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Tunisia: Anti-Western protests escalate; at least 3 reported dead (VIDEO) (UPDATES)

Tunisia's protests against a US-made anti-Muslim film have escalated, as protests in Yemen, Libya, Sudan and other countries grew to take on a broader anti-Western tone.

Tunisia: Mohammed Abbou resigns

Abbou told the Associated Press he quit his post because he had wanted to fight corruption, but had not been given enough authority by the prime minister to do so.

Tunisia extradites ex-Libya PM al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi

Security officials said Mahmoudi, 70, had been transferred to Tripoli by helicopter on Sunday, after being arrested in Tunisia last September for illegal entry.

Tunisia jets attack arms traffickers near Libya frontier

The smuggling of weapons has increased dramatically in the region since Libya’s Col Muammar Gaddafi and Tunisia’s Zine El Abidine Ben Ali were ousted last year in the Arab Spring revolts.

Tunisia fines TV boss over 'Persepolis' screening

US Ambassador Gordon Gray said Thursday’s ruling raised “serious concerns about tolerance and freedom of expression” in the wake of last year’s revolution against toppled President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali."

Tunisia's Ennahda party to oppose Sharia in new constitution

In a press conference Monday, the founder of Ennahda, Rachid al-Ghannouchi, said: “We do not want Tunisian society to be divided into two ideologically opposed camps, one pro-Sharia and one anti-Sharia. We want above all a constitution that is for all Tunisians, whatever their convictions.”

Tunisia commemorates one-year anniversary of Arab Spring

Thousands of Tunisians celebrated the one-year anniversary of their uprising that ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in peaceful demonstrations.

Spain: A bit of good economic news

Tourism revenues were up significantly in 2011
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Germany may have a great economy but Spain has great beaches as this German tourist in Mallorca would probably be willing to admit. (JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Despite the trouble and strife around the world last year Spain's tourism industry recorded very solid growth. In fact it is because of the trouble and strife that Spain's tourist numbers went up by 8.1 percent.

The political unrest across North Africa meant that European sun worshippers forsook Tunisian and Egyptian beaches for Spanish ones.


2011: year for self-immolations

JAKARTA — On Dec. 10, an Indonesian student died from extensive burn wounds suffered after he set himself on fire, the latest victim of an extreme form of protest that gripped the world in 2011.  

Protesters fear Islamist party will stifle women's rights

Those unhappy with Ennahda’s win in the Sunday vote fear the Islamist party might roll back modern policies in one of the most liberal countries in the Arab region.
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