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AU Recognizes Tunisia's Speaker as Interim Leader

Africa's highest security body has recognized the speaker of Tunisia's national assembly as interim leader until fresh elections are held.  The African Union Peace and Security Council condemned the excessive use of force against demonstrators in Tunis. Meeting in emergency session Saturday, the 15-member Peace and Security Council expressed...

Tunisian President Dismisses Government Amid Protests

Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has dismissed his government and called for early elections in the wake of the country's worst rioting in decades. VOA's Lisa Bryant reports from Tunisia: Tunisia's officialTAP  news agency reported the president's plans Friday, saying Mr. Ben Ali wanted new elections to be held within six months. Fresh...

Tunisian Protesters Challenge President's Grip on Power

A political drama continues to unfold in Tunisia, where thousands of demonstrators marched through the capital Friday demanding the president's resignation. The demonstrations come a day after the president sought to tamp-down the political unrest by pledging not to seek another term in office and to push through political and media reforms. The...

International Community Calls for Crackdown on Tunisia Violence

Calls are growing for the international community to adopt a tougher reaction to the escalating violence in Tunisia. The criticism is particularly vocal in former colonial power France. France has a front-row seat to the unfolding violence in Tunisia. Paris has longtime economic and political ties with its former colony and a large Tunisian...

4 Killed in Fresh Tunisia Clashes

A human rights group and union leaders in Tunisia say at least four people were killed during new clashes between police and demonstrators.Protesters defied a government-ordered curfew in the capital Tunis, and police fired tear gas at rock-throwing demonstrators angered by high unemployment and food prices.Tunisian officials say 23 people have...

Rights Group says 35 Dead in Tunisia Protests

An international rights group says at least 35 people have died in Tunisia during recent days of protests.  Protests in Tunisia and in neighboring Algeria are raising questions about the hard-line governments in the two North African countries.There are striking similarities in the protests that have swept through Tunisia and Algeria in recent...

At least 19 killed in riots in Tunisia

At least 19 killed in riots in Tunisia An unprecedented wave of violence in Tunisia sparked by high food prices and unemployment has killed at least fourteen people and left many more injured. One opposition leader, Ahmend Nejib Chebbi, says the death toll is as high as 20 in violence in the neighbouring towns of Tala and Kasserine some 300 kilometres south of the capital, Tunis. Many...

11 Killed in Tunisia Protests

Labor and opposition officials say the latest rioting in a series of protests that started nearly a month ago has killed 11 people and wounded several others.The officials said protesters angry with Tunisia's lack of jobs clashed with security forces Saturday and Sunday in the western towns of Kasserine and Thala, near the border with Algeria.  ...

Wave of Arrests of Bloggers And Activists Across a Number of Tunisian Cities.

Reporters Without Borders condemned the arrests and disappearances yesterday of bloggers and online activists across a number of Tunisian cities. The worldwide press freedom organization has monitored at least five such cases but the list could well be longer. Police arrested the bloggers to question them about hacking into government websites by...

2 Killed, Hundreds Injured in Algerian Food Riots

Algerian state media says at least two people have been killed and 300 have been injured in rioting over soaring food prices.The country's official press agency reported the deaths Saturday, the first since rioting began late Thursday and Friday.  The news came as fresh rioting erupted across the county and as government officials were due to meet...

New Riots Break Out in Algeria

Algeria deployed police to mosques and other areas in the capital on Friday, as new riots broke out over rising food prices and high unemployment.Witnesses say protesters took to the streets in Algiers late Thursday and Friday, tossing stones at police, who responded by firing tear gas.Government officials also canceled football (soccer) games...

Tunisian Blogger Undeterred by Censorship

The youth whose self-immolation triggered the recent protests in Tunisia has died from his burns. Twenty-six year-old Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in mid-December after police confiscated his market stall in the southern city of Sidi Bouzid.  Selling fruit and vegetables had been the sole source of income for the university graduate and...

One Man’s Act Triggers Watershed Events in Tunisia

It has been two weeks since a young man named Mohamed Bouazizi doused himself in gasoline and set himself on fire in the southern Tunisian city of Sidi Bouzid. This, after police confiscated his market stall, the sole source of income for Bouazizi and his family. The incident sparked anti-government protests and clashes with police across the...