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The priority in post-unrest Tunisia is restoring security, and no sit-ins or strikes will be acceptable, even if legitimate, said the country's interim prime minister, Beji Caid Essebsi during a live television debate on Wednesday night.
OPINION - Any hopes that the Troika would read the riot act to Robert Mugabe were dashed before the meeting had even started when Zambian Foreign Minister indicated that SADC was likely to stick to previous resolutions and urge the two sides to find a solution.
TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisian rescuers have retrieved the bodies of 27 migrants after their boats sank in the Mediterranean.
The state news agency TAP says the victims had sought to leave the Tunisian city of Sfax in two boats. The boats hit rough weather and failed to signal to rescuers when they started sinking.
The agency said Thursday that the migrants were between 19 and 43 years old.
Citizens of Iraq and Tunisia who are lucky enough to have Internet connections may now find it easier to conduct Web searches. Today, Google announced the launch of the local search domains
The search giant’s regional domains provide people within a given area with locally relevant results and in their preferred languages. Google now has a total of 184 local search domains worldwide.
It gave no reason was given for the visit, which follows an immigration crisis on the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa which has been flooded with illegal immigrants from Tunisia since the start of the year.
"Following the political events in Egypt and Tunisia our experience has been that customers continue to want to go on holiday with us, albeit to alternative destinations," TUI Travel Chief Executive Peter Long said. "The flexibility we have in our business model has allowed us to actively re-shape our programs across all our source markets to satisfy this demand and we have moved significant capacity to a number of other destinations including Spain, Greece and Turkey."
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CAIRO (AP) — A U.S.-born radical Yemeni cleric claims in a new article that violent Islamist groups will be able to take advantage of the Arab world's wave of popular unrest, even if it leads to secular governments in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and other countries.
The Israeli cabinet authorised on Sunday a special aid deal for Jewish families planning to emigrate from Tunisia to Israel following the revolution there three months ago.
So far, 25 families have applied for Israeli citizenship and more are expected to do so over the next few weeks.
The government approved a 33,000-shekel payment (Â£6,000) for each family, to be paid in instalments over the first two years of their life in Israel, in addition to the standard package for which all new immigrants are eligible. The government also announced it will provide them with mortgage assistance.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - International Monetary Fund technical teams are in discussions with Egypt and Tunisia to study the economic impact of recent violence, an IMF spokeswoman said on Thursday.
Tunisia’s prime minister announced a freeze of the assets linked to Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi, Reuters reported, citing a TV interview in which he is quoted as saying it was “the least we can do.”
Tunisia, which recently underwent a revolution of its own, joins the U.S., the United Nations, the European Union and others in freezing the assets of the Libyan government.
“We had no problems making that decision,” said Beji Caid Sebsi, the Tunisian prime minister, according to the report.
TUNIS, Tunisia — Lina Ben Mhenni's blog isn't banned in her home country anymore. Secret police no longer shadow her every move, and she doesn't fear thugs breaking into her parents' home again and making off with her laptop and camera, as they did last spring.
Jerusalem (JTA) -- Tunisia's government condemned an Israeli government decision to offer extra financial assistance to Tunisian Jews wishing to immigrate to Israel.
The approval of the new program amounts to interference in Tunisia's domestic affairs, and is "an attempt by Israel to tarnish the post-revolutionary image of Tunisia," Tunisia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement, the Associated Press reported.
Under the plan formed with the Jewish Agency of Israel and approved at a Cabinet meeting Sunday, Tunisian immigrants will receive special financial assistance of more than $9,000 in addition to the usual aid provided to new immigrants.
Two days ago, Dr. Iadh Ben Achour, head of the Tunisian High Council for Political Reforms and the Achievement of the Goals of the Revolution, announced that Tunisia does not need and will not have international monitors for the elections. I believe this is a misplaced emphasis on sovereignty and a major retreat from what the interim government (including the President and former prime minister) announced immediately after the revolution. Tunisia has never organized free and fair elections in the past, and most Tunisians will not believe the results of the elections without international supervision or monitors.
ROME, March 31 (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi spoke to his Tunisian counterpart Beji Caid Essebsi by telephone on Thursday and will visit Tunisia on Monday, Berlusconi's office said.
(Reuters) - Tunisia's economic growth currently stands at between zero percent and 1 percent, Prime Minister Beji Caid Sebsi said in a television interview on Wednesday.
At the end of February, the central bank cut reserve requirements by 2.5 percentage points, a move that injected around 360 million dinars ($258.6 million) into the country's banking system, the central bank said
Three months after it launched the first in a series of revolts across the Arab world, Tunisia is perched delicately between revolutionary exuberance and chaos. Tunisians are proud that their sit-ins ousted a longtime dictator and, a few weeks later, a prime minister associated with the old regime. They use words like “freedom” and “democracy” liberally.
Most of the 18,000 migrants who have landed on Lampedusa since the beginning of the year are Tunisian, but Italy fears a far bigger exodus if the situation in Libya deteriorates further.
More than 6,000 mostly Tunisian migrants have invaded the Italian outpost of Lampedusa in recent days, transforming the idyllic Mediterranean island into a rubbish-strewn refugee camp.
MUHAMMAD BOUAZIZI’s grave is marked by a Tunisian flag and a martyr’s epitaph. Sidi Bouzid, a small town in Tunisia’s unloved interior, is proud of its revolutionary son, whose self-immolation sparked the uprising that brought down the regime of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Mr Bouazizi’s picture hangs in the main street, now named after him. Banners promise to keep his memory alive and stress that Tunisia’s revolution began here, in December, not in Tunis in January. Graffiti splashed across the walls exhort the people of Sidi Bouzid to stand up for their rights and to fight for their freedom.
TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia must not stray from the "righteous path" and could show the way for other Arab countries inspired by its popular revolt that ended a long autocratic rule, Prime Minister Beji Caid Sebsi said on Wednesday.
TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's interim authorities have seized a 51 percent stake in mobile phone operator Orange Tunisie belonging to the son-in-law of ousted leader Zine Al-Abidine Ben Ali, the TAP news agency said.