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TUNISIA: Libyan to be extradited

Tunisia said Tuesday it will soon extradite Al-Baghdadi Al-Mahmoudi back to Libya, after detaining the former prime minister for eight months. Al-Mahmoudi was arrested in September for illegally crossing the frontier into Tunisia as he tried to flee to Algeria, where members of Moammar Gadhafi's family had sought refuge. Human rights groups warned Al-Mahmoudi might be harmed by Libya's new ruling authorities, rebels who overthrew Gadhafi last year.


EGYPT: No clear leader for election

Egyptians can choose from an unimaginable range of 13 candidates following decades of fixed contests that guaranteed Hosni Mubarak's re-election. The election is up in the air before voting starts Wednesday. No outright winner is expected from the two-day vote, so a runoff is scheduled for June 16-17 between the two top finishers. Even after the "revolution," all the candidates are firmly rooted in the old system, either from Mubarak's regime or from the Muslim Brotherhood.


SERBIA: Still likely to pursue EU

Serbia is still likely to get a government that hopes to join the European Union, despite the election of a pro-Russian nationalist as president, officials said. Tomislav Nikolic, a former ally of the late strongman Slobodan Milosevic, beat incumbent Boris Tadic in the election Sunday. The result was seen as slowing attempts to join the EU and to reconcile with wartime foes, including the former province of Kosovo, independent since 2008.


MALI: Attack on president probed

West Africa's regional bloc said Tuesday it will impose sanctions on those it finds responsible for allowing an attack on Interim Mali President Dioncounda Traore at his office. Traore was treated for a head wound after Monday's attack. The Economic Community of West African States said protesters must have been organized by forces wanting to disrupt a return to constitutional rule.

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