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2 migrants dead, 21 missing off Tunisia in shipwreck

Oct. 17, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — At least two migrants died and 21 have disappeared after their boat capsized Sunday off the Tunisian coast in the Mediterranean Sea, Tunisian officials said. Seven others were rescued. According to the spokesman at the court in Mahdia, a Tunisian...

Tunisia’s President Saied revokes predecessor’s passport

Oct. 14, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s President Kais Saied said Thursday he had decided to withdraw the diplomatic passport of his predecessor Moncef Marzouki. Tunisian media suggested that Saied was irked by Marzouki’s demands that France end its support for the Tunisian...

Tunisia gets new government, appoints record number of women

Oct. 11, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia got a new government Monday after more than two months without one, with the new prime minister naming her Cabinet, which includes a record number of women. The ministerial appointments announced by Prime Minister Najla Bouden filled a...

Tunisia protest shows rift over president's seizure of power

Oct. 10, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Several thousand demonstrators gathered in central Tunis on Sunday to protest President Kaïs Saied’s recent consolidation of power, which his critics have called a “coup." The protest reflected an increasingly visible rift in Tunisian society...

Tunsians march to support president's usurpation of power

Oct. 03, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Thousands of Tunisians attended demonstrations in Tunis and other cities this weekend in a show of support for President Kais Saied’s recent consolidation of power — a move that his critics have dubbed a coup. Thousands stood on Tunis’...

Tunisia: President names female prime minister amid turmoil

Sep. 29, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s president on Wednesday named the country’s first female prime minister, appointing a 63-year-old professor to lead a transitional government after the head of state sacked the previous prime minister and suspended parliament. Najla...

North African migrants, adrift, tell of last-minute rescue

Sep. 29, 2021 04:14 AM EDT

ABOARD GEO BARENTS (AP) — The small fiberglass boat had begun to take on water not long after the engine stopped working. Its six passengers started bailing it out, not knowing how long they could keep the sea at bay. Waleed, a Tunisian man who, along with five others,...

North African migrants, adrift, tell of last-minute rescue

Sep. 29, 2021 02:31 AM EDT

ABOARD GEO BARENTS (AP) — The small fiberglass boat had begun to take on water not long after the engine stopped working. Its six passengers started bailing it out, not knowing how long they could keep the sea at bay. Waleed, a Tunisian man who, along with five others,...

France to reduce visas for North Africans in migration spat

Sep. 28, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France will reduce the number of visas issued to people in North Africa because governments there are refusing to take back migrants expelled from France. The move announced Tuesday comes amid pressure from far-right politicians on centrist President...

Over 100 officials resign from Tunisia's main Islamist party

Sep. 25, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — More than 100 officials of Tunisia’s Islamist party Ennahdha announced their resignations Saturday to protest the choices of the movement's leadership in confronting the North African country's political crisis. The split within the ranks of...