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Tunisia's economy still recovering, 3 years after Arab Spring

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-01-27 05:03

A little over three years ago, a Tunisian street vendor set himself on fire and sparked the Arab Spring. A big part of the revolution had its root in economic instability. This weekend was a milestone for Tunisia. The North African country adopted a new constitution.

The lead-up to the new constitution was characterized by political instability that no doubt hurt the economy. Tourism, which makes up 12 percent of GDP, was especially hard hit. But the adoption of the new constitution could assure foreign investors and tourists that it's safe to come to Tunisia. "This is also going to reassure and give confidence to local companies and the local economy," says Riccardo Fabiana, the lead North Africa analyst with the Eurasia Group. "However", he adds, "this is probably not going to be enough."

One of Tunisia's biggest problems prior to the revolution was corruption and cronyism. The good news is that many of those corrupt officials have been removed from power. "Now these cronies are gone. But the barriers and the regulation are still there and are still somewhat of a structural problem for the private sector," says World Bank economist Jean-Luc Bernasconi. Bernasconi believes the new government will have to create policy reforms to solve these larger structural problems.

But Tunisia's slow economic growth is also the result of weak European economies, something the new government cannot control.

Ukraine threatens state of emergency

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 05:01
Ukraine's justice minister says she will call for a state of emergency and the end of negotiations unless protesters leave her ministry.

Pope John Paul ll relic stolen

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 04:58
Italian police are hunting for a stolen holy relic that contains the blood of the late Pope John Paul ll.

F1 pre-season testing set to begin

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 04:55
F1 teams start their on-track preparations for the 2014 world championship at this week's first pre-season test in Spain.

Education 'failing economic needs'

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 04:53
Business leaders and academics are urging the government to radically overhaul England's school curriculum to meet future economic needs.

Chelsea's Essien joins AC Milan

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 04:39
Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien secures a move to Italian side AC Milan and will be officially unveiled on Tuesday.

VIDEO: Grammy Highlights, Including A Bit Of Paul And Ringo

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-27 04:26

Yes, they did come together. The two surviving Beatles performed Sunday at the Grammys. They're due to be together again for a Feb. 9 CBS-TV special celebrating the Beatles' first appearance, 50 years ago, on The Ed Sullivan Show.

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Appeal after memory-loss man found

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 04:25
Police ask for help to identify a man found sleeping rough and suffering from memory loss in Cleethorpes.

Ford staff to be balloted on strike

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 04:23
More than 5,000 workers at Ford across the UK are being balloted to strike about pensions and job security by union Unite.

Biker dies after city van crash

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 04:21
A motorcyclist aged 20 dies after his bike is involved in a crash with a van in Aberdeen.

Fracking delays over waste water

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 04:14
Energy company Cuadrilla withdraws applications for permits to frack in Lancashire after issues with radioactive waste water.

US strike 'targets al-Shabab chief'

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 04:10
The Pentagon says the US has carried out a missile strike in Somalia against a suspected militant leader with ties to al-Qaeda and al-Shabab.

Google calls for new NSA reforms

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 04:01
President Obama's NSA reforms do not go far enough, a senior Google executive tells the BBC, as Edward Snowden accuses the agency of "industrial espionage".

In pictures: SnowCastle of Kemi

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 03:56
The SnowCastle of Kemi in Finland

McNish completes BBC F1 team for 2014

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 03:54
Three-time Le Mans 24-hours winner Allan McNish completes the BBC's F1 team for the forthcoming 2014 season.

Homes evacuated in area's third alert

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 03:47
A number of homes are evacuated during an alert in the Broadlands area of Carrickfergus - the third there in just over a week.

Looking To Escape The Deep Freeze? Head To Alaska

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-27 03:45

Another wave of brutally cold air is sweeping down from the Arctic across much of the nation. Meanwhile, in many places in Alaska the temperature has been popping up above freezing. That pattern's likely to continue into February.

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Daft Punk get lucky at Grammy Awards

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 03:42
French dance stars Daft Punk and hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are the big winners at LA's prestigious Grammy Awards, which also saw Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunite on stage.

VIDEO: Google 'shocked' at Snowden revelations

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 03:31
David Drummond, Google's Chief Legal officer reveals he was "shocked, surprised and outraged" by Edward Snowden's revelations that the NSA hacked company data.

VIDEO: Hunt for crocodile after boy snatched

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 03:31
Police in Australia are searching for a 12-year-old boy, who is missing after a crocodile attacked a group of children in a water hole.

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