Tunisia's former President, Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, died on Thursday following a long battle against cancer. Among the Tunisian people, the memory of the man who ruled the country for 23 years before being ousted in 2011, triggering the Arab Spring movement, is decidedly mixed.
Rival armed groups have clashed for more than a week over control of the Libyan capital, Tripoli. The clashes have led to the death of at least 50 people according to Libyan health officials. Attempts to hold a ceasefire have failed since the clashes erupted late August.