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Tunisia vote offers post-Arab Spring hope TUNIS: Tunisians vote Sunday to elect their first parliament since the country's 2011 revolution, in a rare glimmer of hope for a region torn apart by post-Arab Spring violence and repression.After three weeks of largely low-key campaigning, more than five million voters are to elect 217 deputies in a ballot pitting the Ennahda movement -- the country's largest party -- against a host of secular groups.Tunisia has enjoyed relative stability since the region's 2011 uprisings in contrast to the lawlessness of Libya and Yemen, the military takeover in Egypt and Syria's bloody civil war.But the country has flirted with disaster, particularly last year when a rise in militant activity, the assassination of two opposition lawmakers and an economy in the doldrums threatened to drag Tunisia down the same path.Its political class, although often at loggerheads, caved in to pressure from civil society groups in January to schedule Sunday's vote and ...

Blast kills six security forces in Egypt's Sinai CAIRO: At least six Egyptian security force personnel were killed by a remotely detonated roadside bomb in the Sinai Peninsula on Sunday, medical and security sources said.The bomb exploded as a patrol responsible for protecting a natural gas pipeline passed by, the sources said.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...
Women, children killed in new attack in east DR Congo: official GOMA: Twenty-two people, most of them women and children, have been killed in a new attack in the troubled east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, just days after a similar massacre, a government official said on Saturday.The attack left 10 women, eight children and four men dead, a local government official told AFP. It occurred some 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the town of Beni in the North Kivu province, where rebels slaughtered 26 ...
Lab half a world away at center of West Africa Ebola fight WINNIPEG: A soldier with a fever and a bad cough walked into a Canadian hospital and was swiftly quarantined, while his blood was tested for Ebola here at one of the world's few "level four" labs.Days earlier, he had travelled to Sierra Leone as a member of an aircrew that delivered 128,000 face shields to doctors and nurses fighting an outbreak that has claimed more than 4,000 lives.His blood sample was sent from the Belleville, ...
Mozambique polls close with opposition crying foul  MAPUTO: Mozambicans voted Wednesday in a closely-fought test for the ruling Frelimo party, which has run the southern African country since independence from Portugal in 1975, with opposition parties crying foul.Frelimo is facing growing discontent over a wealth gap that persists despite huge mineral resources, with fast economic growth sidestepping the bulk of a population that is among the world's poorest.But members of the two opposition parties later claimed they had discovered attempts to stuff ...
Polls open in tough test for Mozambique ruling party MAPUTO: Voting started Wednesday in a tough electoral test for Mozambique's ruling Frelimo, the party that has run the resource-rich country since independence in 1975.Voters in neat lines started casting ballots shortly after 7:00am (0500 GMT) with Frelimo facing growing discontent amid an apparent popular swing towards the opposition.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Member states losing race against Ebola: UN UNITED NATIONS: The world is falling behind in a desperate race to gain the upper hand over the deadly Ebola outbreak, a top UN official warned on Tuesday."Ebola got a head start on us," said Anthony Banbury, head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response."It is far ahead of us, it is running faster than us, and it is winning the race," the Briton told the UN Security Council in New York, by remote ...

 



 
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