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Stranded migrants confront violence and despair as Tunisia partners to keep them from Europe

Jun. 09, 2024 15:08 PM EDT

EL AMRA, Tunisia (AP) — For many migrants who’ve long dreamed of Europe, one of the last stops is an expanse of olive trees on North Africa's Mediterranean coastline. But in Tunisia, less than 100 miles (161 kilometers) from the Italian islands that form the European Union’s...

Tunisia sentences journalists to a year in prison for criticizing the government

May. 23, 2024 05:21 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A Tunisian court on Wednesday sentenced two TV and radio journalists to one year in prison for criticizing the government on their programs and on social networks. Borhane Bsaïs and Mourad Zeghidi were each given six months' imprisonment for disseminating...

2 journalists in detention in Tunisia as authorities launch wave of arrests against critics

May. 15, 2024 12:15 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Two journalists were kept under detention in Tunisia on Wednesday, following a raft of arrests targeting government critics including lawyers and the press that has drawn concern from the country's international allies. Authorities in the north African...

Tunisian lawyers call for strike over arrest of their colleague amid crackdown on dissent

May. 12, 2024 13:12 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Hooded police raided Tunisia’s bar association headquarters and arrested a lawyer as authorities escalated a broad government crackdown that has ensnared political dissidents, non-governmental organizations and Black migrants. Sonia Dahmani, a prominent...

Tent camps razed and activists arrested as Tunisia clamps down on migrants

May. 09, 2024 14:12 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tensions in Tunisia ratcheted up as demonstrators seeking better rights for migrants staged a sit-in before European Union headquarters on Thursday, capping a week in which Tunisian authorities targeted migrant communities from the coast to the capital with arrests and the...

Tunisian opposition wants political prisoners freed before taking part in presidential election

Apr. 30, 2024 22:18 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s main opposition coalition said Tuesday it won’t take part in the North African country’s upcoming presidential election unless President Kais Saied’s political opponents are freed and judicial independence is restored. More than 20 political...

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...