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Tunisia's opposition says politically motivated arrests and gag orders are chilling election efforts

Jul. 17, 2024 12:28 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Leading opposition parties in Tunisia asserted Wednesday that politically motivated arrests and gag orders are creating impossible conditions for holding democratic elections later this year. Members of the National Salvation Front, a coalition of secular and...

Arrests, summonses of potential presidential candidates in Tunisia continue as election day nears

Jul. 13, 2024 13:22 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — As elections approach in Tunisia, potential candidates are facing arrest or being summoned to appear in court as authorities clamp down on those planning to challenge President Kais Saied. On Friday, a judge in a Tunis court put a potential presidential...

Tunisia sets elections for October. The increasingly authoritarian president hasn't said he'll run

Jul. 03, 2024 09:02 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's increasingly authoritarian leader has scheduled the next presidential election for October without saying whether he will seek a second term after five tumultuous years at the head of the North African nation once seen as a model of democracy for the Arab world. ...

More global confidence in Biden than Trump even as views of US democracy decline, poll finds

Jun. 11, 2024 11:16 AM EDT

People in 34 countries around the world have more confidence in President Joe Biden than his challenger in November's election, former President Donald Trump, even as there is increased skepticism that United States democracy provides a good model for the rest of the world to follow, according to a...

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...

Xi pledges more Gaza aid and talks trade at summit with Arab leaders

May. 30, 2024 06:28 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping reiterated calls for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state and promised more humanitarian aid for people in Gaza as he opened a summit with leaders of Arab states Thursday in Beijing. “Since last October, the...

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...

Tunisians stage anti-migrant protest as the number of stranded in transit to Europe grows

May. 18, 2024 19:15 PM EDT

JEBENIANA, Tunisia (AP) — Hundreds of Tunisians marched through the streets of Jebeniana on Saturday to protest the presence of sub-Saharan migrants who have found themselves stranded as the country ramps up border patrol efforts. Anti-migrant anger is mounting in impoverished...

As crisis escalates in Tunisia, lawyers strike over arrested colleague they say was tortured

May. 16, 2024 11:39 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Lawyers in Tunisia took to the streets on Thursday to protest a string of recent arrests that have convulsed the country over the past week and provoked international outcry. The demonstration in the North African country's capital came days after two lawyers...

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...