With efforts to form a coalition government in Tunisia underway, it would appear that the Ennahda Party, which secured a series of victories in the recent parliamentary and presidential elections, is excluding its closest opponent, Qalb Tunis, from a "Coalition of Opposites", pushing instead for a coalition with four smaller parties.
In a working class neighbourhood in Tunis, Aich Tounsi activists wore yellow T-shirts reading "don't be scared, we're not a party" while distributing campaign flyers ahead of Tunisian parliamentary elections.
The Armed Forces of Algeria are pushing for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to step down amidst continued protests. However, the ruling FLN has, so far, been unable to find a replacement that satisfies all sides.
Eyewitnesses have said that the Kurdistan Democratic Party's political police, the Asayish have detained and beaten Faiez Abed Jahwareh, the Assyrian Mayor of the city of Alqosh in the Nineveh Plains. The Asayish officer reportedly declared that the KDP controls the area and "decides what happens in Alqosh".
Volunteer groups have taken on a leading role in supporting the thousands of people from the East Ghouta region, east of Damascus, who were displaced to Idlib and western Aleppo in March and April this year.