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At Least 48 African Migrants Lost their Lives off Tunisia

A boat carrying illegal migrants toward Europe has sunk this weekend off the coast of Tunisia drowning at least 48 people, while dozens more could be missing. According to Tunisian authorities, 68 people were rescued after the boat sank in the Mediterranean Sea near Kerkennah island. Survivors say that more than 180 people were jam-packed […]

Independent lists win majority of votes in Tunisia’s Municipal Elections, Islamists Second

Independents’ lists won 2,367 seats in Tunisia’s municipal elections followed by Islamist Ennahda party which managed to beat rivals with 2,135 seats nationwide. Ennahdha came first in several of the country’s largest cities including Tunis, but fell short of winning outright majorities. The Nidaa Tounes party of President Beji Caid Essebsi clinched 1,595. Observers see […]

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Tunisia: tourism revenues up 23% in first quarter

Tunisian tourism receipts have grown by 23 percent in the first three months of 2018, reaching $188 million, according to figures released by the ministry of tourism. The increase of European tourists was particularly significant (up 52%), followed by those from Maghreb countries (up 18%). This is due to an improving security situation and interest […]

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Orange launches Social Venture Prize competition

French telecommunications giant Orange has launched on Thursday competition for the Social Venture Prize to reward African tech startups bearing innovative Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) projects, which improve the living conditions of people. Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia are eligible among many others African countries. The competition aims to develop projects in fields such […]

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Tunisia: Senior wanted al-Qaeda member killed in ambush

Tunisian Security forces have killed Bilel Kobi, a senior figure of al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), in an ambush laid in a mountainous region known as a rear base for terrorists. The ministry of interior announced Saturday special forces hunted down a local AQIM cell in Tunisia using Mount Sammama area of central-western Tunisia […]

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Anti-Austerity Protests Simmer in Tunisia

Several Tunisian cities were swept by protests over the government’s austerity measures with more protests expected before January 14, the anniversary marking the ousting of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the country’s former autocrat. In Tunis and other northern towns, clashes took place between protesters and police who fired teargas to disperse crowds. So far, […]

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Libya: Border crossing with Tunisia reopened after deadly clash

Forces loyal to the UN-backed government of National Accord (GNA) have taken control of Ras Jedir border crossing to Tunisia and re-opened traffic. GNA forces, head by Usama Juwaili, raided the crossing point controlled by local militia, Amazigh, in the town of Zuwara. Juwaili claimed that the operation was aimed at fighting “smuggling and conflict” […]

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ECOWAS: Five heads state to greenlight Morocco’s full membership

Morocco will have to wait until 2018 to hear the final verdict on its application for ECOWAS membership. A committee, made up of the five heads of state of Nigeria, Togo, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Guinea Conakry, will study Morocco’s membership to the ECOWAS, stated a communiqué sanctioning the works of the 52nd ordinary summit […]

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CAF grants $2.5m to Africa’s 2018 World Cup teams

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will give $500,000 to each of the five African countries who will be representing the continent at the next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia. The grants will help the teams in their preparations for the tournament, the continent’s football governing body said. The financial package will be used […]

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Tunisia: Al Joumhouri party quits Youssef Chahed’s unity government

Tunisian Al Joumhouri party’s secretary-general, Issam Chebbi on Monday announced that his party was withdrawing its support for the national unity government. The party was among the nine political parties and three civil society organizations that have initiated, in July 2016, the Carthage document, which set out the priorities and the road map for the […]

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