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An explosion in central Tunis Kills 11

An explosion in central Tunis has hit a bus carrying members of the presidential guard, killing at least 11 people.The bus was traveling down the Mohamed V avenue during Tuesday’s rush hour when the blast occurred near the headquarters of the former single ruling party.

Attacks by militants affiliated to Isis have killed scores in the North African country this year. In June 38 holidaymakers were shot dead when a gunman opened fire on the beach in the resort of Sousse. In March, attackers killed 21 tourists at the Bardo museum in Tunis.

Last week the Tunisian authorities said they had thwarted a major terrorist attack in Sousse and announced the arrest of 17 people and the seizure of weapons including Kalashnikovs, explosives and a bomb belt. The attack planned for this month would have targeted hotels, security facilities and politicians, they said.

Earlier this week the Tunisian interior ministry was reported to have informed Moncef Marzouki, the former president, that militants were planning to assassinate him.

Among Arab countries that witnessed uprisings against authoritarian rulers in 2011, Tunisia is the only one seen to have undergone a successful democratic transition.

Moderate Islamists and secular politicians were able to agree a compromise constitution, allowing the country to hold parliamentary and presidential elections last year. A coalition government including Islamists holds power. Four Tunisian civil society groups that mediated the agreement between the two sides salvaging the transition to democracy received this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

But the country has struggled with a faltering economy further stalled by terrorist attacks.

Militant groups targeting the army operate in Chaambi mountains on the country’s western border with Algeria. In recent days they beheaded a youth who was out herding livestock after accusing him of spying on them.

Radicalized youths drawn to Isis have also been traveling for training with militants in Syria and neighboring Libya, where the extremist group has established a foothold.

At least 3,000 Tunisians have traveled to Syria to fight with Isis, and in poor areas many youths say they know a neighbor or friend who has joined the terror group.

US pressing Egypt to adopt more moderate policies

CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday made the highest-level American visit to Egypt since President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi took office as Washington presses the former army chief to adopt more moderate policies. Economic and security problems … read more

What’s next for Libya suspect, on ship and beyond?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military got its man, and has handed him over to the Justice Department. What’s next for Ahmed Abu Khattala, the Libyan militant accused of being a mastermind of the 2012 Benghazi attacks? What’s happening on … read more

Libya condemns U.S. arrest of Benghazi suspect.

Libya condemns U.S. arrest of Benghazi suspect, demands his return TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya on Wednesday condemned U.S. special forces’ arrest of a man on its soil suspected of masterminding a deadly Islamist militant attack on the U.S. consulate in … read more

Clinton: Benghazi probes ‘more of a reason to run’

By KEN THOMAS  WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said in an interview Monday that she feels emboldened to run for president because of Republican criticism of her handling of the deadly 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya. In an … read more

US. Navy rescues 282 apparent migrants in Mediterranean

By Michael Martinez, CNN (CNN) — The U.S. Navy rescued 282 people from six small vessels in the Mediterranean Sea after one of the boats began to sink, the military said Saturday. Five of the rescued were medically evacuated Friday … read more

Libya: Intl Red Cross staff memeber killed by Gunmen in Sirte

ICRC condemns killing of Michael Greub, a 42-year-old Swiss national, who died when gunmen attacked his car in Sirte Associated Press in Berlin The International Committee of the Red Cross has announced that one of its staff members has been … read more

200 African migrants detained in Libya

About 200 African migrants, mostly from Ethiopia and Eritrea, detained west of Tripoli en route to Europe. About 200 migrants, mostly from Ethiopia and Eritrea, have been detained in Zawiya west of Tripoli as they tried to cross to Europe … read more

BBC condemns Ethiopian broadcast jamming

Liliane Landor, acting Director of the BBC World Service Group, has called on the Ethiopian authorities to stop jamming BBC broadcasts in the Middle East and North Africa. She joined directors from Deutsche Welle, France 24, and the US Broadcasting … read more