Tunisia

Thousands of Tunisian Lawyers Join Protest Against New Taxes

TUNIS, Dec 6  – Several thousand Tunisian lawyers demonstrated on Tuesday in front of the prime minister’s office, with some demanding his resignation as they escalated a protest against widely unpopular new taxes that will hit them and other high-end professions. Under a budget draft approved by parliament’s finance committee on Monday, lawyers will pay

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Tunisia Sells Ex-President’s Plane to Turkish Airlines

TUNIS, Dec 5 – Tunisia has sold the presidential plane used by toppled leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to Turkish Airlines (Turk Hava Yollari) for 181 million dinars ($78 million), officials said on Monday. The sale is part of a slow-moving effort to offload property amassed by Ben Ali’s government and his family following

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Tunisia Seeks Investors for $30 Bln Worth of Projects

TUNIS, Nov 29 – Western and regional partners are expected to offer pledges of support for Tunisia’s struggling economy at a two-day international investment conference that starts on Tuesday. Representatives from some 40 countries will be offered the chance to participate in some $30 billion worth of projects as Tunisia tries to reverse a decline

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Tunisia Seizes Three Arms Caches near Libya Border

TUNIS, Nov 14 – Tunisian forces captured three large arms caches near the border with Libya over the weekend, including Kalashnikov rifles, rockets and landmines, the interior ministry said. The caches in the border city of Ben Guerdane will stoke Tunisia’s concerns about the threat of Islamist militants crossing over Libya, where pro-government forces are

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British Petrofac Threatens to Leave Tunisia Over Protests

TUNIS, Sept 19 – British gas company Petrofac is threatening to leave Tunisia and end its investment if protests over jobs that have disrupted gas production for nine months are not stopped immediately, government officials said on Monday. Since January, Petrofac has been forced to disrupt gas production in Tunisia because of sit-ins by people

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Tunisia Fears Jihadists Returning Home from Libya, Seeks Joint Action

PARIS, Sept 6 – North African countries should be cooperating more to stop Daesh fighters who are fleeing their Libyan stronghold of Sirte from returning to their homelands and causing trouble there, Tunisia’s defence minister said on Tuesday. Libyan forces aligned with the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli launched their campaign to recapture Sirte in May

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Militants Kill Three Tunisian Soldiers in Ambush Near Algerian Border

TUNIS, Aug 29  – Islamist militants killed three Tunisian soldiers and wounded seven others on Monday, opening fire on them with rifles and rocket propelled grenades after their patrol hit anti-tank landmines, an army spokesman said. Jihadists use the remote, mountainous region along the Algerian border as a base and the military has been hunting

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MENA Soft Power

Meet the region’s leading female politicians BY Leila Hatoum and Bilal Aziz  Germany, Europe’s largest economy, is led by a woman—Angela Merkel. The United States may just elect its first ever female president, Democrat-nominee Hillary Clinton, who has gained further support on the ground according to recent polls. Many people from the Middle East, especially women, wonder if

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Yet to Take Office, Tunisia’s Rainbow Government Faces Cloudy Future

By Tarek Amara TUNIS, Aug 22 – Prime Minister Youssef Chahed’s new government promises to be the most inclusive since Tunisia’s 2011 revolution, encompassing all six major parties, independents and allies of often hostile trade unions. But even before parliament votes to approve it, Chahed’s experiment with diversity is running into the kind of pressures

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