected militants, five of them women, in a raid on a suburban house Friday after a 28-hour standoff, fanning tensions ahead of a landmark election.

Women, children caught in deadly firefight near Tunis

Tunis - Women and children were caught up in a police siege near the Tunisian capital Friday, with "terrorists" killing one officer in a firefight, ahead of elections that have sparked fears of jihadist attacks.

Tunisian 'mystery lake' baffles, concerns officials

Gafsa - A lake which has mysteriously appeared in the middle of a Tunisian desert has authorities concerned and searching for an explanation.

Tunisia closes main border crossing with Libya

Tunis - Tunisia closed the Ras Aidir crossing to Libya today (August 1) as thousands of Egyptian and other foreign nationals fleeing the violence in Libya without proper visas tried to break through the crossing.

Libya guards fire warning shots as crowd tries to storm border

- Libyan border guards fired warning shots Friday to keep back a crowd of people trying to enter Tunisia as they fled the conflict in Libya, a Tunisian army officer said.

Violence forces evacuation of US embassy in Libya

Tripoli - Around 150 officials, workers and military security guards were evacuated Saturday from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli to escape mounting militia violence in Libya's capital.

Attack on mountain posts kills 14 Tunisia soldiers

Tunis - Assailants killed 14 Tunisian soldiers in an attack on two posts near the border with Algeria, where the army has been waging a crackdown on jihadists, the government said Thursday.

Serey Die breaks into tears during Ivory Coast national anthem

Prior to the match against Colombia, Ivory Coast midfielder Serey Die broke down in tears as his national anthem played, setting off a rumor that he had found out hours before the game that his father had passed away.

Qaeda claims attack on Tunisia minister's home

Tunis - Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb said Friday it was responsible for a recent attack on the home of Tunisia's interior minister that killed four policemen, the first such claim in the country."A group of lions...

Four police killed in attack on Tunisia minister's home

Tunis - Four Tunisian police officers were killed during a "terrorist" attack overnight on the home of Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou in the west-central Kasserine region, a ministerial spokesman said Wednesday.

Op-Ed: The darkest season: A ‘Christian Winter’ in the Middle East

New York - Originally lauded as a progressive alternative to tyranny in the Middle East, the Arab Spring has been a season of persecution for Christians. As persecution reaches pandemic proportions, the very survival of Christianity in the region is in question.

Op-Ed: Do Algerian government crackdowns make fair elections impossible?

To the group of 100 anti-government protestors gathered in the mid-March sun, the sight of police is nothing new. They have taken the name “Barakat,” which means “enough,” and the message is that change is coming.
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