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Oct 27, 2014

Tunisians elect new parliament to consolidate young democracy

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisians elected a new parliament on Sunday bringing full democracy within their reach almost four years after an uprising cast out autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali and inspired the “Arab Spring” revolts.

Official results were not expected until after Sunday, but moderate Islamist party Ennahda and rival secular alliance Nidaa Tounes are favoured to win most seats in only the second free election in Tunisia since Ben Ali fled into exile.

Oct 26, 2014

Tunisians vote for new parliament, hope for full democracy

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisians elect a new parliament on Sunday as the prospect of a full democracy finally comes within their reach, four years after they cast out autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.

Tunisia has fared better than neighbors who also ousted their own long-ruling leaders during the Arab Spring uprisings, largely avoiding their polarization and chaos even though it faced similar tensions over Islamist versus more secular rule.

Oct 22, 2014

Tunisia election tests transition from autocracy to democracy

HAMMAM SOUSSE Tunisia (Reuters) – Blaring music and flags fill the hall where Tunisia’s Initiative Party is warming up to test its chances in the second free election since the 2011 “Arab Spring” uprising that ousted autocrat Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

The party’s Eagle crest may be from the post-revolutionary era, but symbols from the past dominate its campaign for Sunday’s parliamentary vote, where Ben Ali’s old guard are hoping to make a comeback.

Sep 30, 2014

Algeria awards four of 31 oil, gas fields in auction

ALGIERS, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Algeria awarded four of 31 oil
and gas field blocks on offer to foreign consortiums on Tuesday
in its first energy auction since 2011 and nearly two years
after a militant attack on the country’s Amenas gas plant killed
39 foreign oil contractors.

Royal Dutch Shell and Spain’s Repsol won
the Boughezoul area in the north of the country while Shell and
Norway’s Statoil won the Timissit area in the east. A
consortium of Enel and Dragon Oil won the
Tinrhert and Msari Akabli areas.

Sep 28, 2014

Frenchman’s murder puts Algeria back on the shifting map of jihad

ALGIERS (Reuters) – When a little-known group of Algerian militants beheaded a French tourist last week, they were not only lashing out at the West, but also staking an unmistakable claim in the shifting ground of jihadist power politics.

Herve Gourdel’s murder by the Caliphate Soldiers, ostensibly to punish France for Western military strikes on Islamic State forces in Iraq, was testament to the pull now exerted by the al Qaeda-offshoot in the battle for the loyalties of jihadists.

Sep 25, 2014

Algerian militants behead kidnapped French tourist

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian militants beheaded French tourist Herve Gourdel, who was kidnapped by gunmen on Sunday in what the group said was a response to France’s action against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

In a video released by his captors on Wednesday, Gourdel, a 55-year-old from Nice, is seen kneeling with his arms tied behind his back before four masked militants who read out a statement in Arabic criticizing France’s intervention.

Sep 24, 2014

Algerian militants issue video apparently showing killing of kidnapped Frenchman

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian militants have released a video that appears to show them beheading Frenchman Herve Gourdel, who was kidnapped on Sunday, in what the group said was a response to France’s action against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

The video shows Gourdel, a 55-year-old tourist from Nice, kneeling with his arms tied behind his back before four masked militants who read out a statement in Arabic criticizing France’s military intervention.

Sep 24, 2014

Algerian militants issue video showing killing of kidnapped Frenchman

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algerian militants have released a video that appears to show them beheading Frenchman Herve Gourdel, who was kidnapped on Sunday, in what the group said was a response to France’s action against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

The video shows Gourdel, a 55-year-old tourist from Nice, kneeling with his arms tied behind his back before four masked militants who read out a statement in Arabic criticizing France’s military intervention.

Aug 15, 2014

U.N. envoy plans Libya trip soon to negotiate ceasefire

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – - The new U.N. special envoy to Libya plans to visit Tripoli as early as next week to seek a ceasefire between armed factions whose clashes have turned parts of the capital into a battlefield, his office said.

Bernardino Leon aims to end fighting between brigades from Misrata and fighters allied to the western town of Zintan, whose rivalries erupted a month ago into the worst clashes since the 2011 uprising that ousted Muammar Gaddafi.

Aug 14, 2014

Libya sees Es Sider oil export restart in ‘a few days’

By Patrick Markey

(Reuters) – Libya is set to resume oil exports from its largest port, Es Sider, in “a few days” after being closed for almost a year by protests, a National Oil Corporation (NOC) official said on Thursday.

Shipping from Es Sider would be a huge boost for OPEC producer Libya, where the government is facing clashes in Tripoli between two rival armed factions in the worst fighting since the 2011 war against Muammar Gaddafi.

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      "Patrick Markey is the Senior Andean Correspondent for Reuters, based in Bogota, Colombia. For the last nine years he has covered and helped manage coverage across the Andean region, including Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador. He has also reported on top stories across Latin America, including more recently the Honduras coup and Haiti's earthquake."
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