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Bahrain’s Sunni monarchy previously has accused Iran of involvement in widespread protests this year led by Bahrain’s Shiite majority. Syria is a longtime ally of Iran.


Opposition veteran sworn in as president

TUNIS — Tunisia’s opposition leader Moncef Marzouki on Tuesday was sworn in as the country’s first elected president since the North African nation’s revolution sparked the Arab Spring.

“I will be the guarantor of the national interests, the state of laws and institutions,” Mr. Marzouki said with his hand on the Koran as he took his oath before the constituent assembly that elected him president on Monday.

“I will be faithful to the martyrs and to the objectives of the revolution,” he said, almost a year after the start of the mass protests that ousted strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and sparked popular revolts that also toppled dictators in Egypt and Libya.


Saudi Arabia offers to help meet Yemeni oil needs

RIYADH — Saudi Arabia’s official news agency says the kingdom will supply conflict-ridden Yemen with urgently needed goods, including oil.

The Saudi Press Agency reported Tuesday that Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal talked by telephone late Monday to new Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Basindwa to inform him of the kingdom’s decision.

Yemen’s economy has been hit hard by 10 months of political turmoil.

The report did not say how much oil Saudi Arabia will give to the Arabian peninsula’s poorest nation or what other products might be needed.

From wire dispatches and staff reports