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Tunisia’s First Democratic Presidential Election Raises Some Anxiety

online.wsj.com — TUNIS-Tunisians lined up to vote on Sunday for their first democratically elected president, completing a nearly four-year transition that followed a popular uprising that toppled longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Though there are 22 candidates still in the race, the poll is expected to bring Beji Caid Essebsi, an 87-year-old politician who served under Mr. Ben Ali, to power-illustrating the fraught but mostly peaceful...

First Popular Presidential Vote Poses Test for Tunisia

online.wsj.com — TUNIS-Tunisians will vote Sunday for their first democratically elected president, a milestone for the nation that in 2011 sparked the seismic shift in Middle East politics known as the Arab Spring. Tunisia has largely avoided the violence and political chaos that has beset other Arab states that overthrew dictatorial regimes since then.

Libya’s High Court Rules Parliament Unconstitutional

online.wsj.com — TRIPOLI-Libya's Supreme Court on Thursday ruled the nation's isolated but internationally recognized parliament is unconstitutional, a decision that threatens to plunge the oil-rich nation into further political chaos. Control over Libya and its vast oil resources has been violently contested since the 2011 overthrow of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi by rebels backed by airstrikes from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Iraqi Officials Say Islamist Militants Used Chlorine Gas North of Baghdad

online.wsj.com — BAGHDAD-Islamic State militants used chlorine gas during fighting with security forces and Shiite militiamen last month north of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said on Friday. The use of chlorine gas as a weapon adds a new concern to the turmoil in the country.

Iraq Parliament Approves Defense and Interior Ministers

online.wsj.com — BAGHDAD-Iraq's parliament approved Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's nominees for two critical security posts in his government on Saturday, ending a more-than monthlong deadlock over who will lead the defense and interior ministries at a time when the nation is under siege by a radical insurgency.

U.S.-backed Plan for Iraqi National Guard Unraveling

online.wsj.com — BAGHDAD-A U.S.-backed plan to bring Iraq's fractured sectarian tribal forces fighting Islamic State under the supervision of the central government is in danger of being abandoned, lawmakers said. Momentum has swung against the proposal to create a national guard that would encompass local forces in Iraq's provinces as rival political blocs expressed reservations over who will be allowed into the new service and how funding will be...

Iraqi Leader Struggles to Fill Two Top Security Posts in Cabinet

online.wsj.com — BAGHDAD-Iraq's prime minister is set to nominate a candidate from an Iranian-backed Shiite militia as interior minister, according to an adviser, a choice that risks stoking sectarian tensions at the heart of the country's current crisis.

Iraqi Lawmaker Among Dead in Suicide Car Blast

online.wsj.com — BAGHDAD-Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing that killed 21 people on Tuesday, including an Iraqi lawmaker who was also a top leader in a militia battling the jihadist insurgency.

NYPD Losing Its 'Four-Star General'

online.wsj.com — It was a particularly crime-ridden weekend in the Bronx a few years ago when then-New York City Police Capt. Peter Moreno heard a crackle on the radio that "Car 3" was en route to his command center. "It wasn't unusual to hear 'Car 3' come up on the air-he was in the trenches quite often," Mr. Moreno, who is now retired, recalled recently.

Iraqi Forces Make Strategic Retreat

online.wsj.com — Iraqi security forces abandoned a military camp in the besieged province of Anbar after it was surrounded by Islamic State fighters, Iraqi officials said on Monday, calling it a strategic retreat.
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RT @SimoneJWei: Legal fight in #Fergsuon is most likely far from over. We explore the civil suit phenomena in police shooting cases. themarshallproject.org/2014/11/24/it-…

Nov 25, 2014

@douls @Randazzoj also a good time to discover that "wow, I'm friends with more cops than I thought on Facebook."

Nov 25, 2014

RT @FalconerTim: Two candidates, with sharply divergent political views, will face each other in final #Tunisia presidential runoff online.wsj.com/articles/tunis…

Nov 25, 2014

@evanperez watching you on CNN for the first time, discussing Ferguson. You're great on camera. Greetings from Tunisia.

Nov 25, 2014

RT @yasmineryan: Kanno Kalthoum, the only female candidate, came 11th out of 27 candidates with 0.56% of votes #TnPrez #Tunisia #Tunisie

Nov 25, 2014

RT @yasmineryan: #TnPrez preliminary results: 39.45% for Sebsi, 33.43% for Marzouki, 7.82% Hammami, 5.75% Hamdi, 5.55% Slim Riahi.#Tunisia

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