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Tunisia's ex-president Moncef Marzouki sentenced to 8 years in absentia

Feb. 24, 2024 12:52 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A court in Tunisia sentenced former president Moncef Marzouki to eight years in prison in absentia as part of the country's crackdown on opponents of President Kais Saied. The charges against Marzouki, who lives in Paris, stemmed from remarks he made that...

Two daughters ran away to join Islamic State. Years later, their family’s story is an Oscar nominee

Feb. 24, 2024 01:26 AM EST

Olfa Hamrouni doesn’t know much about her granddaughter; not her favorite toy nor food — is it the pasta the child’s mother loves, or something else? The Tunisian grandmother doesn’t even let her mind go there. “I don’t want to know. What for but more heartache?” she...

Tunisian opposition leader Rached Ghannouchi joins group of imprisoned hunger strikers

Feb. 19, 2024 15:34 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian opposition leader Rached Ghannouchi began a hunger strike in prison on Monday, joining other government critics striking to protest what they see as unjust incarceration. Imed Khemiri, the spokesperson for his political party, told The Associated...

A Tunisian court extends the prison term for a one-time presidential candidate

Feb. 03, 2024 10:52 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A Tunisian corruption court that has targeted many government critics tripled the prison term facing a businessman who challenged President Kais Saied in the 2019 presidential election. Nabil Karoui — a populist media mogul who has been plagued by charges...

Tunisian opposition party leader sentenced to 3 years as crackdown on president's critics continues

Feb. 02, 2024 10:02 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The head of Tunisia's largest opposition party was sentenced to three years in prison in the latest display of the North African country's crackdown on critics of President Kais Saied. Rached Ghannouchi, the 82-year-old president of the Islamist party...

Tunisia wants to borrow billions from its central bank to address deficits. Experts call that risky

Jan. 31, 2024 15:40 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Cash-strapped Tunisia wants to take the unprecedented step of borrowing billions from its central bank to address budget deficits and bandage its economic crisis, a step that experts warn could bring inflation and lessen faith in institutions. In an emergency...

Tunisia commemorates anniversary of the 2011 revolution. Opposition decries democratic backsliding

Jan. 15, 2024 09:01 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Thirteen years after they toppled the country’s longtime dictator, Tunisians are protesting President Kais Saied for ushering in what they see as democratic backsliding, blaming him for quashing the aims of the revolution that kicked off the Arab Spring in 2011. ...

People's rights are threatened everywhere, from wars to silence about abuses, rights group says

Jan. 12, 2024 01:12 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — People’s rights are being suppressed and threatened everywhere in the world, from wars to selective government outrage about some abuses and silence about others because of “political expediency,” a leading human rights group said Thursday. “We only...

Tunisian group accuses authorities of mass expulsions of migrants from sub-Saharan Africa

Jan. 09, 2024 08:02 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Migration activists are sounding the alarm this week about mass expulsions and arbitrary arrests in Tunisia, where authorities are seeing more migrants arrive for attempted Mediterranean crossings from the North African nation to Europe. The Tunisian Forum for...

Tunisians vote in local elections on Sunday to fill a new chamber as economy flatlines

Dec. 23, 2023 03:33 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Butter and milk shortages. Political party boycotts. Ongoing prosecutions of the president’s critics. This is the environment in which Tunisians will head to the polls on Sunday for the country's first local elections since President Kais Saied wrote a new...