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Tunisia offers to mediate in Libya crisis

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Tunisia pardons thousands with corrupt past, amid protest

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Thomas Cook resumes Tunisia holidays after beach attack

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Fishermen prevent anti-migrant boat from docking in Tunisian port

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Brits can now holiday in Tunisia again as Foreign Office declares the country is safe to travel to

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UK says no longer advises against travel to most of Tunisia

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Austria double murder linked to extremism

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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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Tunisian women's rights plan rattles Muslim traditionalists
Tunis - Some denounce it as a violation of Islamic law, others embrace it as revolutionary: An initiative by Tunisia's president to make inheritance and marriage rules fairer to women is reverberating around the Muslim world, and risks dividing his country. The 90-year-old president, Beji Caid Essebsi, argues that Tunisia needs to fight discrimination and modernize. He's gambling that he could shepherd through such changes because his secular party is in a coalition with an Islamist one, and because his overwhelmingly Muslim country has a history of relatively progressive views toward women   Read More ...
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Tunisian activists protest as parliament debates corruption amnesty
TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia’s parliament on Wednesday began debating a contested bill granting amnesty to officials accused of corruption during the rule of autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, triggering angry protests from the opposition and activists outside. Opposition lawmakers sang the national anthem and shouted slogans before the session was temporarily suspended. Outside, dozens of demonstrators protested, chanting “This law will not pass” and “Whitewash corruption”   Read More ...
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Tunisian activists protest as parliament debates corruption amnesty
Tunisia's parliament on Wednesday began debating a contested bill granting amnesty to officials accused of corruption during the rule of autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, triggering angry protests from the opposition and activists outside.After months of protests, the bill was amended from an original draft which would have also granted amnesty to corrupt businessmen.Critics of the so-called "Economic Reconciliation" bill say it is a step back from the spirit of Tunisia's 2011 revolution to oust Ben Ali, who fled after weeks of protests against corruption and inequality   Read More ...
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Tunisian women's rights plan rattles Muslim traditionalists
TUNIS, Tunisia – An initiative by Tunisia's president to make inheritance and marriage rules fairer to women is reverberating around the Muslim world, and risks dividing his country. The 90-year-old president, Beji Caid Essebsi, argues that Tunisia needs to fight discrimination and modernize. He's gambling that he could shepherd through such changes because his secular party is in a coalition with an Islamist one, and because his overwhelmingly Muslim country has a history of relatively progressive views toward women   Read More ...
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Tunisian women's rights plan rattles Muslim traditionalists
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Some denounce it as a violation of Islamic law, others embrace it as revolutionary: An initiative by Tunisia's president to make inheritance and marriage rules fairer to women is reverberating around the Muslim world, and risks dividing his country. The 90-year-old president, Beji Caid Essebsi, argues that Tunisia needs to fight discrimination and modernize. He's gambling that he could shepherd through such changes because his secular party is in a coalition with an Islamist one, and because his overwhelmingly Muslim country has a history of relatively progressive views toward women   Read More ...
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Tunisian women's rights plan rattles Muslim traditionalists
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Some denounce it as a violation of Islamic law, others embrace it as revolutionary: An initiative by Tunisia's president to make inheritance and marriage rules fairer to women is reverberating around the Muslim world, and risks dividing his country. The 90-year-old president, Beji Caid Essebsi, argues that Tunisia needs to fight discrimination and modernize. He's gambling that he could shepherd through such changes because his secular party is in a coalition with an Islamist one, and because his overwhelmingly Muslim country has a history of relatively progressive views toward women   Read More ...
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Tunisian presidency ''regrets' expulsion of Moroccan prince
Tunis - Tunisia's presidency on Tuesday expressed its regret over the expulsion of Morocco's Prince Moulay Hicham, first cousin of King Mohammed VI, but did not explain why he had been deported. The prince was expelled from Tunisia on Friday after arriving to attend an academic conference organised by Stanford University on the political transition in Tunisia after the 2011 Arab Spring uprising   Read More ...
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Tunisia cabinet reshuffle strengthens president
Tunis - Tunisia's president Beji Caid Essebsi strengthened his grip on power late on Monday when parliament approved a cabinet reshuffle ahead of key elections. Observers say the new cabinet, which places Essebsi allies in key positions, consolidates the 90-year-old president's hold on the executive, months ahead of Tunisia's first post-revolution municipal polls. "It is the president who pulls the strings," French language daily Le Quotidien said   Read More ...
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Tunisia cabinet reshuffle set to strengthen president
Tunisia's parliament will vote later Monday on a cabinet reshuffle set to strengthen the clout of President Beji Caid Essebsi ahead of key elections.Observers say the new cabinet, which places Essebsi allies in key positions, strengthens the 90-year-old president's grip on the executive, months ahead of Tunisia's first post-revolution municipal polls.Chahed announced the new line-up last week after talks with Essebsi, who founded secular Nidaa Tunes and later became prime minister before being elected president in the wake of a 2011 revolution that overthrew veteran dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali   Read More ...
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Tunisia 'expels Moroccan prince who came to discuss democracy'
PARIS: Morocco's Prince Moulay Hicham, King Mohammed VI's first cousin, said on Saturday he had been expelled from Tunisia on the day he arrived to attend an academic conference. "Policemen came to my hotel shortly after my arrival yesterday (Friday) and I was taken to the airport," the prince told AFP. Moulay Hicham, who lives in the United States, had travelled to Tunisia for a conference organised by Stanford University on the political transition in Tunisia after the 2011 Arab Spring uprising   Read More ...
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‘Ghost boats’ drop Tunisian migrants on Italian beaches
The figures jumping from a small boat into the clear shallow waters and running ashore on an Italian beach look like troops practicing a D-Day-style landing, but this is no military drill and these are not soldiers.Some 3,000 migrants, mostly men, have come from Tunisia in the past two months, with between 1,500-1,800 landing on the south coast of Sicily, and the rest on the smaller islands of Lampedusa or Linosa, said the local investigator, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to privacy concerns   Read More ...
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Tunisia PM announces major cabinet reshuffle
Tunis - Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed on Wednesday announced a major cabinet reshuffle, replacing the key ministers of interior and defence. "I've decided on a government reshuffle," Chahed told reporters, announcing the new line-up after talks with President Beji Caid Essebsi. A former defence minister, Abdelkrim Zbidi, returns to the post in place of academic Farhat Horchani, while Lotfi Brahem, an ex-head of the national guard, replaces Hedi Majdoub at the interior ministry   Read More ...
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Major underwater Roman ruins discovered off Tunisia
Roman ruins stretching out over 20 hectares have been discovered off the coast of northeastern Tunisia, confirming "with certainty" a theory that the city of Neapolis was partly submerged by a tsunami in the 4th century AD. "It's a major discovery," Mounir Fantar, the head of a Tunisian-Italian archaeological mission which made the find off the coast of Nabeul, told AFP news agency on Thursday   Read More ...
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'Tsunami-sunk' Roman ruins discovered in Tunisia
Nabeul (Tunisia) (AFP) - Vast underwater Roman ruins have been discovered off northeast Tunisia, apparently confirming a theory that the city of Neapolis was partly submerged by a tsunami in the 4th century AD. "It's a major discovery," Mounir Fantar, the head of a Tunisian-Italian archaeological mission which made the find off the coast of Nabeul, told AFP. He said an underwater expedition had found streets, monuments and around 100 tanks used to produce garum, a fermented fish-based condiment that was a favourite of ancient Rome   Read More ...
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'Tsunami-sunk' Roman ruins discovered in Tunisia
Nabeul - Vast underwater Roman ruins have been discovered off northeast Tunisia, apparently confirming a theory that the city of Neapolis was partly submerged by a tsunami in the 4th century AD. "It's a major discovery," Mounir Fantar, the head of a Tunisian-Italian archaeological mission which made the find off the coast of Nabeul, told AFP. He said an underwater expedition had found streets, monuments and around 100 tanks used to produce garum, a fermented fish-based condiment that was a favourite of ancient Rome   Read More ...
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Tunisia's Aymen Abdennour loaned to Marseille from Valencia
Tunisia defender Aymen Abdennour has signed for French club Marseille on loan deal from Spain's Valencia. The 28-year-old returns to France after two seasons in Spain. He previously played for Toulouse and Monaco, in Ligue 1. Abdennour played in all four of Tunisia's games at the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year but missed the end of the Spanish season through injury   Read More ...
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Thomas Cook resumes Tunisia holidays after beach attack
Travel company Thomas Cook has resumed selling holidays in Tunisia to Britons for the first time since the attack at a resort in Sousse in 2015. Trips will resume in February 2018, after the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) eased its travel advice. The FCO previously advised avoiding all but essential visits following the June 2015 beach attack, which killed 38 people, including 30 British tourists   Read More ...
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Tunisia clerics oppose equal inheritance rights for women
Tunis - Muslim clerics in Tunisia on Thursday voiced opposition to President Beji Caid Essebsi's plan to introduce legislation granting equal inheritance rights to women, contrary to Islamic precepts. Essebsi has announced the formation of a commission to examine "individual liberties" and "equality in all domains", including inheritance rights. As laid down in the Koran, the Muslim holy book, daughters in the Islamic world inherit half the shares of sons   Read More ...
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Tunisia clerics oppose equal inheritance rights for women
Muslim clerics in Tunisia on Thursday voiced opposition to President Beji Caid Essebsi's plan to introduce legislation granting equal inheritance rights to women, contrary to Islamic precepts.Tunisia, which adopted a 1956 Personal Status Code extending several rights to women and abolishing polygamy, is seen as a pioneer on women's emancipation in the Arab world, although tensions often surface between conservatives and reformists   Read More ...
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Tunisia says foils plot to help ISIS win territory
Tunis - Tunisia said on Tuesday it had foiled a "terrorist plot" aimed at allowing Islamic State group jihadists to seize part of its territory. Authorities had "uncovered a terrorist plot" targeting police and military units in the southern town of Ben Guerdane in a fresh bid to claim territory for ISIS, the interior ministry said in a statement. In March last year, jihadists mounted a coordinated assault on security installations in the town on Tunisia's border with Libya, aiming to win over residents and establish an ISIS "emirate"   Read More ...
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Tourists return to Tunisia after terror
Terror attacks in 2015 decimated tourism industry that provides one-sixth of GDP New figures fuel cautious optimism of a recovery Revenue from tourism slower to recover than visitor numbers In 2015, ISIS attacks in Sousse and Tunis killed 60 people. The majority of the victims were European tourists. The attacks took a heavy toll on the country's tourism sector, which accounts for around one-sixth of GDP and provides employment for more than 200,000 people   Read More ...
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Melania Trump Mural Features Prominently In Dictator-Themed Tunisian Restaurant
Melania Trump has inspired many things, but few expected the first lady of the United States of America to be one of the faces strewn all over a dictator-themed restaurant in Tunisia. Restaurant Le Dictateur is a posh restaurant located in one of the more glamorous parts of Tunisia. The restaurant in the Cite Ennasr suburb in Tunis features a number of caricatures of different dictators in history   Read More ...
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Tui confirms it may return to selling UK trips to Tunisia
Tour operator Tui has confirmed it is looking at reinstating holidays from the UK to Tunisia, but will make a final decision based on demand. TUI is already flying tourists from Belgium to the whole of Tunisia and Germans to some parts. The Foreign Office relaxed its travel advice for Tunisia at the end of July after two years of restrictions   Read More ...
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