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5 reasons why Tunisia should give us all hope

Tunisia rose to international prominence when a street vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in December 2010, prompting an uprising in his own country as well as the entire Arab Spring. Masses soon rose up in Egypt, Bahrain and Libya. But things haven't turned out as well in most of those countries as they have in Tunisia. Politicians in the small North African nation have shown the ability to compromise. Democratic institutions appear to be taking root. And a constitution enshrines rights that the US hasn't even considered.

Tunisia clashes kill 8 police, 2 militants

Fighting erupted in the central region when members of the National Guard entered a house where the militants were located, leading to the gunfire that killed the officers and the militants.

8 Tunisian soldiers killed in mountain ambush

Reports said that three of the dead also had their throats slit and that the gunmen took the soldiers' weapons during the attack, which took place on Jebel Chaambi, Tunisia's highest mountain, at 5,000 feet.

Tunisia opposition leader buried; car bomb explodes in Tunis

Mohamed Brahmi, a secular opposition politician, was buried Saturday in a funeral procession numbering in the tens of thousands.

Tunisia: Hundreds protest over secular opposition member Mohamed Brahmi's death

Mohamed Brahmi, a member of Tunisia's political opposition, was shot dead in Tunis.

Tunisia to free Femen activists

"The verdict has been delivered. It was a suspended sentence of four months and one day. They are going to be freed in a few hours," said the three women's Tunisian lawyer Souhaib Bahri.

Amina Tyler: Trial starts for Femen activist in Tunisia

The 18-year-old feminist was charged with carrying an "incendiary object" after she was caught by police earlier this month with a can of pepper spray. At Thursday's hearing, the judge presiding over Tyler's case also announced that she would face new charges of indecency and desecrating a cemetery.

Tunisian vendor who self-immolated dies of injuries

A young Tunisian cigarette vendor who self-immolated prior to an important vote on a new national government has died of his injuries.

Libya denies Gaddafi premier in 'critical condition' after torture in jail

"Al-Baghdadi (al-Mahmudi) is in good health... and is being treated humanely," Prime Minister Ali Zeidan told a new conference.

Tunisian President asks interior minister to form new government

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki has asked the country's Interior Minister, Ali Larayedh, a member of the country's main Islamist part, to form a new government, his spokesman said.
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