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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...

Tunisian leader appears after hospital, signing key decrees

Jul. 5, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's 92-year-old president Beji Caid Essebsi has made his first public appearance since leaving hospital following a serious illness. Video from the president's office showed Essebsi signing a decree Friday authorizing elections in October and November and making a brief address,...

The Latest: Group says 54 migrants rescued north of Libya

Jul. 4, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on migrants from Libya (all times local): 9:25 p.m. An Italian humanitarian group says its boat rescued 54 migrants north of Libya, where an airstrike on a detention center killed at least 44 migrants this week. Beppe Caccia, a coordinator for Mediterranea Saving Humans, said the...

Deadly land, deadly sea: Libya migrants face brutal choice

Jul. 4, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A boat from Libya carrying 86 migrants sank in the Mediterranean and left only three survivors, authorities said Thursday, after an airstrike on a detention center near the Libyan capital killed dozens of others. The twin tragedies illustrate the almost unthinkable choice facing those who have...

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...

Migration agency says boat with 86 migrants on board sank in the Mediterranean; 3 survivors and 82 reported missing

Jul. 4, 2019 9:02 AM EDT
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Migration agency says boat with 86 migrants on board sank in the Mediterranean; 3 survivors and 82 reported missing.

Tunisia: Alleged mastermind of twin suicide bombings killed

Jul. 3, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Authorities in Tunisia say the man who was the alleged "brain" behind twin suicide bombings that shook the capital last week was killed while being pursued by police. Sofiane Selliti, ,a spokesman for anti-terrorism prosecutors, said Wednesday that police were chasing suspect Aymen...

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...