North Africa

Tunisia Prime Minister Announces Dissolution of Government to Form New Technocratic Regime

February 6, 2013

“Bowing to the widespread outrage, Mr. Jabali announced on Wednesday night that he was dissolving the Islamist-led government, and replacing cabinet ministers with technocrats not tied to any political party — an expected move hastened by the crisis.”

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Tunisian Opposition Leader Chokri Belaid Killed, Sparking Mass Protests

February 6, 2013

“In the largest protests since the revolution two years ago, thousands of Tunisians took to the streets Wednesday, expressing outrage over the killing of a leading critic of the ruling Islamists, amid fears that the country’s democratic transition is being derailed.”

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Iran President Ahmadinejad Visits Egypt for the First Time

February 5, 2013

“But although the countries’ ties have thawed since the overthrow of Egyptian autocrat Hosni Mubarak, key differences — including opposing views on the conflict in Syria — make the prospect of fully restored relations distant.”

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Protester in Egypt Throws Shoe at Iranian President Ahmadinejad

February 5, 2013

“The episode was reminiscent of a December 2008 incident in which then-President George W. Bush famously dodged shoes thrown at him by a local television correspondent during his final visit to Baghdad.”

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Mali Tuaregs Capture 2 Senior Islamist Rebel Leaders Fleeing Towards the Algerian Border

February 5, 2013

“Pro-autonomy Tuareg MNLA rebels said one of their patrols seized Mohamed Moussa Ag Mohamed, an Islamist leader who imposed harsh sharia law in the desert town of Timbuktu, and Oumeini Ould Baba Akhmed, thought to be responsible for the kidnapping of a French hostage by al Qaeda splinter group MUJWA.”

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Egyptian Riot Police Beat and Dragged a Naked Protester

February 4, 2013

“The beating prompted a rare statement of regret from the Interior Ministry, which promised to investigate the attack. The president’s office said it was pained by the images and called the assault “shocking.””

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Analysis: Terrorist Group al-Qaeda Shifting to Syria, Iraq, Algeria, and Mali

February 4, 2013

“U.S. officials said the terrorist network’s core in Pakistan and its ability to carry out large-scale attacks in the United States have been all but demolished, leading to a shift in focus to emerging threats elsewhere.”

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Police Fire Shotgun Pellets and Tear Gast at Protesters as Overnight Demonstrations Continue in Egypt

February 1, 2013

“The presidency said in a statement that it would not hesitate to use force to protect state property.”

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U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron Visits Benghazi, Libya, En Route to Liberia

January 31, 2013

“He flew into Tripoli before his entourage was ringed by security, then headed to a police academy for a ceremony, accompanied by Libyan Interior Minister Ashur Shwayel.”

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Egypt Opposition Calls For Mass Protests on Friday

January 31, 2013

“The country’s most influential Islamic scholar hauled in rival political leaders for crisis talks on Thursday and persuaded them to sign up to a charter disavowing violence and committing to dialogue as a way to end the crisis.”

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France Deports Moroccan Man With Suspected Ties to Radical Islamist Group Forsane Alizza

January 31, 2013

“Ali Benhammou, who was sent back to Morocco, had been involved in two cells linked to the French group Forsane Alizza (Knights of Pride) which “had made France a priority target,” the ministry said in a statement.”

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New Intelligence Reveals al-Qaeda Affiliate in Northern Africa Planning Attacks on Other Western Targets

January 31, 2013

“The official and others stressed that U.S. spy agencies have not seen evidence that a specific plot has been set in motion, instead describing the al-Qaeda planning as broad and “aspirational.””

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United Nations: Fighting in Sudan’s Darfur Region Displaces Over 100,000 People

January 31, 2013

“This month heavy fighting broke out between two Arab tribes over gold in the Jebel Amer area in North Darfur, displacing or severely affecting 100,000 people, the United Nations said.”

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U.S. Envoy: China’s “Narrow Focus” on Oil in South Sudan “Won’t Work”

January 31, 2013

“China needs to move beyond a narrow focus on oil issues in South Sudan and help tackle that country’s larger political disputes with Sudan, the outgoing U.S. special envoy to the two African states said on Wednesday.”

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Egyptian President Morsi Meets with German Chancellor Merkel in Germany

January 31, 2013

“At a moment of acute political crisis at home in Egypt, Mr. Morsi found himself on a previously scheduled visit to Berlin, where he also met with the economy minister, Philipp Rösler, and leading representatives of German businesses.”

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