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Tunisia: Residents confront security forces over death of detainee in police custody

Residents in the town of Barraket Essahel, south-east of Tunis have clashed with security forces who used tear gas to disperse them, over the death of a local youth who allegedly died in police custody after being arrested. Locals accused the police of the death of the young man who had been arrested Friday following […]

Tunisia: Tunisair to downsize, State tries to keep airline afloat

Tunisia’s flagship carrier will shed over 1,000 jobs by 2020 as part of austerity measures by the state to keep the airline in operation. Transport minister Hichem Ben Ahmed has told administrative reforms committee in the parliament that 1,146 jobs will be cut off from the current 7,800 at the airline. The carrier operates 30 […]

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Tunisia: record tourist numbers in 2018, revenues jump by 45%

Tunisia’s tourism revenues have soared in 2018 to $1.36 billion as the country saw the arrival of a record 8.3 million visitors, official figures released on Monday showed. Tourism revenues rose in 2018 by about 45 percent compared to 2017, the central bank figures showed. The number of tourists jumped to 8.3 million from 7 […]

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Tourism: Africa receives only 5% of the international arrivals

Africa’s travel and tourism industry continues to record impressive growth over the years. In 2017, the continent hit a 63 million high in international tourist arrivals as compared to 58 M in 2016 (+ 9%). The growth record is slightly above the global performance of a 7% rise in 2017, to reach a total of […]

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AfDB, Entreprenarium launch master classes for 200 women entrepreneurs

The African Development Bank, as part of its Initiative to Support Access to Women in Africa (AFAWA), in partnership with Entreprenarium, has launched training sessions for 200 women entrepreneurs in Côte d’Ivoire. Masterclasses in business management and financial planning will be conducted by Entreprenarium at the Bank’s premises, benefiting 100 women entrepreneurs. A second masterclass […]

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Tunisia to receive $500 million Saudi loan

Saudi Arabia will give Tunisia a $500 million loan at a favorable interest rate, Reuters reported on Wednesday. According to Nourredine Ben Ticha, an advisor to the president, Tunisia will announce in a few days important deals with Saudi Arabia, including a loan with low interest rate, agreements on investment and other important details. Tunisia […]

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Tunisia: UN Human Rights chief welcomes equal inheritance bill

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday said the Tunisian Cabinet’s approval of draft inheritance equality bill is a significant step towards gender equality in the North African nation. The bill to equalize inheritance between men and women is among the most hotly debated of a raft of proposed social reforms, […]

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Tunisia: Rights groups sound alarm about ‘brutal, humiliating’ tests on gay men

Human Rights Watch and local Rights groups in Tunisia on Tuesday said anal tests and phone searches are being used to identify gay men in Tunisia. According to civil society organizations, more than 70 gay men were jailed by Tunisian authorities last year. Mounir Baatour, lawyer and president of the Tunisian LGBT association “Shams”, said […]

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G20 Compact: Germany pledges €243 billion for Africa

German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week met 11 African heads of state, international organizations and corporate leaders to promote a program launched last year to encourage private investment in Africa. The G20 Compact with Africa was open to all African countries but so far only 11 have joined: Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, […]

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Tunisia adopts law against racism

Tunisia has recently passed an anti-racism law criminalizing racial discrimination with offenders risking jail terms and fines. Under the law, anyone utters a racist comment can be sentenced to one month in jail and a fine of $350, while those found guilty of inciting hatred, making racist threats, spreading and advocating racism or supporting a […]

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