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200 arrested, dozens hurt in fresh Tunisia unrest

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– More than 200 people have been arrested and dozens of police hurt during clashes in Tunisia, the interior ministry said Wednesday, as anger over austerity measures spilt over into unrest. The North African country has been hailed for its relatively smooth democratic transition since a 2011 revolt that sparked …

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Syria regime battles jihadists for airbase: monitor

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Syrian regime forces were locked in a fierce battle Wednesday for an airbase in Idlib province after breaching the defences of jihadists at the strategic military facility, a monitor said. Regime forces backed by Russian warplanes launched an offensive on December 25 in Idlib province, the last in the country …

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Saudi Arabia’s oldest man dies at 147

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He passed away after suffering a brain stroke. (Web desThe oldest man in Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Ali Al Alakmi, died at the age of 147, last week. As disclosed by his family members, Alakmi depended on organic food and hardly ever used cars, preferring to walk whenever possible. They added …

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North Korea says will attend Olympics in rival South

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– North Korea said it was willing to send athletes and a high-level delegation to the forthcoming Winter Olympics in the South on Tuesday as the rivals held their first official talks in more than two years after high tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme. Seoul urged that reunions of families …

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64 migrants feared dead in Mediterranean boat sinking

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– As many as 64 migrants, including a mother whose 3-year-old child desperately clung to her, are feared dead after a traffickers’ overcrowded rubber dinghy from Libya started sinking in the Mediterranean Sea, officials said on Monday. The Italian coast guard rescued 86 people from the boat hours after it …

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