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Feb 18, 2014

Kerry praises Tunisian progress, promises help against militants

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.

Feb 18, 2014

Kerry praises democratic progress in visit to Tunisia

TUNIS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Tunisia on Tuesday to praise democratic progress in the country where the “Arab Spring” began and discuss the threat of Islamist militants there.

After a crisis last year brought on by the killing of two opposition leaders, Tunisia’s transition got back on track when it adopted a new constitution and the ruling Islamists stepped aside for a caretaker administration to govern until elections.

Feb 18, 2014

Kerry to praise progress on unannounced visit to Tunisia: officials

TUNIS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced visit to Tunisia on Tuesday to praise democratic progress in the country where the “Arab Spring” began and discuss its efforts to tackle Islamist militants, his staff said.

After a crisis last year brought on by the killing of two opposition leaders, Tunisia’s transition got back on track when it adopted a new constitution last month and ruling Islamists stepped down for a caretaker administration to govern until elections this year.

Feb 12, 2014

Exclusive: Libya oil rebel’s brother arrested in UAE

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The brother of a former rebel who has blockaded Libyan oil ports was held in Dubai after Tripoli issued an Interpol notice for his arrest on charges of trying to smuggle oil, Libyan government officials said.

The arrest of the brother of Ibrahim al-Jathran, whose blockade has cost the state billions of dollars, came as the government wages a campaign of attrition to weaken his movement for more autonomy and control of oil wealth in eastern Libya.

Feb 12, 2014

Libya oil rebel’s brother arrested in UAE

TRIPOLI, Feb 12 (Reuters) – The brother of a former rebel
who has blockaded Libyan oil ports was held in Dubai after
Tripoli issued an Interpol notice for his arrest on charges of
trying to smuggle oil, Libyan government officials said.

The arrest of the brother of Ibrahim al-Jathran, whose
blockade has cost the state billions of dollars, came as the
government wages a campaign of attrition to weaken his movement
for more autonomy and control of oil wealth in eastern Libya.

Feb 7, 2014

Libyans oppose congress extension amid political confusion

TRIPOLI, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Several thousand Libyans marched
in Tripoli and Benghazi on Friday to demand the dissolution of
the interim national parliament, whose mandate was due to run
out on Friday with the country divided over its future.

First elected in 2012, the General National Congress (GNC)
was to end its term on Feb. 7. But its members have extended its
mandate to give a special committee time to draft the
constitution seen as a key step in Libya’s political transition.

Feb 7, 2014

Libyan PM urges all sides to avoid violence in standoff over parliament

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan appealed for Libyans to avoid violence in settling a standoff over their interim parliament, whose mandate was due to run out on Friday with the country deeply divided over its future.

Two-and-a-half years since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya’s democratic transition is in crisis, the government hamstrung by infighting between Islamists and nationalists and the nascent army is often unable to assert authority.

Jan 27, 2014

If he can hang on, Libyan premier may win oil standoff

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Almost every week, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan either tries to cajole the fighters choking off Libya’s crude exports or threatens to break their blockade by force.

Neither tactic has worked. Their leader, Ibrahim al-Jathran, dug in at ports his men seized in August, says he will sell Libya’s oil himself and carve out a semi-state unless the eastern region gets a fairer share of the revenues.

Jan 26, 2014

Libya says five kidnapped Egyptian diplomats freed

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Five Egyptian diplomats kidnapped in Tripoli in retaliation for Egypt’s arrest of a Libyan militia commander have been freed, Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Abdul Razak Al-Grady said on Sunday.

The abduction of diplomats in the Libyan capital illustrated the fragility of government control over former rebels and militias who two years ago helped topple Muammar Gaddafi in a NATO-backed revolution.

Jan 16, 2014

What next for Algeria after new Bouteflika hospital visit?

ALGIERS/TUNIS (Reuters) – Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s second visit to Paris for hospital treatment has reignited speculation the president who oversaw Algeria’s emergence from almost a decade of civil war may be unable to run for reelection in April.

Bouteflika, a Western ally against militant Islamists in North Africa who suffered a stroke last year, flew to France on Monday for what state news agency APS called a planned check-up, saying his condition was “progressively” improving.

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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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