Category: International

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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Ben Ali Son-in-Law’s Asylum in Seychelles Extended

Ben Ali Son-in-Law’s Asylum in Seychelles Extended

| 26 March 2014 | 3 Comments

Sakher El Materi, businessman and son-in-law of toppled Tunisian autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali was granted an extension on his asylum Thursday in the Indian Ocean island nation of Seychelles. El Materi faces charges of corruption, money laundering, and drug consumption. An arrest warrant was issued for him by a court in Tunisia on January [...]

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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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Former U.S. Government Officials Call on Kerry to Alter Tunisia Policy

Former U.S. Government Officials Call on Kerry to Alter Tunisia Policy

| 25 March 2014 | 4 Comments

An open letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry signed by dozens of diplomats, scholars, and NGO leaders calls for the United States to provide greater support for Tunisia’s economic political, and security needs. The letter, signed by four former U.S. ambassadors to Tunisia, eight former senators and House representatives, former government officials, heads [...]

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Tunisian Embassy Staffer Kidnapped in Libya

Tunisian Embassy Staffer Kidnapped in Libya

| 22 March 2014 | 1 Comment

A staff member of the Tunisian embassy in Libya was kidnapped Friday, according to a statement from the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Foreign Minister Mongi Hamdi said that the staff member’s car was found empty, Reuters reported. The incident occurred in the Ain Zara suburb of eastern Tripoli, the Libyan capital, according to AFP. [...]

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Tourism From Israel Halted Since Revolution, Tel Aviv Says

Tourism From Israel Halted Since Revolution, Tel Aviv Says

| 13 March 2014 | 7 Comments

An incident involving Israeli passengers on a major cruise line has highlighted a murky visa process for Israeli tourists wishing to visit Tunisia. During a port call Sunday in La Goulette, a group of between 14 and 20 Israeli citizens on the Norwegian Jade cruise ship run by the U.S. based Norwegian Cruise Lines were [...]

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Security Officers Injured During Protest in Town on Libyan Border

Security Officers Injured During Protest in Town on Libyan Border

| 12 March 2014 | 0 Comments

Robert Joyce contributed reporting. Two security officers were injured on Tuesday in clashes with residents in Ben Guerdan, a town on the Libyan border, according to radio station Mosaique FM. Security forces used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters who blocked streets with burning tires, according to the Wataniya state news channel. Protesting [...]

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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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Over 800 Tunisian Students in Ukraine During Crisis, But No Embassy

Over 800 Tunisian Students in Ukraine During Crisis, But No Embassy

| 06 March 2014 | 0 Comments

The crisis in the Ukraine has made life tense for some of the over 800 Tunisian students there. The lack of a Tunisian embassy complicates these students’ status. A total of 926 Tunisians are now living there, and 828 of them are students, an official with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who handles its Ukrainian [...]

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