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Tunisia looking for first World Cup win since 1978

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Is Tunisia’s women’s rights push just a smokescreen?

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Tunisian navy rescues 78 migrants off coast

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Social and cultural dynamics in the Arab world

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Tunisia pardons thousands with corrupt past, amid protest

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Tui confirms it may return to selling UK trips to Tunisia

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Fishermen prevent anti-migrant boat from docking in Tunisian port

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Tunisia looking for first World Cup win since 1978
CAPE TOWN: Tunisia were handed a relatively easy passage to their fifth World Cup but they went through the African preliminaries with a proficiency that augurs well for next year's finals in Russia. The north African country - whose size and population of nearly 12 million belies a regular seat at African soccer's head table – won their group ahead of Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya and Guinea to qualify for the first time since 2006   Read More ...
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Tunisia looking for first World Cup win since 1978
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Tunisia were handed a relatively easy passage to their fifth World Cup but they went through the African preliminaries with a proficiency that augurs well for next year's finals in Russia. The north African country - whose size and population of nearly 12 million belies a regular seat at African soccer's head table – won their group ahead of Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya and Guinea to qualify for the first time since 2006   Read More ...
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Who's the boss? Tunisian club to appoint new manager based on fan poll
Tunisian side CA Bizertin Club have taken the remarkable decision to appoint their new manager based on the result of a supporters poll. Normally, teams think long and hard about who to hand the reins to, with those at the very top of the club making the ultimate decision. Bizertin have opted to break from tradition and put the call into the hands of their fans   Read More ...
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Models, politicians remember late designer Alaia in Tunisia
SIDI BOU SAID, Tunisia (AP) — Models, government ministers, relatives and friends have attended the funeral in Tunisia of fashion designer Azzedine Alaia, a native of the North African country who won international acclaim. Supermodel Naomi Campbell, who enjoyed a close relationship with Alaia, appeared overwhelmed with emotion during the burial ceremony Monday in Sidi Bou Said, a picturesque village outside the capital, Tunis   Read More ...
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Fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa dies aged 77
Tunisian-born fashion designer Azzedine Alaïa, an iconoclast who dressed famous women from Hollywood to the White House, has died at age 77. The French Haute Couture Federation announced Alaïa's death on Saturday. Twitter tributes to his influence on fashion poured in from around the world. Known as a secretive fashion rebel, Alaïa was based in Paris for decades but did not take part in the French capital's seasonal fashion frenzy or flashy ad campaigns   Read More ...
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Family of assassinated Tunisian Hamas member demands ‘justice’
TUNIS, Tunisia — The family of a murdered Tunisian described by Palestinian terror group Hamas as a long-time member called on the authorities Friday to release details of the investigation into his killing. Unknown gunmen shot dead engineer Mohamed Zouari with a hail of bullets outside his house in central Tunisia in December 2016. Hamas, which said the 49-year-old engineer and drone expert had worked with it for a decade, at the time blamed Israel for the killing   Read More ...
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Tunisia, Morocco seal World Cup spots
North African nations Morocco and Tunisia took contrasting routes yesterday morning (Singapore time) to qualify for next year's World Cup. Morocco scored twice within five minutes through Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benatia during the first half to triumph 2-0 against hosts Ivory Coast and win Group C. The Atlas Lions have qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 1998 after finishing with 12 points, having not conceded a goal during the six-match group campaign   Read More ...
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Mozambique war-time Western wins at Tunisia film festival - Capital Lifestyle
The story of an epic train journey across war-torn Mozambique by a Brazilian director has been awarded the top prize at Tunisia's Carthage Film Festival. " A global lifestyle platform for digital storytelling, premiering exclusive daily content. We are a curated destination for the culturally curious, a point of reference for leaders in media and style, and a platform committed to all things ‘living   Read More ...
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Mozambique war-time Western wins at Tunisia film festival
TUNIS (AFP) - The story of an epic train journey across war-torn Mozambique by a Brazilian director has been awarded the top prize at Tunisia's Carthage Film Festival. "The Train of Salt and Sugar" by Licinio Azevedo, a Brazilian who lives in the African country, received the Tanit d'Or as the festival wrapped up on Saturday. Like a Western, the film follows the perilous journey of a train that sets off across rebel-held areas to exchange salt for sugar in 1989 during Mozambique's civil war   Read More ...
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Is Tunisia’s women’s rights push just a smokescreen?
Washington: Just over a week ago, Tunisia became one of the only countries in the Arab world to allow Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men, flouting centuries of tradition and earning the accolades of human rights groups and activists around the world. The measure has been cited as another example of Tunisia’s exceptionalism - as the country that kicked off the Arab Spring pro-democracy demonstrations that swept the Middle East and where the struggle for democracy hasn’t degenerated into war, unrest, military coups or greater repression   Read More ...
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Tunisia arrests over 500 would-be migrants heading to Europe
TUNIS - The Tunisian navy has arrested more than 550 Tunisian and African migrants trying to sail to Europe in September, nearly three times more than last month, official data showed. Human traffickers increasingly use Tunisia as a launch pad for migrants heading for Europe as Libya's coast guard, aided by armed groups, has tightened controls. Tunisia's navy stopped boats with migrants departing from beaches in the south and north of the country, arresting 555 people in September, the data showed   Read More ...
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Tunisia foils the departure of 555 migrants to Europe in September
TUNIS (Reuters) - The Tunisian navy has arrested more than 550 Tunisian and African migrants trying to sail to Europe in September, nearly three times more than last month, official data showed. Human traffickers increasingly use Tunisia as a launch pad for migrants heading for Europe as Libya’s coast guard, aided by armed groups, has tightened controls. Tunisia’s navy stopped boats with migrants departing from beaches in the south and north of the country, arresting 555 people in September, the data showed   Read More ...
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Ahly tackle another Tunisian giant in semis
Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Having slayed one Tunisian giant, Al Ahly of Egypt tackle another this weekend in pursuit of a record-extending ninth CAF Champions League title. The Cairo club shocked Esperance in Tunis last weekend, coming from behind to triumph 2-1 through goals from Tunisian Ali Maaloul and Nigerian Junior Ajayi. Esperance had assumed the role of favourites after forcing a 2-2 first-leg away draw in the mega quarter-final   Read More ...
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Al Ahly tackle another Tunisian giant in semis
Johannesburg - Having slayed one Tunisian giant, Al Ahly of Egypt tackle another this weekend in pursuit of a record-extending ninth CAF Champions League title. The Cairo club shocked Esperance in Tunis last weekend, coming from behind to triumph 2-1 through goals from Tunisian Ali Maaloul and Nigerian Junior Ajayi. Esperance had assumed the role of favourites after forcing a 2-2 first-leg away draw in the mega quarter-final   Read More ...
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In Tunisia, an ancient Jewish community braves uncertain future
DJERBA, Tunisia (JTA) — Anticipating the sun’s rapid ascent in the African skies, six barefoot men align themselves early in the morning in a drafty corridor of the still-cool interior of Africa’s oldest synagogue. Casually humming a biblical hymn in Hebrew, they and an Israeli journalist hold off on holiday prayers in the hope of performing them in a minyan — the quorum of 10 Jewish men that Orthodox Judaism mandates for certain prayers, and a threshold requirement for any viable community   Read More ...
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In Tunisia, an ancient Jewish community braves uncertain future
DJERBA, Tunisia — Anticipating the sun’s rapid ascent in the African skies, six barefoot men align themselves early in the morning in a drafty corridor of the still-cool interior of Africa’s oldest synagogue.Casually humming a biblical hymn in Hebrew, they and an Israeli journalist hold off on holiday prayers in the hope of performing them in a minyan — the quorum of 10 Jewish men that Orthodox Judaism mandates for certain prayers, and a threshold requirement for any viable community   Read More ...
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Tunisia pull out of South Korea friendly
South Korea are searching for a new opponent for an Oct. 10 friendly date after Tunisia pulled out of the fixture for “internal reasons”, the Korea Football Association (KFA) said on Monday. The Koreans, who booked their place at a ninth straight World Cup finals earlier this month, have a friendly organised against 2018 hosts Russia in Moscow on Oct. 7 and had been due to play the Tunisians three days later in Switzerland   Read More ...
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S. Korea's football friendly vs. Tunisia canceled; Morocco likely next
SEOUL, Sept. 25 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's scheduled football friendly against Tunisia has been canceled, the national football governing body said Monday, with Morocco having emerged as the likely replacement. The Korea Football Association (KFA) said Tunisia pulled out of their commitment last Friday citing "internal reasons." The two had been set to face each other Oct. 10 in Switzerland. Last week, Tunisian media reports said the team's head coach, Nabil Maaloul, didn't want to play South Korea only three days after their World Cup qualifying match, and he'd rather protect his players for remaining World Cup qualifiers in November rather than risk injuries in a friendly   Read More ...
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African Champions League: Etoile du Sahel progress to semis
Tunisia's Etoile du Sahel claimed the last place in the African Champions League semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Al Ahly Tripoli on Sunday. Egyptian Amr Marei was the hero as he scored both goals in Sousse. The two sides had draw 0-0 in the first leg last weekend, which was played in Egypt due to the insecurity in Libya. Etoile will now face eight-time winners Al Ahly of Egypt in the semi-finals, that is a repeat of the 2007 final that Etoile won 3-1 on aggregate   Read More ...
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Tunisia slowly becoming a model for other Muslim nations
Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi must be congratulated on lifting a forty-year ban on a basic human right of Tunisian women. Last week the country’s progressive president finally allowed women to marry non-Muslim men. It was a brave move, given that most clerics opposed the president’s initiative, stating it was a “flagrant violation” of Islamic precept. However, that is a puzzling conclusion considering that two of the prophet Mohammad’s daughters were married to non-Muslim men   Read More ...
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Tunisian navy rescues 78 migrants off coast
TUNIS - Tunisia's navy rescued 78 migrants including two girls after their vessel en route to Europe took on water off the coast of Chebba and was stranded for three days, the defense ministry said on Friday. Human traffickers increasingly use Tunisia as a launch pad for migrants heading for Europe after Libya's coastguard aided by armed groups tightened its controls   Read More ...
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Social and cultural dynamics in the Arab world
Emerging Tunisian artist Thameur Mejri’s work examines the social, political and cultural dynamics in the Arab world, especially Tunisia by focusing on the linkages that contemporary mass media creates between masculinity, violence and war. In his first solo show in Dubai, Heretic Spaces, the artist is presenting mixed media paintings, drawings, collages and a video that express the physical and psychological effects of the recent upheavals in the Middle East and North Africa   Read More ...
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Tunisia slowly becoming a model for other Muslim nations
Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi must be congratulated on lifting a forty-year ban on a basic human right of Tunisian women. Last week the country’s progressive president finally allowed women to marry non-Muslim men. It was a brave move, given that most clerics opposed the president’s initiative, stating it was a “flagrant violation” of Islamic precept. However, that is a puzzling conclusion considering that two of the prophet Mohammad’s daughters were married to non-Muslim men   Read More ...
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Tunisia’s parliament just cast a vote against democracy
Tunisia enjoys a unique status as the only country to have emerged from the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011 as a genuine democracy. Last week, however, Tunisia’s democratic experiment experienced a major setback that is certain to deepen popular disillusionment with its elected government. On Sept. 13, the Tunisian parliament passed a bill pardoning corrupt ex-officials. The so-called Reconciliation Law stipulates that any current prosecutions of relevant cases must be dropped   Read More ...
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Tunisia offers to mediate in Libya crisis
Tunis, Tunisia | AFP | Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar visited neighbouring Tunisia on Monday for talks with President Beji Caid Essebsi, who offered to act as a mediator between rival Libyan factions. Libya, which plunged into chaos after the ouster and killing of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011, has two rival governments and parliaments, as well as several militia groups battling to control its oil wealth   Read More ...
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Tunisia offers to mediate in Libya crisis
Tunis - Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar visited neighbouring Tunisia on Monday for talks with President Beji Caid Essebsi, who offered to act as a mediator between rival Libyan factions. Libya, which plunged into chaos after the ouster and killing of dictator Moammar Gaddafi in 2011, has two rival governments and parliaments, as well as several militia groups battling to control its oil wealth   Read More ...
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Tunisia Islamist party says municipal polls postponed
TUNIS: The head of Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda party on Sunday said the country's first post-revolution municipal polls due in December would be postponed, probably until March next year. Rached Ghannouchi told private Shems FM radio: "We were not favourable to a postponement of the municipal elections but there are objective reasons for a delay." He said that the electoral commission was expected to announce a new date on Monday and the polls would "probably" be held in March 2018   Read More ...
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Tunisians march against contested corruption amnesty
TUNIS (Reuters) - Hundreds of Tunisians protested on Saturday in the streets of the capital against a widely contested new law that grants officials from the former regime involved in corruption amnesty from prosecution. Tunisia’s parliament on Wednesday approved a law protecting officials accused of graft during the rule of autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, triggering angry protests by the opposition and activists   Read More ...
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Tunisian women free to marry non-Muslims
Tunisia has overturned a law that banned women from marrying non-Muslims. A spokeswoman for President Beji Caid Essebsi made the announcement and congratulated women on gaining "the freedom to choose one's spouse". Until now, a non-Muslim man who wished to marry a Tunisian Muslim woman had to convert to Islam and submit a certificate of his conversion as proof. Tunisia, which is 99% Muslim, is viewed as one of the most progressive Arab countries in terms of women's rights   Read More ...
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History awaits Agenerwot in Tunisia
KAMPALA. No female player from a Northern Uganda-based team has ever donned the national jersey in a 7s tournament. Scovia Aketo (Gulu She Elephants) was the first player from a northern Ugandan team to represent Uganda, but that was in the 15s team, during the 2015 Elgon Cup. However, Kitgum Queens’ Flavia Agenerwot has a chance to enter history books if she plays for the Lady Cranes in the Rugby Afrique 7s due this weekend in Tunisia   Read More ...
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Tunisia lifts ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian officials say the government has lifted a ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims on the recommendation of the president, who says Tunisia needs to modernize. Muslim men were allowed to marry non-Muslim women, but not the other way around. A government official, who spoke Friday on condition of anonymity, said such marriages can now be freely registered   Read More ...
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Tunisia lifts ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian officials say the government has lifted a ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims on the recommendation of the president, who says Tunisia needs to modernize. Muslim men were allowed to marry non-Muslim women, but not the other way around. A government official, who spoke Friday on condition of anonymity, said such marriages can now be freely registered   Read More ...
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Tunisia lifts ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims
TUNIS, Tunisia – Tunisian officials say the government has lifted a ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims on the recommendation of the president, who says Tunisia needs to modernize. Muslim men were allowed to marry non-Muslim women, but not the other way around. A government official, who spoke Friday on condition of anonymity, said such marriages can now be freely registered   Read More ...
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Tunisian women allowed to marry non-Muslims
Dubai: Tunisia has overturned a law that banned women from marrying non-Muslims—a first in the Muslim world. A spokeswoman for President Beji Qaid Al Sebsi made the announcement and congratulated women on gaining “the freedom to choose one’s spouse”. Tunisian professor Mohammad Hidi Zaiem said the proposals give a new impetus to moderate Islam. “The only moderate Islam is that which recognises the need not only to interpretation but also to evolution,” he said, calling the battle for renewing religious discourse “the mother of all battles”   Read More ...
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Tunisian women free to marry non-Muslims
Tunisia has overturned a law that banned women from marrying non-Muslims. A spokeswoman for President Beji Caid Essebsi made the announcement and congratulated women on gaining “the freedom to choose one’s spouse”. Until now, a non-Muslim man who wished to marry a Tunisian Muslim woman had to convert to Islam and submit a certificate of his conversion as proof. Tunisia, which is 99% Muslim, is viewed as one of the most progressive Arab countries in terms of women’s rights   Read More ...
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Tunisian women free to marry non-Muslims
Tunisia has overturned a law that banned women from marrying non-Muslims. A spokeswoman for President Beji Caid Essebsi made the announcement and congratulated women on gaining "the freedom to choose one's spouse". Until now, a non-Muslim man who wished to marry a Tunisian woman had to convert to Islam and submit a certificate of his conversion as proof. Tunisia is viewed as one of the most progressive Arab countries in terms of women's rights   Read More ...
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Tunisia pardons thousands with corrupt pasts, amid protest
Tunis - Tunisia's parliament has adopted a hotly disputed law giving amnesty to thousands of people linked to corruption under its pre-revolution authoritarian regime. Demonstrators protested outside the legislature saying they fear a return to Tunisia's pre-Arab Spring past. After an unusually angry debate and opposition walkout over the measure, it passed by 117 votes to nine in a Wednesday night vote   Read More ...
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Tunisia pardons thousands with corrupt past, amid protest
Tunis: Tunisia’s Parliament has adopted a hotly disputed law giving amnesty to thousands of people linked to corruption under its former authoritarian regime. Hundreds of demonstrators protested outside the legislature saying they fear a return to Tunisia’s pre-Arab Spring past. After an unusually angry debate and opposition walkout over the measure, it passed by 117 votes to nine in a Wednesday night vote   Read More ...
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Tunisia pardons thousands with corrupt pasts, amid protest
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's Parliament has adopted a hotly disputed law giving amnesty to thousands of people linked to corruption under its pre-revolution authoritarian regime. Demonstrators protested outside the legislature saying they fear a return to Tunisia's pre-Arab Spring past. After an unusually angry debate and opposition walkout over the measure, it passed by 117 votes to nine in a Wednesday night vote   Read More ...
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Tunisia pardons thousands with corrupt pasts, amid protest
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's Parliament has adopted a hotly disputed law giving amnesty to thousands of people linked to corruption under its pre-revolution authoritarian regime. Demonstrators protested outside the legislature saying they fear a return to Tunisia's pre-Arab Spring past. After an unusually angry debate and opposition walkout over the measure, it passed by 117 votes to nine in a Wednesday night vote   Read More ...
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