Log in
Please enter your login details

Skip to main content

Breaking News
  • Ukraine: Rebel leader Zakharchenko says around 3,000 volunteers from Russia are serving in rebel ranks. Says rebels can defeat Ukrainian military without help from Russian state – REUTERS
  • Ebola: Doctor in Nigerian oil industry hub Port Harcourt dies from Ebola virus, infected by a man linked to the first case who evaded quarantine – Nigerian Health Ministry
  • UEFA president Michel Platini says he will not challenge Sepp Blatter for FIFA presidency next year
  • Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has asked the US, EU and G7 countries to freeze Russian assets until Russian forces withdraw from Ukrainian territory – REUTERS
  • French President François Hollande says if Russian troops are on Ukrainian soil, it would be “intolerable and unacceptable” – REUTERS
  • Ukraine: a military source says Russian-backed separatists have taken the strategic high point of Savur-Mohyla in the east, which looks out over wide areas of the region – REUTERS
  • French President François Hollande says Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad “is not a partner in the fight against terrorism” in Syria and Iraq as “he is an objective ally of the jihadists” – AFP

The assassination of an opposition leader has thrown Tunisia into the grip of its worst political crisis since the 2011 revolution.

Chokri Belaid was shot as he left home for work on February 6 by a gunman who fled on a motorcycle.

So far no-one has claimed responsibility for the killing but that has not stopped many people throwing accusations at ruling Islamist party Ennahda, of whom Belaid was a staunch opponent.

Protests swept the north African state on Thursday, in which authorities and demonstrators clashed violently. Police reportedly used tear gas to scatter demonstrators near the interior ministry in Tunis.

Union leader Hussein Abassi said he had received death threats after calling the country’s first general strike in 34 years.

Earlier, the ruling Islamists rejected the Prime Minister’s plan to form a new technocrat government, but Popular Front spokesman Hamma Hammami said their position was untenable:

“This government does not have a role to play in our country any more. We have to ask for their resignation and for the creation of a new government that will drive the country through the rest of the transitional period,” Hammami said.

Wary of further violence, many shops in Tunis closed early on February 7, and Tunisia’s old colonial power, France, said it would close its schools in the capital on February 8 and 9.

Copyright © 2014 euronews

More about: