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 ...

Jan 27, 2014

Key events in Tunisia since the fall of Ben Ali

Key events in Tunisia since the Arab Spring revolution that drove President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali out after 23 years in power and sparked popular uprisings across the Arab world: Jan. 14, 2011: Ben Ali flees to Saudi Arabia with his family, becoming the ...

'Death threat' halts Tunisia constitution debate

Jan 6, 2014

'Death threat' halts Tunisia constitution debate

Debate on Tunisia’s new constitution was suspended for several hours Sunday after a deputy claimed he had received death threats because a colleague accused him of being an “enemy of Islam.” The upshot of the raucous proceedings was that opposition members of the National ...

Tunisia crisis deepens after failure to pick new premier

Nov 6, 2013

Tunisia crisis deepens after failure to pick new premier

There was no end in sight Tuesday to Tunisia’s months-long political crisis after ruling Islamists and the opposition failed to agree on an independent premier following two missed deadlines. The birthplace of the Arab Spring has been mired in political stalemate after the assassination ...

Sep 22, 2013

Tunisia looks to stop women from 'sex jihad' trips

Tunisia’s Women’s Ministry said Saturday it would come up with a plan to counter the growing number of women traveling to Syria to wage “sex jihad” by comforting militants. “The ministry intends to boost its cooperation with both government and nongovernment bodies on this ...

Sep 21, 2013

Tunisian women waging 'sex jihad' in Syria: official

Tunisian women have traveled to Syria to wage “sex jihad” by comforting Islamist fighters battling the regime there, Interior Minister Lotfi ben Jeddou has told other ministers. “They have sexual relations with 20, 30, 100″ militants, the minister told members of the National Constituent ...

Tunisians fill streets amid stalemate

Aug 7, 2013

Tunisians fill streets amid stalemate

Tens of thousands of people poured into the streets of the Tunisian capital to demand the resignation of the government as the political crisis in the North African nation deepened. The country has been racked by political unrest since the July 25 murder of ...