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    Former Tunisian president Ben Ali sentenced for smuggling

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    Bloggers say they'll have role in new Tunisia

    At the height of the Tunisian uprising, dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali tried hard to silence the young bloggers who were driving the protests against him. His security agents arrested, even tortured, some of them and repeatedly shut down their sites.

  • Briefly

    A Tunisian court dissolved the party of ousted President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali and ordered all its assets seized, demolishing a key symbol of his autocratic regime.

  • Tunisian walk past a burned out car, in Tunis, Monday, Feb. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

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  • ** FILE ** Tunisian Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi announces a national unity government in Tunis, Tunisia, on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi, File)

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  • Protesters run away from tear gas during clashes in Tunis, Wednesday Jan. 26, 2011. The clashes broke out in front of the prime minister's office as the caretaker government prepared to announce adjustments to its lineup. Hundreds of protesters in the capital are pressuring the interim government to get rid of allies of ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

    Tunisia issues international warrant for ousted president

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