Tunisia protests after government critic shot dead

A fierce critic of the Tunisian government's dealings with radical Islamists was shot dead Wednesday, sending protesters onto the streets two years after their Jasmine Revolution sparked the Arab Spring.


The headquarters of the moderate Islamist Ennahda party, which rules in a fractious coalition with secularists, was set ablaze after Chokri Belaid, an outspoken, secular leader, was gunned down outside his home in the capital. His party and others in the opposition parties said they would quit the assembly that is writing a new constitution and called a general strike for Thursday when Belaid will be buried. Reuters)