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Scuffles at protest marking Tunisia's 2011 revolution

Jan. 14, 2022 14:55 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Protestors scuffled with police in Tunisia’s capital on Friday after crowds gathered, in defiance of new COVID-19 restrictions, to mark the 11th anniversary of the revolution that triggered the Arab Spring uprisings. Police fired water cannon and tear gas...

Ex-Tunisian president convicted of undermining security

Dec. 23, 2021 04:47 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A Tunisian court has sentenced former President Moncef Marzouki in absentia to four years in prison for “undermining the external security of the state,” according to the state TAP news agency. Marzouki had urged France to end its support for Tunisia,...

Critics abound as Tunisia demands mandatory vaccination pass

Dec. 22, 2021 13:30 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — COVID-19 vaccination passes became obligatory for Tunisians on Wednesday, who now must have proof of two vaccine doses to enter public spaces and to keep working at state institutions, universities and some private businesses. But human rights groups called...

Celebration and protests mark Tunisia's new Revolution Day

Dec. 17, 2021 08:14 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Official observances took place at the birthplace of Tunisia's 2011 revolution, while opponents and supporters of the country's president held rival demonstrations in the capital Friday, the new date the leader chose to mark Revolution Day. A few hundred...

Tunisian president announces referendum, future elections

Dec. 13, 2021 16:39 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian President Kais Saied has prolonged the suspension of parliament and announced a national referendum, almost five months after dismissing his government and granting himself sweeping powers. The announcement, he said, was an answer to many Tunisians’...

Tunisia: LGBT activist's assault by police seen as a pattern

Dec. 10, 2021 06:57 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A prominent LGBTQ activist in Tunisia has reported that two men, one dressed in police uniform, threw him to the ground, beat and kicked him during an assault they said was punishment for his “insulting” attempts to file complaints against officers for previous...

Fire at Tunisian Islamist party HQ leaves 1 dead, 18 injured

Dec. 09, 2021 14:25 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A fire at Tunisia’s largest Islamist party's headquarters in the capital Tunis Thursday killed one person and injured eighteen, authorities and the party said. The injured included a former prime minister who was hurt after jumping out of a window. In a...

Tunisia records its first case of the omicron variant

Dec. 05, 2021 13:15 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia recorded its first case of the omicron variant Sunday after health authorities in the North African country said a man traveling in from Turkey tested positive. A member of Tunisia’s COVID-19 task force, Dr. Hachemi Louzer, said the man...

Tunisia's interior ministry: Knife attacker known extremist

Nov. 27, 2021 09:12 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s Interior Ministry has said that a man who attempted to attack security officials in central Tunis was a known extremist. The 31-year-old man previously studied abroad and is on a list of Takfiris, an extremist group that views other...

Tunisia rescues 487 migrants in crowded boat off its coast

Nov. 26, 2021 09:22 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s defense ministry said 487 migrants, including 93 children, were rescued Friday off the North African country’s coast as they tried to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in an overloaded boat. The ministry said in a statement that...