News Wire | Friday, Dec. 16, 2022

Tunisian Election to Entrench President’s Rule

By Tarek Amara & Angus Mcdowall | Reuters

Tunisia holds a parliamentary election Saturday that will tighten President Kais Saied’s grip on power, capping what his opponents denounce as a march to one-man rule over a country that shook off dictatorship in 2011.

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Pacifist Japan Unveils Biggest Military Build-Up Since World War Two

By Tim Kelly & Sakura Murakami | Reuters

Japan on Friday unveiled its biggest military build-up since World War Two with a $320 billion plan that will buy missiles capable of striking China and ready it for sustained conflict, as regional tensions and Russia’s Ukraine invasion stoke war fears.

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