Former Tunisian Soccer Player Dies After Joining ISIS

Rabat - A former Tunisian player died on Thursday, while he was fighting in the ranks of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Nidhal Selmi used to play for the Etoile Sportive of Tunis with which he won the Tunisian Cup last season. He quit soccer and joined ISIS. According to Tunisian radio station Nagham FM, the family of the former player was informed of his death by his brother, who is also a mem ...

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Tunisia eyes 4 percent growth in 2014: outgoing PM

TUNIS- Tunisia's economy is predicted to grow by four percent in 2014, up from 2.8 percent this year, the outgoing Prime Minister Ali Larayedh told parliament on Wednesday. Speaking at a session devoted to next year's budget, the Islamist prime minister also predicted that the deficit would drop to 5.7 percent from its current level of 6.8 percent. "The growth rate in 2014 will reach four percent compared t ...

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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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Tunisia attacks deal blow to vital tourism sector

by Hamida BEN SALAH TUNIS- Tunisia, already destabilized by a political crisis, suffered a blow to its vital tourism industry after a suicide bombing and another that was foiled in two coastal resort towns. Only the suicide bomber was killed Wednesday in an attack on a beachside hotel in Sousse, and the security forces thwarted another attempted suicide attack soon after in neighboring Monastir. The interio ...

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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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Tunisian Jewish community targeted with impunity

Tunisia- A Tunisian rights group on Wednesday accused the police of harassing the tiny Jewish community on the southern island of Djerba, saying it had come under a string of attacks. "Tunisian Jews feel in danger, they are really afraid," Yamina Thabet, the president of the Tunisian Association Supporting Minorities, told a news conference after visiting Djerba. According to testimonies from witnesses on t ...

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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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