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Re-opening of border between Tunisia and Libya as Tunisia is hit hard by a serious economic crisis

Closed in mid-March due to the pandemic, the border post between Tunisia and Libya again let vehicles and pedestrians pass through on Saturday. Flights between the two countries are due to resume this Sunday. This opening is a breath of fresh air for Tunisia hit hard by a serious economic crisis. From Tataouine to Medenine, […]

Tunisia imposes curfew in four governorates to curb covid-19 spread

The administrators of four governors including Tunis Wednesday ordered a 15-day curfew as part of the efforts to stem the fast spread of covid-19 which is raising eyebrows in North Africa. The curfew to come into force today Thursday, will begin at 9pm and end 5am the following day, local time, reports say. Aside from […]

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US Secretary of Defense on Maghreb tour to discuss security

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper begins a three-day visit to North Africa on Wednesday, September 30. Mark Esper is making his first trip to the African continent. He will discuss anti-Jihadist cooperation. First step, this Wednesday: Tunisia. Mark Esper has an appointment with President Kaïs Saied and his Minister of Defense. On the agenda: the […]

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Tunisia imports phosphate for first time to supplement domestic need

Tunisia has for the first time ordered a shipload of phosphate to supplement the domestic need for the production of fertilizers, Webdo Tunis reports. The North African country has signed a one-year contract with neighboring Algeria for the importation of the 500,000 tons of phosphates. The first shipload, 40,000 is expected to arrive before the […]

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Tunisia: Hichem Mechichi’s new government approved

The government of technocrats proposed by Hichem Mechichi, appointed head of government at the end of July to succeed Elyes Fakhfakh, was approved by 134 votes out of 217 deputies attending the Parliament session. No more party logic. The 46-year-old Prime minister, supported by the president, presented, as he put it, “a team of skills, […]

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Tunisia will never accept turning Palestinian right into simple commodity – President Kais Saied

Tunisia’s President Kais Saied Wednesday voiced solidary with Palestinians noting that his country “will never accept turning the Palestinian right into a simple commodity” in reaction to last week peace deal between Israel and the UAE. “I don’t want to talk about a Palestinian cause, it is rather a Palestinian right,” the Tunisian leader stressed […]

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Togo: Resumption of air traffic

In Togo, the international airport Gnassingbé Eyadéma of Lomé has resumed its commercial flights since Saturday. Several measures are being taken to prevent the contamination or spread of the coronavirus disease. RFI visited the site. At the entrance to the terminal on the departure level, a hand-washing facility is in place and the floor is […]

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Football: Belgian coach fired in Tanzania after racist comments

The very popular Tanzanian football club Young Africans SC announced on 27 July 2020 the immediate dismissal of its Belgian coach. Luc Eymael had compared his own supporters to “monkeys or dogs” after a draw. “I’m not a racist, far from it,” he defended himself. “These fans know nothing about football… They sound like monkeys […]

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A blogger sentenced to six months in prison for parodying a Quranic sura

A Tunisian blogger was sentenced to six months in prison on Tuesday for parodying a Quranic sura, entitled “Sura Corona”, to incite respect for barrier gestures. She was found guilty of “attacking the sacred”, “offending public morals and inciting violence” and will have to pay a fine of 2,000 dinars (650 euros). This sentence reopens […]

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Tunisia: Prime Minister resigns

Elyes Fakhfakh head of government of Tunisia resigned on July 15. Appointed to this post on 20 January, he headed the coalition government that emerged from last October’s parliamentary elections. While he was the target of a motion of censure in the Assembly, the President of the Republic had asked him to resign a few […]

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