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by Rabab Fayad

Geneva - What started with a desperate act by one individual four weeks ago in Tunisia, turned into a social media campaign and culminated in a revolution that ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from power after almost 30 years of rule. The revolution – a grassroots movement – was spurred by the suicide of an unemployed 26-year-old college graduate who set himself on fire after police confiscated his fruit cart. (Full Story)

Officials with the country's main labor union, the UGTT, announced Tuesday that the group's three ministers were withdrawing because the union has decided it will not recognize the new government (Full Story)
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has urged citizens of all faiths, including Copts and Muslims to stand up against what he called terrorist acts such as the church bombing that killed at least 21 people early Saturday. Scores of others were wounded. (Full Story)
Jakarta/Brussels - The Indonesian government needs a strategy to address growing religious intolerance, particularly in areas where hardline Islamists and Christian evangelicals are competing for the same ground. (Full Story)
NATO’s leaders decided to develop a Missile Defence capability to protect NATO’s populations and territories in Europe against ballistic missile attacks. The Alliance’s Heads of State and Government stated that they see this as a core element of NATO’s collective defence task in view of the growing threat of the proliferation of ballistic missile technology and weapons of mass destruction. (Full Story)
Indonesian officials say more than 100 people are confirmed dead after tsunami struck a remote area in the country's west. Hundreds are reported missing. (Full Story)
Former Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz has been sentenced to death for persecuting religious parties in the 1980s. Aziz, one of the most prominent figures of the Saddam Hussein era, is expected to appeal the verdict. (Full Story)
By Nicolas von Kospoth

Israel’s Elbit Systems will reportedly upgrade the Azerbaijani Army’s T-72 main battle tanks (MBTs). Earlier this month, Elbit Systems announced that it has been selected by an undisclosed Asian customer for a tank upgrade project. (Full Story)

NATO Ministers of Defence and of Foreign Affairs met together on 14 October in Brussels to give final political guidance in preparation for the meeting of Allied Heads of State and Government at the upcoming NATO Summit in Lisbon, on 19 and 20 November. (Full Story)
By Dr. Ezio Bonsignore

The signature on the final agreement between the US and Israel for the supply of a first batch of F-35A LIGTHNING II fighter aircraft (a.k.a. JSF) would seem to mark a very important turning point in the political, strategic and military relationship between the two countries. The reasons for this author’s use of a cautious conditional tense will become evident in what follows. (Full Story)

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