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Tunisia bans face veils in public buildings for security

Jul. 5, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia has banned face-covering veils in state-run buildings for security reasons, ending a policy of official tolerance with the garment. Prime Minister Youssef Chahed signed an order on Friday demanding that ministers, governors and heads of public establishments "take the...

Death toll in Tunisia bombings rises to 2; IS claims role

Jul. 4, 2019 10:22 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A passerby wounded in a Tunisian suicide bombing has died of injuries, bringing the death toll to two in an attack that rattled the country at the height of tourist season. Interior Ministry spokesman Sofiane Zaag announced the death on Radio Mosaique on Thursday. A police officer was...

Twin attacks target police in Tunis; IS takes responsibility

Jun. 27, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Twin suicide bombings targeting security forces struck Tunisia's capital on Thursday, killing a patrol officer and injuring at least eight people. Tunisia has been struck repeatedly by terror attacks, threatening the country's relative political stability in the region. Thursday's...

Tunisia's aging president hospitalized with serious illness

Jun. 27, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's first democratically elected president, 92-year-old Beji Caid Essebsi, has been taken to a military hospital after falling seriously ill. Essebsi's office announced his hospitalization Thursday. The president also was briefly hospitalized last week. Essebsi won office in...

The Latest: Police officer dies in Tunisia suicide attack

Jun. 27, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The Latest on the suicide attacks in Tunisia (all times local): 12:50 p.m. The Tunisian Interior ministry says one police officer has died from his injuries after a suicide bomber targeted a police patrol in a busy commercial street in central Tunis. That attack took place near...

Strong explosion targeting police patrol hits central Tunis; no immediate reports of deaths

Jun. 27, 2019 6:44 AM EDT
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Strong explosion targeting police patrol hits central Tunis; no immediate reports of deaths .

75 rescued migrants allowed to dock in Tunisian port

Jun. 19, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The International Organization for Migration said an Egyptian ship carrying 75 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean Sea docked in Tunisia's southern port of Zarziz. The migrants on board the Maridive 601, including 64 from Bangladesh, nine Egyptians, one Moroccan and one Sudanese...

Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt call for a cease-fire in Libya

Jun. 13, 2019 6:19 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt have expressed their "deep concern" over the chaotic situation in Libya and called for an immediate cease-fire in the country. The foreign affairs ministers of the three countries, all neighboring Libya, held a meeting on Wednesday in Tunisia's capital...

Tunisia frees United Nations expert suspected of espionage

May. 22, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A United Nations expert monitoring sanctions against Libya has left neighboring Tunisia after being jailed for nearly two months on suspicion of espionage. The U.N. office in Tunis said Moncef Kartas was released Tuesday on a provisional basis pending further investigation and is...

UN says Tunisian court has decided to release UN expert

May. 21, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. said it was informed that a Tunisian appeals court decided Tuesday to release Mocef Kartas, a U.N. expert monitoring sanctions against Libya, who was arrested following his arrival in Tunis on March 26 on suspicion of espionage. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the U.N....