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Tunisia police deny rape, accuse ‘victim’ of seeking sex

TUNIS - Two Tunisian policemen accused of raping a young woman in 2012 denied the charge on Monday, instead accusing the alleged victim of seeking to have sex with them. "They denied everything," Radhia Nasraoui, the lawyer of the young woman known by the pseudonym Meriem Ben Mohamed, told AFP. One of the accused claimed instead that the young woman had tried to perform oral sex, Nasraoui added. Koutheir Bo ...

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Ex-Tunisian leader, family milked economy: World Bank

WASHINGTON - Companies controlled by ousted Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his family garnered 21 percent of all his country's private sector profits, according to a new World Bank report. The report, released Thursday, depicted the huge extent to which the Tunisian strongman of 24 years took control of much of the country's economy and enriched his family, feeding the resentment that led to ...

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Tunisia police raid kills three ‘terrorists’: ministry

TUNIS - Tunisian security forces on Monday killed three suspected jihadists implicated in attacks last month that left four people dead, including two policemen, the interior ministry said. Special police units surrounded the house of a "takfirist", or Muslim extremist, in the northwest Jendouba region near the Algerian border at around 0200 GMT, ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui told reporters. "The ter ...

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Tunisia denies discriminating against Israeli tourists

TUNIS - Tunisia's tourism minister on Friday denied Israeli tourists aboard a cruise ship who were prevented from entering the country had been discriminated against, saying there had been a procedural problem. The Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line said on Monday a "small number" of Israeli passengers on one of its ships were not allowed to disembark in Tunis "because of a last-minute decision made by the T ...

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Tunisia prostitutes petition parliament to return to work

Tunis - A group of Tunisian prostitutes demanded Tuesday to be allowed back to work, 18 months after their brothel in the resort town of Sousse was attacked by hardline Salafists and closed down. A delegation handed deputy parliament speaker Meherzia Laabidi, a woman, a petition signed by 120 prostitutes calling for their brothel in the popular coastal resort to be allowed to reopen. "We know the state cann ...

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Tunisia prostitutes petition parliament to return to work

TUNIS- A group of Tunisian prostitutes demanded Tuesday to be allowed back to work, 18 months after their brothel in the resort town of Sousse was attacked by hardline Salafists and closed down. A delegation handed deputy parliament speaker Meherzia Laabidi, a woman, a petition signed by 120 prostitutes calling for their brothel in the popular coastal resort to be allowed to reopen. "We know the state canno ...

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Israeli tourists prevented from entering Tunisia

TUNIS - Israeli tourists aboard a cruise ship were prevented from entering Tunisia due to a surprise decision by the Tunisian government, the cruise operator said on Monday. "During Norwegian Jade's port call in La Goulette, Tunisia on Sunday, March 9, 2014, a small number of guests holding Israeli passports were not allowed to go ashore because of a last minute decision made by the Tunisian government," th ...

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Tunisia lifts emergency rule in force since 2011 uprising

Tunis — Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki has lifted a state of emergency in force since the 2011 uprising that triggered the Arab Spring, his office said Thursday. "The president and commander-in-chief of the armed forces... issued a decree lifting the state of emergency in the whole country from Wednesday, March 5, 2014," a statement said. Tunisia has been rocked by sporadic attacks blamed on jihadists s ...

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World Bank unveils $1.2 bn Tunisia support programme

TUNIS - The World Bank on Friday announced a $1.2 billion programme to support economic and political reform in Tunisia after the adoption last month of a new constitution. "The financing planned for 2014 would include $750 million in support of government reforms to level the economic playing field and promote growth and job creation, while increasing accountability in the delivery of services to citizens, ...

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Tunisian navy ‘rescues 98 sub-Saharan migrants’

TUNIS - The Tunisian navy rescued 98 sub-Saharan migrants Wednesday, including a nine-year-old Congolese boy in critical condition, after their boat started taking on water off the coast, the defence ministry said. "The 98 people of different African nationalities set off from the Libyan coast in an inflatable boat... probably for the (Italian) island of Lampedusa," spokesman Taoufik Rahmouni told AFP. "The ...

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Top Islamist among dead as Libya plane crashes in Tunisia

Nianou — A medical plane carrying a former jihadist turned member of Libya's first transitional government crashed south of Tunis early Friday, killing all 11 on board, Tunisian and Libyan officials said. The aircraft came down in a field on the edge of Nianou village, around 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the capital, without hitting any houses, and burst into flames, an AFP journalist reported. The Libyan ...

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Tunisian pardoned for Mohammed caricature to stay in jail: lawyer

TUNIS - A Tunisian jailed for posting caricatures of Prophet Mohammed online is to remain in prison despite a presidential pardon, pending a separate trial for "embezzlement", his lawyer said Thursday. "I contacted the judge investigating the case at the court in Mahdia who confirmed the embezzlement charges relating to when Jabeur (Mejri) worked for the SNCFT (Tunisian railways)," Ahmed Mselmi told AFP. Th ...

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