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Tunisia police, protesters clash in deprived region

Clashes erupted in central Tunisia Wednesday between police and demonstrators as discontent mounts over new taxes and a failure to improve living conditions three years after the revolution. Dozens of protesters tried to force their way into the offices of the ruling Islamist party Ennahda in the town of Kasserine, but police drove them back with tear gas, an AFP journalist reported.

Tunisia police, protesters clash in deprived region

Clashes broke out Wednesday in central Tunisia between police and demonstrators protesting economic hardship, as discontent mounts over new taxes and government failure to improve living conditions, three years after the revolution. Dozens of protesters tried to force their way into the offices of the ruling Islamist party Ennahda in the town of Kasserine, but police drove them back with teargas, an AFP journalist reported.

Tunisian police arrest more militants, seize arms

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia said on Thursday it had arrested four militants and seized arms and explosives in the southern town of Sidi Bouzid following increased security checks prompted by fears of attacks by radical Islamists during New Year celebrations. The detentions followed the arrest of seven Salafists, or ultra-conservative Islamists, on Sunday in the western town of Kasserine.

Three years on, Tunisians mark uprising with new demo

Tunisians gathered Tuesday at the birthplace of the Arab Spring to vent their anger at social exclusion three years after a street vendor burned himself to death in what became an iconic protest. The self-immolation of 26-year-old Mohammed Bouazizi in the impoverished central town of Sidi Bouzid on December 17, 2011 unleashed a wave of protest across the North African country. His tragic act, aimed at attracting attention to economic hardship and repression, was the fuse for uprisings across the region that toppled veteran strongmen in Egypt, Libya and Yemen.

Birthplace of Tunisia uprising to hold day of 'rage'

Tunisians plan a day of "rage" in the birthplace of the Arab Spring on Tuesday to vent their anger at new rulers they say have failed to improve their lives. Three years ago on December 17, the self-immolation of 26-year-old street vendor Mohammed Bouazizi in the impoverished central town of Sidi Bouzid unleashed a wave of protest across the North African country. His tragic act, aimed at attracting attention to economic hardship and repression, was the fuse for uprisings across the region that toppled veteran strongmen in Egypt, Libya and Yemen.

Gunman killed, police wounded in Tunisia clashes

A suspected Islamist militant was killed in clashes in southern Tunisia on Tuesday that also left two policemen wounded during a "huge" security sweep, the interior ministry said. "Since yesterday (Monday), specialist army units have been carrying out a huge security operation in the province of Kebili," the ministry said. "At dawn today, during a successful raid and in an exchange of fire with a terrorist group, a terrorist was killed and eight others arrested."

Tunisian sets self ablaze outside government building

A 32-year-old man from a poor neighborhood of the Tunisian capital set himself on fire outside a government building on Monday, the emergency services told AFP. Suffering third-degree burns to his face, chest and hands, the man was rushed to a specialist medical clinic in the Ben Arous suburb of Tunis for treatment, said emergency services representative Mongi El Kadhi.

Suicide bomber hits Tunisia resort beach

A suicide bomber detonated his charge early on Wednesday at a beach in Tunisia's resort town of Sousse but was the only victim of the attack, the interior ministry said. "A man blew himself up on a beach in Sousse," a ministry spokesman told AFP, adding that no one else was killed. Witnesses said the attack took place at around 0830 GMT and near the Riadh Palm hotel in the centre of the coastal town, which lies 140 kilometres (90 miles) south of Tunis and is a popular tourist destination.

Tunisia arrests 8 over deaths of policemen

Eight members of an armed group have been arrested in connection with the deaths of six Tunisian policemen in a clash last week, the interior ministry announced. It said in a statement late Sunday that anti-terrorism units of the national guard arrested "eight terrorist elements implicated in the recent events" in the Sidi Bouzid region of central Tunisia. Explosives and arms were seized, it said, without giving other details of the operation. It said a gunman killed in the clash which left six policemen dead last Wednesday was an Algerian national.

Anger at ruling Islamists as slain Tunisia police buried

Six policemen killed by suspected jihadists were buried Thursday as anti-government sentiment mounted and fresh doubts arose over long-awaited talks to end the political paralysis gripping Tunisia. Protesters attacked two offices of the ruling Islamist party, amid rising anger at Ennahda's failure to stem the deadly violence caused by extremists. President Moncef Marzouki declared three days of national mourning for the slain National Guards, but the victims' families barred representatives of the Islamist-led government from attending the funerals, which drew angry crowds.
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