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A supporter of the moderate Islamist Ennahda party holds a poster during a rally in Sidi Bouzid, central Tunisia

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It appears to be the last Arab Spring country to have a shot at completing a transition to democracy following last ditch negotiations between secularists and Islamists

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President Moncef Marzouki stands in front of coffin, draped in the Tunisian flag, of the one of the eight soldiers who died in an ambush by an armed group in Mount Chaambi

Tunisia turmoil: President calls for national unity after eight soldiers ambushed and killed

Powerful union has called for the dissolution of the ruling coalition

Car bomb detonated and one shot dead ahead of funeral for murdered MP in Tunisia

A man was killed and a car bomb detonated in the Tunisian capital of Tunis on Saturday during violent protests ahead of the funeral of an assassinated politician.

Tunisia's government said Mohammed Brahmi was killed by the same group as his fellow leftist Chokri Belaid
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Unions launch strike in Tunisia over Mohamed Brahmi assassination

All flights to and from the country cancelled

Protesters mourn the death of Mohamed Brahmi

Tunisia erupts in renewed protests after opposition leader Mohamed Brahmi is killed

Killing could derail fragile democracy in birthplace of the Arab Spring

Topless Femen protesters released from Tunisian prison

Three European feminist activists who were jailed after a topless courthouse protest in Tunisia last month have been set free after a court lifted their prison sentence. They left the country  this morning to go to France.

Members of the women's topless protest group Femen hold banners during a protest in front of the European Union Parliament on Wednesday

Topless Femen activists jailed in Tunisia for indecency

Three European, female activists who protested topless outside the Tunisian Palace of Justice have been sentenced to four months in prison in Tunisia. The two French women and one German are members of the controversial Femen protest group and were charged with indecency.

Defiant Erdogan demands immediate end to Turkish protests as he makes return to country

Returning to Istanbul Erdogan called for the protests to end immediately and said they bordered on illegality

Trial of Femen protesters begins in Tunisia

The trial of three European feminists charged with public indecency after demonstrating topless in front of Tunisia’s Palace of Justice began in Tunis today.

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The former intelligence analyst could face life in prison for the biggest leak of classified information in US history

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