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Kerry vows US backing for Tunisia's young democracy

US Secretary of State John Kerry praised Tunisia's fledgling democracy on Tuesday and vowed America's help in fighting Islamist militants in the North African country that spawned the Arab Spring. Flying in unannounced in a strong show of support for the new caretaker government of technocrats, the top US diplomat pledged Washington would stand by them as they struggle to ward off jihadist militants and follow a path of democratic reform and elections later this year.

Kerry praises Tunisian progress, promises help against militants

By Arshad Mohammed and Patrick Markey TUNIS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday praised democratic progress in Tunisia, where the "Arab Spring" began, and offered to help the North African country's fight against Islamist militants. During a brief visit to Tunis, Kerry said Tunisia and the United States would start a strategic dialogue, usually meaning regular high-level meetings, beginning with a trip to Washington by Tunisia's premier.

Kerry in surprise Tunisia trip as US-Egypt ties fray

US Secretary of State John Kerry made a brief, unannounced trip to Tunisia Tuesday to back the transition to democracy in the North African country that spawned the Arab Spring. His visit came amid troubled relations between the United States and longtime ally Egypt over the military overthrow of the Islamist government elected there in the aftermath of the 2011 uprisings that shook the Arab world.

Kerry in surprise Tunisia trip as US-Egypt ties fray

US Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced trip to Tunisia on Tuesday to back the transition to democracy in the North African country that spawned the Arab Spring. His visit came amid troubled relations between the United States and longtime ally Egypt over the military overthrow of the government elected in the aftermath of the 2011 uprisings that shook the Arab world.

Kerry in surprise Tunisia trip to support democracy

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Tunisia Tuesday on an unannounced trip to lend support to the North African country that ignited the Arab Spring three years ago. Kerry met President Moncef Marzouki and was later to hold talks with newly appointed Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa, who formed a cabinet of independents in January after a months-long political crisis ignited by the killing of two secular politicians. "We are very impressed by the steps that you have been taking, by the rational, thoughtful approach to the transition," Kerry told Marzouki.

Kerry in surprise Tunisia trip to support democracy

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Tunisia Tuesday on an unannounced trip, in a sign of support for the country where the Arab Spring was triggered three years ago. Kerry was to meet "senior officials to discuss the progress made in Tunisia's democratic transition," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. The top US diplomat often references in his speeches the Tunisian fruit vendor who set himself alight in protest at his country's lack of democracy.

2 police among 4 killed by Tunisia armed group

Gunmen who set up a roadblock in western Tunisia shot dead two people in a car they stopped and two policemen who later arrived at the scene, the interior ministry said Sunday. The killings occurred during the night in the Jendouba area, the ministry said in a statement. Tunisia has been wracked by violence blamed on jihadist groups since the January 2011 Arab Spring revolution that ousted long-time dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. bur-alf/bpz/hc

2 police among 4 killed by armed group: Tunisia ministry

Gunmen who set up a roadblock in western Tunisia shot dead two people in a car they stopped and two policemen who later sped to the scene, the interior ministry said Sunday. The killings occurred during the night in the Jendouba area, the ministry said in a statement. Tunisia has been wracked by violence blamed on jihadist groups since the January 2011 Arab Spring revolution that ousted long-time dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

2 police among 4 killed by armed group: Tunisia ministry

Gunmen who set up a roadblock in western Tunisia shot dead two people in a car they stopped and two policemen who later sped to the scene, the interior ministry said Sunday. The killings occurred during the night in the Jendouba area, the ministry said in a statement. Tunisia has been wracked by violence blamed on jihadist groups since the January 2011 Arab Spring revolution that ousted long-time dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

U.S.-Iran spat mars Tunisia constitution party

TUNIS (Reuters) - A U.S. delegation walked out of celebrations for Tunisia's new constitution in protest on Friday after an Iranian official criticized the United States and Israel in his address to guests in Tunis. The ceremony, which included French President Francois Hollande and other foreign dignitaries, was meant to mark Tunisia's newly adopted constitution, widely praised as a model for the region.
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