Tens of thousands rally in Tunis

2013-02-16 20:02

About 100 000 supporters of Tunisia's Islamist-led government have marched in Tunis in one of the biggest in a series of pro-government and opposition rallies sparked by the assassination of a secular politician.

Tunisia girds for new chaos at funeral

2013-02-08 11:29

The funeral for a leading leftist politician assassinated in Tunisia is expected to draw waves of mourners, and many fear that a national strike the same day could touch off riots nationwide.

Police, protesters clash in Tunisia

2013-02-07 16:44

Hundreds of anti-Islamist protesters have clashed with police outside the governor's office in the central Tunisian town of Gafsa.

Canada: No residency for Ben Ali relative

2012-05-09 13:15

Canada's immigration board says it has rejected an appeal from the millionaire brother-in-law of ousted Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to be allowed to remain in the country.

Tunisian forces tear gas protesters

2011-11-24 12:55

Security forces have fired teargas and shot into the air to disperse thousands of protesters in central-west Tunisia, official and union sources say.

Tunisia vote: Campaigning wraps up

2011-10-21 22:17

Campaigning is set to close in Tunisia, two days before its first democratic elections, as the birthplace of the Arab Spring celebrates the fall of its latest victim Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi.

Tunisia ready for elections

2011-09-28 08:44

Tunisia's foreign minister says his government is ready for October 23 elections, the first since a rebellion overthrew the country’s long-time dictator.

Tunisia bans cops from union activities

2011-09-06 21:00

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi has announced a ban on police engaging in union activities, which he says are a threat to the country’s security.

Trial of Ben Ali relatives, allies resumes

2011-08-02 16:39

The trial has resumed of 23 relatives and allies of ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on charges including trying to flee Tunisia in illegal possession of foreign currency and jewellery.

Tunisia extends state of emergency

2011-07-27 14:44

Tunisia’s interim president has signed an order to indefinitely extend the state of emergency in place since president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali's toppling, says a notice in the government gazette.

Tunisians rally to denounce violence

2011-07-22 13:06

Hundreds of Tunisians have rallied in the capital, denouncing the “violence and chaos” that persist six months after the toppling of authoritarian president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali.

Tunisia violence to stop elections - PM

2011-07-19 07:38

A new outbreak of deadly violence in Tunisia is designed to prevent the country from holding its first post-revolution elections, Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi says.

New Tunisia in Facebook 'crosshairs'

2011-07-18 11:04

Tunisia's dictator fell to an uprising touched off by a tragic young fruit vendor, but post-revolution leaders are kept in check by a comics superhero armed with a French baguette.

Several injured in Tunisia unrest

2011-07-14 07:53

A Tunisian mining town has been the scene of unrest between two rival groups, leaving about 10 people injured.

Drug charges against Ben Ali 'irrational'

2011-07-01 22:13

Accusations that ousted Tunisian president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali possessed and planned to sell marijuana are "irrational", his lawyer says.

Tunisians unhappy with Ben Ali verdict

2011-06-21 15:28

Tunisian authorities are under fire for their high-speed sentencing in absentia of toppled president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his wife to 35 years in prison for misappropriating public funds.

Tunisia's Ben Ali denies charges

2011-06-17 22:08

An attorney representing Tunisia's ousted dictator has denied the charges against him and dismissed his upcoming trial as politically motivated.

Tunisia opposition slam poll delay

2011-05-26 18:03

Tunisia's first vote since the country's revolution will take place on October 16 sparking opposition protests.

Italy expecting 50 000 new refugees

2011-05-09 15:04

Italy says it expects an influx of about 50 000 refugees fleeing unrest in north Africa and asked other European nations to help support the new arrivals.

Tunisia cops break up anti-govt protest

2011-05-06 16:04

Tunisian police with teargas and batons have broken up a protest to demand the resignation of the government in the most violent confrontation for weeks with pro-democracy demonstrators.

Tunisia fruitseller’s mom ends grieving

2011-03-23 10:42

The mother of the Tunisian fruitseller whose desperate protest has shaken strong-arm regimes across the Arab world, says she will stop her grieving because of the success of the revolution he inspired.

Tunisia orders curfew in mining town

2011-03-14 08:47

Tunisian authorities have ordered a curfew in a central mining town amid simmering unrest following deadly clashes between police and protesters, a report says.

Tunisia scraps hated political police

2011-03-08 07:47

Tunisia's prime minister has named a new government and a much-hated police unit has been disbanded as the interim leadership finds its way.

Date set for Tunisia legislative vote

2011-03-04 09:14

Tunisia’s interim president says the country will vote on July 24 to elect a constitutional assembly tasked with writing the country’s new constitution.

Tunisia killings 'must be prosecuted'

2011-03-01 12:30

Human rights group Amnesty International has called on Tunisia’s government to prosecute those responsible for unlawful killings during the street protests in that country.


Tunisians await funeral of slain Belaid

2013-02-08 12:57

A general strike has gripped Tunis as mourners gather for the funeral of opposition politician Chokri Belaid, whose assassination has plunged Tunisia into a deep political crisis.

Tunisia Islamists disown PM over crisis

2013-02-07 22:12

Tunisia's governing Islamists have rejected a plan by the prime minister to replace the government after unrest erupted over the killing of an opposition leader.

Tunisia fears fresh violence

2013-02-07 13:58

Tunisia has been hit by strikes as the murder of an outspoken opposition leader threatens to reignite violence despite the PM's attempts to defuse the crisis by pledging to form a new government.

Tunis in shock after 'Black Monday'

2012-04-10 17:19

Tunisia iss in shock after riot police brutally clamped down on protesters defying a demonstration ban in the capital, with even President Moncef Marzouki denouncing "unacceptable violence".

Tunisians await election results

2011-10-24 08:08

Tunisians and the world are eagerly awaiting results of the country’s first-ever democratic elections held nine months after the ouster of a dictator that gave birth to the Arab spring.

Tunisians should vote 'without fear'

2011-10-21 08:49

Tunisian Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi has urged citizens to vote "without fear" in the country's first elections since the January ousting of president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali.

Tunisia sets Ben Ali appeal trial date

2011-09-19 22:35

The appeal trial for relatives of Tunisia's ousted leader Tunisian Zine el Abidine Ben Ali and his wife Leila Trabelsi is set to October 3.

Tunisia court acquits ex-security chief

2011-08-12 17:00

Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali’s feared former security chief has been acquitted on charges of forging passports to help relatives of the deposed Tunisian leader and his wife escape with cash and jewellery.

New Ben Ali trial in Tunisia

2011-07-28 20:02

Tunisia's exiled former leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and two allies have gone on trial in absentia on corruption and property fraud charges, the latest in a series of cases against the ex-president.

Tunisia: 23 Ben Ali associates on trial

2011-07-26 20:57

Twenty-three allies of ousted Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his wife Leila Trabelsi have appeared before a Tunis court for trying to flee the country in illegal possession of foreign currency.

Tunisia's PDP appeals for calm, democracy

2011-07-19 19:17

Tunisia’s main position party, the Progressive Democratic Party, has appealed for calm and urged "democratic forces" in Tunisia to resist attempts to destabilise the country.

Teenage boy killed in Tunisia protest

2011-07-18 13:39

A 14-year-old boy has been killed in Tunisia as police broke a demonstration in Sidi Bouzid, the birthplace of the country’s revolution, a report says.

Tunisians youths stage protests

2011-07-15 20:06

Tunisian youths have staged a protest in the country’s south to demand jobs while a sit-in to demand the resignation of key cabinet members is also planned in the capital.

Tunisia - Ben Ali gets 15 years in jail

2011-07-04 21:12

A Tunis court has sentenced ousted Tunisian president Zine el Abidine Ben Ali in his absence to 15 years in jail for possession of arms, drugs and archaeological artefacts.

Ben Ali denounces conviction

2011-06-22 13:18

Ousted Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has denounced his "legally insane" 35-year jail sentence for embezzling public funds.

Ben Ali: I was tricked into leaving

2011-06-20 20:10

Tunisia's ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali says he was deceived into leaving the country, and denied giving orders for security forces to shoot at protesters who were demanding he step down.

Tunisia ex-president 'tried' in absentia

2011-06-14 22:37

Tunisia's deposed president will be tried in absentia by civil and military courts on charges ranging from embezzlement and murder to drug trafficking.

Bin Laden praises Arab revolt from grave

2011-05-19 11:00

Al-Qaeda has released a message from slain leader Osama bin Laden praising the Arab revolution and urging Muslims to take advantage of the opportunity" to rise up, say US monitors.

Tunisia protest: Man killed in army fire

2011-05-09 13:43

A 25-year-old man was killed when troops opened fire to disperse stone-throwing protesters in fresh anti-government demonstrations in Tunisia at the weekend, a witness says.

EU split over African 'human tsunami'

2011-04-11 15:22

Europe is divided over how to deal with an exodus of migrants fleeing unrest in north Africa, as Rome clashes with neighbours refusing to take in boatpeople pouring into Italy.

1 600 migrants arrive in Italy

2011-03-15 16:45

More than 1 600 undocumented migrants have landed on the Italian island of Lampedusa, say port officials, after a report that dozens are missing from a boat that capsized.

Tunisia's ex-ruling party dissolved

2011-03-09 11:54

A Tunisian court has dissolved the Rally of Constitutional Democracy, the former governing party of Tunisia’s deposed leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Women defy taboos in Mideast revolts

2011-03-07 12:00

As popular revolts continue to rock autocratic regimes across the Arab world, women are defying both taboo and stereotype and emerging as a driving force behind the revolts.

Tunisian unity government crumbles

2011-03-01 21:27

Tunisia's most prominent opposition figure has quit the unity government further destabilizing the interim leadership amid renewed uncertainty about the country's direction.

French FM quits over Tunisia

2011-02-27 19:24

French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie has presented her resignation in a letter to President Nicolas Sarkozy following a series of gaffes over the uprising in Tunisia.

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