Tunisia News

  • Ten militants, three soldiers killed … Reuters Middle East - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    (Updates with comment, death toll) TUNIS, April 24 (Reuters) - At least 10 militants and three Tunisian soldiers have been killed in two days of clashes in the central … More »Ten militants, three soldiers killed …

    (Updates with comment, death toll) TUNIS, April 24 (Reuters) - At least 10 militants and three Tunisian soldiers have been killed in two days of clashes in the central Kasserine region near the border with Algeria, the military said on Friday. Tunisia's army has been carrying out operations in the area since last …

  • Ten militants, two soldiers killed in … Reuters Middle East - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    TUNIS, April 24 (Reuters) - At least 10 militants and two Tunisian soldiers have been killed in two days of clashes in the central Kasserine region near the Tunisian … More »Ten militants, two soldiers killed in …

    TUNIS, April 24 (Reuters) - At least 10 militants and two Tunisian soldiers have been killed in two days of clashes in the central Kasserine region near the Tunisian border with Algeria, a government official said on Friday. Tunisia's military has been carrying out operations in the area since last month's Islamist …

  • Mohammed Ali Malek (left) and Mahmud Bikhit were arrested on suspicion of people trafficking after they arrived in the Italian port city of Catania, on April 21, 2015
    Migrant disaster ship skipper appears … AFP - Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    The Tunisian captain of a migrant boat in which at least 700 people drowned was to learn Friday what charges he will face over the deadly disaster. Mohammed Ali Malek, … More »Migrant disaster ship skipper appears …

    Mohammed Ali Malek (left) and Mahmud Bikhit were arrested on suspicion of people trafficking after they arrived in the Italian port city of Catania, on April 21, 2015

    The Tunisian captain of a migrant boat in which at least 700 people drowned was to learn Friday what charges he will face over the deadly disaster. Mohammed Ali Malek, 27, appeared before a judge in the Sicilian city of Catania after being accused by prosecutors of causing the tragedy. The 20-metre (66-foot) former fishing …

  • Mediterranean boat capsize: Captain, … IANS - Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    London, April 22 (IANS) The captain of the boat that capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa last week killing hundreds of migrants has been charged along with a … More »Mediterranean boat capsize: Captain, …

    London, April 22 (IANS) The captain of the boat that capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa last week killing hundreds of migrants has been charged along with a member of the crew, media reported on Tuesday citing Italian officials. The 27-year-old Tunisian captain Mohammed Ali Malek was charged with reckless multiple …

  • Nearly 3,000 Tunisians join IS IANS - Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Tunis, April 21 (IANS) Nearly 3,000 Tunisians have joined the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, Tunisia's Deputy Minister of National Security, Rafik Chelli, said here … More »Nearly 3,000 Tunisians join IS

    Tunis, April 21 (IANS) Nearly 3,000 Tunisians have joined the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, Tunisia's Deputy Minister of National Security, Rafik Chelli, said here on Monday. "Several hundreds of Tunisians are currently in Libya in order to train or join terrorist groups in the east and west of the country," Chelli …

  • Two people were killed when jihadists attacked the South Korean embassy compound in the Libyan capital Tripoli on April 12, 2015
    S. Korea withdraws diplomats from L … AFP - Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    South Korea's foreign ministry said Tuesday that it has pulled its diplomats out of Tripoli following a deadly attack claimed by the Islamic State group on its embassy … More »S. Korea withdraws diplomats from L …

    Two people were killed when jihadists attacked the South Korean embassy compound in the Libyan capital Tripoli on April 12, 2015

    South Korea's foreign ministry said Tuesday that it has pulled its diplomats out of Tripoli following a deadly attack claimed by the Islamic State group on its embassy compound. Amid growing concerns over security in Libya, South Korea has allowed its diplomats to rotate between Tripoli and Tunis every two weeks since …

  • S.Korea moves Libya embassy staff to … Reuters Middle East - Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    South Korea has temporarily relocated its Tripoli embassy staff to Tunisia, following an attack by gunmen this week that killed two local security guards, the foreign … More »S.Korea moves Libya embassy staff to …

    South Korea has temporarily relocated its Tripoli embassy staff to Tunisia, following an attack by gunmen this week that killed two local security guards, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday. Two embassy staff members, and one family member, were flown to Tunisia from the Libyan capital. A temporary office will  …

  • EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini during a gathering of foreign ministers from the European Union and southern Mediterranean nations in Barcelona on April 13, 2015
    EU urges more Mediterranean cooperation … AFP - Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called Monday for stepped up cooperation and dialogue between Europe and its Mediterranean neighbours in North Africa and the … More »EU urges more Mediterranean cooperation …

    EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini during a gathering of foreign ministers from the European Union and southern Mediterranean nations in Barcelona on April 13, 2015

    EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called Monday for stepped up cooperation and dialogue between Europe and its Mediterranean neighbours in North Africa and the Middle East to fight terrorism. Mogherini made the appeal at a meeting of foreign ministers and representatives from the 28 European Union member states …

  • An Australian man has been charged with 145 sex offences against at least 28 children, including rape, after allegedly using social media to groom them
    Tunisian extremists hack Belgian website: … AFP - Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    Hackers claiming to be Islamist militants from Tunisia took over a Belgian regional government website Friday to denounce US counter-terror operations, reports said. … More »Tunisian extremists hack Belgian website: …

    An Australian man has been charged with 145 sex offences against at least 28 children, including rape, after allegedly using social media to groom them

    Hackers claiming to be Islamist militants from Tunisia took over a Belgian regional government website Friday to denounce US counter-terror operations, reports said. The economic news website of the French-speaking Walloon regional government in southern Belgium ran a video in English when accessed showing bodies said …

  • After Bardo attack, Tunisia treads line … Reuters Middle East - Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    * Bardo attack spurs calls for crackdown on militants * Draft anti-terror law being prepared for parliament * Rights groups worry about repressive measures By Patrick … More »After Bardo attack, Tunisia treads line …

    * Bardo attack spurs calls for crackdown on militants * Draft anti-terror law being prepared for parliament * Rights groups worry about repressive measures By Patrick Markey and Tarek Amara TUNIS, April 8 (Reuters) - Soon after Islamist militants gunned down 21 foreign tourists in Tunisia's Bardo museum last month, …

  • Five Tunisian soldiers killed in am … IANS - Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Tunis, April 8 (IANS) Five soldiers were killed and nine injured in an ambush in midwest Tunisia, the country's defence ministry said on Wednesday. The incident took … More »Five Tunisian soldiers killed in am …

    Tunis, April 8 (IANS) Five soldiers were killed and nine injured in an ambush in midwest Tunisia, the country's defence ministry said on Wednesday. The incident took place amid heavy combing operations around Kasserine, defence ministry spokesperson Belhassan Oueslati said. It consisted of 20 soldiers and four vehicl …

  • Four Tunisian soldiers killed in militant … Reuters Middle East - Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    (Adds details from security source, updates death toll) TUNIS, April 7 (Reuters) - Islamist militants attacked a Tunisian military checkpoint on Tuesday, killing four … More »Four Tunisian soldiers killed in militant …

    (Adds details from security source, updates death toll) TUNIS, April 7 (Reuters) - Islamist militants attacked a Tunisian military checkpoint on Tuesday, killing four soldiers and wounding three others in a raid in a central region bordering Algeria. Tunisian forces have tightened security since gunmen stormed the national …

  • Two Tunisian soldiers killed in militant … Reuters Middle East - Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    TUNIS, April 7 (Reuters) - Two Tunisian soldiers were killed and three wounded when Islamist militants attacked a military checkpoint in the southern region of Kasserine, … More »Two Tunisian soldiers killed in militant …

    TUNIS, April 7 (Reuters) - Two Tunisian soldiers were killed and three wounded when Islamist militants attacked a military checkpoint in the southern region of Kasserine, an army spokesman said on Tuesday. Tunisian forces recently killed nine militants belonging to a group officials blamed for orchestrating last month's …

  • Tunisian police forces stand guard in front of the court in Tunis on April 6, 2015, during the trial of nearly 80 suspects
    Tunisia trial of deadly ambush suspects … AFP - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    The trial of 77 people in Tunisia charged with involvement in a jihadist attack that killed eight soldiers was adjourned Monday after the defence asked for more time … More »Tunisia trial of deadly ambush suspects …

    Tunisian police forces stand guard in front of the court in Tunis on April 6, 2015, during the trial of nearly 80 suspects

    The trial of 77 people in Tunisia charged with involvement in a jihadist attack that killed eight soldiers was adjourned Monday after the defence asked for more time to prepare. "The trial was postponed until May 18 for oral arguments to be heard," said Rafik Ghak, the lawyer for four of the defendants. One high-profile …

  • The Landhelgisgaeslan, an Icelandic navy ship, escorts the Ezadeen, carrying some 500 Syrian would be immigrants, at Corigliano harbour on January 2, 2015 in Italy
    More than 300 migrants rescued off  … AFP - Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    Around 318 migrants in distress at sea between Sicily and the coast of Libya were rescued by an Icelandic navy ship taking part in an EU border patrol of the Mediterranean, … More »More than 300 migrants rescued off  …

    The Landhelgisgaeslan, an Icelandic navy ship, escorts the Ezadeen, carrying some 500 Syrian would be immigrants, at Corigliano harbour on January 2, 2015 in Italy

    Around 318 migrants in distress at sea between Sicily and the coast of Libya were rescued by an Icelandic navy ship taking part in an EU border patrol of the Mediterranean, Italian media reported Saturday. The ship, the Landhelgisgaeslan, arrived in the evening at the Sicilian port of Pozzallo with the rescued migrants, …

  • Tunisian Foreign Minister Taieb Baccouche looks on during a press conference on February 25, 2015 in Tunis
    Turkey summons Tunisian envoy over Syria … AFP - Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    Turkey on Friday summoned Tunisia's ambassador to explain remarks made by the Tunisian foreign minister accusing Ankara of facilitating the transit of jihadist fighters … More »Turkey summons Tunisian envoy over Syria …

    Tunisian Foreign Minister Taieb Baccouche looks on during a press conference on February 25, 2015 in Tunis

    Turkey on Friday summoned Tunisia's ambassador to explain remarks made by the Tunisian foreign minister accusing Ankara of facilitating the transit of jihadist fighters bound for neighbouring Syria and Iraq, a Turkish official said. "The foreign ministry sought an explanation for the remarks made by the Tunisian foreign …

  • Tunisia arrests more people over Bardo … IANS - Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    Tunis, April 3 (IANS) Tunisian security forces arrested 21 more people suspected of being involved in the deadly attack on the Bardo museum here last month that left … More »Tunisia arrests more people over Bardo …

    Tunis, April 3 (IANS) Tunisian security forces arrested 21 more people suspected of being involved in the deadly attack on the Bardo museum here last month that left 23 people, including 20 foreign tourists, dead. The Tunisian interior ministry said in a statement that the 21 suspects belonged to two terrorist cells and …

  • UPDATE 2-Tunisia says plans to renew … Reuters Middle East - Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    * Around 3,000 Tunisian militants fighting in Syria, Iraq * Foreign minister says consulate would help track them * Fears that militants could carry out attacks at … More »UPDATE 2-Tunisia says plans to renew …

    * Around 3,000 Tunisian militants fighting in Syria, Iraq * Foreign minister says consulate would help track them * Fears that militants could carry out attacks at home (Adds Libya, background on relations) By Tarek Amara TUNIS, April 2 (Reuters) - Tunisia said on Thursday it plans to reopen a consulate in Syria and …

  • Tunisia says plans to reopen Syria consulate, … Reuters Middle East - Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    TUNIS, April 2 (Reuters) - Tunisia said on Thursday it plansto reopen a consulate in Syria and offered to invite the Syrianambassador back to Tunisia three years after … More »Tunisia says plans to reopen Syria consulate, …

    TUNIS, April 2 (Reuters) - Tunisia said on Thursday it plansto reopen a consulate in Syria and offered to invite the Syrianambassador back to Tunisia three years after severing diplomaticrelations with Damascus. "We will not have an ambassador there, but Tunisia will opena consulate or put in place a charge d'affaires, …

  • UAE progress highlighted as female team enjoy historic Arab Track Cycling Championships success
    UAE progress highlighted as female team … Sport360 - Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    It was quite a dramatic scene at the Arab Track Cycling Championships in Sharjah yesterday. Staged at the Zayed Velodrome, near the Sharjah International Airport, the … More »UAE progress highlighted as female team …

    UAE progress highlighted as female team enjoy historic Arab Track Cycling Championships success

    It was quite a dramatic scene at the Arab Track Cycling Championships in Sharjah yesterday. Staged at the Zayed Velodrome, near the Sharjah International Airport, the championship brought together cyclists from seven different Arab countries – Qatar, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and the UAE.

  • UPDATE 4-Thousands of Tunisians, leaders … Reuters Middle East - Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    * Top Algerian militant killed in raid in south * Tunisia says delivers major blow to Okba Ibn Nafaa * World leaders set to march in Tunis in solidarity (Adds presidents … More »UPDATE 4-Thousands of Tunisians, leaders …

    * Top Algerian militant killed in raid in south * Tunisia says delivers major blow to Okba Ibn Nafaa * World leaders set to march in Tunis in solidarity (Adds presidents taking part, Essebsi speech) By Tarek Amara and Mohamed Argoubi TUNIS, March 29 (Reuters) - World leaders joined tens ofthousands of Tunisians on Sunday …

  • Thousands participate in anti-terror … IANS - Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Tunis, March 29 (IANS) Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Tunisia's capital on Sunday to participate in an anti-terror march denouncing the deadly attack … More »Thousands participate in anti-terror …

    Tunis, March 29 (IANS) Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Tunisia's capital on Sunday to participate in an anti-terror march denouncing the deadly attack on a city museum that claimed 22 lives earlier this month, a media report said. Chanting "Tunisia is free! Terrorism out!", the marchers reached the …

  • World leaders march with Tunisians against violence
    World leaders march with Tunisians against … Al Jazeera - Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Denouncing deadly attack on Bardo museum, foreign dignitaries and thousands of Tunisians attend solidarity march. More »World leaders march with Tunisians against …

    World leaders march with Tunisians against violence

    Denouncing deadly attack on Bardo museum, foreign dignitaries and thousands of Tunisians attend solidarity march.

  • Tunisian soldiers monitor a street in Tunis during elections on October 26, 2014
    Tunisian forces 'kill nine from … AFP - Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Tunisian forces have killed nine men belonging to the country's main jihadist group, which was accused of organising the attack on its national museum, the interior … More »Tunisian forces 'kill nine from …

    Tunisian soldiers monitor a street in Tunis during elections on October 26, 2014

    Tunisian forces have killed nine men belonging to the country's main jihadist group, which was accused of organising the attack on its national museum, the interior ministry said Sunday.

  • Tunisian security forces secure the area after gunmen attacked Tunis' famed Bardo Museum on March 18, 2015
    Frenchwoman dies of injuries from Tunisia … AFP - Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    A Frenchwoman has succumbed to injuries sustained in the March 18 attack on Tunisia's national museum, French President Francois Hollande said Saturday, bringing the … More »Frenchwoman dies of injuries from Tunisia …

    Tunisian security forces secure the area after gunmen attacked Tunis' famed Bardo Museum on March 18, 2015

    A Frenchwoman has succumbed to injuries sustained in the March 18 attack on Tunisia's national museum, French President Francois Hollande said Saturday, bringing the overall death toll from the shooting to 22. "The president of the Republic expresses his deep sadness following the death in Tunis of Mrs Huguette Dupeu who …