ARTICLES RELATING TO ZINE EL ABIDINE BEN ALI

MPs slam 'light' verdicts for Ben Ali officials

2014-04-15 09:00

Tunisian lawmakers have condemned as excessively lenient appeal sentences handed to top security officials in Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s ousted regime for their part in repressing protests during the 2011 uprising.

Tunisia talks suspended

2013-11-05 12:38

Talks on choosing a new Tunisian PM have been suspended indefinitely after political leaders once again failed to agree on a leader to steer the country out of crisis.

5 held in Tunisia after failed suicide attacks

2013-10-31 12:19

Tunisian security forces have arrested five Salafist "terrorists" with links to two failed attacks in coastal resort towns, the first suicide bids in the country for more than a decade.

Tunisia arrests 8 over deaths of policemen

2013-10-28 13:27

Eight members of an armed group have been arrested in connection with the deaths of six Tunisian policemen in a clash last week, an official says.

Tunisia launches crisis talks

2013-10-23 13:30

Tunisia's ruling Islamists and opposition are to begin hard-won negotiations to end months of political deadlock, with PM Ali Larayedh expected to announce his government's resignation.

Tunisian journos on strike to protest pressures

2013-09-17 15:21

Tunisian journalists have gone on strike to protest pressures imposed on them by the authorities, after a reporter was arrested for accusing the public prosecutor of fabricating evidence against a cameraman.

Tunisia rappers jailed for insulting officials

2013-09-02 13:11

Two Tunisian rappers have been given jail terms of one year and nine months in absentia for insulting officials, their lawyer says.

Tunisia Islamists urge talks

2013-08-08 10:32

The Islamist party heading Tunisia’s coalition has accepted a decision to suspend the work of National Constituent Assembly and urged talks to form a national unity government.

Tunisian crisis deepens

2013-08-07 10:37

Tunisia's political crisis has deepened as the elected National Constituent Assembly suspended its work until the government and opposition open negotiations.

Tunisia's leader refuses to step down

2013-07-30 07:30

Tunisia's prime minister has rejected opposition demands that his government step down and promised to complete the country's democratic transition with elections in December.

Tunisia: Opposition leader shot dead

2013-07-25 17:00

Gunmen have shot dead the leader of a leftist Tunisian opposition party outside his house, in the year's second political assassination in Tunisia.

Tunisia soldier killed by 'friendly fire'

2013-06-03 12:32

Tunisian soldiers have accidentally shot dead a colleague during an operation targeting an al-Qaeda-linked jihadist group in the country’s western border, an official says.

Vendor dies in Saudi after self immolating

2013-05-20 12:07

A street vendor has died in Saudi Arabia after setting himself on fire in protest at having his goods confiscated by police, human rights activists report.

Jobless man sets self ablaze in Tunisia

2013-04-29 07:45

A young jobless man has set himself ablaze and got seriously wounded in front of a town hall of Sidi Bouzid, birthplace of Tunisia's 2011 revolution, witnesses say.

Tunisia: Tight security for pilgrimage

2013-04-24 14:26

Organisers of a Jewish pilgrimage to Africa's oldest synagogue in Tunisia are hoping for a revival this year after an al-Qaeda attack in 2002 and post-revolution unrest caused a slump in attendance.

Seychelles grants asylum to Ben Ali's kin

2013-04-16 13:02

The Seychelles have granted a year’s asylum to the so-in-law of Tunisia’s deposed dictator Zine el Abidine, officials say.

Billions taken by Tunisia's Ben Ali lost

2013-04-12 20:03

A leading Tunisian economist has estimated that the family of Tunisia's ex-dictator has embezzled more than $2bn from the North African country.

Striking Tunisians say no to repression

2013-04-03 09:12

Bonuses slashed, bullying, forced transfers – Tunisian employees of Teleperformance have angrily accused the French call centre giant of such practices during a strike over poor working conditions in Tunis.

Belaid murder probe: Marzouki testifies

2013-02-28 14:22

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki has testified in the murder probe of Chokri Belaid, his office says, after the opposition leader’s family said he has received death threats.

Statue of murdered Belaid vandalised

2013-02-18 14:53

A statue erected in honour of murdered Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid has been found vandalised and broken into three pieces, a report says.

Uncertainty in Tunisia ahead of talks

2013-02-18 10:22

Tunisian PM Hamadi Jebali is set to resume talks with political party leaders to form a new government of technocrats, despite a strong opposition within his own ruling Islamist party.

Beni Ali's son-in-law seeks asylum

2013-02-06 21:13

The Seychelles says the son-in-law of Tunisia's deposed dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has requested asylum in the Indian Ocean archipelago.

Tunisia president scraps Cairo trip

2013-02-06 15:56

President Moncef Marzouki has cancelled his participation in the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation summit in Cairo and is heading back to Tunisia after the murder of opposition leader Chokri Belaid.

Tunisians take to streets

2013-01-14 15:10

Thousands of Tunisians have protested against their Islamist-led government, exactly two years after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's overthrow in a popular revolt.

Tunisia uprising town losing patience

2012-12-04 09:17

Patience is wearing thin for people in Thala, one of the first Tunisian towns to join the revolution nearly two years ago, with an abandoned marble quarry a stark reminder that for them little has improved.

 

Tunisia appoints election commission

2014-01-09 14:08

Tunisia’s Constitutional Assembly has appointed a new commission to oversee elections in 2014, paving the way for the resignation of the current Islamist PM.

Tunisia fails again to agree on new PM

2013-11-04 16:17

Tunisian political leaders are set to meet in a new bid to choose a prime minister after missing two deadlines to bridge their differences and resolve months of deadlock.

Talks set on new Tunisian PM

2013-10-28 16:08

The heads of 21 political parties are set to gather to try to agree on a new prime minister to be named this week to form a cabinet of independents.

Tunisia talks postponed

2013-10-24 13:00

Talks on ending months of political deadlock in Tunisia have been postponed, as the country's Islamist PM says his government is committed in "principle" to resigning to pave a way out of the crisis.

Tunisia army 'kills several terrorists'

2013-10-18 12:47

Tunisian security forces have killed "several terrorists" in an operation against an armed group suspected of an attack this week in which two policemen died, an official says.

2 jihadists killed, 2 held in Tunisia

2013-09-09 15:23

Tunisian security forces have killed two Islamist militants from the extremist group Ansar al-Sharia and arrested two others in a Tunis suburb, the interior ministry says.

Opposition proposes independent cabinet

2013-08-11 22:45

A coalition of Tunisian opposition parties intends to propose a cabinet of independents to end the political crisis that has shaken the country.

Tunisia crisis nears 'moment of truth'

2013-08-07 17:25

Tunisia's political crisis has neared its "moment of truth" after tens of thousands of people poured onto the streets of the capital to demand the government's resignation.

'Terror' suspect killed, plot foiled

2013-08-04 20:47

Tunisia said its forces have killed a "terror" suspect in a dawn raid and separately foiled a political assassination like the one that has plunged the country into crisis.

Tunisia hit by strike

2013-07-26 17:50

Tunisia has marked a day of mourning after gunmen killed a leading opposition figure, sparking fresh political turmoil, protests and a general strike which brought Tunis to near standstill.

Tunisian army chief retires amid criticism

2013-06-25 11:16

Tunisia's military strongman, who has been criticised for the army's inability to catch a band of al-Qaeda linked militants, has announced his retirement.

Tunisia recovers Ben Ali family yacht

2013-05-24 22:03

Tunisia has put on display a luxury yacht formerly owned by the brother-in-law of deposed dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali that Spain returned to Tunisia last month, a report says.

Tunisia Salafists to meet in defiance of ban

2013-05-16 13:53

Tunisia's harline Salafist movement Ansar al-Sharia has vowed to go ahead with its annual congress at the weekend in defiance of a government ban on the controversial gathering.

Hope, high security for Tunisia pilgrims

2013-04-27 07:32

Pilgrims have began arriving at Tunisia's Ghriba synagogue, the oldest in Africa, expressing hope that 2013 would mark a turning point for the ritual despite a rise in Islamist unrest.

New jail term for Tunisia's Ben Ali

2013-04-17 11:13

Tunisia's deposed president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali has been given a five-year jail term in absentia and fined €3.5m for corruption, adding to two life sentences he has already received, sources say.

Tunisia recovers yacht of Ben Ali's nephew

2013-04-16 09:40

Tunisia has received from Italy a yacht worth more than half a million dollars that once belonged to the nephew of its deposed dictator.

Ben Ali brother-in-law dies in custody

2013-04-05 14:00

Moncef Trabelsi, the brother-in-law of ousted Tunisian strongman Zine el Abidine Ben Ali who was jailed for fraud, has died in custody of a brain tumour, the country’s prisons chief says.

Tunisia 'must repeal criminal defamation law'

2013-03-20 20:00

HRW has called on Tunisia to "urgently" repeal its criminal defamation law, which can lead to two years in jail and which it said has a "chilling effect" on freedom of speech.

Marzouki holds crisis talks over new PM

2013-02-20 14:51

President Moncef Marzouki is holding urgent talks with political leaders in a bid to steer Tunisia out of a week-long crisis exacerbated by the resignation of PM Hamadi Jebali.

Tunisia PM pushes cabinet plan

2013-02-18 13:43

Tunisian PM Hamadi Jebali is set to resume talks with political party leaders aimed at forming a new government of technocrats, despite a fresh rebuff from his own ruling party.

Tunisia sinks deeper into political crisis

2013-02-08 09:01

Tunisia has sunk deeper into political crisis after the ruling Islamist party rejected its own PM's decision to replace the government following the assassination of a leftist politician.

Cops fire tear gas at protesters

2013-02-06 18:49

Tunisian police have fired tear gas at thousands of protesters gathered outside the interior ministry in central Tunis to denounce the murder of an opposition leader.

Tunisian opposition leader 'shot dead'

2013-02-06 14:01

Leading leftist opposition leader Chokri Belaid has been shot dead as he left his home in Tunis, his family says, accusing Tunisia's ruling Ennahda party of being behind the killing.

Ben Ali's son-in-law held in Seychelles

2012-12-14 16:01

The son-in-law of Tunisia's deposed former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has been arrested in the Seychelles, Tunisian authorities say.

Tunisian union ends strike

2012-12-03 11:07

A Tunisian trade union has called an end to a general strike that triggered five days of violence fuelled by disappointment nearly two years after the country’s revolution.

 
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