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Tunisia''s ex-president Ben Ali dies in exile
 
Tunis: Former Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the first leader to be toppled by the Arab Spring revolts, died on Thursday in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia''s foreign ministry told AFP. He was 83. "We had confirmation of his death 30 minutes ago," the ministry said, without giving further details. His lawyer, Mounir Ben Salha, confirmed the news, citing family members and Ben Ali''s doctor. Ben Ali, who ruled his North African country from 1987 until 2011, was viewed by some as a bulwark against Islamist extremism, but faced criticism for muzzling the opposition and his reluctance to embrace democracy. Eventually, growing frustration over unemployment and high prices snapped. In late 2010, the self-immolation of a young trader sparked major protests that rocked the country and sparked a deadly clampdown.

Ben Ali fled Tunisia for Saudi Arabia on January 14, 2011. His rapid departure sparked a string of similar uprisings across the region, toppling Egyptian and Libyan strongmen Hosni Mubarak and Moamer Gaddafi. The turmoil triggered what was to become Syria''s devastating eight-year war. In mid-2012, Ben Ali was sentenced in absentia to life in jail for his role in the deaths of protesters during the uprising that ousted him. Little information has emerged on his life in exile. Photos posted on Instagram in 2013 showed the former strongman smiling in striped pyjamas. Rumours of his death had circulated several times in recent years. A week ago, Ben Salha said the former president was in a "critical condition", before denying reports that he had died. "He is not dead, but his state of health is bad.

He has left hospital and is currently being cared for at his home -- his condition is stabilising", the lawyer said at the time. Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said last week that on humanitarian grounds Ben Ali could return to die in his own country -- "like every Tunisian" -- should he wish to do so. Ben Ali is survived by six children; three daughters by a first marriage and two daughters and a son by Leila Trabelsi. A career soldier, Ben Ali took power on November 7, 1987 when he toppled Habib Bourguiba, the ailing father of Tunisian independence who was by then reported to be senile.

Tunisians, including Islamists, hailed his bloodless, non-violent takeover. He went on to make Tunisia a moderate voice in the Arab world while Western governments viewed him as an effective bulwark against extremism despite criticism of his slow move toward democracy. Ben Ali was also sentenced in absentia to misappropriating public funds and ordering the torture of army officers who allegedly led a coup attempt against him. Tunisia on Sunday held a presidential election, in which two outsiders -- law professor Kais Saied and detained media mogul Nabil Karoui -- made it through to a second round run-off. The country''s first post Arab Spring democratically elected president, Beji Caid Essebsi, died in July aged 92, bringing the first round of the presidential polls forward by several months.


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Hong Kong blocks Tiananmen vigil; rush on for UK passports
Oman reports 1,014 new COVID-19 cases, 11,437 in total
SpaceX Nasa Mission: Astronauts on historic mission enter space station
Protests over George Floyd death overwhelm US authorities again
''very saddened'' by what happened to the relationship with China: Trump
France reports 52 new Coronavirus deaths
Death toll from COVID-19 in Brazil rises by 1,124 to 27,878 People
Death toll from COVID-19 in Brazil rises by 1,124 to 27,878 People
Saudi Arabia registers 1,644 new COVID-19 cases
Coronavirus deaths in US top 100,000; Trump sympathises with families of the victims
India''s ''arrogant expansionist policies'' becoming ''threat'' to its neighbours: Pak PM Khan
UK to seek 2021 date for UN climate change summit
COVID-19 death toll nears 100,000, New York Times calls it "incalculable loss"
Germany reports more than 178,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19
Iran warns US not to interfere with Venezuela oil shipment
Sri Lanka to ease coronavirus restrictions from May 26
At least 57 killed in Pakistan passenger plane crash in Karachi
China introduces new security bill in parliament to tighten controls over Hong Kong
Trump lashes out at scientists whose findings contradict him
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
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KERALA NEWS
Woman dies of COVID-19 in Kerala, toll rises to ten; 61 new cases reported
 Kozhikode/Thiruvananthapuram: A 53-year old woman, who returned from Riyadh recently succumbed to th
COVID-19 tally in Kerala rises to 1,208, 7 Pilots and cabin crew, among 58 infected
Vijayan slams Railways for scheduling trains to Kerala without informing state
Kerala records 6th COVID-19 death
NATIONAL NEWS
Depression in Arabian Sea to intensify into severe cyclonic storm; will impact Mumbai
 New Delhi, Jun 1 (PTI) The depression in the Arabian Sea is likely to intensify into a severe cyclon
Deferred due to coronavirus, elections to 18 RS seats to be held on June 19: EC
Mercury plummets as rain lashes Haryana and Punjab
New biography on PM Modi released
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