Category: International

Israelis Allowed in Tunisia, Prime Minister Announces

Israelis Allowed in Tunisia, Prime Minister Announces

| 23 April 2014 | 4 Comments

Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa said Tuesday his government has decided to allow Israeli citizens to enter the country despite the lack of formal diplomatic ties with Israel. The announcement came in response to a request by National Constituent Assembly (NCA) members to hold a hearing on the subject. Jomaa said the decision reflected the [...]

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Low Turnout and Mixed Feelings for Algerians Voting in Tunisia

Low Turnout and Mixed Feelings for Algerians Voting in Tunisia

While the upcoming election is captivating a domestic audience, it is also a major concern for the more than one million Algerians voters abroad. While the majority reside in France, Tunisia has long drawn many Algerian immigrants as well. According to the Algerian Consulate in Tunis, there are approximately 20,000 Algerians living here, half of [...]

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Update: Libyan Kidnappers Demand Militants’ Release

Update: Libyan Kidnappers Demand Militants’ Release

| 18 April 2014 | 1 Comment

Libyan kidnappers of a Tunisian diplomat taken Thursday have demanded the release of militants held in Tunisia in relation to a clash in 2011, according to Tunisian officials. Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mongi Hamdi told Reuters news agency that the Libyan kidnappers of an advisor to Tunisia’s ambassador to Libya are “the family of [...]

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UGTT Union Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

UGTT Union Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

| 14 April 2014 | 1 Comment

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has accepted the nomination of the UGTT labor union for its peace award, according to the union. The union was nominated by the presidents of four major Tunisian universities a few days after the adoption of the Tunisian constitution on January 2014, according to Huffington Post Maghreb. The UGTT was one [...]

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Tunisia Returns Stolen Ancient Artifact to Algeria

Tunisia Returns Stolen Ancient Artifact to Algeria

| 14 April 2014 | 0 Comments

Asma Smadhi contributed reporting. A Roman-era artifact stolen from Algeria in 1996 and kept in the house of a family member of former president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali was handed over to Algerian officials on Sunday. The Algerian and Tunisian ministers of culture met in a ceremony in Carthage Sunday to formalize an agreement to [...]

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Switzerland to Return $40 Million in Ben Ali Assets to Tunisia

Switzerland to Return $40 Million in Ben Ali Assets to Tunisia

| 14 April 2014 | 0 Comments

Swiss officials will return $40 million in funds held by the family of former Tunisian president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali now frozen in the country’s banks, according to an announcement made Friday. AFP quoted Swiss prosecutor Michael Lauber saying the funds transfer was possible because of cooperation from new Tunisian authorities. A caretaker government took [...]

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Q & A: Issandr El Amrani on Tunisia’s Place in North Africa

Q & A: Issandr El Amrani on Tunisia’s Place in North Africa

| 11 April 2014 | 1 Comment

Issandr El Amrani, North Africa project director for the International Crisis Group, an international conflict prevention NGO, was in Tunis this week with the meeting with Tunisian political, business and civil society leaders. The ICG recently issued a report called “Tunisia’s Borders: Jihadism and Contraband.” Tunisia Live caught up with El Amrani, who also founded [...]

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Libya Border Crossing Reopens After Protests

Libya Border Crossing Reopens After Protests

| 08 April 2014 | 0 Comments

The Ras Jedir border crossing between Tunisia and Libya was reopened Monday afternoon, according to a statement released by the office of President Moncef Marzouki. Residents of the nearby Tunisian town Ben Guerdane protested and went on strike last week, demanding the opening of the border and the provision of development projects in the area. [...]

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U.S. to Provide Tunisia with $500 Million in Loan Guarantees

U.S. to Provide Tunisia with $500 Million in Loan Guarantees

| 07 April 2014 | 0 Comments

The United States is set to give the Tunisian government $500 million in loan guarantees following a meeting between Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa and U.S. President Barack Obama. “To respond to Tunisia’s near-term economic challenges and support the Prime Minister’s reform agenda, the President announced the Administration’s intent to provide a second loan guarantee for [...]

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Prime Minister Jomaa Talks Economy, Security During U.S. Trip

Prime Minister Jomaa Talks Economy, Security During U.S. Trip

| 03 April 2014 | 1 Comment

Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa has prioritized Tunisia’s economic development and security policy during his first official visit to the United States this week. “We forget the economy, but the economy did not forget us,” he told an audience at Columbia Business School in New York City, according to campus newspaper the Columbia Spectator. Traveling with [...]

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