Ex-regime official is Tunisia's new president

2014-12-22 07:35

Tunisian polling firms have declared Beji Caid Essebsi, an 88-year-old official from previous regimes, as the winner of a presidential runoff, cementing his dominance over the country.

Jihadists claim twin murders of Tunisia secularists

2014-12-18 14:32

Jihadists have claimed the twin murders of secular politicians that plunged Tunisia into crisis in 2013, in a video posted online.

Date set for Tunisia presidential runoff

2014-12-08 16:54

Moncef Marzouki and Beji Caid Essebsi are to face off on 21 December in Tunisia’s second round of presidential voting to decide who leads the nation that sparked the Arab Spring.

Tunisia's outgoing premier backs broad coalition

2014-11-29 13:01

Tunisia's next government should be a broad as possible coalition so that it has the necessary support to implement difficult economic reforms, the outgoing prime minister says.

Tunisia presidential vote set for close run-off

2014-11-24 21:03

An official under former hardline ruler Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali appears set for a close run-off in Tunisian presidential polls with a rival who says he represents the 2011 Arab Spring.

Voting continues in Tunisia

2014-11-24 09:43

Voting is continuing in Tunisia as Tunisians cast ballots in the country’s first presidential election since the overthrow of long-time dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in a 2011 uprising.

Jihadi wave tests Tunisia's young democracy

2014-11-21 14:11

The wave of jihadis and their possible return home as veteran combatants creates yet another complication for Tunisia, as the small North African country tries to complete its democratic transition.

Tunisia artists, media fear for freedoms after election

2014-11-19 10:03

Tunisian rappers, comedians and journalists are bracing themselves to defend the country’s freedoms, ahead of next week’s presidential elections.

Tunisia's main secular party wins 85 seats

2014-10-30 08:24

Tunisia's main secular party Nidaa Tounes has won 85 seats in the new 217-member parliament, while the Islamist party Ennahda secured 69 seats, according to results released by electoral authorities.

Tunisia's mirror energy project aimed at Europe

2014-10-29 11:52

The TuNur project aims to generate clean energy from a giant solar plant in the Tunisian Sahara from where it will be connected to the European electricity grid via a dedicated undersea cable.

Tunisia vote transparent, credible - EU observers

2014-10-28 18:21

Tunisia’s first parliamentary election since the Arab Spring revolution of 2011 was transparent and credible, the head of the EU observer mission says.

Tunisia elections point to secularist win

2014-10-27 22:38

The Islamist Ennahda party has conceded defeat in Tunisia's legislative elections, as early indications showed the secularist Nidaa Tounes in first place.

Tight security for 'defining' Tunisia vote

2014-10-26 10:15

Tunisians are voting in an election seen as pivotal to establishing democracy in the cradle of the Arab Spring uprisings, with security forces deploying heavily to avert extremist attacks.

Women, kids caught in deadly fire-fight near Tunis

2014-10-24 08:36

Women and children have been caught up in a police siege near the Tunisian capital, with “terrorists” killing one officer in a fire-fight, ahead of elections that have sparked fears of jihadist attacks.

Little hope for Tunisia election in jihadist-hit city

2014-10-22 14:10

Mired in poverty, Kasserine lies at the foot of Mount Chaambi, where the army and police have been hunting down jihadists blamed for deadly attacks on security forces.

Tunis foils attacks on envoys

2014-10-20 21:00

Tunisian authorities have foiled planned attacks by militants on foreign diplomats and economic installations in recent weeks, Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou says.

600 jihadists to face trial in Tunisia

2014-10-09 19:29

The first trials of prisoners accused of 'terrorism' in Tunisia since the 2011 revolution could open later this month, with 600 defendants facing prosecution.

Tunisian youths at forefront of Syria jihad

2014-10-01 09:11

Tunisian youths disillusioned with the post-revolution era have flocked to join jihadists overseas, making the birthplace of the Arab Spring the top source of foreign fighters in Syria.

Tunisian deputy survives assassination attempt

2014-09-02 10:28

A deputy in Tunisia's transitional parliament has survived an assassination attempt in Kasserine, where security forces have been hunting Islamist militants for months.

Washington to give Tunisia military aid

2014-08-26 17:47

The United States will give Tunisia $60m worth of military aid to help it fight Islamist militants who are threatening the country's nascent democracy.

Tunisia, Cairo airport closes air routes to and from Libya

2014-08-21 20:40

Tunisia and Egypt’s Cairo airport have cancelled all flights to Libya, officials in the three countries have said.

6 000 Libyans flee into Tunisia everyday

2014-07-31 10:38

Up to 6 000 people a day are leaving Libya and moving into neighbouring Tunisia, the Tunisian foreign minister says, the biggest influx since Libya's 2011 civil war.

Tunisia cracks down on radical mosques, media

2014-07-20 20:39

Tunisian authorities say all mosques and media calling for jihad are to be immediately closed in a bid to end a radical movement they fear will derail the nation's move to democracy.

Tunisia orders crackdown after militants kill 14 soldiers

2014-07-20 10:50

Tunisia has launched a crackdown on mosques and radio stations associated with hardline Islamists after militants killed 14 soldiers in an area near the country's border with Algeria.

14 Tunisian troops killed in mountain ambushes

2014-07-17 13:48

At least 14 Tunisian troops have been killed after gunmen attacked checkpoints in the remote Chaambi mountains, the deadliest militant strike on the North African country’s armed forces.


Tunisia presidential vote nears climax

2014-12-19 16:03

Four years after its revolution sparked the Arab Spring, Tunisia's presidential campaign is nearing its climax with incumbent Moncef Marzouki facing 88-year-old favourite Beji Caid Essebsi in a runoff.

Tunisia heads to the polls to cap off revolution

2014-12-17 09:50

Tunisians will vote in the second round of a presidential election this weekend, capping off four years of a sometimes chaotic transition since their country sparked the Arab Spring.

'Terrorists' behead off-duty Tunisia cop – reports

2014-12-01 18:13

"Terrorists" in Tunisia have abducted and decapitated an off-duty policeman, media reports say, citing the interior ministry.

Tunisia presidential race to go to December run-off

2014-11-25 20:36

Tunisia's former prime minister Beji Caid Essibsi will face outgoing President Moncef Marzouki in a run-off vote for the presidency in December, the election commission says.

Run-off expected in Tunisia presidential poll

2014-11-24 14:42

Vote counting has begun in Tunisia’s presidential poll, with indications pointing to a run-off to the be held in late December.

Tunisians vote for new president

2014-11-23 10:00

Tunisians are voting for a new president in just the third free election since the 2011 revolution that ended the regime of autocrat Zine el-Abidine Beni Ali.

Tunisia dictator son-in-law returns, is jailed

2014-11-19 15:37

The son-in-law of Tunisia's deposed dictator has returned from exile to face outstanding cases against him and has been sentenced to six months in prison on gun possession charges.

SA congratulates Tunisia on election

2014-10-31 17:46

The government has congratulated Tunisia on the conclusion of the country's first democratic legislative elections.

Foreign observers praise Tunisia's elections

2014-10-29 12:44

Foreign observers have praised Tunisia's 'free' elections ahead of the release of results, after the Islamists conceded defeat in a vote that raised hopes of a peaceful transition.

Arab Spring hope after Tunisia vote

2014-10-28 20:52

Foreign observers have praised Tunisia's landmark "free" elections, after the Islamists conceded defeat in a vote that raised hopes of a peaceful transition in the birthplace of the Arab Spring.

Tunisians shun Islamists in vote for stability

2014-10-28 13:43

Tunisia’s well-organised Islamists have been defeated in parliamentary elections, paying the price for the turbulent years they governed after the Arab Spring that saw the rise of terrorist groups in that country.

Secular party upbeat as Tunisia awaits vote results

2014-10-27 09:36

Tunisia's main secular party is in a confident mood with vote counting under way following a general election seen as critical for democracy in the cradle of the Arab Spring.

Tunisia hopes landmark polls will anchor stability

2014-10-24 09:32

Tunisia has come through the Arab Spring better than other Arab countries, but now elections with an uncertain outcome lie ahead as the country seeks to find a path between chaos and dictatorship.

Slow justice for Tunisia torture victims

2014-10-23 16:41

Within hours of his arrest by police, Walid Denguir was dead -- just one of many alleged torture victims at the centre of a fight for justice in post-revolution Tunisia.

Tunisia vote offers post-Arab Spring hope

2014-10-21 11:16

Tunisians vote Sunday to elect their first parliament since the country's 2011 revolution, in a rare glimmer of hope for a region torn apart by post-Arab Spring violence and repression.

Tunisia urges Libya to find missing journalists

2014-10-18 20:30

Prime Minister Mongi Hamdi has urged Libya to locate two Tunisian journalists who went missing in the neighbouring violence-hit country after their arrest by an armed group.

Tunisia suspends TV show for 'glorifying terrorism'

2014-10-09 10:48

Tunisia’s audiovisual regulator says it is suspending a television programme for one month for "glorifying terrorism" after a guest boasted of his friendship with a wanted jihadist leader.

Tunisian forces, militants clash near border

2014-09-17 16:52

Tunisian police have killed an Islamist militant during clashes near the Algerian border, the interior ministry says, after the government raised the security alert level before elections next month.

Major power outage hits Tunisia

2014-08-31 20:30

A major power outage has hit the Tunisian capital, its suburbs and other areas of the country, but thus far there has been no explanation for the cut.

Cops kill 2 women in tense region of Tunisia

2014-08-23 19:04

Police have killed two young women in a tense region of Tunisia early on Saturday, mistaking them for members of an armed group, the interior ministry and a relative say.

Tunisia closes borders with Libya

2014-08-01 22:16

Tunisia has closed its border crossing with Libya after people fleeing violence tried to break through.

Tunisia faces dilemma in anti-jihadist campaign

2014-07-23 12:21

Tunisia has hit back at a deadly jihadist attack on troops by closing mosques and media outlets seen as sympathetic to extremists, raising fears of a return to the censorship of the old regime.

Mourning Tunisian family given wrong body

2014-07-20 14:26

Relatives of Tunisian soldier Zaki Saidani who has been killed by suspected jihadists are shocked to find the wrong body inside his coffin.

Tunisian troops killed in deadliest attack

2014-07-17 20:20

Assailants have killed 14 Tunisian soldiers near the Algerian border, in the worst such attack in the army's history.

2 Tunisian soldiers killed in 'terrorist' attack

2014-07-17 08:44

At least two Tunisian soldiers have been killed and several wounded in "terrorist" attacks on two army posts near the border with Algeria, the country's defence ministry says.

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