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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...

Tunisian trial shines light on use of military courts

Nov. 21, 2021 11:05 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A few days after Tunisia’s president froze parliament and took on sweeping powers in July, a dozen men in unmarked vehicles and civilian clothes barged into politician Yassine Ayari’s family home overnight and took him away in his pajamas. ...

New protests, clashes in Tunisian city over garbage pileup

Nov. 10, 2021 15:20 PM EST

AGAREB, Tunisia (AP) — New clashes broke out Wednesday between residents and police in the Tunisian city of Agareb, home to a landfill that has provoked public fury over waste mismanagement. Agareb hosts the main landfill for nearby Sfax, Tunisia’s second largest...

Court: Tunisia issues international warrant for ex-president

Nov. 04, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia issued an international arrest warrant for former president Moncef Marzouki Thursday over accusations that he undermined the North African country’s security, a top Tunisian court said. The court didn't provide any further explanation on...

Tunisia says tunnel found near French ambassador's residence

Nov. 03, 2021 07:54 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — An anti-terrorism raid in Tunisia uncovered a tunnel being dug in the vicinity of the French ambassador's residence from a house frequented by a known extremist, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday. The ministry's statement did not indicate the...

UN urges talks on Western Sahara after cease-fire breakdown

Oct. 29, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council extended the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the disputed Western Sahara for a year on Friday, expressing concern at the breakdown of the 1991 cease-fire between Morocco and the pro-independence Polisario Front and calling for a revival of...

Tunisia's #MeToo: Lawmaker faces sexual harassment hearing

Oct. 29, 2021 04:15 AM EDT

NABEUL, Tunisia (AP) — A landmark case that helped galvanize Tunisia’s #MeToo movement reached court this week, involving a legislator charged with sexual harassment and public indecency. Feminist activists held a small protest outside the courthouse, shouting chants...

Tunisia closes 3 opposition broadcasters in license dispute

Oct. 28, 2021 14:17 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s independent media regulator says it has shut down three broadcasters that were critical of the country’s president, who dissolved parliament and seized sweeping powers in the summer. In a statement Wednesday, the regulator HAICA said...

AP PHOTOS: Sufi religious order finally able to gather again

Oct. 24, 2021 04:24 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Followers of a Sufi religious order convened on a Moroccan village near the city of Nador for the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad in the first such gathering since the pandemic. A few hundred faithful, known as Fuqaras, from France, Tunisia,...