Tunisian policeman stabbed to death by terrorists

Updated 04 January 2015
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Tunisian policeman stabbed to death by terrorists

TUNIS: Suspected militants captured and killed a Tunisian police officer, stabbing him and slashing his throat as he traveled home off-duty south of the capital, the government said on Sunday.
Nine suspected militants were arrested after the officer was killed on Saturday night near El Fahes in the Zaghouan region, around 60 km southwest of Tunis, the interior ministry said.
Tunisia has been praised for its young democracy after its 2011 uprising toppled autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali and allowed free elections and a new constitution.
But militants are waging a campaign against security forces, who are trying to flush them out from the Chaambi mountains bordering Algeria.
Authorities are also worried about extremists using remote, desert areas of neighboring Libya as a base.
Tunisia is one of the Arab world’s most secular countries, but the North African state is also a key source of foreign fighters traveling to Syria and Iraq to join Islamic State militants and other extremist groups there.


Sudan president Bashir to visit Qatar

Updated 5 min 49 sec ago
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Sudan president Bashir to visit Qatar

Sudan's president Omar Al-Bashir will arrive in Qatar on Tuesday, Qatar's state news agency reported.
It added that Al-Bashir would meet Qatar's Emir on Wednesday to discuss matters of common interest.

Sudan has been rocked by antigovernment protests calling for Al-Bashir to stand down. 

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