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Tunisian president seeks more powers in new constitution

Jul. 01, 2022 13:47 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian President Kais Saied on Friday unveiled a new draft constitution that would bestow broad powers on the president and curtail the authority of the prime minister and parliament. A referendum on the constitution is scheduled for July 25, exactly a year...

Tunisian officers stabbed near synagogue; suspect arrested

Jun. 24, 2022 13:21 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A man with a knife attacked police officers stationed near a synagogue in Tunisia's capital, injuring one in the shoulder and another on the hand, authorities said Friday. The attacker fled after the overnight stabbing but was located nearby soon afterward...

Public workers strike in Tunisia, signaling national crisis

Jun. 16, 2022 11:25 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A nationwide public sector strike in Tunisia is poised to paralyze land and air transportation and other vital activities Thursday with the North African nation already in the midst of a deteriorating economic crisis. Tunisia’s powerful General Labour Union...

Tunisia: Striking judges, lawyers protest president's action

Jun. 08, 2022 13:03 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian lawyers and judges held a small protest outside the capital’s courts Wednesday as part of their weeklong strike following the president’s dismissal of 57 judges. President Kais Saied's removal of the judges was the latest sign of growing...

Tunisian court bans travel for Islamist party chief, others

May. 28, 2022 13:04 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A court in Tunisia has issued a travel ban on 34 people, including the head of the moderate Islamist Ennahdha party, all suspected of involvement in an alleged parallel security service reportedly put into place after the 2011 Tunisian revolution. Ennahdha...

IOM: Up to 600 missing at sea in 3 months in Central Med

May. 26, 2022 15:41 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The International Organization for Migration says up to 600 people attempting to reach Europe by sea from Tunisia and Libya have gone missing during the first three months of 2022, the highest figure since 2014. In the latest tragedy, according to Tunisian...

Dozens of Europe-bound migrants missing off Tunisia's coast

May. 25, 2022 16:39 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Rescue teams searched Wednesday for dozens of people reported missing after a boat carrying migrants from Libya to Europe capsized off Tunisia's coast. The International Organization for Migration said 30 people were rescued and 75 people were unaccounted for...

Female referees to officiate men's World Cup for 1st time

May. 19, 2022 10:23 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Female referees will make World Cup history this year by working games at a major men’s tournament for the first time in Qatar. Three female referees and three female assistant referees were announced Thursday by FIFA among 129 officials selected for World Cup duty,...

12 migrants die, 10 missing off Tunisian coast

Apr. 24, 2022 09:26 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — At least 12 Africans trying to reach Europe by boat have died and 10 others are missing after four migrant boats carrying an estimated 120 people sank after setting out across the Mediterranean, Tunisian maritime officials said Sunday. The Tunisian navy...

Tunisia: Sunken tanker contained no fuel, government says

Apr. 23, 2022 07:00 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A commercial tanker that sank off the Tunisian coast and and was believed to be holding 750 tons of diesel fuel in fact held no fuel at all, according to Tunisian naval officials. The ship's crew has been detained on suspicion of criminal activity. The sinking...