Tunisia‘s President Beji Caid Essebsi, the North African country’s first democratically elected leader, has died at the age of 92, according to the presidency. One of the world’s oldest leaders, Essebsi died at the Tunis military hospital on Thursday morning, the presidency said in a statement. He was hospitalised with a severe[…]
A Tunisian commission probing human rights violations stretching back 61 years brought its first case to court on Tuesday, with former President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali and 13 other ex-officials on trial. The Truth and Dignity Commission was set up in 2014 following the toppling of Ben Ali in[…]
The ongoing row between Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates over Emirates airline’s decision to impose a blanket ban on Tunisian women flying into the country was a “political miscalculation” that reflects an increasingly fraught relationship between the two countries, experts say. Nicholas Noe, a Tunisia-based political analyst and editor[…]
Tunisia on Sunday suspended Emirates Airlines flights after a public outcry over security measures in the United Arab Emirates targeting women from the North African country. The announcement came two days after Tunisian government officials said the UAE had banned Tunisian woman from flying to or transiting through its territory.[…]
European Union ministers adopted a blacklist of 17 non-EU tax havens on Tuesday including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Tunisia after a year of tough negotiations. The Paradise Papers leak last month gave a new impetus to the plan, making public some of the intricate ways the world’s rich[…]
Tribal clashes over a land dispute in southern Tunisia over the weekend have injured more than 70 people, according to regional governors. According to Sami El Ghabi, the first delegate of Sidi Bouzid, weapons were reportedly used in the clashes leaving one person in a serious condition in hospital. “The[…]
A Tunisian court has sentenced a British DJ to a year in jail after he played a dance remix of the Muslim call to prayer. London-born Dax J, was charged with public indecency and offending public morality – but had already fled the country before the court case. He had also issued[…]
More than 2,000 Saudis are fighting for militant organisations abroad, the Saudi ministry of interior said on Monday. In an interview with pan-Arab newspaper Al-Hayat, interior ministry spokesman General Mansour al-Turki said 2,093 Saudi militants are fighting with “terrorist organisations” in different conflict zones. Syria is the top destination for[…]
A Tunisian village became one of the first in the world to produce fair trade dates, popular with those breaking their fast in Ramadan On the ground of Haouza’s palm grove, south-east of Tunisia, a worker collects dates and places them in a crate If you live in Europe,[…]
Heavy clashes between Tunisian security forces and Libya-based jihadists killed at least 51 people on Monday near the border between the two countries, Tunisia’s interior ministry said, fueling concerns that Libya’s political chaos is spilling into its more stable neighbor. Tunisian security forces killed at least 35 jihadists after the[…]
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