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Oct 23, 2011

Huge turnout in Tunisia’s Arab Spring election

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisian voters poured into polling stations to vote on Sunday in their country’s first free election, 10 months after vegetable seller Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in an act of protest that started the Arab Spring uprisings.

The leader of an Islamist party predicted to win the biggest share of the vote was heckled outside a polling station by people shouting “terrorist,” highlighting tensions between Islamists and secularists being felt across the Arab world.

Oct 21, 2011
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Tunisian vote on Sunday set to give Islamists a share of power

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(Rachid Ghannouchi, leader of the Islamist Ennahda movement, speaks during a closing campaign rally in Tunis October 21, 2011/Zohra Bensemra)

Tunisians will hand a share of power to an Islamist party when they vote on Sunday in an historic first democratic election which could set the template for other Arab countries convulsed by the “Arab Spring” uprisings. The birthplace of the revolts which re-shaped the political landscape of the Middle East, Tunisia in January forced autocratic leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali to flee to Saudi Arabia and set in train a transition to democracy.

Oct 5, 2011

Gaddafi determined to avoid Saddam Hussein’s fate

ALGIERS (Reuters) – When Muammar Gaddafi ponders his future from his hideout somewhere in Libya, he will probably recall the fate of another fallen Arab autocrat, Saddam Hussein, pulled bedraggled from a hole in the ground.

With that precedent in mind, Gaddafi will be adamant, say people who know him, about two things: he will not give up the fight against Libya’s new rulers and, if the end comes, he will not allow himself to be captured alive.

Oct 5, 2011

Analysis: Gaddafi determined to avoid Saddam Hussein’s fate

ALGIERS (Reuters) – When Muammar Gaddafi ponders his future from his hideout somewhere in Libya, he will probably recall the fate of another fallen Arab autocrat, Saddam Hussein, pulled bedraggled from a hole in the ground.

With that precedent in mind, Gaddafi will be adamant, say people who know him, about two things: he will not give up the fight against Libya’s new rulers and, if the end comes, he will not allow himself to be captured alive.

Sep 12, 2011

Libyan woman guided NATO bombs to Gaddafi targets

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The NATO bombing campaign which fatally weakened Muammar Gaddafi’s rule had a secret asset: a 24-year-old Libyan woman who spent months spying on military facilities and passing on the details to the alliance.

The woman, operating under the codename Nomidia, used elaborate methods to evade capture — constantly changing her location, using multiple mobile telephone SIM cards and hiding her activities from all but the closest members of her family.

Sep 12, 2011

Exclusive: Libyan woman guided NATO bombs to Gaddafi targets

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The NATO bombing campaign which fatally weakened Muammar Gaddafi’s rule had a secret asset: a 24-year-old Libyan woman who spent months spying on military facilities and passing on the details to the alliance.

The woman, operating under the codename Nomidia, used elaborate methods to evade capture — constantly changing her location, using multiple mobile telephone SIM cards and hiding her activities from all but the closest members of her family.

Sep 9, 2011

Libyans advance on most remote Gaddafi desert town

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Provisional government forces advanced through Libya’s deserts towards the most remote major town still not under its control on Friday, as heavy fighting erupted just outside the other two towns still held by pro-Muammar Gaddafi forces.

Sabha — tucked away in the vast southern deserts — has been cut off from the rest of the country since shortly after the fall of the capital Tripoli and very little information is available about the situation there.

Sep 8, 2011

Libya’s interim leaders to honor bank contracts

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s interim government will not change the country’s stake in Italy’s UniCredit SpA and will honor the banking licenses granted by the ousted Gaddafi administration to foreign banks, a senior official said on Thursday.

Asked about the roughly 7.5 percent UniCredit stake, Wafik Shater, a finance official in the National Transitional Council’s stabilization team, told reporters in Tripoli: “All the stakes are as they are at the moment. This is an interim government — we will not take any major decisions.

Sep 8, 2011

Fugitive Gaddafi vows to stay in Libya

TRIPOLI, Sept 8 (Reuters) – - Muammar Gaddafi vowed to
remain on Libyan soil battling NATO and the country’s new
leaders, dismissing reports that he had secretly fled towards
bordering African states as part of a military convoy.

His defiant comments to Syrian-owned TV came as fighters
advanced on the tribal bastion of Bani Walid overnight, girding
for a showdown with loyalist supporters in a town they suspect
could be harbouring the ousted strongman and two of his sons.

Sep 6, 2011

Gaddafi used torture squads in bid to preserve rule

KHOMS, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi deployed special squads which held suspected opponents in shipping containers, tortured them for information about insurgent networks and disposed of their bodies in unmarked graves in a campaign to smash the revolt against his rule.

Evidence gathered by Reuters in the provincial town of Khoms shows an organised system of repression with methods including delivering electric shocks to suspects’ genitals, keeping them for weeks in baking heat with only a few sips of water a day, and whipping them with an electrical cable while their hands were bound with plastic ties.