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Amid mass protests, ‘Anonymous’ topples Egyptian gov’t websites

Tunisian members of an online group of hacktivists known as “Anonymous” received attention Friday when Al Jazeera English profiled their efforts to attack Egyptian government Web sites. “Anonymous” first attacked Tunisian government websites after the country blocked access to secrets outlet WikiLeaks. The group had also targeted PayPal, MasterCard, Visa…

McCain calls Middle East pro-democracy movements a ‘virus’

Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, and possibly more … The growing pro-democracy movements in these countries are a mere “virus” to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), according to a recent interview he gave to the conservative-leaning Fox News Channel. Speaking to Greta Van Susteren, the former presidential candidate suggested that now…

Tunisia govt reviews tense security situation

TUNIS — The new interim government met Tuesday to review Tunisia’s tense security situation as the United Nations said 210 people died in the popular revolt that ousted strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. It was the first meeting of Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi’s government since it was reshuffled on…

New Tunisian government makes Davos debut

DAVOS, Switzerland — Tunisia’s fledgling post-revolt government tried to reassure global business executives that its economy is stable Saturday as it received a warm welcome at Davos. The new governor of Tunisia’s central bank, Mustapha Kamel Nabli, and the just-appointed Transport Minister Yacine Brahim were given warm applause when introduced…

Clashes in Tunisia as new cabinet sworn in

TUNIS (AFP) – Riot police and hundreds of protesters clashed in the Tunisian capital Friday, as a new cabinet was sworn into office in a bid to end the unrest that has followed president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s ouster. Security forces fired warning shots and tear gas, as some…

Tunisian protest pressures embattled government

Protesters pressured Tunisia’s new interim government to quit on Tuesday in the wake of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s ouster, as the cabinet prepared a major shake-up and a top US envoy visited. Hundreds of protesters from impoverished regions in central Tunisia chanted anti-government slogans in front of Prime…

Protests erupt anew in Yemen, Algeria, Tunisia

Drawing inspiration from the revolt in Tunisia, thousands of Yemenis fed up with their president’s 32-year rule demanded his ouster on Saturday in a noisy demonstration that appeared to be the first large-scale public challenge to the strongman. Clashes also broke out Saturday in Algeria, as opposition activists there tried…

Thousands rally in Tunis as teachers strike

Thousands of protesters rallied in the main government quarter in Tunis on Monday calling for Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi to resign after the fall of veteran leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Security forces fired tear gas and sealed off the area with barbed wire as some protesters threw stones,…

After Tunisia, ‘electrified’ Arab world sets sights on brewing revolt in Egypt

Teen sets self on fire in France Member of Pirate Party given position in Tunisian government In a sign that an “electrified” Arab world has been inspired by the events in Tunisia to rise up against their governments, opposition leaders in Egypt have called for an open revolt in the…

Tunisia’s new leaders consider political reforms

TUNIS (AFP) – Tunisia’s acting leaders considered political reforms Sunday following the abrupt end of former strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s 23-year rule, as the Arab state veered towards chaos. Soldiers and tanks were deployed around the capital Tunis after shops and homes were looted extensively and vandals set…

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