Putin told Assad to go or be made to go, Israeli officials say

Russian President Vladimir Putin (center), shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar Assad as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (right), looks on in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, October 20, 2015. (Alexei Druzhinin, RIA-Novosti/Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin (center), shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar Assad as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (right), looks on in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, October 20, 2015. (Alexei Druzhinin, RIA-Novosti/Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Despite longstanding support, Moscow reportedly tells president of war-torn Syria to make way for transitional government

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Abbas says Palestinian govt to resign as Gaza dispute festers

Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas speaks during a meeting with the Revolutionary Council of his ruling Fatah party, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on June 16, 2015 (AFP Photo/Abbas Momani)

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Tunisia crisis: Protesters call for Ennahda resignation

Protesters in Tunis (7 September 2013)

The protest marked a 40-day mourning period since opposition leader Mohammed Brahmi was shot dead outside his house on 25 July

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Tens of thousands of demonstrators have marched in the Tunisian capital, Tunis, calling for the resignation of the Islamist-led government.

The rally marked a 40-day mourning period since the killing of opposition MP Mohammed Brahmi in July.

His murder, along with the shooting of another prominent leftist politician in February, have sparked mass protests.

Talks between the opposition and the ruling Ennahda party have so far failed to achieve a major breakthrough.

The moderate Islamist government has blamed Salafist hardliners for the killings of Mr Brahmi and secular opposition leader Chokri Belaid.

The opposition coalition, led by the National Salvation Front (NSF), has accused Ennahda of failing to rein in radical Islamists and improve the faltering economy.

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