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  1. Tunisian MPs handed prison sentence over assault

    BBC World Service

    A military court in Tunisia has issued prison sentences to four MPs on charges of assaulting policemen last year.

    Those sentenced include Saif Eddine Maklouf, who heads the Karama Party in the dissolved parliament.

    A prominent critic of President Kais Saied, he has been sentenced to five months in jail - three other members of the party received similar sentences.

  2. Clashes in Libya as rival PM tries to take power

    BBC World Service

    Image caption: Fathi Bashagha was named prime minister by an eastern Libya-based parliament

    There's been a brief outbreak of factional fighting in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

    Members of an eastern faction arrived overnight in an attempt to claim power.

    They then left the city after several hours of clashes.

    The armed escort had accompanied Fathi Bashagha, who was named as prime minister by a parliament based in eastern Libya.

    He has been trying to take over from Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah, who was appointed prime minister after UN-brokered negotiations last year.

    Mr Bashagha says his western rival forfeited his claim to office when he failed to hold elections as scheduled.

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    Video caption: Iraq sandstorm: Red skies as Iraq hit by eighth sandstorm in weeks

    This is the eighth sandstorm to sweep through the country since mid-April, hospitalising hundreds.

  4. Thousands hold protests against Tunisia president

    BBC Monitoring

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    Image caption: Thousands of Tunisians took part in demonstrations against the president

    Thousands of Tunisians took to the streets in the capital, Tunis, on Sunday to protest against President Kais Saied's political measures and rising food prices.

    A co-ordinator from the Citizens against the Coup coalition – one of the protest organisers – told the state broadcaster that they rejected the country's "new constitution" that was "drawn up unilaterally" by Mr Saied.

    Islamist Ennahda Movement official Ali al-Arid told the channel that protests would continue in the form of sit-ins, marches and hunger strikes.

    The protesters assembled on central Tunis thoroughfare chanting the slogan "Leave", state news agency TAP reported.

    It also published photos of the crowds waving Tunisian flags and loaves of bread, a reference to rising food prices.

    Mr Saied has pushed through a series of moves expanding his powers and dismantling elected institutions since last year, when he suspended parliament.

    Earlier this month, he announced a plan for a "new republic" in Tunisia which would be put to referendum on 25 July.

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    Video caption: Violence at Al Jazeera journalist's funeral procession

    Violent scenes between police, and mourners of killed reporter Shireen Abu Aqla.

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    Video caption: Richard Radcliffe on relase of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Journalist release from Iran

    Boris Johnson had not "explicitly apologised" for erroneously saying in 2017 that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been training journalists in Iran, says her husband.

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    Video caption: Violence breaks out at Shireen Abu Aqla's funeral in Jerusalem

    Watch: Footage shows violent scenes at the funeral of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Aqla

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