Tunisia's Ennahda party has started talks on creating a unity government with a coalition of other parties. Partial election results show the Ennahda party won at least forty percent of the vote in elections last Sunday. Ennahda campaign official Abdelhamid Jlazzi said the party will not shut anyone out of talks on forming the government. He promised a coalition that will include opposition parties, civil society groups and labor unions. Party leaders said the possibility of a coalition between Islamists and liberals is an example for other countries coming out of the Arab Spring.
Yemen's government and troops loyal to a former general have declared a ceasefire. Officials from both sides confirmed the agreement on Tuesday. People living in one area of Sana'a reported hearing explosions and gunfire after the time the ceasefire was to have begun. Several earlier truce agreements failed. Separately, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh reportedly said he supports a plan for him to surrender power. The United States says Mr. Saleh made the comment to the American ambassador in Sana'a. On Monday, the President said he is ready to talk about agreements for him to leave office.
Gunmen in central Somalia have killed three aid workers. The hostages are [were] an American woman, a Danish man and a Somali who worked with them. The three worked for the Danish Demining Group. It says the aid workers were kidnapped while going to the airport in the city of Galkayo. Another employee with the Demining Group told VOA that the hostages were not harmed when they were taken. The employee said the kidnappers took two of the hostages to the town of Hobyo. It is considered a major center for pirates.
European leaders are working to finalize a plan to prevent the continent's government debt problems from spreading. The plan calls for European banks to forgive billions of dollars of debt owed by Greece. It also calls for European banks to build up their own cash reserves. Finally, the plan calls for Europe to prepare to help other financially troubled countries in the future. Reaching final agreement on the plan has been difficult. European leaders have promised to complete the plan when they meet in Brussels on Wednesday.
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A Tibetan exile group says another Tibetan Buddhist set himself on fire in southwestern China. He is the tenth Buddhist to set himself on fire in Sichuan province area this year. The religious workers have been protesting Chinese rule in the area. The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said the latest protest took place at the Kandze monastery, where monks live. The earlier protests took place at another monastery about one hundred fifty kilometers away. Witnesses said the monk, Dawa Tsering, called for the return of the Dalai Lama from exile and the reunification of the Tibetan people. His condition was not reported.
The United States says American and North Korean diplomats have narrowed their countries' differences on restarting nuclear negotiations. The diplomats completed two days of talks in Geneva, Switzerland. But, the State Department says there was no major progress. American officials also said that it could take months before they know if North Korea is willing to take steps to meet its nuclear responsibilities. A State Department spokeswoman said the diplomats meeting in Geneva discussed North Korea's request for international food aid. The aid is needed to help with shortages resulting from floods and administrative problems.
A top Defense Department official says the American campaign against a violent central African rebel group is likely to last for months. Earlier this month, President Obama announced he is sending one hundred troops to help central African governments fight the rebel Lord's Resistance Army. Some American lawmakers said they are concerned that the campaign may grow in size, length of time and cost.
The United Nations General Assembly has voted to condemn American economic actions against Cuba. Only the United States and Israel voted against the measure on Tuesday. Three nations chose not to vote. The General Assembly has condemned the American actions against Cuba in each of the past twenty years. Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez says the fifty-year-old restrictions have cost the Cuban people almost one trillion dollars. He said the restrictions have not succeeded and never will. American diplomat Ron Goddard said the United States is open to a new relationship with Cuba. But, he said the United States is waiting until Cuba respects human rights and lets its people decide their own future. The United States began economic actions against Cuba after Fidel Castro took power in nineteen fifty-nine.
The number of people confirmed dead from the earthquake in Turkey has risen to four hundred thirty-two. Tunisia's Ennahda party has started talks on creating a unity government with a coalition of other parties. And, a Tibetan exile group says another Tibetan Buddhist has set himself on fire in southwestern China.
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