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His hardships resonated with many in this North African nation. Unemployment stands at around 14 percent but is much higher outside the capital and beachside tourist zones, in regions such as Sidi Bouzid in the center-west, where Mr. Bouazizi lived.

Unrest is rare in Tunisia, a popular tourist destination on the Mediterranean where the government brooks little dissent and is routinely criticized for its human rights record.


Court rules media cannot ‘out’ gays

KAMPALA | Uganda’s High Court has ruled that the media should not publish the names and photos of gay Ugandans. The ruling follows a vitriolic campaign in the East African country, which urged citizens to hang those featured.

Justice Kibuuka Musoke on Monday ordered Uganda’s Rolling Stone magazine to pay $650 in damages and court costs for each of the three activists who sued the magazine.

Justice Musoke also ordered a permanent injunction preventing the magazine from publishing any more names of men or women accused of being gay.

Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda, but gay rights groups recently have begun protesting their treatment.


Minister resigns over imports scandal

NAIROBI | Kenya’s industrialization minister has resigned over a car-imports scandal that will see the country’s anti-graft agency taking him to court on corruption charges.

Henry Kosgey said he did not do anything wrong, but he nevertheless wrote to Kenya’s president and prime minister Tuesday to offer to “step aside,” a euphemism Kenyan politicians use to mean resign.

Mr. Kosgey is following a recent trend in the Cabinet in which ministers have resigned or have been suspended if they faced corruption charges. The most recent was the foreign affairs minister who resigned in October over an embassies scandal.

The Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission has been investigating Mr. Kosgey for his role in the importation of cars that are more than eight years old, which is illegal in Kenya.

From wire dispatches and staff reports