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Tunisian 'mystery lake' baffles, concerns officials

Gafsa - A lake which has mysteriously appeared in the middle of a Tunisian desert has authorities concerned and searching for an explanation.

Tunisia closes main border crossing with Libya

Tunis - Tunisia closed the Ras Aidir crossing to Libya today (August 1) as thousands of Egyptian and other foreign nationals fleeing the violence in Libya without proper visas tried to break through the crossing.

Libya guards fire warning shots as crowd tries to storm border

- Libyan border guards fired warning shots Friday to keep back a crowd of people trying to enter Tunisia as they fled the conflict in Libya, a Tunisian army officer said.

Violence forces evacuation of US embassy in Libya

Tripoli - Around 150 officials, workers and military security guards were evacuated Saturday from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli to escape mounting militia violence in Libya's capital.

Attack on mountain posts kills 14 Tunisia soldiers

Tunis - Assailants killed 14 Tunisian soldiers in an attack on two posts near the border with Algeria, where the army has been waging a crackdown on jihadists, the government said Thursday.

Serey Die breaks into tears during Ivory Coast national anthem

Prior to the match against Colombia, Ivory Coast midfielder Serey Die broke down in tears as his national anthem played, setting off a rumor that he had found out hours before the game that his father had passed away.

Qaeda claims attack on Tunisia minister's home

Tunis - Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb said Friday it was responsible for a recent attack on the home of Tunisia's interior minister that killed four policemen, the first such claim in the country."A group of lions...

Four police killed in attack on Tunisia minister's home

Tunis - Four Tunisian police officers were killed during a "terrorist" attack overnight on the home of Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou in the west-central Kasserine region, a ministerial spokesman said Wednesday.

Op-Ed: The darkest season: A ‘Christian Winter’ in the Middle East

New York - Originally lauded as a progressive alternative to tyranny in the Middle East, the Arab Spring has been a season of persecution for Christians. As persecution reaches pandemic proportions, the very survival of Christianity in the region is in question.

Op-Ed: Do Algerian government crackdowns make fair elections impossible?

To the group of 100 anti-government protestors gathered in the mid-March sun, the sight of police is nothing new. They have taken the name “Barakat,” which means “enough,” and the message is that change is coming.

Op-Ed: Is the Algerian Government trying to shut out the opposition?

In 2008, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika passed a constitutional amendment that removed presidential term limits. This allowed Bouteflika to seek a third term as president, a move that has drawn sharp criticism from even those within the regime.

Social pressures force Tunisia women to fake virginity

Tunis - It happens every April ahead of the summer marriage season, says Tunisian gynaecologist Faouzi Hajri -- desperate brides-to-be beg for surgery to make them "virgins" again for their wedding night.

Tunisia looks to win back tourists with image makeover

Tunis - Tunisia is working against the clock to salvage its 2014 tourist season after three turbulent years, by revamping the country's image -- with the help of online media and a few Star Wars characters."To change a country from one that is relatively inexp...

Tunisia looks to win back tourists with image makeover

Tunis - Tunisia is working against the clock to salvage its 2014 tourist season after three turbulent years, by revamping the country's image -- with the help of online media and a few Star Wars characters.

Turkey blocks Twitter, faces domestic and international backlash

Istanbul - Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s ban on Twitter has divided Turkey. Apart from domestic backlash against the ban, the move also triggered international condemnation.

Cruise operator suspends Tunisia stops after Israelis barred

Tunis - The US-based operator of a cruise ship whose Israeli passengers were prevented from entering Tunisia, announced on Tuesday that it would no longer call at Tunisian ports.The Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line said Monday that a "small number" of Israeli...

Tunisia lifts emergency rule in force since 2011 uprising

Tunis - Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki has lifted a state of emergency in force since the 2011 uprising that triggered the Arab Spring, his office said Thursday."The president and commander-in-chief of the armed forces...

11 dead as Libya military plane crashes in Tunisia

- A Libyan army medical plane crashed south of Tunis early on Friday, killing all 11 people on board, Tunisian emergency services said."The plane crashed at 1:30 am (0030 GMT)...

Suspect arrested in murder of Tunisian MP

Tunis - Tunisian security forces arrested a suspect in the murder of opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi after a fierce gunbattle during an overnight raid on a militant hideout, the interior ministry's spokesman said on Sunday.

Tunisia marks year since opposition leader's murder

Tunis - Tunisians mark on Thursday 12 turbulent months since the assassination of opposition politician Chokri Belaid, and his family still want to know what happened despite the alleged assassin being shot dead this week.
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