TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A self-styled Libyan army slowed down its push on the country's capital over concerns for civilians caught up in the violence, as the U.N. refugee agency said Monday that the...
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is expressing concern that Tunisia is still holding a member of the U.N. panel of experts monitoring sanctions against Libya despite his diplomatic...
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says a member of the U.N. panel of experts monitoring sanctions against Libya has been arrested in Tunisia despite having diplomatic immunity.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia is cleaning up its boulevards and securing its borders for an Arab League summit that this country hopes raises its regional profile and economic prospects.
Tunisia: 12 infants die of hospital-acquired infection
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Twelve newborn babies have died in Tunisia after acquiring infections at the public maternity hospital where they were born prematurely, the country's interim health minister...
Tunisian attacks suspect assaults judge at hearing
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian authorities say a man suspected of several extremist attacks has assaulted a judge with his gavel during his trial at a Tunis military court.
7 get life in prison for Tunisia’s 2015 terror attacks
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian authorities gave seven suspects life in prison and handed out other sentences Saturday in a trial for two 2015 attacks in Tunisia that killed 60 people, mainly tourists.
Samir Ben Amor, the lawyer for one of the 44 defendants, said the verdicts were handed down for the deadly attack against the country's famous Bardo Museum and a massacre at a popular seaside resort.
Suspects’ lawyer offers condolences at Tunisia terror trial
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A lawyer for suspects in two separate attacks in Tunisia that killed some 60 people, mainly tourists, offered condolences to the victims' families Friday.
Twenty-four suspects, who have all denied any direct role in the attack, attended the final hearing of the trial over a massacre at a popular sea resort and a deadly attack at the famed Bardo Museum.
The suspected mastermind of both attacks hasn't been caught and is thought to be hiding in Libya.
17 on trial in deadly Tunisian beach attack on UK tourists
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Seventeen people went on trial Tuesday over Tunisia's deadliest extremist attack, a massacre at a Mediterranean resort in 2015 that killed 38 people, most of them British tourists.
Russia urges North Africa to bring Syria back to Arab League
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Russia's foreign minister is pressing North African countries to support Syria's return to the Arab League, now that President Bashar Assad is largely seen as having won the Syrian civil war.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria this week and at each stop called for Syria's reintegration into the "Arab family." Lavrov urged it to happen before an Arab League summit in Tunis in March.
Tunisia hit by general strike, amid economic tensions
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Workers around Tunisia went on strike Thursday to demand higher pay in a standoff with a government struggling to reduce unemployment, poverty and social tensions.
All flights in and out of the North African country's main airport were cancelled, and schools nationwide were closed. Ports, public transport, hospitals and other public services were also disrupted.
New tensions, worries mark Tunisia’s revolution anniversary
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Thousands gathered Monday in Tunisia's capital as the country marked eight years since a democratic uprising ousted its long-time strongman. The rally came amid deepening economic troubles in the North African nation and resurgent anger at the revolution's unfulfilled promises.
18 arrested in Tunisia amid violent protests
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian authorities have arrested 18 people during protests that erupted after the death of a journalist who set himself on fire to protest economic problems in the North African nation, officials said Wednesday.
Thirteen were arrested in the provincial city of Kasserine and five others in Tebourba, near Tunis, Interior Ministry spokesman Sofiane Zaag said.
Tunisian teachers demand better pay, protest work conditions
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian high school teachers have taken to the streets of the capital to demand wage increases and improvements to what they call dire working conditions.
Thousands of protesters, many of them bused in from across the country, marched in Tunis on Wednesday, starting at the Education Ministry and finishing at the city's main artery, Avenue Bourguiba.
Kashima beats Chivas 3-2, will meet Madrid at Club World Cup
AL AIN, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Japanese side Kashima Antlers beat Chivas of Mexico 3-2 on Saturday, advancing to a semifinal against Real Madrid at the Club World Cup.
Ryota Nagaki canceled out Angel Zaldivar's early goal for Chivas and Kashima took the lead when Serginho converted a penalty in the 69th minute.
Hiroki Abe assured the win with a goal in the 84th before Hugo Leonardo scored an own goal in stoppage time.
Saudi crown prince visits Tunisia amid Khashoggi protests
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a personal welcome Tuesday from Tunisia's president who greeted his guest at the airport after two days of protests in the capital that reflected international concern about the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Female suicide bomber wounds 9 in Tunisia’s capital
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A female suicide bomber wounded nine people, mostly police officers, on a busy avenue in Tunisia's capital on Monday afternoon, authorities said.
The 30-year-old woman set off the blast in Tunis just before 2 p.m. (1300 GMT) on Habib Bourguiba avenue, the Interior Ministry said.
Jail for offenders with new Tunisian anti-discrimination law
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The Tunisian parliament has voted overwhelmingly to outlaw racial discrimination and to make criminal offenders eligible for prison time.
Lawmakers passed the measure late Tuesday. The legislation was a response to the assault of a man from Ivory Coast on a Tunis street in July that triggered reaction online and denunciation from anti-racism associations.
Tunisian leader backs equal inheritance rights for women
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's president promised Monday to submit a bill to parliament soon that aims to give women equal inheritance rights with men, as debate over the topic of inheritance reverberated around the Muslim world.
In a speech marking Women's Day in Tunisia, President Beji Caid Essebsi said he wants to submit the proposal "as soon as possible," probably when parliament resumes in October.
Tunisian fundamentalists protest report on sexual equality
BARDO, Tunisia (AP) — Thousands of Muslim fundamentalists protested Saturday in front of the nation's parliament to decry proposals in a government report on gender equality that they claim are contrary to Islam.
BERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany ordered authorities Friday to bring back a former aide to Osama bin Laden — hours after he was deported to his native Tunisia on Friday.
Sami A., whose last name wasn't given due to privacy laws, was flown to Tunis on a charter aircraft and handed over to Tunisian authorities, despite a court ruling blocking the move.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A woman from Tunisia's moderate Islamic party was elected on Tuesday as mayor of the capital city, Tunis, the first time a woman holds the post.
Souad Abderrahim, a 54-year-old pharmacist of the Ennahdha party, won the post in the second round of voting by the municipal council. She defeated her top rival, Kamel Idir, of the party Nida Tounes, founded by the Tunisian president.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian officials say a knife-wielding man tried to attack police officers outside the main synagogue in the capital, but was subdued before wounding anyone.
The interior ministry said in a statement the failed attack took place Tuesday on Avenue de la Liberte, a major artery in Tunis.
Police union official Nassim Rouissi told Shems FM radio that the attacker, acting alone, tried to stab a police captain outside the synagogue.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul has called up 29 players including Rennes forward Wahbi Khazri for a World Cup training camp.
The list features several French league players, with Montpellier midfielder Elyess Skhiri and Nice forward Bassem Srarfi among others.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Independent candidates cumulatively won more votes, and local council seats, than the two main parties in Tunisia's first municipal elections since the country's 2011 revolution.
Political haggling between the two parties — the moderate Islamist Ennahdha and the secular Nida Tounes — will determine whether the capital city, Tunis, gets its first female mayor.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Scattered irregularities have delayed voting results in Tunisia's first local elections since the 2011 Arab Spring revolution.
The electoral commission head said Monday that authorities are studying the irregularities and will announce the preliminary results Wednesday.
State television reported an exit poll from Sunday's vote showing Islamist movement Ennahdha in the lead, followed by President Beji Caid Essebsi's secular moderate party, Nida Tounes.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisians voted Sunday in their first local elections since the 2011 Arab Spring revolution, a crucial step toward consolidating the country's exceptional democracy.
Turnout appeared low, with just 13 percent taking part by midday, according to electoral authorities — a marked contrast from the long lines of voters at post-revolution presidential and parliamentary elections.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia is hoping to break through barriers with its first local election since its 2011 Arab Spring revolution — a vote that could produce the first female mayor of the capital, the first Jewish official with an Islamist party and new flock of mayors with greater powers.
The North African country is trying to consolidate its young democracy with Sunday's election, in which Tunisia's 5.3 million voters will choose local leadership from 2,000 lists of candidates.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A woman in Tunisia is hoping to become the first ever female mayor of the capital Tunis in Sunday's local elections.
Souad Abderrahim, 54, was fielded as a candidate by Islamist party Ennahdha ahead of the May 6 poll. She will run against 10 other top candidates who are all male.
Tunisian commentators say Abderrahim, who does not wear a Muslim headscarf, has considerable support.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The colors of Tunisia's landscape change hourly with the light of the Mediterranean sun. Vermilion, sapphire, olive green, white, gold and ocher can all be seen in the sky, sea and sand.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A court in Tunis has banned four Israeli athletes from competing at the taekwondo world junior championships after a group of activists opposed to normalization with Israel filed an urgent lawsuit.
The competition is being held in the Tunisian seaside resort of Hammamet from April 6-13.
German federal court: extremist can be sent to Tunisia
BERLIN (AP) — A German court has ruled that authorities are entitled to deport a Tunisian man considered a potentially dangerous Islamic extremist although they can't rule out him being sentenced to the death penalty at home.
Turkish president calls Syria’s Assad a ‘terrorist’
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Syria's peace efforts cannot include President Bashar Assad, Turkey's leader said Wednesday, calling him a "terrorist."
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke during a visit to Tunisia at the end of a four-day Africa trip focusing on economic issues.
At a joint news conference with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, Erdogan called Assad a "terrorist who engaged in state terrorism" and should not be part of Syria's post-conflict future.
Tunisia tries to defuse tension with UAE amid airline spat
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia tried to smooth out emerging tensions with the United Arab Emirates on Monday after Emirates airline barred Tunisian women from boarding its flights and the North African country responded by suspending the Dubai-based carrier's operations in the air and on the ground.
Models, politicians remember late designer Alaia in Tunisia
SIDI BOU SAID, Tunisia (AP) — Models, government ministers, relatives and friends have attended the funeral in Tunisia of fashion designer Azzedine Alaia, a native of the North African country who won international acclaim.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell, who enjoyed a close relationship with Alaia, appeared overwhelmed with emotion during the burial ceremony Monday in Sidi Bou Said, a picturesque village outside the capital, Tunis.
Designer Azzedine Alaia, known for clingy style, dies
PARIS (AP) — Tunisian-born designer Azzedine Alaia, a fashion iconoclast whose clingy styles helped define the 1980s and who dressed famous women from Hollywood to the White House, has died.
The French Haute Couture Federation announced Alaia's death on Saturday without providing details. Twitter tributes to his influence on fashion poured in from around the world.
Tunisia extends state of emergency for 3 more months
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's president has decided to extend the state of emergency in the country for three more months.
President Beji Caid Essebsi's office said Friday the decision takes effect on Sunday in the North African nation.
The state of emergency has been in place since November 2015. It gives more power to police, especially to ban strikes and gatherings.
Woman held in Tunisia after car tries to run over police
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A woman was arrested in Tunisia's capital Wednesday for allegedly attempting to run over police officers standing in front of a government building, Tunisian authorities said.
Three police officers were slightly injured when metal barriers knocked over by the woman's car fell on them, the North African country's Interior Ministry said.
The driver tried to flee but was immediately arrested, the ministry said. Authorities are investigating possible motives.
Tunisia: Alleged extremist stabs 2 officers near Parliament
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Authorities said a suspected Islamic extremist stabbed two police officers Wednesday near the headquarters of Tunisia's Parliament, an unusually bold attack that rattled the capital.
The alleged attacker, a 25-year-old whom authorities said was known to them for radicalism, was quickly arrested, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
Orphan of Islamic State parents is home after year in limbo
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A 3-year-old Tunisian orphan whose parents left home to join the Islamic State group has returned to his grandfather's custody after over a year in a Libyan prison.
Trilling joyfully, a small crowd gathered at the airport late Wednesday in Tunis as Tamim Jandoubi and his grandfather walked through the terminal building. The child was taken away by ambulance and was under observation Thursday in a hospital.
Tunisia: No sign Marseille attacker had extremist links
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's prime minister said Thursday his government has no evidence that the Tunisian who stabbed two women to death in Marseille had links to any extremist group.
Meeting Thursday with his French counterpart in Tunis, Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed condemned Sunday's attack, saying "there is no justification for such barbaric acts."
Libyan rivals aim for new power-sharing deal
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Representatives from Libya's main rival power centers are welcoming proposals for a new power-sharing deal and political transition period that would end with elections in about a year.
UN-sponsored dialogue to end Libyan crisis underway in Tunis
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A new round of U.N.-sponsored talks aimed at uniting Libya's rival factions has opened in neighboring Tunisia.
An "action plan" for dialogue was on the table at a meeting on Tuesday opened by the U.N. chief's special envoy for Libya, Ghassan Salame.
Libya sank into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed leader Moammar Gadhafi.
European, African ministers meet to tackle migrant crisis
TUNIS, Tunisia — Interior ministers from 14 nations and the European Union agreed Monday to boost cooperation to tackle the migrant crisis along the deadly central Mediterranean route, promising to address why migrants leave home and to beef up actions against human traffickers.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Interior ministers from 14 nations and the European Union agreed Monday to boost cooperation to tackle the migrant crisis along the deadly central Mediterranean route, promising to address why migrants leave home and to beef up actions against human traffickers.
In a declaration at the meeting in the Tunisian capital of Tunis, the ministers also agreed to inform people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Two dozen people, including two women, went on trial on Tuesday for their alleged roles in the 2015 attack on Tunisia's Bardo National Museum that killed 21 foreign tourists and a police officer.
Police escorted the defendants from their jail cells to the Tunis court house, which was guarded by a security brigade with plainclothes officers inside the court room. The male defendants were handcuffed throughout the proceedings.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The two Tunisian former Guantanamo Bay detainees call their homeland an open-air prison and yearn for escape, even back to the U.S. detention center in Cuba. At least two other Tunisians freed from Guantanamo made their way to Syria, and another has seemingly vanished.
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The deputy interior minister of Libya's internationally recognized government says a U.N. convoy was attacked by bandits on the road from Tunis to Tripoli, and that two U.N. staffers were briefly detained.
Abdel-Salem Ashour says the two staffers, whose nationalities were unknown, were captured Wednesday, after the bandits chased their convoy and fired on it with small arms, causing one of the vehicles to stop. He said the groups had no political or ideological background.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Six security officers and 20 other people are on trial in Tunisia over a 2015 Islamic extremist attack on a beach resort that killed 38 people, mostly British tourists.
Tunisia's tourism industry has yet to recover, and the country still struggles against extremist violence.