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Tunisians begin voting in first ‘Arab Spring’ vote

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisians began voting on Sunday in the first election of the “Arab Spring” uprisings, and were expected to hand a share of power to Islamists for the first time. The election, the first free vote in Tunisia’s history, will set a standard for other Arab countries where…

Thousands overwhelm riot police in Armenia

YEREVAN (AFP) – Thousands of protesters occupied a central square in the Armenian capital on Thursday, forcing riot police to withdraw in a show of strength aimed at forcing the government to resign. After holding a rally attended by more than 12,000 people, demonstrators marched through the city to Freedom…

US sends Twitter messages to Iranians

WASHINGTON – The US State Department has begun sending Twitter messages to Iranians in Farsi, alluding to the “historic role” social media have played in mass protests against Iran’s 2009 disputed presidential polls. The Twitter feeds in the Iranian language began Sunday as US officials accused Iran of hypocrisy by…

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