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Nov 25, 2013

Insight: Tunisia stumbles to democracy in a troubled neighborhood

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia offers perhaps the last hope for Arab Spring democracy; only in the small nation that inspired revolts from Cairo to Tripoli has the negotiating table won out over the gun, so far.

After months of crisis, Islamists and their secular opponents are bargaining over forming a caretaker government, a new constitution is a few penstrokes from completion and a second free election is around the corner.

Nov 25, 2013

Tunisia stumbles to democracy in a troubled neighbourhood

TUNIS, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Tunisia offers perhaps the last
hope for Arab Spring democracy; only in the small nation that
inspired revolts from Cairo to Tripoli has the negotiating table
won out over the gun, so far.

After months of crisis, Islamists and their secular
opponents are bargaining over forming a caretaker government, a
new constitution is a few penstrokes from completion and a
second free election is around the corner.

Nov 18, 2013

Libya militia withdrawal tests Tripoli after clashes

TRIPOLI/TUNIS (Reuters) – Militia fighters blamed for the worst unrest in Tripoli since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi pulled out of the capital on Monday with Libyan army units taking up positions around the city.

More than 40 people were killed in street battles between rival militias in Tripoli last week, highlighting Libya’s struggle to curb fighters and hardline Islamists who refuse to disarm two years after ousting Gaddafi.

Nov 18, 2013

Insight: Tunisia Islamists seek jihad in Syria with one eye on home

ZARGHOUAN, Tunisia (Reuters) – Aymen Saadi’s brief call to jihad began with dreams of fighting for an Islamic state in Syria and ended with a botched suicide bombing attempt in a crowd of foreign tourists in Tunisia.

Guards tackled the Tunisian teenager before he detonated his bomb at a presidential mausoleum last month south of Tunis. Minutes earlier, a fellow bomber had blown himself up into a bloody mess across the sand at a popular beach resort a few kilometers away.

Nov 18, 2013

Tunisia Islamists seek jihad in Syria with one eye on home

ZARGHOUAN, Tunisia (Reuters) – Aymen Saadi’s brief call to jihad began with dreams of fighting for an Islamic state in Syria and ended with a botched suicide bombing attempt in a crowd of foreign tourists in Tunisia.

Guards tackled the Tunisian teenager before he detonated his bomb at a presidential mausoleum last month south of Tunis. Minutes earlier, a fellow bomber had blown himself up into a bloody mess across the sand at a popular beach resort a few kilometres away.

Nov 3, 2013

Militants test Tunisia’s new democracy

TUNIS, Nov 3 (Reuters) – When protesters stormed the U.S.
embassy in Tunis last year, they hoisted a black jihadist flag
that exposed the militant Islamist undercurrent in one of the
Muslim world’s most secular societies.

An attack on a tourist resort last week by a suicide bomber,
and recent gun battles with Tunisian police, revealed how deeply
that fervour, fostered worldwide by al Qaeda, has taken root in
the country where the Arab Spring began.

Oct 24, 2013

Tunisian police battle militants, talks delayed

TUNIS (Reuters) – Seven Tunisian policemen were killed in clashes with militants on Wednesday as the government cracked down on Islamist fighters using the chaos in neighboring Libya to get weapons and training.

The violence, some of the worst since Tunisia’s 2011 uprising, unsettled the start of negotiations between the Islamist-led government and opposition to end a crisis over the country’s transition to democracy.

Oct 23, 2013

Tunisian police battle militants before political talks

TUNIS (Reuters) – Six Tunisian policemen were killed in armed clashes with militants in a central town on Wednesday, as the government cracked down on Islamist fighters using the chaos in neighboring Libya’s to get weapons and training.

The violence, some of the worst since Tunisia’s 2011 uprising, unsettled the start of negotiations between the Islamist-led government and opposition to end a crisis over the country’s transition to democracy.

Oct 23, 2013

Thousands protest before Tunisia crisis talks

TUNIS (Reuters) – Thousands of Tunisians marched through the capital on Wednesday chanting for their government to step down, hours before ruling Islamists and opposition leaders were to start talks aimed at end months of political crisis.

The moderate Islamist party Ennahda has agreed that the government it leads will resign in three weeks and make way for a non-partisan administration until new elections in the country where the “Arab Spring” revolts began in 2011.

Oct 22, 2013

Libya output still at 600,000 bpd, protests drag on

TUNIS, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Libya’s oil production is stable
at around 600,000 barrels per day (bpd), where it has been for
about a month, as the government works to end protests at fields
and ports that have cut shipments for months, the National Oil
Corp. (NOC) said.

Striking workers, militias and political protests had
slashed the OPEC member’s oil output to as low as 200,000 bpd,
but Libya managed to resume production from some fields in the
west in mid-September after reaching a deal with some
protesters.

    • About Pat

      "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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