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February 22, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Tunisian political leaders tapped a new prime minister Friday, choosing the head of a crucial and controversial ministry to form a new government for the divided North African nation. Ali Larayedh steps into the role at a tense time for Tunisia. Protests raged this month after the slaying of opposition leader Chokri Belaid, which infuriated secular liberals and stirred up renewed opposition to the government, led by moderate Islamists. Some blamed the government for his killing. Hoping to quell the unrest, then-Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali proposed that Tunisia create an apolitical government of technocrats, rather than one populated by politicians.
February 8, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Radhouane Addala, Los Angeles Times
TUNIS, Tunisia - The slain Tunisian opposition leader's coffin was driven through rain-swept streets lined with soldiers and crammed with mourners who chanted against the Islamist-led government and marched with placards through the heart of this troubled capital. Chokri Belaid's funeral procession moved slowly through neighborhoods Friday while his compatriots clashed with police and demonstrated by the tens of thousands on the third day of unrest that has sharpened political divisions in the birthplace of the "Arab Spring.
February 7, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Radhouane Addala, Los Angeles Times
TUNIS, Tunisia - Tunisia's Islamist-led government Thursday rejected a proposal by its prime minister to form a new Cabinet amid growing political tension after nationwide protests sparked by the assassination of a key opposition figure. The announcement by the dominant Nahda party highlighted differences among Islamists and spurred fresh uncertainty over how to keep the slaying of Chokri Belaid, a fierce government critic, from tipping the economically fragile country into deeper unrest.
February 6, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Radhouane Addala, Los Angeles Times
TUNIS, Tunisia - The assassination of a leading opposition figure in Tunisia on Wednesday triggered protests across the nation and raised fresh concern about the legacy of the "Arab Spring," the pro-democracy movement now threatened in several countries by turmoil between Islamists and secular liberals. Chokri Belaid, head of the Democratic Patriots party, was shot on his way to work in Tunis, the capital, the day after he predicted a wave of political assassinations. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but it came amid a democratic transition endangered by Islamist hard-liners with caches of smuggled weapons.
October 28, 2012
The Hawaii issue [Oct. 21] was excellent and apparently awoke some memories of an adventure almost 50 years ago. At the end of my third year of college in June 1963 and being close to collegiate burnout, I got a job through an old friend at the Ala Moana shopping center [in Honolulu] selling women's shoes. Those six months were probably the best times of my life. I managed to surf almost every day and was in the best shape ever. But most of all, I appreciated being in one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
September 15, 2012 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - As night fell Saturday and cars swerved around Tahrir Square tooting their horns, a stout woman in a black veil and robes screamed herself hoarse: "The president is an agent of the Americans!" But the protesters who had tried to charge the U.S. Embassy during four days of violent demonstrations had already gone, driven out by the police that morning. Pedestrians covered their mouths and winced when they passed the spots where the police had sprayed hundreds of canisters of tear gas. Even as Cairo settled back into its normal rhythms, and capitals around the Arab world did the same, the protests over an anti-Muslim video produced in California delivered the same jarring message of uncertainty to ordinary citizens from Tunis to Cairo: They were prisoners of a political transition whose happy ending was far from assured.
September 14, 2012 | By Ned Parker and Reem Abdellatif, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - Anti-American violence erupted across the Muslim world for a third day, with enraged protesters scaling the walls of U.S. embassies in Sudan and Tunisia and hard-pressed police waging street battles with demonstrators in several Middle East capitals. Protesters tore down the flag at the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, the Tunisian capital, and set a nearby American school afire. In Khartoum, Sudan's capital, demonstrators breached an embassy wall and raised a black flag of militant Islam as police struggled to push them back.
August 30, 2012 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
SIDI BOUZID, Tunisia - Bearded and sweaty, they pressed in, their faces shining in the shadow and light beneath billowing tunics hanging for sale outside a mosque. The sun edged higher. A veiled woman hurried past and a boy stepped closer to listen to men complain about no jobs in fields or factories, no water in thousands of homes. "I didn't trust the old government and I don't trust the new one. They lie. I trust in another revolution," said Khalid Ahmedi, his disgust sharpening as shopkeepers slipped past him to pray.
August 6, 2012 | By K.C. Johnson
LONDON - When Alan Knipe succeeded Hugh McCutcheon as coach of the U.S. men's volleyball team, he inherited a gold-medal winning program and a boatload of pressure. The U.S. has endured an up-and-down quadrennial since winning at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but its straight-sets victory over winless Tunisia on Monday offered more proof it could be peaking at an opportune time. And Knipe continued to put his own stamp on the program, sitting regulars David Lee, Clayton Stanley and Reid Priddy for the 25-15, 25-19, 25-19 victory with a Wednesday quarterfinal match against Italy already secured.
August 3, 2012 | Mike Bresnahan
As if the U.S. needed to shoot well too. They're already the top men's basketball team in the Olympics, able to drive and dunk and put on a display better than anybody. So they drove a stake through Nigeria in a preliminary game, 156-73, making massive numbers of three-pointers Thursday and smashing the Olympic record for points in a game. Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points, the most ever for a U.S. player in the Olympics, and set another U.S. Olympic record by making 10 three-pointers (he needed only 12 attempts)
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