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Tunisians vote for new parliament, hope for full democracy

A man signs on a panel at an ISIE press center in TunisBy Patrick Markey and Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisians voted on Sunday in parliamentary elections that bring full democracy finally within their reach, four years after their uprising cast out autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali. Tunisia has fared better than its neighbours who also ousted their own long-ruling leaders during the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings, largely avoiding the polarisation between competing desires for Islamist and more secular rule. ...



Mauritania closes border with Mali over Ebola fears

By Adama Diarra and Kissima Diagana BAMAKO/NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Mauritania has closed its border with Mali to prevent the spread of Ebola, officials said on Saturday, highlighting fears of further contagion in West Africa after a girl from Guinea died of the disease in Mali this week. Earlier, Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said that his country would not close its border with Guinea despite the girl's case, which may have exposed many to the disease as she travelled hundreds of kilometres through Mali - including a stop in the capital Bamako - on public transport. ...
Blast injures three UN peacekeepers in northern Mali

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Three United Nations peacekeepers were injured in northern Mali on Saturday when a blast struck their convoy near the northern desert town of Kidal, the U.N. mission said. The attack on the peacekeepers from Senegal is the latest in a string of incidents that has forced France to reinforce its presence in Mali to help the U.N. force weather a resurgence by Islamist militants. The U.N. peacekeepers were attacked as they were transporting water on a road 12 km (7 miles) southwest of Kidal. The two most seriously injured soldiers will be flown to Dakar for treatment, the U.N. ...
In Iowa Christie bemoans 'vacuum of leadership'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie poses for a selfie with Bryan Traeger of West Des Moines during Gov. Terry Branstad's birthday bash on Saturday Oct. 25, 2014 in Clive, Iowa. Christie, returning to Iowa to headline one of the biggest events on the state's political calendar, criticized President Barack Obama in a fiery speech Saturday night that sounded like the early makings of a presidential pitch. (AP Photo/The Des Moines Register, Bryon Houlgrave)CLIVE, Iowa (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie presented himself in sharp contrast to President Barack Obama in a fiery speech that sounded like the early makings of a presidential pitch.



Tunisians in historic vote spurred by Arab Spring

A Tunisian man shows his ink-stained finger in front of a Tunisian flag after voting for the country's parliamentary elections outside the Tunisian embassy in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. On Sunday, Tunisians will vote for their first five-year parliament since they overthrew dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, marking the end of the democratic transition that they alone among the pro-democracy Arab Spring uprisings have managed to achieve. Now, many Tunisians are expressing disillusionment over democracy. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisians expressed tentative hope for the future as they lined up early Sunday to choose their first five-year parliament since they overthrew their dictator in the 2011 revolution that kicked off the Arab Spring.





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