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Schools shut down amid unrest

TUNIS | Tunisia on Monday temporarily shut down all of its high schools and universities as it tried to stop deadly riots over joblessness and poor prospects for youths. At least 14 people were killed in unrest over the weekend.

Tunisia’s president went on national television and announced a plan to create 300,000 jobs over two years in the North African nation. President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali also blamed rioters for what he called “terrorist acts.”

Demonstrators have attacked public buildings and set cars on fire during more than three weeks of unrest, while police have opened fire on rioters several times. Washington has expressed concerns over Tunisia’s handling of the situation, and the U.S. ambassador was summoned Monday to the Foreign Ministry.

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Interpol after 47 Saudis for reputed al Qaeda ties

PARIS | Interpol says it has placed 47 Saudis with reputed links to the al Qaeda terrorist network on its most-wanted list.

The publication by the international police body Monday means all 188 member countries have received details about the suspects so that national police forces can help track them down.

Over the weekend, Saudi Arabia asked Interpol for its help in tracking the suspects — all Saudi nationals — beyond its borders. Saudi officials say they are thought to be planning attacks in the kingdom.

From wire dispatches and staff reports