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Tunisian journalist sentenced to 6 months in prison for insulting an official

Apr. 18, 2024 09:31 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A judge in Tunisia sentenced a journalist and political commentator to six months in prison in the country's latest assault on members of the media who criticize the government. Mohamed Boughalleb, who had been charged with insulting a public official, was...

Italy's leader keeps the focus on migration on her fourth visit to Tunisia in a year

Apr. 17, 2024 14:17 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The head of Italy's right-wing government acknowledged Wednesday that Tunisia cannot serve as a dumping ground for migrants, days after Tunisia's president reaffirmed his unwillingness to let Europe outsource migration problems by sending those not welcome there to his...

Tunisia sentences 4 to death over pivotal 2013 assassination

Mar. 27, 2024 14:01 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Four people were sentenced Wednesday to death and two to life in prison for a murder that sparked widespread unrest in Tunisia and became emblematic of the country's early challenges transitioning from dictatorship to democracy after the Arab Spring. Chokri...

Tunisian journalist accused of insulting a public official to face trial next month

Mar. 26, 2024 14:03 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A prominent Tunisian journalist was put under pre-trial detention on a judge's order after a Tuesday hearing in which he dangled the prospect of publishing reporting on corruption and the misuse of public funds by several ministers and public institutions. ...

AI-aided virtual conversations with WWII vets are latest feature at New Orleans museum

Mar. 25, 2024 11:44 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Olin Pickens sat in his wheelchair facing a life-sized image of himself on a screen, asking it questions about being taken prisoner by German soldiers during World War II. After a pause, his video-recorded twin recalled being given “sauerkraut soup” by his captors before a...

Tunisian authorities investigate a fire at a synagogue, question a suspect in custody

Mar. 02, 2024 10:27 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A man believed to have started a fire in a garden at a synagogue in the east of Tunisia is in custody and under investigation for targeting a Jewish house of worship, officials said Saturday. Hichem ben Ayad, the public prosecutor in the eastern port city of...

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...

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....