URGENT ¥¥¥ Tunisian president denouces 'odious assassination'

Tunisia's President Moncef Marzouki on Wednesday denounced "the odious assassination" of opposition leader Chokri Belaid.

In an impassioned speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, where he spent many years in exile himself, he denounced "the odious assassination of a political leader who I knew well and who was my friend."