Tunisia’s first democratically elected president sworn-in

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After years of authoritarian rule, Tunisia has inaugurated its first freely elected president. Beji Caid Essibsi has long held office in Tunis, but insists his administration will not be a continuation of the past. Beji Caid Essebsi was sworn in as president of Tunisia on Wednesday in a plenary session of parliament, where his secularist Nida Tounes party holds the ... Read More »

Four perish and one arrested after migrant cargo ship lands in Italy

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Italian authorities have begun investigating what happened to a cargo ship intercepted with 900 migrants on board and no crew. At least four migrants have died, after apparently trying to escape to Europe from Syria. It was a disaster narrowly averted, according to the Italian Navy on Wednesday, that it intercepted a cargo ship with 900, mostly Syrian, refugees on ... Read More »

Dozens killed in Yemen suicide attack on Shiite rebels

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At least 33 people were killed and wounded on Wednesday in the central Yemeni city of Ibb, 193 kilometers (119 miles) south of the capital, Sana’a, after a suicide attacker detonated an explosive belt at a cultural center where Shiite Houthis were preparing to celebrate the birthday of the Prophet Muhammed. The exact number of casualties was not immediately clear, ... Read More »

Bad weather hinders search for AirAsia victims, debris

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Rough weather hampered efforts to recover victims and debris from an AirAsia plane that went down in the Java Sea on Sunday. Two of the bodies recovered so far have arrived in Surabaya. The first two victims’ bodies arrived in the Indonesian city of Surabaya, on Wednesday, where the plane had taken off on a flight bound for Singapore early ... Read More »

Greece’s parliament formally dissolved, January election called

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Greece’s parliament has been dissolved and a general election called for January 25. This comes two days after lawmakers failed in a third vote to approve a new head of state. Eurozone crisis Greece’s parliament formally dissolved, January election called Greece’s parliament has been dissolved and a general election called for January 25. This comes two days after lawmakers failed ... Read More »