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Tunisian lawmaker escapes assassination attempt

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first_imgA lawmaker from Tunisia’s ruling secular party escaped an assassination attempt on Thursday when a gunman riddled his car with automatic rifle fire from a passing vehicle in the coastal city of Sousse.Ridha Charfeddine, who said he was unharmed, told Jawhara FM radio he was shot at from another car on the road.“I wasn’t able to see the shooter sitting in the back seat,” added the legislator with Nidaa Tounes, the party of President Beji Caid Essebsi.“It’s a miracle that I’m still alive,” said Charfeddine, who is president of a first division football club, Etoile Sportive de Sahel.The popular resort city was the site in June of a beachfront massacre in which a jihadist gunman killed 38 foreign tourists. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the Sousse massacre and the killing in March of 21 people at the national museum in Tunis.The North African country has undergone a largely peaceful transition to democracy since a 2011 popular uprising, but the army faces a rising tide of Islamist militant violence and several thousand Tunisians have also joined up with militant groups fighting in Iraq and Syria.Tunisia is especially worried about militants entering its territory from neighbouring Libya, where Islamic State has established itself amid the chaos and security vacuum caused by two rival governments battling for control.clast_img read more

Syracuse men’s basketball game day: Everything to know about Pittsburgh matchup

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first_img Published on January 7, 2017 at 12:47 am Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Syracuse (9-6, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) takes on Pittsburgh (12-3, 1-1) on Saturday at noon in the Carrier Dome. The Orange is coming off a 15-point win over Miami on Wednesday, its first victory over a major-conference team this season. SU hasn’t beaten the Panthers since Feb. 12, 2014 when Tyler Ennis hit a game-winning shot at the buzzer.Here are answers to your game day questions.How can you watch the game? The game will be broadcast on the ACC Network. In the Syracuse area, that means it’ll be on NBC affiliates. Here are channel listings for NBC affiliates based on provider.Time Warner: 1203 (high-definition) and 3 (suburbs) or 4 (city) for non-digital subscribersDirecTV: 3Verizon Fios: 503 (high-definition) and 3 (standard-definition)Dish Network: 3New Visions: 603 (high-definition) and 3 (standard-definition)Here are the channels the game will be on throughout the rest of New York.Albany (WNYA)Binghamton (WBPN)Buffalo (WNLO)Elmira (WJKP)New York City (WLNY)Rochester (WHAM-D2)Rochester (WHAM)Utica (WPNY)Watertown (WWTI)AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor listings in other states throughout the country, check here.Could SU head coach Jim Boeheim stick with playing only five players? If the Orange keeps winning, it’s a likely possibility.What’s made Pittsburgh effective this season? Panthers beat writer Craig Meyer of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette weighs in.What do our beat writers predict? All three picked the same team. Find out which one.What else should you know about the Panthers? Check out a preview of Pitt, here. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more