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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Egypt ‘upset’ by Tunisian president’s call to release Morsi, political prisoners

CAIRO- In his speech to UN General Assembly on Thursday, Marzouki called on Egyptian authorities to release deposed President Morsi and all "political prisoners" The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has criticized a UN speech by Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki in which he called on Egypt to release what he called "political prisoners". "The content of this speech contradicts with the reality and represents a ch ...

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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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S&P downgrades Tunisia two notches, citing unrest

PARIS, France, Aug 16, 2013 (AFP) Rating agency Standard & Poor's downgraded debt issued by Tunisia by two notches on Friday because of rising opposition to the government. The credit rating agency downgraded its notation for Tunisian long-term debt from "BB-" to "B", indicating low confidence that the country will be able to respect its debt obligations. And S&P said that the outlook was negative, ...

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Tunisia frees jailed ex-regime figures

TUNIS, July 11, 2013 (AFP) Tunisian authorities early on Thursday released from jail two former figures of the toppled regime who were arrested following the 2011 uprising for abuse of power, the justice ministry said. Mohamed Ghariani, ex-secretary general of the Rally for Constitutional Democracy party of now ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and former interior minister Abdallah Kallel were ordere ...

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Tunisia police to probe attack on actors: lawyer

TUNIS, July 08, 2013 (AFP) Tunisia's public prosecutor Monday ordered police to investigate an attack on 19 actors by Salafist Muslims, while they decided whether to charge the artists with alleged "indecency", a lawyer for the drama group said. "The public prosecutor decided ...to allow the investigation to progress so that police officers could hear the artists' statements as victims," their lawyer Ghazi ...

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Tunisia ruling Islamist party dismisses Egypt scenario

DUBAI, July 04, 2013 (AFP) Rached Ghannouchi, who heads Tunisia's ruling Ennahda party close to the Muslim Brotherhood, ruled out a similar scenario in his country following the ouster of Egypt's Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, in remarks published Thursday. "Some young dreamers may think that they can repeat in Tunisia what happened in Egypt, but their efforts would be wasted," Ghannouchi told Saudi dail ...

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Tunisia assembly missed historic opportunity: press

TUNIS, July 02, 2013 (AFP) The Tunisian press strongly criticised the National Assembly on Tuesday after a debate on the new constitution degenerated into chaos, with some saying it had missed the chance to make history. After more than 18 months of work on drafting a new post-Arab Spring charter, the assembly "missed a rendez-vous with history," the main French-language daily La Presse announced on its fro ...

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Tunisians protest against revolution draft law

TUNIS, June 29, 2013 (AFP) Hundreds of Tunisians took to the streets of the capital on Saturday to protest against a draft law aimed at excluding former regime officials from taking part in future elections, an AFP journalist said.  The Islamist-led government in power since a 2011 uprising toppled veteran dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has been pushing for the controversial law. But opponents of the gove ...

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Tunisia appeals trial of jailed Femen protesters resumes

TUNIS, June 26, 2013 (AFP) The Tunisian appeals trial of three European women from the radical protest group Femen, jailed for baring their breasts, resumed on Wednesday, with their lawyers hoping to avoid another delay. The hearing began at about 1000 GMT at the court of appeal in the capital Tunis, with the women -- two French and one German -- dressed in the traditional Tunisian veil, or safsari. Shortly ...

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