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3 Killed, 8 Injured in Shootings in Central and Western Tunisia

3 Killed, 8 Injured in Shootings in Central and Western Tunisia

| 17 March 2014 | 0 Comments

Three gunmen were killed and six security officers injured Monday morning during a shootout in the northwest state of Jendouba, according to Tunisian radio stations. Two other security officers were also injured in a simultaneous incident in Sidi Bouzid state, in central Tunisia. The confrontation in Jendouba began around 4 a.m. involving 10 gunmen and [...]

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Authorities Arrest 11 Near Monastir, Sparking Protests

Authorities Arrest 11 Near Monastir, Sparking Protests

| 14 March 2014 | 0 Comments

Security forces arrested 11 people, including one Iraqi national, near the coastal city of Monastir Wednesday, resulting in demonstrations against the authorities. Anti-terrorism forces made the arrest in Mezel Ennour, 181 kilometers southeast of Tunis. “The operation targeted a Takfiri cell involved in the the preparation of terrorist attacks,” the Ministry of the Interior said [...]

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Prostitutes Protest at Assembly, Demand Reopening of Sousse Brothel

Prostitutes Protest at Assembly, Demand Reopening of Sousse Brothel

| 11 March 2014 | 11 Comments

A group of prostitutes from the coastal city of Sousse protested in front of the National Constituent Assembly building Tuesday, demanding that their officially-sanctioned brothel be reopened after over a year of inactivity. “We are forced to do this. We have no other alternative. Life is getting harder in Tunisia. We have families to feed [...]

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Police Violently Break Up Protest Near Prime Ministry

Police Violently Break Up Protest Near Prime Ministry

| 03 March 2014 | 0 Comments

Security forces violently broke-up a protest against the arrest of a leader of controversial group on Friday, with journalists covering the protest also targeted. The protest, held in Tunis’ Kasbah square near the prime minister’s office, was in response to last Tuesday’s arrest of Imed Dghij, leader of the Men of the Revolution in Kram. [...]

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Protesters in Metlaoui Burn Ennahdha Office, Courthouse, and Police Station

Protesters in Metlaoui Burn Ennahdha Office, Courthouse, and Police Station

| 27 February 2014 | 1 Comment

On Wednesday night, unemployed protesters in the town of Metlaoui, Gafsa torched an office of the Islamist Ennahdha party and a courthouse, state radio reported. Clashes between protesters and police erupted on Tuesday, over the results of a public recruitment process by a state owned environmental company. The results are leaks and have not been [...]

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Tunisians Surprised and Annoyed by Sudden Public Transit Strike

Tunisians Surprised and Annoyed by Sudden Public Transit Strike

| 24 February 2014 | 1 Comment

An unscheduled public transportation strike on Friday surprised and annoyed many Tunisians dependent on the country’s streetcars (known as the “metro”) and light rail lines to get around the greater Tunis area. The transit drivers assert that their demands have not been heard and that recent labor deals have not been put into effect. “For [...]

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Libyan Plane Crashes in Tunisia Near Grombalia, 11 Killed

Libyan Plane Crashes in Tunisia Near Grombalia, 11 Killed

| 21 February 2014 | 1 Comment

A Libyan military plane crashed around 1:30 a.m. Friday killing all 11 passengers and crew on board in the town of Nianou, 45 kilometers southeast of Tunis, according to authorities. Six crew members and five passengers were killed. The passengers were doctors and medical patients, according to emergency services spokesperson Mongi El Kadhi speaking to [...]

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Landmine Explodes on Chaambi, No Injuries

Landmine Explodes on Chaambi, No Injuries

| 19 February 2014 | 1 Comment

A landmine exploded Tuesday afternoon in Chaambi mountain near the Algerian border as an armored military vehicle passed by, according to state news agency TAP. There were no reported injuries or material damage. The mine was a remnant of those “previously planted” by militants in the area, according to Ministry Defense spokesperson Taoufik Rahmouni speaking [...]

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U.S. Secretary of State Visits Tunis, Praises New Constitution

U.S. Secretary of State Visits Tunis, Praises New Constitution

| 18 February 2014 | 2 Comments

United States Secretary of State John Kerry was in Tunis Tuesday, where he expressed his support for Tunisia’s new constitution and discussed new initiatives for security cooperation between the U.S. and Tunisia. “On behalf of the United States of America and President Obama, I want to extend our congratulations to Prime Minister Jomaa and to [...]

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Gunmen Dressed as Security Forces Behind Jendouba Killings

Gunmen Dressed as Security Forces Behind Jendouba Killings

| 17 February 2014 | 1 Comment

More than five gunmen dressed as security forces were involved in an attack that killed four people and injured four more in the northwestern Tunisian state of Jendouba on Sunday, according to interviews and statements since the incident. Three security officers and one civilian were killed and four people injured after a group of gunmen [...]

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