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Obama urges Egypt army chief to lift state of emergency

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama urged Egypt’s army chief to lift a state of emergency and end military trials for civilians, according to a telephone conversation announced Monday by the White House. Obama also asked Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi to “reaffirm the close partnership between the United States and…

Tunisia asks Saudi Arabia to extradite Ben Ali

TUNIS (AFP) – Tunisia said Sunday it had officially asked Saudi Arabia to extradite deposed strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali whom it accused of “several serious crimes”. A foreign ministry statement cited by the state news agency TAP said an official request had been sent through diplomatic channels for…