Category: Arab World

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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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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Tunisian Leaders Condemn Death Sentence for 529 Muslim Brotherhood Supporters in Egypt

Tunisian Leaders Condemn Death Sentence for 529 Muslim Brotherhood Supporters in Egypt

| 25 March 2014 | 0 Comments

Tunisian politicians on Tuesday denounced an Egyptian court’s sentencing of 529 leaders and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood to death. Sahbi Atig, president of the Ennahdha caucus at the National Constituent Assembly, said that the sentence seeks to exterminate a part of Egyptian society, according to radio station Shems FM. Samia Abbou of the Democratic [...]

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Update: Cruise Line Cancels Tunisia Service After Israeli Tourists Denied Entry During Port Stop

Update: Cruise Line Cancels Tunisia Service After Israeli Tourists Denied Entry During Port Stop

| 11 March 2014 | 10 Comments

Nissaf Slama and Asma Smadhi contributed reporting. Norwegian Cruise Lines, based in the U.S. city of Miami, canceled port calls to Tunisia on Tuesday in response to a number of Israeli tourists being denied the ability to disembark during a stop on Sunday. “We want to send a strong message to Tunisia and ports around [...]

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Travel Ban Keeps Tunisian Former Al Jazeera Executive in Qatar

Travel Ban Keeps Tunisian Former Al Jazeera Executive in Qatar

| 03 March 2014 | 0 Comments

Mahmoud Bouneb, a Tunisian journalist and former Al Jazeera employee, has been living under a travel ban in Qatar since 2011, when he was charged with misusing Qatari state funds. A group of his supporters launched a petition in February 2013 tasking Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, a member of the Qatari royal family, for his [...]

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Egyptians Mistakenly Burn Tunisian Flag in Protest

Egyptians Mistakenly Burn Tunisian Flag in Protest

| 24 February 2014 | 0 Comments

A YouTube video posted on Saturday shows a group of Egyptians burning and stomping on the Tunisian flag, apparently under the misconception that it was the flag of Turkey. The video shows a small group of men chanting slogans against Turkey and Qatar. They partially burn a Qatari flag, and then turn to the Tunisian [...]

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Tunisia-Algeria Trade Agreement to Take Effect

Tunisia-Algeria Trade Agreement to Take Effect

| 11 February 2014 | 4 Comments

A trade agreement made between Algeria and Tunisia in 2008 will soon take effect, but some say that Tunisia is getting less out of the deal than its western neighbor. The recently revived preferential trade agreement will go into effect March 1. The deal was reached in September 2008 but not adopted until last Saturday, [...]

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Ennahdha Condemns Egypt Ban on Muslim Brotherhood

Ennahdha Condemns Egypt Ban on Muslim Brotherhood

| 28 December 2013 | 0 Comments

Tunisia’s ruling Islamist Ennahdha party has denounced the official designation of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood as a “terrorist organization.” “The Egyptian government rushed to accuse the Muslim Brotherhood of responsibility for the [Mansoura] bombing and designate it as ‘a terrorist organisation’,” the party said in a statement published on December 26. Following a bomb attack on [...]

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Egyptian Ambassador to Return to Tunisia

Egyptian Ambassador to Return to Tunisia

| 19 November 2013 | 0 Comments

The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced today that Cairo’s ambassador to Tunisia would return to his post. Egyptian Ambassador Ayman Musharafa will resume his service in Tunis after being called back to Cairo “for consultations” last September after President Moncef Marzouki called for the release of overthrown Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. “I would like [...]

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