Tunisia http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24280/all en Tunisia frees man held over attack on US consulate in Libya http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/tunisia-frees-man-held-over-attack-us-consulate-libya <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>Tunis, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Tunisia has freed, for lack of<br /> evidence, a Tunisian man who had been suspected of involvement<br /> in an Islamist militant attack in Libya last year in which the<br /> U.S. ambassador was killed, his lawyer said on Tuesday.</p> <p>Ali Harzi was one of two Tunisians named in October by the<br /> Daily Beast website as having been detained in Turkey over the<br /> violence in which Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to<br /> Libya, and three other American officials were killed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/tunisia-frees-man-held-over-attack-us-consulate-libya" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa International relations Libya Member states of the African Union Member states of the Arab League Member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Member states of the United Nations North Africa Person Career Person Travel Political geography Quotation Technology Tunisia Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 14:08:41 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731591 at http://www.globalpost.com Italy to return seized Ben Ali yacht to Tunisia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/italy-return-seized-ben-ali-yacht-tunisia <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ROME, Jan 10 (Reuters) - An Italian court on Thursday ordered the repatriation of a luxury yacht belonging to ousted Tunisian ruler Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali which was seized after his overthrow during the "Arab Spring" uprisings.</p> <p>The yacht, together with "a considerable sum of money" held in an Italian bank account, will be sent to Tunisia as soon as logistics have been finalised, the Rome court said in a statement. It gave no details about the size of the assets.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/italy-return-seized-ben-ali-yacht-tunisia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Politics Tunisia Thomson Reuters Thu, 10 Jan 2013 18:15:43 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5732776 at http://www.globalpost.com Tunisians take to streets two years after Ben Ali's fall http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/tunisians-take-streets-two-years-after-ben-alis-fall <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Tunis, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Thousands of Tunisians protested against their Islamist-led government on Monday, exactly two years after President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's overthrow in a popular revolt that inspired others across the Arab world.</p> <p>More than 8,000 secular demonstrators gathered outside the Interior Ministry in Tunis's Bourguiba Avenue, the same spot where mass protests forced veteran leader Ben Ali to accept his rule was over and flee the country on Jan. 14, 2011.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/tunisians-take-streets-two-years-after-ben-alis-fall" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Mohamed Bouazizi Politics Tunisia War Thomson Reuters Mon, 14 Jan 2013 12:45:23 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5734108 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Tunisians take to streets two years after Ben Ali's fall http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/update-1-tunisians-take-streets-two-years-after-ben-alis-fall <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Tarek Amara</p> <p>Tunis, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Thousands of Tunisians protested against the Islamist-led government on Monday, exactly two years after the overthrow of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in a popular revolt that inspired others across the Arab world.</p> <p>More than 8,000 secular demonstrators gathered outside the Interior Ministry in Tunis's Bourguiba Avenue, the same spot where protests forced Ben Ali to accept his rule was over and flee the country on Jan. 14, 2011.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/update-1-tunisians-take-streets-two-years-after-ben-alis-fall" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Ennahda Movement Politics Tunisia Thomson Reuters Mon, 14 Jan 2013 14:15:42 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5734151 at http://www.globalpost.com Tunisia arrests "terrorist" group and seizes weapons http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/tunisia-arrests-terrorist-group-and-seizes-weapons <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>TUNIS, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Tunisian authorities said on Thursday they had arrested a "terrorist" group and seized a big arms cache, as security forces went on alert after a mass hostage-taking by Islamist militants in neighbouring Algeria.</p> <p>The arms included Kalashnikov rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, a security source said. A statement by the Ministry of Interior said they were discovered in the southern town of Medenin, without giving further details.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130117/tunisia-arrests-terrorist-group-and-seizes-weapons" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Politics Social Issues Tunisia War Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 17:30:34 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5735714 at http://www.globalpost.com Tunisia extends state of emergency for a month http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/tunisia-extends-state-emergency-month <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Tunisia's presidency said Thursday it is extending for one month the state of emergency imposed after the fall two years ago of long-time dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.</p> <p>"President Moncef Marzouki has decided, after consulting the heads of government and Constituent Assembly, to extend the state of emergency from February 1 to March 2, 2013," a presidency statement said.</p> <p>In October last year, the authorities prolonged the state of emergency by four months, whereas before it had been extended on a month-to-month basis.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/tunisia-extends-state-emergency-month" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Government Politics Tunisia AFP Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:15:41 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5741835 at http://www.globalpost.com Tunisia party says Islamists attack member meeting http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/tunisia-party-says-islamists-attack-member-meeting <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A political party accused "mercenaries" hired by Tunisia's ruling Islamists of carrying out an attack on a meeting of its members on Saturday.</p> <p>"At the end of our meeting, a group of Ennahda mercenaries and Salafists attacked our activists (in the northwestern city of Kef)," said Chokri Belaid, coordinator of the Democratic Patriots, a left-leaning party.</p> <p>"Scuffles broke out and a dozen of our members were injured," he added, cited by local radio stations.</p> <p>Belaid condemned security forces for not having intervened.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/tunisia-party-says-islamists-attack-member-meeting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa International relations Politics Tunisia AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 21:30:21 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744221 at http://www.globalpost.com Tunisia's coalition wrangles on overdue reshuffle http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/tunisias-coalition-wrangles-overdue-reshuffle <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A political crisis in Tunisia was exacerbated this week as ruling Islamist party Ennahda, its government partners and opposition wrangled over a cabinet reshuffle that is months overdue.</p> <p>Ennahda, which came to power on the back of a 2011 revolution that ended the decades-long rule of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, is accused of seeking to monopolise power and stifle freedom of expression in what was considered one of the Arab world's most liberal societies before the uprising.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/tunisias-coalition-wrangles-overdue-reshuffle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Hamadi Jebali Politics Tunisia AFP Sun, 03 Feb 2013 07:19:44 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744345 at http://www.globalpost.com Secular party threatens to quit Islamist-led Tunisian government http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130203/secular-party-threatens-quit-islamist-led-tunisian-government <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>TUNIS, Feb 3 (Reuters) - The Tunisian president's secular party threatened on Sunday to withdraw from the Islamist-led government unless it drops two Islamist ministers.</p> <p>The moderate Islamist Ennahda party won 42 percent of seats in the country's first post-Arab Spring elections in October 2011 but formed a government in coalition with two secular parties, President Moncef Marzouki's Congress for the Republic and Ettakatol.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130203/secular-party-threatens-quit-islamist-led-tunisian-government" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Congress for the Republic Politics Tunisia Thomson Reuters Sun, 03 Feb 2013 17:10:11 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5744577 at http://www.globalpost.com Tunisia in talks with IMF for $1.78 bn standby loan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/tunisia-talks-imf-178-bn-standby-loan-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Tunisia is nearing agreement with the International Monetary Fund for a $1.78 billion standby loan to protect the economy from external shocks, the IMF said Monday.</p> <p>Negotiations for the Precautionary Stand-By Arrangement are at an "advanced stage," the IMF's mission chief to Tunisia, Amine Mati, said following meetings last month with Tunisian authorities.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/tunisia-talks-imf-178-bn-standby-loan-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International economics International Monetary Fund International relations Politics Tunisia AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 20:16:26 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5745746 at http://www.globalpost.com Salafist leader says Tunisia 'obeying' West http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/salafist-leader-says-tunisia-obeying-west <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Tunisian Salafist leader wanted for deadly violence said the government is in thrall to Western powers, according to an interview banned by the authorities but posted Tuesday on the Internet.</p> <p>But Abu Iyadh, who heads the radical Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia, also said he was ready for dialogue with the country's ruling Islamist party Ennahda.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/salafist-leader-says-tunisia-obeying-west" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Abu Iyadh Africa Ennahda Movement Technology Tunisia War AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 13:00:47 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5746339 at http://www.globalpost.com Tunisian opposition leader shot dead: family http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/tunisian-opposition-leader-shot-dead-family <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Leading leftist opposition leader Chokri Belaid was shot dead Wednesday morning as he left his home in Tunis, said his family, which accused Tunisia's ruling Ennahda party of being behind the killing.</p> <p>Belaid was head of the opposition Democratic Patriots party and a harsh critic of Tunisia's Islamist-led government.</p> <p>"My brother was assassinated. I am desperate and depressed," Abdelmajid Belaid, brother of the dead leader, told AFP. </p> <p>"I accuse ... (Ennahda leader) Rached Ghannouchi of assassinating my brother," he said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/tunisian-opposition-leader-shot-dead-family" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Law Politics Tunisia Westminster system AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 09:45:30 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5747297 at http://www.globalpost.com Tunisian opposition politician shot dead http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/tunisian-opposition-politician-shot-dead <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Shokri Belaid killed by bullets to head and chest - party</p> <p>* PM condemns killing as "assassination of revolution"</p> <p>* Protesters gather outside Interior Ministry</p> <p>By Tarek Amara</p> <p>Tunis, Feb 6 (Reuters) - A prominent Tunisian opposition politician was shot dead outside his home on Wednesday, in a killing the prime minister condemned as a political assassination and a strike against the "Arab Spring" revolution.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/tunisian-opposition-politician-shot-dead" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Politics Tunisia War Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Feb 2013 10:30:22 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5747321 at http://www.globalpost.com Tunisian opposition leader shot dead http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/tunisian-opposition-leader-shot-dead <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Opposition leader and outspoken government critic Chokri Belaid was shot dead Wednesday, in what the Tunisian premier called "an act of terrorism", as the country grapples with growing political instability.</p> <p>The murder prompted President Moncef Marzouki to scrap a trip to Cairo where he was due to attend a summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and return home in the afternoon, one of his advisers, Ghassen Dridi, told AFP.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/tunisian-opposition-leader-shot-dead" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Chokri Belaid Hamadi Jebali Law Politics Tunisia AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 11:30:40 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5747356 at http://www.globalpost.com France's Hollande says concerned by rising Tunisia violence http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/frances-hollande-says-concerned-rising-tunisia-violence <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>PARIS, Feb 6 (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande condemned the shooting of a prominent Tunisian opposition figure on Wednesday, saying he was concerned by the rise of violence in France's former colony.</p> <p>Shokri Belaid, a staunch secular opponent of the moderate Islamist-led government, died in hospital after being shot in the capital Tunis, exacerbating tensions between Islamists and secularists that have risen since the Islamist Ennahda Movement won an election in October 2011.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/frances-hollande-says-concerned-rising-tunisia-violence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Ennahda Movement Tunisia Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Feb 2013 11:45:51 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5747372 at http://www.globalpost.com