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Tunisia seeks UNESCO status for Jewish pilgrimage isle

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Tunisia seeks UNESCO status for Jewish pilgrimage isle

- Tunisia plans to seek UNESCO World Heritage status for the island of Djerba, site of Africa's oldest synagogue and an annual Jewish pilgrimage, its culture minister said on Sunday.Some 3,000 pilgrims attended this year's Jewish pilgrimage to the island, which ended Sunday under tight security following a string of jihadist attacks in Tunisia.The number of pilgrims visiting the Ghriba synagogue has fallen sharply since a suicide bombing claimed by Al-Qaeda struck Ghriba just before the 2002 pilgrimage, killing 21 people

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Israel issues Tunisia travel warning over terror threat ahead of Lag Ba'Omer

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Israel issues Tunisia travel warning over terror threat ahead of Lag Ba'Omer

- Israel issued an increased warning on travel to Tunisia on Wednesday in light of terrorist threats ahead of the upcoming Jewish holiday of Lag Ba'Omer, the Prime Minister's Office announced.Due to assessments by the government's Counter-Terrorism Bureau, Israel urged all of its citizens to avoid travel to the North African nation, and advised all nationals currently in the country to immediately return to Israel

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Tunisian hotel where ISIS fanatic slaughtered 38 people reopens two years on

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Tunisian hotel where ISIS fanatic slaughtered 38 people reopens two years on

- A HOTEL where British tourists were massacred in an ISIS attack two years ago has reopened. The owner of the former Imperial Marhaba hotel in the Mediterranean resort of Sousse said the beachfront property had been given an overhaul with “a view to the future” and to remove its association with the horrifying terror attack. Zohra Driss told The Associated Press that the hotel was renamed Kantaoui Bay to erase “the painful memory of the drama” of June 26, 2015

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Tags: Wars |  Terrorism |  Terror |  Jihadists |  Terrorist attacks |  ISIS | 
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Q&A: Amira Yahyaoui on press freedom and fake news

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Q&A: Amira Yahyaoui on press freedom and fake news

- Paris, France - Hailed as one of the most influential Arab women in the world, Tunisian Amira Yahyaoui is a self-described "human rights extremist". She rallies against censorship and fights for free speech. Exiled from Tunisia while protesting against the government of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, she moved to France where she remained stateless for a few years until the longtime leader stepped down

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Tags: Social Issues |  Media rights |  Freedom | 
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Tunisian seen as lone perpetrator of Berlin attack

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Tunisian seen as lone perpetrator of Berlin attack

- BERLIN — A Tunisian man whose asylum application had been rejected appears to have been the sole perpetrator of the attack on a Berlin Christmas market even though he was in contact with a member of the Islamic State group outside Germany, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. German prosecutors said they have found no evidence so far that anyone else in the country besides suspect Anis Amri was involved in planning or carrying out the Dec

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Tunisia gives British call-to-prayer DJ year in jail

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Tunisia gives British call-to-prayer DJ year in jail

- Tunis, Tunisia | AFP | A Tunisian court handed a British DJ a one year jail term in absentia Thursday after he played a remixed recording of the Muslim call to prayer, a judicial source said. Dax J, who left Tunisia after last weekend’s set in the northeastern town of Hammamet, was sentenced to “six months for public indecency and six months for offending public morality”, said Ylyes Miladi, a spokesman of a court in the nearby town of Grombalia

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Tunisia sentences British DJ for Muslim prayer remix

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Tunisia sentences British DJ for Muslim prayer remix

- A Tunisian court has sentenced a British DJ to a year in jail after he played dance remix of the Muslim call to prayer. The DJ, known as Dax J, was charged with public indecency and offending public morality. He has already fled the country, and made a public apology. The nightclub was shut down after footage of the weekend's event was shared on social media and sparked outrage

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Tunisia gives British call-to-prayer DJ year in jail

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Tunisia gives British call-to-prayer DJ year in jail

- Tunis - A Tunisian court handed a British DJ a one year jail term in absentia on Thursday after he played a remixed recording of the Muslim call to prayer, a judicial source said. Dax J, who left Tunisia after last weekend's set in the northeastern town of Hammamet, was sentenced to "six months for public indecency and six months for offending public morality", said Ylyes Miladi, a spokesperson of a court in the nearby town of Grombalia

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Kenya teams seek to dominate Africa women's club volleyball in Tunisia 

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Kenya teams seek to dominate Africa women's club volleyball in Tunisia 

- NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- Kenya's representatives to the Africa women's club championships Kenya Prisons will be keen to end their decade long jinx by lifting this year's crown when the tournament starts in Monastir, Tunisia on Thursday. The team, coached by Japheth Munala left for Tunis on Wednesday, buoyant of securing a win in the one week tournament.The winner of the tournament earns a slot to compete at the qualifying rounds of the World Club Championships, which will be held in Japan in September

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Tunisia nightclub closed after prayer dance remix

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Tunisia nightclub closed after prayer dance remix

- By BBC. A nightclub in Tunisia has been shut down after footage emerged of a DJ playing a dance remix of the Muslim call to prayer, officials say. Video shared on Sunday from the Orbit Festival in the north-eastern town of Nabeul sparked outrage on social media sites. The governor of Nabeul, Mnaouar Ouertani, said that the club would “remain closed” until further notice

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Tunisia shuts nightclub over call to prayer remix

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Tunisia shuts nightclub over call to prayer remix

- Tunis - Tunisian authorities have shut down a nightclub and begun an investigation after a DJ played a remix recording of the Muslim call to prayer, an official said on Monday. A video, widely shared online since Sunday, shows clubbers dancing at the weekend to music that includes the call to prayer at the club in the northeastern town of Nabeul

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Mark Hamill shares ‘Star Wars’ photo from first shoot day as Luke Skywalker

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Mark Hamill shares ‘Star Wars’ photo from first shoot day as Luke Skywalker

- A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford began filming George Lucas’ Star Wars saga. On Saturday, Hamill shared a throwback photo from his first day at work, wearing his Luke Skywalker garb in the Tunisian desert that served as the set for Tatooine. “Taken in Tunisia early morning Day #1 waiting for my 1st shot (emerging from home for robot auction),” Hamill tweeted of principal photography, which kicked off on March 22, 1976

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Policeman killed in south Tunisia ambush

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Policeman killed in south Tunisia ambush

- Tunis - A police officer was killed and another wounded in a night-time ambush on a checkpoint in southern Tunisia, the interior ministry said Sunday. Two suspected jihadists were killed and another seriously wounded in the incident near Kebili, 480km south of Tunis, in what the ministry described as a "terrorist attack". The ambush by motorcycle-mounted gunmen occurred early Sunday on a police checkpoint, it said, adding that a fourth attacker fled the scene

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Brit holidaymaker, 46, with a brain tumour marries Tunisian toyboy 18 years her junior – but she’s now got the all-clear and they couldn’t be happier

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Brit holidaymaker, 46, with a brain tumour marries Tunisian toyboy 18 years her junior – but she’s now got the all-clear and they couldn’t be happier

- A BRITISH woman wed a Tunisian toyboy 18 years her junior after a holiday romance because she thought she was dying of a brain tumour. Kathleen Khalili, 46, met Amir, 28, on a winter break in 2013 after being diagnosed with a tumour in her pituitary gland. She said she only agreed to a date because she believed she would die and she wanted to “fight for her chance of happiness”

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Tunisia zoo to close after crocodile stoned to death

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Tunisia zoo to close after crocodile stoned to death

- TUNIS: A zoo in the Tunisian capital where visitors stoned a crocodile to death is to close temporarily, the local affairs and environment ministry said Friday. It will close its gates from Monday for “emergency cleaning and maintenance works and to set up measures to manage visitors entering and exiting“, the ministry said. The public was up in arms this week after the municipality posted gory pictures of the reptile,

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British inquest on 2015 beach attack criticizes Tunisian police, as several face trial

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British inquest on 2015 beach attack criticizes Tunisian police, as several face trial

- On Tuesday, families of the 30 British tourists killed in a 2015 Tunisia terrorist attack announced their intent to sue Tui, the company that had arranged their trips, for failing to keep its customers safe. But that same day, Judge Nicholas Lorraine-Smith, presiding over a seven-week inquest into the deaths, ruled that the tour operator hadn’t been negligent. He did, however, criticize Tunisian police for a bungled response. “They had

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Crocodile stoned to death at Tunisia zoo

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Crocodile stoned to death at Tunisia zoo

- TUNIS: A group of visitors at a Tunisia zoo has stoned a crocodile to death, authorities in the capital said Wednesday, denouncing the "savage" act. The municipality of Tunis posted gory pictures on Facebook of the dead animal's head next to what appeared to be a bloodied paving slab and another large rock. "A group of visitors to the zoo threw stones at the head of a crocodile, causing internal

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  • Tunisia seeks UNESCO status for Jewish pilgrimage isle
    Tunisia seeks UNESCO status for Jewish pilgrimage isle

    , dailystar.com.lb

    Tunisia plans to seek UNESCO World Heritage status for the island of Djerba, site of Africa's oldest synagogue and an annual Jewish pilgrimage, its culture minister said on Sunday.Some 3,000 pilgrims attended this year's Jewish pilgrimage to the island, which ended Sunday under tight security following a string of jihadist attacks in Tunisia.The number of pilgrims visiting the Ghriba synagogue has fallen sharply since a suicide bombing claimed by Al-Qaeda struck Ghriba just before the 2002 pilgrimage, killing 21 people

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Politics & Government

  • Merkel heads to Egypt, Tunisia to reduce migrant flows
    Merkel heads to Egypt, Tunisia to reduce migrant flows

    , news24.com

    Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel starts a two-day trip to Egypt and Tunisia on Thursday, part of her push to limit migrant flows to Europe through north Africa, especially chaos-torn Libya. Since the 2011 overthrow of Moamer Kadhafi, Libya has lacked a national government, which has made it the main gateway for African migrants heading for the 28-member EU on dangerous Mediterranean crossings. Merkel, who faces elections in September,

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Sports

  • AFCON 2017: Algeria and Zimbabwe crash out
    AFCON 2017: Algeria and Zimbabwe crash out

    , cnn.com

    Tunisia 4-2 Zimbabwe Senegal and Tunisia safely through to quarterfinals Zimbabwe and pre-tournament favorite Algeria fail to progress Despite a spirited performance against group-winner Senegal in Franceville, Riyad Mahrez and his Algeria teammates leave Gabon without a win to their name. It wasn't supposed to end like this. Having made the last 16 of the 2014 World Cup, this golden generation had arrived in Gabon hoping to lift the AFCON

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Business

  • Tunisia to accelerate reforms as IMF freezes loan: minister
    Tunisia to accelerate reforms as IMF freezes loan: minister

    , reuters.com

    TUNIS Tunisia plans to sell stakes in three state-owned banks this year and cut up to 10,000 public sector jobs as part of reforms demanded by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which has frozen the second tranche of a loan, the finance minister said. Six years after its 2011 pro-democracy uprising, Tunisia is struggling to make economic progress. Last June, the IMF released the first tranche of a loan worth

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Society & Culture

  • Q&A: Amira Yahyaoui on press freedom and fake news
    Q&A: Amira Yahyaoui on press freedom and fake news

    , aljazeera.com

    Paris, France - Hailed as one of the most influential Arab women in the world, Tunisian Amira Yahyaoui is a self-described "human rights extremist". She rallies against censorship and fights for free speech. Exiled from Tunisia while protesting against the government of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, she moved to France where she remained stateless for a few years until the longtime leader stepped down

    Categories: Society & Culture |  Media & Information | 
    Tags: Social Issues |  Media rights |  Freedom | 
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Law & Crime

  • Tunisian seen as lone perpetrator of Berlin attack
    Tunisian seen as lone perpetrator of Berlin attack

    , bostonherald.com

    BERLIN — A Tunisian man whose asylum application had been rejected appears to have been the sole perpetrator of the attack on a Berlin Christmas market even though he was in contact with a member of the Islamic State group outside Germany, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. German prosecutors said they have found no evidence so far that anyone else in the country besides suspect Anis Amri was involved in planning or carrying out the Dec

    Categories: Law & Crime | 
    Tags: Judiciary |  Prosecutors |  Suspect |  Laws |  Criminal law | 
    Places: Tunisia |  United States |  Germany |  Berlin |  Berlin | 

Media & Information

  • Q&A: Amira Yahyaoui on press freedom and fake news
    Q&A: Amira Yahyaoui on press freedom and fake news

    , aljazeera.com

    Paris, France - Hailed as one of the most influential Arab women in the world, Tunisian Amira Yahyaoui is a self-described "human rights extremist". She rallies against censorship and fights for free speech. Exiled from Tunisia while protesting against the government of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, she moved to France where she remained stateless for a few years until the longtime leader stepped down

    Categories: Society & Culture |  Media & Information | 
    Tags: Social Issues |  Media rights |  Freedom | 
    Places: Tunisia |  Qatar |  France |  Paris | 

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