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Mystery Lake Surfaces in Parched Tunisia

Note to swimmers flocking there: It might be radioactive

(Newser) - For residents of Tunisia desperate to beat the heat, we've got some really good news and some really bad news. The good is that shepherds in a drought-stricken region near the city of Gafsa stumbled upon an amazing thing: a brand-new lake that surfaced in an otherwise barren territory,... More »

US Evacuates Libya Embassy

US personnel leave Tripoli for Tunisia

(Newser) - The United States shut down its embassy in Libya today and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under military escort amid a significant deterioration in security in Tripoli, the State Department said. Officials blamed intensified fighting between rival militias. The withdrawal underscored the Obama administration's concern about the heightened... More »

To the Rescue in Tunisia: Stormtroopers?

Country looks to 'Star Wars' to rescue tourism

(Newser) - Imperial stormtroopers are set to march through Tunisia's capital tomorrow as part of a new effort to attract tourists and burnish the image of this North African country. The Tunisian National Office for Tourism has teamed up with the country's own Star Wars fan club to stage its... More »

Dune May Obliterate Darth Vader's Childhood Home

Star Wars set threatened by sand: scientists

(Newser) - Poor Anakin Skywalker: First he turns into Darth Vader, and now his childhood home is about to be eaten by a wind-blown sand dune. The Tunisia set for the Tatooine city of Mos Espa in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is expected to soon be buried by the... More »

Topless Tunisian Activist Safe After Death Threats

Lawyer denies reports she was sent to psychiatric hospital

(Newser) - A Tunisian woman who prompted an outcry and death threats by posting provocative topless photos of herself online is safe at home, her lawyer tells Tunisia Live , contradicting reports that she'd been sent to a psychiatric hospital or worse. Amina Tyler, 19, started a firestorm two weeks ago by... More »

Tunisia Prime Minister Resigns Amid Crisis

This does not mean the 'failure of the revolution,' he says

(Newser) - Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali announced his resignation today, making good on his promise to step down if he failed to resolve the country's political crisis. "I promised and assured that, in the event that my initiative failed, I would resign as head of the government, and that... More »

As Tunisia Simmers, PM Moves to Dissolve Govt.

Leading party's headquarters set on fire amid protests

(Newser) - As Tunisia grapples with protests following the killing of an opposition leader , the prime minister has moved to dissolve the Islamist government, calling for new elections, Reuters reports. Technocrats would run the government in the meantime, says PM Hamadi Jebali—who will keep his job—citing a "failure of... More »

First Assassination Since Arab Spring Rattles Tunisia

Opposition leader Chokri Belaid shot outside home

(Newser) - A Tunisian opposition leader was shot and killed outside his home today, in the nation's first assassination since the Arab Spring. Chokri Belaid, among the leaders of the leftist Popular Front coalition, was outspoken against the Ennahda party, which leads the country as part of a three-party coalition, the... More »

Benghazi Suspect Freed for Lack of Evidence

He was one of a scant few arrested in the case

(Newser) - Only two suspects have been arrested in connection with the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, and today one of them is a free man once more. A Tunisian court has "conditionally freed" 26-year-old suspect Ali Harzi , citing a lack of evidence, the AP reports. Harzi has been... More »

Up for Auction: Ousted Dictator's Bling

Tunisia's Ben Ali must watch from afar as his stuff gets sold

(Newser) - It's one thing to lose your job as dictator in a popular uprising . But to see all your belongings—from your 40 luxury cars to your miniature golden sphinxes to your wife's treadmill—go to the highest bidder? That's the fate being suffered by former Tunisian leader... More »

Tunisia: We Arrested Suspect in Benghazi Attack

Ali Harzi in custody, though role is unclear

(Newser) - Tunisia says it has a 28-year-old Tunisian national in custody who is linked to the attack on the US consulate in Libya that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, reports the AP . Details are sketchy, but the suspect has been identified as Ali Harzi. It's unclear exactly what role he played,... More »

Tunisia Woman Raped By Cops, Charged With Indecency

Protesters take to streets in her support

(Newser) - Tunisian police raped a woman in her car—and when her official complaint prompted charges against them, they charged her with indecency, Amnesty International says. Hundreds are protesting against the officers today, CNN reports, and the AP notes that the woman is being questioned today. Early last month, the woman'... More »

US Orders Diplomats to Flee Tunisia, Sudan

American citizens told to 'keep a low profile'

(Newser) - Washington has ordered all "non-emergency" diplomatic personnel to leave Tunisia and Sudan in the wake of violent protests that claimed four lives in Tunis and two in Khartoum, AFP reports. "Given the security situation in Tunis and Khartoum, the State Department has ordered the departure of all family... More »

Marines Arrive in Yemen

Protests grow across Muslim world

(Newser) - US Marines are in Yemen as protesters continue to throng around the US embassy there, the AP reports. An elite Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team arrived today, as security forces continued to fire live rounds and tear gas into a crowd numbering around 2,000. The same type of team was... More »

Tunisians March at Birthplace of Arab Spring

Thousands celebrate fruit vendor Mohammed Bouazizi

(Newser) - One year ago, a fruit vendor set himself ablaze outside a town hall in Tunisia. Today the country's newly elected leaders and thousands of others are honoring the man who triggered a revolution and sparked a wave of political change across the Arab world, the AP reports. People are... More »

In Tunisia, Islamist Victory Scores Big for Democracy

Islamism has become a democratic force: Noah Feldman

(Newser) - At first glance, it might seem that Islamists’ success in Tunisia’s election is a blow for democracy because the revolution that led to the election was secular. But the truth is that “the first leaders of a revolution are rarely a perfect sample of the broader population that... More »

Tunisia Election Protests Turn Violent

Islamist party officially declared winners

(Newser) - A moderate Islamist party has been declared the official winner of the Arab Spring's first election. The Ennahda Party did even better in Tunisia's first elections for decades than predicted as polls closed , winning than 41% of the vote and 90 seats in the new 217-seat parliament. But... More »

Islamists Claim Victory in Tunisia Vote

Once-banned party Ennahda leading in many constituencies

(Newser) - A moderate Islamist party has claimed victory in Tunisian elections today with at least 30% of the vote, the AP reports. If they win, the Ennahda party will guide the nation's 217-seat constituent assembly in choosing a new government and writing a new constitution. More than 90% of registered... More »

An Arab Spring First: Tunisia Votes

But many parties face accusations of shady financing

(Newser) - With Tunisians voting today in the Middle East's first elections since the dawn of the Arab Spring, analysts and citizens alike are looking to the vote for a sense of where Tunisia and democracy in the region might be heading, reports the AP . Tunisia's 7.5 million voters... More »

Tunisia Fires Tear Gas at Protestors

'We need another revolution,' says one as reformers grow restless

(Newser) - Cops in Tunisia today fired tear gas and used truncheons to break up an assembly of protestors outside Interior Ministry headquarters in Tunis. The mob called for a shutdown of the caretaker government and vigorous prosecution of supporters of ex-president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, who was forced out of... More »

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