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Tunisia's new president vows to fight for women's rights

Oct. 23, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's newly elected president has vowed to fight hard for women's rights during his first address to the nation after being sworn in at the country's parliament. In his speech Wednesday at the Assembly of People's Representatives, Kais Saied said his administration would fight...

Tunisia polls suggest conservative professor wins election

Oct. 13, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A conservative, Islamist-backed law professor looked set to assume Tunisia's presidency after polling agencies suggested he overwhelmingly won Sunday's runoff election in the country that unleashed the Arab Spring pro-democracy uprisings. Kais Saied's supporters exploded with joy,...

The Latest: Tunisia projections say professor wins election

Oct. 13, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The Latest on the Tunisia presidential election (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Tunisian polling agencies are forecasting that conservative law professor Kais Saied has overwhelmingly won the North African country's presidential election. Saied's supporters exploded with joy, celebrating...

Tunisia: Post-debate handshake hailed as pro-democracy sign

Oct. 12, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A media mogul and a former law professor who are vying to be Tunisia's next president sparred during a televised debate over how to fight terrorism and poverty — and then they cordially shook hands. Tunisian voters celebrated the handshake as a sign that the democracy built on...

Jailed Tunisian presidential candidate Karoui leaves prison

Oct. 9, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Presidential candidate and media mogul Nabil Karoui left a prison Wednesday where he has been jailed since August, just four days before Tunisia's presidential runoff vote and as official results in parliamentary elections put his recently founded party in second place. Karoui's...

Jailed Tunisia presidential candidate to remain in prison

Oct. 1, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A Tunisian court has ordered that jailed presidential candidate Nabil Karoui stay in prison as he competes in the country's presidential runoff. One of Karoui's lawyers, Ined Ben Halima, told The Associated Press that a Tunis court on Tuesday rejected the candidate's appeal to be...

Hundreds of thousands affected as British travel firm fails

Sep. 23, 2019 10:36 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Families stranded, honeymoons and vacations canceled, thousands of workers laid off: The sudden collapse of British tour company Thomas Cook and its network of airlines and hotels sowed chaos for hundreds of thousands of travelers and businesses around the world Monday. Brought down by a...

Fate of travel firm Thomas Cook up in the air after talks

Sep. 22, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — More than 600,000 vacationers who booked through tour operator Thomas Cook were on edge Sunday, wondering if they will be able to get home, as one of the world's oldest and biggest travel companies teetered on the edge of collapse. The debt-laden company, which confirmed Friday it was seeking...

Toppled Tunisian ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali dies at 83

Sep. 19, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, an autocrat who led his small North African country for 23 years before being toppled by nationwide protests that unleashed revolt across the Arab world, died Thursday. He was 83. Ben Ali, who had lived in Saudi Arabia since fleeing...