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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...

US circulates rival UN resolution for temporary Gaza cease-fire after rejecting Arab proposal

Feb. 19, 2024 14:35 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States has circulated a rival U.N. Security Council resolution that would support a temporary cease-fire in Gaza after rejecting an Arab-backed resolution demanding an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in the conflict-wracked territory. The U.S....

After record year, Tunisia reports migrant deaths from shipwreck near Libyan waters

Feb. 15, 2024 13:31 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's coast guard retrieved the bodies of nine people who died after their boat sank on Thursday, marking the latest disaster for migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. The coast guard also retrieved 45 people from the boat after it...

13 people are dead and 27 missing after a boat carrying Sudanese migrants to Europe sank

Feb. 08, 2024 11:33 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — At least 13 Sudanese migrants died and 27 others are believed missing after their small metal boat sank Thursday off the Tunisian coast as they sought to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe, according to local authorities. The Tunisian coast guard was able...

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...

A Holocaust survivor in Israel recalls that trauma through the lens of Oct. 7 attack

Jan. 27, 2024 10:55 AM EST

ASHKELON, Israel (AP) — Gad Partok was 10 years old in 1942 when Nazis stormed his street in the coastal Tunisian town of Nabeul. He saw them going door to door, hauling out his neighbors, shooting them and burning down their homes. Like so many Jews who moved to Israel after the...

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...