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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.

Oct 20, 2013

Tunisia sees Islamist militants exploiting Libya chaos

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s Prime Minister Ali Larayedh said Islamist militants are exploiting anarchy in neighboring Libya to get training and smuggle weapons across North Africa’s porous borders.

His coalition government is grappling with an Islamist militant group known as Ansar al-Sharia, which is one of the most radical to emerge since Tunisia’s 2011 uprising against autocratic President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali Ben Ali.

Oct 18, 2013

Tunisia’s ruling Islamists see elections in six months

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s ruling Islamists, who have agreed to make way for a caretaker government, see elections within six months to put the country’s political transition back on track after months of unrest, a senior party official said on Friday.

Nearly three years after an uprising toppled President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, divisions between Islamists and the opposition over the political role of Islam have delayed a democratic process once seen as a model for the region.

Oct 18, 2013

Tunisia’s Islamists see elections in six months

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s ruling Islamists, who have agreed to make way for a caretaker government, see elections within six months to put the country’s transition back on track after months of unrest, a senior party official said on Friday.

Nearly three years after an uprising toppled President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, divisions between Islamists and the opposition over the political role of Islam have delayed a democratic process once seen as a model for the region.

Oct 11, 2013

Tunisia Islamists ready to hand over power, see spring election

TUNIS (Reuters) – A black and white photograph on Rached Ghannouchi’s desk shows him as a young activist proclaiming the birth of a Tunisian Islamist movement that three decades later would win the first elections after the Arab uprisings.

But having inspired Islamists across the Middle East by rising to power following Tunisia’s 2011 popular revolution, Ghannouchi’s moderate Islamist Ennahda party now finds itself within weeks of voluntarily stepping down.

Oct 10, 2013

Chaotic oil power Libya far from partition

TRIPOLI/TUNIS (Reuters) – Deep in Libya’s southern Sahara, tribal sheikhs crowded into a Bedouin tent last month to declare their remote province bordering Algeria would break away from the government in far-off Tripoli.

A thousand miles to the east, armed protesters had seized ports disrupting oil shipments into the Mediterranean in support of local activists who appointed a de facto prime minister.

Oct 7, 2013

Analysis: Chaotic oil power Libya far from partition

TRIPOLI/TUNIS (Reuters) – Deep in Libya’s southern Sahara, tribal sheikhs crowded into a Bedouin tent last month to declare their remote province bordering Algeria would break away from the government in far-off Tripoli.

A thousand miles to the east, armed protesters had seized ports disrupting oil shipments into the Mediterranean in support of local activists who appointed a de facto prime minister.

Oct 6, 2013

Raid shows chaotic Libya a key militant haven

TUNIS (Reuters) – The U.S. raid to snatch a top al Qaeda suspect off a Tripoli street confirmed what many Libyans already feared: Post-revolution chaos has made their vast North African country a haven for Islamist militants with transnational ambitions.

Two years after a war backed by the West ousted Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is still fragile, its government weak and its army unable to control vast tracts of territory, where rival militias battle over a share of the country’s spoils.

Oct 5, 2013

Tunisia’s ruling Islamists start crisis talks with opposition

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s ruling Islamists on Saturday began talks with secular opponents to try to agree on a transitional government and new elections to end months of political deadlock.

The North African country, where an uprising two years ago began the “Arab Spring” revolts, has been in crisis since the July assassination of an opposition leader triggered street protests demanding the government’s resignation.

Sep 23, 2013

Tunisia faces confrontation as Islamists dig in

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s ruling Islamists rejected on Monday a plan for them to step down pending elections, deepening a confrontation with secular opponents that threatens the most promising democratic transition to have emerged from the Arab Spring.

Tunisia has been in turmoil since an opposition leader was assassinated in July, delivering a blow to hopes for a peaceful outcome to the first pro-democracy uprising in the Arab world.

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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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