Category: International

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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Strikes, Protests Paralyze Tunisia-Libya Border Town

Strikes, Protests Paralyze Tunisia-Libya Border Town

| 01 April 2014 | 0 Comments

A general strike occurred Monday in Ben Guerdane, a town near the Libyan border, and protests continued on Tuesday. Demonstrators are demanding the reopening of the nearby Ras Jedir border crossing and development projects in their area, according to private radio station Mosaique FM. Shops throughout the community closed their doors for the strike, state-run [...]

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Israelis Excluded from Tunisia’s Push for Tourists

Israelis Excluded from Tunisia’s Push for Tourists

| 01 April 2014 | 3 Comments

As Tunisia makes a push to increase tourist visits, the country will not give visas to individual Israeli travelers, the minister of tourism said in an interview with Tunisia Live. All would-be Israeli visitors need to arrange their travel as a group through a travel agent and receive special permission from the Ministry of Foreign [...]

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U.S. State Department Lifts Tunisia Travel Warning

U.S. State Department Lifts Tunisia Travel Warning

| 31 March 2014 | 2 Comments

The U.S. State Department has lifted a travel warning for Tunisia that had been in place since September 2012. “After assessing the current situation in Tunisia, the Department of State determined that circumstances did not merit extending the Travel Warning for Tunisia,” according to a short statement from the Embassy release on March 28. The [...]

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