Tunisia

Tunisia: Desperately Seeking Direction

Tunisia stands at a crucial crossroads By Nicholas Noe Tunisia, the much lauded “success story” of the Arab Spring, is fighting for its survival. According to the World Bank, growth for the past year is expected to be near zero at best. In fact, among all the countries of the Middle East, only war-torn Libya

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Fearing Daesh Spillover, France to Push Tunisia Aid

By John Irish and Marine Pennetier PARIS, March 17 (Reuters) – France’s foreign minister travels to Tunisia on Thursday aiming to firm up security and economic ties as Tunis struggles with rising Islamist militancy fuelled by Daesh’s growth in neighboring Libya. With its new constitution, free elections and secular history, France’s former North African colony

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Border Attack Feeds Tunisia Fears of Libya Jihadist Spillover

By Tarek Amara and Patrick Markey TUNIS/ALGIERS March 13 – The signal to attack came from the mosque, sending dozens of Islamist fighters storming through the Tunisian town of Ben Guerdan to hit army and police posts in street battles that lit the dawn sky with tracer bullets. Militants used a megaphone to chant “God

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Tunisia Says Daesh Attacked Border to Control Town

By Tarek Amara TUNIS, March 8 – Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid said on Tuesday Daesh militants had carried out the huge raid on Ben Guerdan on Monday that killed 55 people in an attempt to control the town and expand their territory. Tunisia has become increasingly concerned about violence spilling across its frontier as

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Militants, Tunisian Forces Clash in Border Town, 45 Killed

By Tarek Amara TUNIS, March 7 – Islamist fighters attacked army and police barracks in the Tunisian town of Ben Guerdan near the Libyan border on Monday and at least 45 people, including civilians, were killed in the clashes, residents and the Interior Ministry said. Authorities sealed off the nearby beach resort town of Djerba,

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German Summer Bookings for Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia Drop 40 pct

By Maria Sheahan FRANKFURT, March 4- German travellers’ bookings for summer holidays in Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey have dropped around 40 percent compared with a year ago, reflecting tourists’ concern over security, German travel association DRV said on Thursday. Once-popular destinations such as Egypt and Tunisia have suffered a series of attacks including the suspected

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IMF to Start Talks with Tunisia Over New Loan Program

TUNIS, Feb 15 – A delegation from the International Monetary Fund will visit Tunisia on Thursday to begin talks on a new credit program likely to be worth at least $1.7 billion, a Tunisian official said. Tunisia is seeking to revive an economy that has struggled since the 2011 uprising that sparked the Arab Spring

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Tunisia Finishes Libya Border Fence Intended to Keep Out Militants

By Tarek Amara SABKEHT ALYUN, Tunisia, Feb 7 – Tunisia has completed a 200-km (125 mile) barrier along its frontier with Libya to try to keep out Islamist militants, and will soon install electronic monitoring systems, Defense Minister Farhat Hachani said on Saturday. Libya’s chaos since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 has allowed

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Protests Over Lack of Jobs in Tunisia Turn Violent

KASSERINE, Tunisia, Jan 20 – Police clashed with protesters demanding jobs in the Tunisian city of Kasserine on Wednesday, and one policeman was killed as other demonstrations broke out in the capital and towns across the country, residents and officials said. Large crowds burned tyres and chanted: “Work, freedom, dignity” during a second day of

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