1,000 Egyptians evacuated from strife-hit Libya via Tunisia

Feb 24, 2015

1,000 Egyptians evacuated from strife-hit Libya via Tunisia

At least 1,000 Egyptians have been evacuated from Libya through Tunisia since Friday, the Tunisian transport ministry said, following the murder of Coptic Christians by the Islamic State group. Last week Egyptian and Libyan warplanes hit Islamic State targets inside Libya after the jihadis ...

Jan 16, 2015

Germany arrests suspected Islamic State fighter after return from Syria

German police arrested a suspected supporter of the insurgent group Islamic State who was recently in Syria and raided his apartment in the state of Lower Saxony, federal prosecutors said on Thursday. The 26-year-old suspect, who has German and Tunisian citizenship, was suspected of ...

Tunisians shun Islamists in vote for stability

Oct 28, 2014

Tunisians shun Islamists in vote for stability

Tunisia’s well-organized Islamists have been defeated in parliamentary elections, paying the price for the turbulent years they ruled after the Arab Spring that saw the rise of terrorist groups in this North African nation. Voters sought security and stability with familiar faces from Tunisia’s ...

Aug 11, 2014

Tunisia's fishermen save rising tide of migrants

The fishermen of this small North African port are used to catching sea bass and sea bream in their nets, but lately they’ve been hauling in something else: shipwrecked migrants fleeing war-ravaged Libya on flimsy boats. Chamseddine Bourassine, a Tunisian fisherman in his 50s, ...

Apr 8, 2014

In Tunisia, fake virgins get spliced

It happens every April ahead of the popular summer marriage season, says Tunisian gynecologist Dr. Faouzi Hajri — desperate brides-to-be beg for surgery to make them “virgins” again for their wedding night. Fearing rejection as “used” women in a conservative Muslim country where premarital ...

Jan 27, 2014

A glance at Tunisia's new charter

The role of Islam The Islamists from Ali Larayedh’s Ennahda party, which headed the outgoing government, renounced previous demands to enshrine Shariah Islamic law in the constitution. But the new document contains several references to religion, leaving certain parts open to interpretation. The charter ...

PM's thin resume may be blessing for Tunisia

Jan 27, 2014

PM's thin resume may be blessing for Tunisia

Tunisian Prime Minister-designate Mehdi Jomaa, who presented the president Sunday with his Cabinet of independents under a road map to end a political deadlock, now faces the daunting task of organizing elections this year in a nation that has been gripped by strikes and ...