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Photo of the Day: Tunisian President Having Lunch at UN Cafeteria

Fez- Tunisian President, El Moncef Merzouki, who participated this week in the General Debate of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, was seen having lunch at the UN cafeteria. The picture, which was posted on Facebook on Thursday, has been highly commented with many people praising the humility of the Tunisian President, who chose to have lunch inside the UN building without protocol in ...

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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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Arab Spring Legacy in Tatters, Hopes Pinned on Tunisia

Tunis- With chaos in Libya, military takeover in Egypt and Syria's brutal conflict threatening to extinguish hopes fueled by the Arab Spring, only Tunisia stands out even as its stability hangs in the balance. By the end of 2013, the political forces that emerged from the tumultuous changes in the region nearly three years ago have yet to build the new democratic order or bring about the social transformati ...

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Tunisia signs $500 million loan deal with Qatar

TUNIS- Tunisia has signed a $500 million loan agreement with energy-rich Qatar to help bolster its currency reserves, the official TAP news agency reported on Saturday. The deal, signed on Wednesday, stipulates that the loan will be paid back over a five-year period, the agency said. Tunisia has been struggling to achieve economic recovery since the 2011 uprising that toppled veteran strongman Zine El Abidi ...

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Gunman killed, police wounded in Tunisia clashes

TUNIS - A suspected Islamist militant was killed in clashes in southern Tunisia on Tuesday that also left two policemen wounded during a "huge" security sweep, the interior ministry said. "Since yesterday (Monday), specialist army units have been carrying out a huge security operation in the province of Kebili," the ministry said. "At dawn today, during a successful raid and in an exchange of fire with a te ...

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Tunisian president says will free jailed Prophet cartoonist

 PARIS- Tunisia's President Moncef Marzouki said Wednesday he would free a young Tunisian man jailed last year for posting cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed online once tensions in the country had eased. Jabbeur Mejri was sentenced at a closed hearing in March 2012 to seven and half years in jail for posting caricatures of the Prophet on his Facebook page. He petitioned the president for a pardon earlier thi ...

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Tunisian forces clash with jihadists: security

KASSERINE, Tunisia-Tunisian security forces and suspected jihadists have clashed near Mount Chaambi, a stronghold near the Algerian border of militants linked to Al-Qaeda, a security source said Saturday. "The clash took place last night (Friday) as an anti-terrorist brigade moved in to arrest jihadists at Karma" in the Kasserine area, the source told AFP. He said the hour-long firefight came as government ...

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Tunisia egg-thrower gets suspended sentence

TUNIS - A Tunisian filmmaker who threw an egg at a minister received a suspended five-month sentence Friday while charges were dropped against the videographer who filmed the incident, their lawyer said.    "Nasreddine Shili was sentenced to five months in prison, suspended, while the charges against Mourad Mehrezi were dismissed," their lawyer Koutheir Bouallegue told AFP.    Both men had been accused of p ...

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Tunisia police rape trial adjourned

TUNIS - The trial of three Tunisian policemen for raping a young woman last year, which sparked outrage when the prosecution tried to blame the victim, was adjourned Thursday until November 4.    The prosecutor asked for postponement because the alleged victim's medical report was still not ready, prompting condemnation from the defence lawyers.  The defence had asked for a doctor to conduct a psychiatric e ...

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Tunisia unions call anti-government protests for Wednesday

 TUNIS- Tunisia's main trade union confederation said it would launch a protest campaign Wednesday to pressure the ruling Islamist party into accepting mediators' proposals for ending two months of political deadlock. The UGTT, which has been leading the mediation efforts, said in a post on its Facebook page that gatherings would take place in the Ariana suburb of Tunis on Wednesday, and in different locati ...

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Tunisia court frees egg-throwing film director

TUNIS- A Tunisian court on Tuesday freed on bail a film director detained last month for throwing an egg at the culture minister, one of his lawyers told AFP. The Tunis court of first instance decided early Tuesday morning to free the film director Nasreddine Shili, who has been in custody since August 21, attorney Abeda Kefi said. The egg attack on Culture Minister Mehdi Mabrouk took place at a memorial ce ...

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Tunisia Islamists Urged to Fully Accept Crisis Plan

TUNIS- Mediators in Tunisia's protracted political crisis urged the ruling Islamist party on Saturday to fully accept their roadmap for the way forward, saying its response so far had been "ambiguous". The Ennahda party had issued a statement on Friday saying it accepted the blueprint for the formation of a government of independents and a national dialogue to finalize a new constitution and clear the way f ...

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