General rejects clemency appeal for Manning in leak of classified documents

General rejects clemency appeal for Manning in leak of classified documents

WASHINGTON, April 14 (UPI) -- A general has refused to reduce the sentence on the former U.S. Army intelligence analyst convicted as Bradley Manning of leaking classified documents.
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Tunisian assembly approves caretaker government

TUNIS, Tunisia, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The Tunisian parliament gave a new caretaker government overwhelming approval early Wednesday.

Tunisian opposition member found shot dead in home

TUNIS, Tunisia, July 25 (UPI) -- A prominent member of the Tunisian opposition died Thursday from multiple gunshot wounds, the country's interior ministry said.

Tunisian protests turn deadly

TUNIS, Tunisia, May 20 (UPI) -- Tunisian authorities said at least 11 policemen were injured and one protester died during clashes with supporters of Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia.

Former Tunisian president sentenced to life in prison

SFAX, Tunisia, April 30 (UPI) -- Deposed Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday by a military court, officials say.
France, Britain halt arms sales to Bahrain

France, Britain halt arms sales to Bahrain

PARIS, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Britain and France have curtailed arms sales to Bahrain in the wake of government crackdowns on mass protests and France has also suspended sales to Libya.
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Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (زين العابدين بن علي), (born 3 September 1936) has served as the President of Tunisia since 7 November 1987. He took power from President Habib Bourguiba by a bloodless coup, after serving briefly as Prime Minister.

Ben Ali was born in Hammam-Sousse. He was appointed to establish and manage the Defense Ministry's Military Security in 1964, which he ran until 1974. He was promoted to director-general of National Security at the Ministry of the Interior in 1977 after serving as military attaché to the Kingdom of Morocco. He returned from four years as Ambassador to Poland to become once again head of National Security at the Ministry of the Interior but this time with Cabinet rank. For his success in dealing with the political opponents and their threat to the regime, he was promoted to Minister of the Interior, and retained this position until he was appointed Prime Minister, though many Tunisians believe that he never completed high school.

Ben Ali was appointed Prime Minister by President Habib Bourguiba on 1 October 1987; in this position, he was the President's constitutional successor. Five weeks after becoming head of the government, he had President Bourguiba declared medically unfit for the duties of the office and assumed the presidency on 7 November 1987, in what was a medico-legal coup. The constitutional destitution of President Bourguiba was popular and legitimately based on Article 57, that allowed the procedure. Since then many Tunisians have become disillusioned by the lack of democracy in the country, the growth of the police and security services, and the uneven distribution of wealth.

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