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Tunisia's ex-president Ben Ali dies – foreign ministry

Sep 19, 2019 - 11:48 PM

Ben Ali, who ruled his North African country from 1987 until 2011, was viewed by some as a bulwark against Islamist extremism, but faced criticism for muzzling the opposition and his reluctance to embrace democracy

BEN ALI. Tunisia's all-powerful leader for two decades, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was forced from power and into exile by a landmark popular uprising in early 2011, sparking revolts across the Arab world. The man who once appeared in official portraits with a benevolent smile and jet black hair has died Thursday, September 19, aged 83, in Saudi Arabia. File photo by Fethi Belaid/AFP

Outsider leads after divisive Tunisia presidential poll

Sep 16, 2019 - 6:48 PM

The initial signs point towards a major upset for Tunisia's political establishment, in place since the 2011 uprising that ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali

TUNISIAN POLLS. This combination of file pictures created on September 16, 2019, shows (L to R) Nabil Karoui, Tunisian media magnate and presidential candidate for Qalb Tounes party, currently jailed on corruption charges, in the capital Tunis on August 2, 2019; and independent candidate Kais Saied in the capital Tunis on September 10, 2019. Photos by Hasna and Fethi Belaid/AFP

Anti-establishment figures claim first round wins in Tunisia polls

Sep 16, 2019 - 9:08 AM

In a sign of voter apathy, especially among the young, turnout is reported by the elections commission (ISIE) to be 45%, down from 64% recorded in a first round in 2014

TUNISIA'S ELECTIONS. Tunisian volunteers count ballots at a polling station in Sousse, south of the capital Tunis, on September 15, 2019. Photo by Anis Mili/AFP

Tunisia heads to polls for keenly fought presidential contest

Sep 15, 2019 - 2:14 PM

Some 7 million voters head to the polls on Sunday, September 15, to choose from a crowded field

KEY CANDIDATES. This combination of pictures created on September 12, 2019 shows 6 of the 26 candidates for Tunisia's upcoming presidential election (from top L clockwise): former president Moncef Marzouki, president of the Free Destourian Party (PDL) Abir Moussi, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, media magnate Nabil Karoui, former defense minister Abdelkrim Zbidi, and interim parliamentary speaker Abdelfattah Mourou. Photo by Fethi Belaid, HASNA/AFP

Gilas Pilipinas still winless as Tunisia breezes in blowout win

Sep 06, 2019 - 9:42 PM

The loss dashes the Philippines' chances of clinching an automatic berth for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

NOT ENOUGH. Andray Blatche delivers a double-double but the Philippines falls short anew. Photo from fiba.basketball

Gilas Pilipinas banking on depth vs Tunisia

Sep 06, 2019 - 5:24 PM

Tunisia has a shallow bench with 4 of its players averaging more than 30 minutes and 1 norming nearly 28 minutes – a fact the Philippines looks to capitalize on

ACHING TO WIN. Andray Blatche and Gilas Pilipinas gun for their first win in the FIBA World Cup. Photo from fiba.basketball


Tunisia in 'sprint' to arrange poll after president dies

Sep 04, 2019 - 6:53 PM

The Independent Higher Authority for Elections snaps into action following the death of Beji Caid Essebsi on July 25

TUNISIA ELECTIONS. Supporters of presidential candidate Nabil Karoui carry placards with his image and slogans in his favor as they rally in front of the tribunal in the Tunisian capital on September 3, 2019. Photo by Mohamed Khalil/AFP

Rubio stars as Spain shrugs off slow start to FIBA World Cup 2019

Sep 01, 2019 - 2:34 AM

Spain arrests a poor start while tournament favorite Serbia wastes no time stamping its class

TOP GUNS. Spanish stalwarts (from left) Ricky Rubio, Marc Gasol, and Juancho Hernangomez power Spain to an opening-day win. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

State funeral for Tunisia's Essebsi as new polls loom

Jul 27, 2019 - 9:02 PM

Parliament speaker Mohamed Ennaceur, who was sworn in as interim president hours after Beji Caid Essebsi's death, pays tribute to the late leader describing him as 'the architect of national reconciliation'

TRIBUTE. French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during the state funeral of late president Essebsi at the presidential palace in the capital's eastern suburb of Carthage on July 27, 2019. Photo by Fethi Belaid/Pool/AFP

Tunisia prepares for polls after death of president

Jul 26, 2019 - 10:04 PM

Within hours of Beji Caid Essebsi's death, parliament speaker Mohamed Ennaceur is sworn in as interim president, who under the constitution has 90 days to organize a presidential election

SNAP ELECTIONS. A man lowers the Tunisian national flag to half-mast in honor of late president Beji Caid Essebsi, in Tunis on July 26, 2019. Photo by Fethi Belaid/AFP

Tunisia's Essebsi, world's oldest president, dies at 92

Jul 25, 2019 - 6:32 PM

(UPDATED) The veteran politician came to power in 2014, 3 years after the Arab Spring uprising toppled longtime despot Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and sparked revolts in several Arab nations

ESSEBSI. Picture taken on October 30, 2018 shows Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi during a visit at the presidential Bellevue Palace in Berlin. File photo by Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa/AFP

Tunisia says suspected mastermind of June 27 bombings dead

Jul 04, 2019 - 12:39 PM

Tunisian interior ministry say police tracked the suspect down to the working class suburb of Intilaka where he detonated a suicide vest

Tunisian security forces tighten security measures outside a metro station near the bus stop where a man reportedly wearing an explosive belt blew himself up in the early hours of July 3, 2019 in the capital Tunis, after being chased by police. The Tunisian interior ministry said a jihadist, on the run for two days, was killed on July 3 in the western Tunis neighbourhood of Cité Intilaka while security forces were chasing him to detain him. The official sources said the suspect blew himself up during the police operation. AFP

Tunisia president in 'critical condition,' attacks rock capital

Jun 27, 2019 - 8:50 PM

(UPDATED) The violence revives fears for the stability of the North African state, which is seen as a rare democratic success story of the Arab Spring uprisings but has been hit by repeated Islamist attacks

AFTERMATH. Tunisian security forces cordon off the site of an attack in the Tunisian capital's main avenue Habib Bourguiba on June 27, 2019. Photo by Fethi Belaid/AFP

60 migrants drown off Tunisia – Red Crescent

May 11, 2019 - 6:30 PM

'The migrants were transferred into a smaller inflatable boat which was overloaded, and 10 minutes later it sank,' says Mongi Slim, a Red Crescent official

Tunisia health minister quits over deaths of newborns

Mar 10, 2019 - 7:26 PM

'Those responsible for any negligence will face legal proceedings," Prime Minister Youssef Chahed says

Jihadists sentenced to life for deadly 2015 Tunisia attacks

Feb 09, 2019 - 1:23 PM

The jihadists are sent to prison for attacks at a museum and on a beach in 2015

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 18, 2015, tunisian security forces secure the area after gunmen attacked Tunis' famed Bardo Museum on March 18, 2015. At least seven foreigners and a Tunisian were killed in an attack by two men armed with assault rifles on the museum, the interior ministry said. - A Tunisian court was poised to give verdicts on February 8, 2019, in the trials of suspects in deadly jihadist attacks on the capital's Bardo museum and on a beach in the tourist resort of Sousse, lawyers told AFP. The court first reopened the trial into the March 18, 2015 attack by two assailants armed with Kalashnikov rifles on the Bardo that killed 21 foreign tourists and a Tunisian security guard. (Photo by Fethi Belaid / AFP)

Tunisians clash with police after journalist sets himself on fire

Dec 25, 2018 - 8:13 PM

32-year-old journalist Abdel Razaq Zorgi sets himself on fire over unemployment and worsening economic conditions of Tunisia

Woman suicide bomber wounds 9 in Tunisia

Oct 29, 2018 - 11:03 PM

The woman suicide bomber blows herself up near police vehicles in the center of the Tunisian capital

Looking down upon the main street of Tunis, Tunisia: The Avenue Habib Bourguiba / Shutterstock  Attachments area

'Bin Laden bodyguard' held in Tunisia over terror probe

Jul 14, 2018 - 11:22 PM

A legal dispute is set to continue as a German court on Friday ordered the suspect be returned to Germany

Lukaku, Hazard power Belgium to brink of World Cup last 16

Jun 23, 2018 - 11:43 PM

The Belgians, tagged as one of the dark horses to win the tournament, pick up their second straight victory

DOMINANT. Belgium's Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Tunisia. Photo by Kirill Kudryavstev/AFP

Germany foiled bio attack with Tunisian arrest – police

Jun 20, 2018 - 6:23 PM

German police commandos on June 12 storm the Cologne apartment of the 29-year-old Tunisian migrant identified only as Sief Allah H. They discover 'toxic substances' that turn out to be ricin.

ON ALERT. Picture taken on June 15, 2018 shows an employee of the public health Robert Koch institute in front of an apartment building in Cologne's Chorweiler district, where a Tunisian suspected of trying to build a biological weapon was arrested 3 days before. Photo by Michael Gottschalk/AFP

LOOK: How Harry Kane thrilled England fans even beyond Russia

Jun 19, 2018 - 7:18 PM

The England forward uplifts disappointed fans back home who were not able to make it to Russia

GAME CHANGER. England forward Harry Kane puts his country a step forward to advancing to the knockout stages. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Tunisia police disperse LGBT protesters

Jan 28, 2018 - 5:58 PM

Policemen in plain clothes move on a dozen protesters, including one bearing a sign calling for a secular state

PROTEST. Policemen in plain clothes force Tunisian activist Amina Sboui, also know as Amina Tyler, a radio presenter on the new "Shams Radio", the first LGBT radio in the Arab region, into a vehicle as they disperse an LGBT protest in Tunis on January 27, 2018. Photo by Fethi Belaid/AFP

Tunisian government announces social reforms after week of unrest

Jan 14, 2018 - 9:59 AM

The announcement came after President Beji Caid Essebsi consulted with political parties, unions and employers

TALKS. Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi (C) attends a meeting with political parties, unions and employers on January 13, 2018 in Tunis, following unrest triggered by austerity measures. Fethi Belaid/AFP

The week in photos: January 6-12, 2018

Jan 13, 2018 - 10:07 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Participants in the 17th Annual "No Pants Subway Ride" wait for a New York City subway train on January 7, 2018 in New York. The "No Pants Subway Ride" is an annual event started in 2002 by Improv Everywhere in New York, the goal of which is for riders ride the subway train dressed in normal winter clothes without pants while keeping a straight face. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

200 arrested, dozens hurt in Tunisia unrest

Jan 11, 2018 - 2:17 PM

The army has been deployed around banks, post offices and other government buildings in the country's main cities, the defense ministry says

ON THE STREETS. Tunisians shout slogans during a demonstration against the government and price hikes on January 9, 2018 in Tunis. Fethi Belaid/AFP

Fresh unrest in Tunisia after death at price rise demos

Jan 10, 2018 - 9:51 AM

Tunisia has seen several days of protests after activists and politicians denounce hikes in value-added tax and social contributions introduced at the start of the year as a tough new budget is implemented

FACE OFF. Tunisian protesters clash with security forces in the town of Tebourba on January 9, 2018, following the funeral of a man who was killed the previous day in a demonstration over rising costs and government austerity. Fethi Belaid/AFP

Tunisia postpones first post-revolt municipal polls

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:53 AM

The long-delayed poll has been seen as the final stage in Tunisia's transition to democracy following its uprising which sparked the Arab Spring revolutions

POLL CHIEF. The Acting President of the Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE), Anouar Ben Hassine, gives a speech during a meeting in the capital Tunis with all political parties to decide on the date of the next municipal elections on September 18, 2017. Fethi Belaid/AFP

Tunisia bans 'Wonder Woman' film over Israeli star Gal Gadot

Jul 20, 2017 - 10:51 AM

After Lebanon Tunisia also bans Wonder Woman over Israeli star Gal Gadot

Photo courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures

U.S., Britain ban laptops on flights from Turkey, Arab world

Mar 21, 2017 - 8:57 AM

3rd UPDATE Laptops tablets and portable game consoles are affected by the ban but they may still be stowed in the hold in checked baggage

LAX ARRIVAL. An Emirates Airlines aircraft, flight 215 from Dubai, comes in for a landing at Los Angeles International Airport on March 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Frederic J. Brown/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 15, 2017

Jan 15, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Here are the stories you should not miss this Sunday

Tunisia marks low key revolution anniversary

Jan 15, 2017 - 8:04 AM

On the anniversary of the uprising which inspired Arab Spring revolts across the region several protests were staged and the presidential convoy was stoned by demonstrators

A Tunisian peddler selling national flags crosses a police roadblock on his way to a rally on January 14, 2017 in the Habib Bourguiba Avenue in the capital Tunis marking the sixth anniversary of the 2011 revolution. Fethi Belaid/AFP

Tunisia arrests nephew, 2 others linked to Berlin suspect – ministry

Dec 24, 2016 - 9:53 PM

The interior ministry says Tunisian assailant Anis Amri had sent money to his nephew and encouraged him to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State group

File photo by AFP

What was the Berlin attack suspect doing in Milan?

Dec 24, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Why Italy wonders did Europe s most wanted man end up in the Milan suburb of Sesto San Giovanni?

Italian police and forensics experts stand by the body of suspected Berlin truck attacker Anis Amri after he was shot dead in Milan on December 23, 2016. Daniele Bennati/AFP

Germany hunts possible accomplices of Berlin suspect, Tunisia makes arrests

Dec 24, 2016 - 1:20 PM

UPDATED One of those detained was the nephew of attack suspect Anis Amri Tunisia s interior ministry says

Merkel hopes for 'quick arrest' of Berlin market attacker

Dec 22, 2016 - 11:54 PM

UPDATED Just as Merkel praises the country for not succumbing to fear in the wake of the attack she insists that authorities will manage to track down the alleged assailant

Manhunt for Berlin suspect intensifies as anger grows

Dec 22, 2016 - 8:50 PM

It emerges that the prime suspect in Berlin s deadly truck attack a rejected Tunisian asylum seeker was known as a potentially dangerous jihadist

SECURED. Police officers walk at the Christmas market near the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedaechtniskirche (Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church) in Berlin on December 22, 2016. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Germany hunts for Tunisian asylum seeker in Berlin market attack

Dec 21, 2016 - 10:44 PM

UPDATED Officials say the suspect 24 year old Tunisian national Anis Amri had already been under investigation for planning an attack in a development certain to fuel public outrage

A sign quoting John F Kennedy's sentence 'I am a Berliner' lies amid candles at a makeshift memorial in front of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedaechtniskirche (Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church), two days after an attack at the nearby Christmas market in central Berlin, on December 21, 2016. Odd Andersen/AFP

Confronting demons: Tunisians abused during dictatorships to testify on live TV

Nov 17, 2016 - 9:53 PM

Victims of murder rape and torture under successive dictatorships will testify on live television as Tunisia tries to deal with decades of abuse

President of the Truth and Dignity Forum (IVD) Sihem Ben Sedrine gives a press conference in Tunis on November 14, 2016, to announce the start of the public hearing for the victims of Tunisia's 23-year long dictator Ben Ali. Fethi Belaid/AFP

Tunisian dictatorship victims to tell of abuse

Nov 15, 2016 - 3:58 PM

Victims of murder rape and torture under successive dictatorships before Tunisia s 2011 uprising will be heard this week as the country tries to come to terms with decades of abuse

In this file photo, Tunisians wave national flags and shout slogans on January 14, 2016, during a rally on Habib Bourguiba Avenue in Tunis to mark the fifth anniversary of the 2011 revolution. Fethi Belaid/AFP

Tunisia parliament approves new unity government

Aug 27, 2016 - 8:55 AM

The parliamentary vote of confidence for the unity government of Youssef Chahed brings to an end some 3 months of intense negotiations

UNITY GOVERNMENT. (Front row from L-R) Tunisia's Interior Minister Hedi Majdoud, Defence Minister Farhat Horchani, Justice Minister, Ghazi Jribi and premier-designate Youssef Chahed, (back row from L-R) Foreign Minister Hematines Jhinaoui, Minister of Religious Affairs Abdeljalil Ben Salem, Minister of Finance Lamia Zribi and Minister to the Head of State for Parliament Relations Iyad Dahmani attend a parliamentary session to present his Chahed's government at the parliament in Tunis on August 26, 2016. Stringer/AFP

Tunisia-Libya border trade will resume 'very soon' – Tunisia

May 05, 2016 - 9:43 AM

Tunisia is confident that trade at the main border crossing with Libya will resume very soon a week after the Libyan side imposed a blockade

This file photo taken on March 22, 2016 shows the Tunisian customs post at the Ras Jedir border crossing with Libya, south of the town of Ben Guerdane. Fathi Nasri/AFP

US issues travel alert for southeastern Tunisia

Apr 02, 2016 - 8:12 PM

The US State Department warns that ISIS jihadists have targeted Tunisian security officials tourists and civilians in the regions

US to fund Tunisia border surveillance

Mar 26, 2016 - 3:33 PM

The multi million dollar project will include the installation of an integrated surveillance system and the training of Tunisian forces

Tunisian security forces check vehicles near the Tunisian customs post at the Ras Jedir border crossing with Libya, south of the town of Ben Guerdane, on March 22, 2016 after it was reopened after a two-week closure in response to a deadly jihadist attack on a town near the frontier. Both the Ras Jedir crossing on the Mediterranean coast and the Dehiba crossing in the mountainous desert interior reopened at 0600 GMT, ministry spokesman Yasser Mesbah said.Tunisia closed the two crossings on March 7 when dozens of heavily armed jihadists who had slipped across the border from Libya launched coordinated attacks on police and army posts in the town of Ben Guerdane, north of Ras Jedir. FATHI NASRI / AFP

Tunisia calls for day's wages to fight terrorism

Mar 12, 2016 - 11:17 PM

Prime Minister Habib Essid invites civil servants and the general public to donate a day s work to the Fund for the Fight against Terrorism

Over 50 dead as Tunisia foils 'emirate' bid on Libya border

Mar 07, 2016 - 7:45 PM

UPDATED It is the second deadly attack in the Tunisia Libya border area in less than a week

World tourism map redrawn since attacks, epidemics, migrants

Feb 10, 2016 - 4:31 PM

Muslim countries are seeing a drop in tourist arrivals according to industry experts

epa05019250 A general view for a beach in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, 10 November 2015. About 25,000 Russian tourists returned home from Egypt over the weekend, amid fears that a terrorist bomb could have brought down an airliner last week. President Vladimir Putin ordered a suspension of passenger flights from Russia to Egypt after an airliner apparently exploded on October 31 while flying over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 people aboard. EPA/NAMIR GALAL/ALMASRY ALYOUM EGYPT OUT

5 years post Arab Spring: Where are these 5 countries now?

Jan 26, 2016 - 2:17 PM

A look at the 5 places most impacted by the Arab Spring 5 years after the protests in Tahir Square that signaled the end of Hosni Mubarak’s regime

CELEBRATION OF DEMOCRACY. Tunisians attend a concert of Lebanese singer, songwriter Maher Zain during the celebration to mark the fourth anniversary of the uprising that ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, at the Avenue Habib Bourguiba in Tunis, Tunisia, 14 January 2015. File Photo by Mohamed Messara/EPA

Tunisia PM urges patience after social unrest

Jan 23, 2016 - 11:45 PM

A nighttime curfew was imposed after the spread of unrest from the central town of Kasserine where an unemployed man died of electrocution during a protest to the rest of the country

Tunisian prime minister Habib Essid speaks during a session at the assembly of the representatives of the people (ARP) on January 11, 2016, in Tunis. File photo by Fethi Belaid/AFP

France pledges 1 billion euros in aid to Tunisia

Jan 22, 2016 - 11:20 PM

Protests have broken out this week in Tunisia over unemployment and poverty leading to the announcement of a nighttime curfew earlier on Friday

PROTESTS. Unemployed graduates shout slogans during a demonstration urging the government to provide them with job opportunities, in Tunis, Tunisia, January 22, 2016. Photo by Mohamed Messara/EPA