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Tunisia dissident opens new party congress

Tunis - Tunisian dissident Mohsen Marzouk opened a congress of his new party, rejecting religion in politics and vowing to be a force for change.

Nice killer's father says son had a nervous breakdown

- The Tunisian-born driver who killed 84 people after slamming his truck into a crowd of revellers in the French resort of Nice had suffered from depression but had nothing to do with religion, his father told AFP on Friday.

Tunisians, Algerians among dead in Nice attack

Tunis - At least three Tunisians and three Algerians were among the 84 people killed when a Tunisian-born man ploughed a truck into crowds in the French resort of Nice, officials said Friday.

Tunis father on IS rescue bid dies in Istanbul airport attacks

El Omrane - Saida Bayoudh's only son joined the Islamic State group and her husband Fathi flew from Tunisia to Turkey to bring him home.Instead the father returned alone to be buried Friday, a victim of the Istanbul airport attack.

Tunisia flaunts seaside security year after beach massacre

Hammamet - Policemen on horseback amble among the sunbathers and new metal detectors dot hotel entrances in Tunisia as the North African country seeks to bring back tourists a year after a seaside massacre.

Tunisia's president backs national unity government

Tunis - Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi said he would support a government of national unity, as long as it included Nobel Prize winning groups the UGTT union and UTICA.

Tight security as Jewish pilgrimage starts in Tunisia

Djerba - An annual Jewish pilgrimage to Africa's oldest synagogue got under way in Tunisia where security forces were deployed heavily to ward off potential jihadist attacks.

Tunisia president says its war on 'terror' has cost $4 bn

Doha - Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi said in Doha on Thursday that his country's battle to fight "terrorism" has cost it around $4 billion diverted away from the country's economy.

Tunisia kills two 'suspected jihadists' in anti-terror raid

Tunis - Two suspected jihadists were killed on Wednesday during a security operation near the Tunisian capital against a cell planning "simultaneous" attacks, the interior ministry said.

Tunisia-Libya border trade will resume 'very soon': Tunisia

Jarjis - Tunisia is confident that trade at the main border crossing with Libya will resume "very soon", local authorities said, nearly a week after the Libyan side imposed a blockade.

U.S. issues travel alert for southeastern Tunisia

Washington - The US government is warning its citizens to avoid visiting southeastern Tunisia near the Libyan border as well as the country's mountainous western areas due to "the threat of terrorism.

Tunisia calls for day's wages to fight terrorism

Tunis - Tunisia's premier called Saturday for civil servants and the general public to donate part of their wages to an anti-terrorism fund, following a deadly assault on a town near the Libyan border.

New clashes hit Tunisia town as thousands mourn

Jarjis - Fresh clashes in Tunisia's Ben Guerdane area near the Libyan border left 10 jihadists and a soldier dead as thousands attended funerals Wednesday for victims of a major assault.

Tunisian forces kill 7 'terrorists' after jihadist assault

Tunis - Tunisian security forces killed seven "terrorists" overnight near Ben Guerdane after a deadly jihadist attack on the town near the border with Libya, the authorities said on Wednesday.

Tunisia forces kill five 'terrorists' after deadly IS raid

Tunis - Tunisian forces killed five "terrorists" in an operation near the Libyan border late Tuesday, the interior ministry said, a day after a deadly raid the government has described as an unprecedented assault by the Islamic State group.

Tunisia hunts jihadists after deadly border raid

Tunis - Tunisian security forces pressed a search for jihadists near the Libyan border on Tuesday after a deadly raid the authorities described as an unprecedented assault by the Islamic State group.

Tunisia says Libya border attack aimed to set up IS 'emirate'

Tunis - Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid said jihadists who carried out a deadly attack Monday on a town near the Libyan border had planned to establish an "emirate" of the Islamic State group.

Tunisia kills 28 jihadists in clashes near Libya border

Jarjis - Tunisian forces fought off fierce attacks from jihadists near the Libyan border on Monday, killing 28 extremist fighters in clashes that also left seven civilians dead.

Tunisia's impoverished interior poses risk for struggling country

Tunis - Government neglect in central Tunisia, where poverty and unemployment rates are several times the national average, risks undermining the gains of its revolution and creating a breeding ground for extremism, experts say.

Germany, Tunisia to speed up repatriation of migrants

Tunis - Tunisia and Germany have agreed to speed up the repatriation of rejected asylum-seekers from the North African country, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Tuesday.

Germany 'mulling military training mission in Tunisia'

Berlin - Germany is considering sending troops to Tunisia to help train soldiers in the fight against the Islamic State group, a newspaper report said on Sunday.

Tunisia lifts nationwide nighttime curfew: Ministry 

Tunis - Tunisia said on Thursday it is lifting a nationwide nighttime curfew imposed last month after the worst social unrest witnessed in the country since its 2011 revolution.

Berlin to list Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia as 'safe countries' to stem migrant flow

Berlin - Germany will place Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia on a list of "safe countries of origin", Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel announced Thursday, in a move that will make it easier to reject asylum requests from citizens of these countries."Now we will...

Tunisia PM urges patience after social unrest

Tunis - Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid pleaded Saturday for people to be "patient" after a wave of protests against poverty and unemployment in the worst social unrest since the 2011 revolution.

Tunisia imposes curfew after worst post-revolt unrest

Tunis - Tunisia on Friday declared a nighttime curfew across the country after a wave of protests and clashes that constitute the most serious outbreak of social unrest since its 2011 revolution.

Tunisia police disperse new protest after jobless man's death

Kasserine - Tunisian police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse hundreds of job-seeking demonstrators in the impoverished town of Kasserine, in a second day of protests after the death of an unemployed man.

Merkel's party seeks to stem tide of North African arrivals

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel's party Monday said Germany should declare Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia "safe countries of origin", making it easier to reject asylum requests by its nationals.

Thousands on streets of Tunis for revolution anniversary

Tunis - Thousands gathered in the Tunisian capital Thursday to mark the fifth anniversary of the overthrow of longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in the uprising that inspired the Arab Spring.

Huge 6,000-pound crocodile terrorized prehistoric seas

Suffice it to say, if this beast was in the water, you'd want to be out of the water. What is this creature? It is the largest sea-dwelling crocodile that has ever been discovered, growing to over 30 feet long and weighing three tons.

Waiting to leave Libya's 'cemetery of the unknown'

Tripoli - On the outskirts of Libya's capital, Imad wipes the dirt from the tombstone of his brother, one of hundreds of migrants whose journey ended in the "cemetery of the unknown".
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Fallen Regime: After the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia.
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