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Tunisia: At least 26 dead as regime forces repel border attack

March 7, 2016
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Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"Tunisian security forces killed at least 21 militants in a series of failed attacks on multiple border posts Monday morning. As many as three security forces and least four civilians were also killed -- and several militants were captured during the failed raid. ... A 12-year-old was among the civilians killed, and two security agents were also among the dead, according to a hospital official." (03/07/16)

http://www.dw.com/en/at-least-26-dead-including-21-militants-as-tunisian-forces-repel-border-attack/a-19099090  

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Tunisia: Regime declares state of emergency after bus explosion kills 12

November 24, 2015
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Globe & Mail [Canada]    

"Tunisia's president declared a 30-day state of emergency across the country and imposed an overnight curfew for the capital after an explosion Tuesday struck a bus carrying members of the presidential guard, killing at least 12 people and wounding 20 others. The government described it as a terrorist attack. The blast on a tree-lined avenue in the heart of Tunis is a new blow to a country that is seen as a model for the region but has struggled against Islamic extremist violence." (11/24/15)

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/at-least-11-people-killed-in-tunisia-military-bus-attack/article27452911/  

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Tunisia: Leading suspect in museum attack killed

March 29, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"Tunisia's prime minister said Sunday a leading suspect in a deadly museum attack on foreign tourists has been killed in anti-terrorist operations, as tens of thousands of Tunisians marched through the capital to denounce extremist violence. State news agency TAP cites Prime Minister Habib Essid as saying that Khaled Chaieb, also known as Abou Sakhr Lokman, was one of nine terror suspects killed overnight in an operation near the Algerian border." (03/29/15)

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Tunisia: 23 arrested in connection with deadly museum attack

March 27, 2015
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Detroit News    

"Tunisia police have arrested 23 people so far from the group behind the attack on the museum that killed 21, but Moroccan and Algerian suspects are still at large, said the country's top security official Thursday. Interior Minister Najem Gharsalli told journalists that the arrests included a woman and the group was connected to the al-Qaida-linked Oqba Ibn Nafaa brigade. The March 18 attack at the national museum in which 20 tourists were killed was claimed by al-Qaida rival, the Islamic State group, but members of the Oqba Ibn Nafaa brigade, which has been fighting Tunisian security forces for the past few years, have claimed allegiance to both extremist groups." (03/26/15)

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Tunisia: 21 dead in attack on museum

March 19, 2015
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Santa Rosa Press Democrat    

"Attackers opened fire Wednesday at a major museum in Tunisia's capital, gunning down 17 tourists as dozens more sprinted to safety. At least 21 people in all were killed, including two gunmen, but some attackers may have escaped, authorities said. The attack on the famed National Bardo Museum in Tunis was the first on a tourist site in years in Tunisia, a shaky young democracy that has struggled to keep Islamic extremist violence at bay." (03/18/15)

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Tunisia: 14 regime troops killed in Islamist assault

July 17, 2014
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The Hindu [India]    

"At least 14 Tunisian soldiers were killed in an attack by suspected Islamist militants on security checkpoints near the Tunisian border with Algeria, the Defence Ministry said on Thursday. The attack occurred on Wednesday evening in the western area of Mount Chaambi, where the army is carrying out an anti-militant campaign, according to spokesman Rachid Hawela." (07/17/14)

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Tunisia: Regime says seven militants, including assassin, killed

February 4, 2014
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Al-Jazeera [Qatar]    

"Tunisian police have killed seven fighters, including a senior commander wanted for the assassination of two opposition leaders, in a daylong standoff in Tunis, the interior ministry has said. The raid was one of the deadliest since Tunisian forces cracked down on Ansar al-Sharia, whose leader declares allegiance to al-Qaeda, and which the US lists as a foreign terrorist group. Among those killed was Kamel Ghadghadi, a senior member of Ansar al-Sharia, wanted for killing seven soldiers, and a suspect in assassinating opposition leaders Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi." (02/04/14)

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Tunisia: “Death threat” halts constitutional debate

January 5, 2014
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Agence France-Presse    

"Debate on Tunisia's new constitution was suspended for several hours Sunday after a deputy claimed he had received death threats because a colleague accused him of being an 'enemy of Islam.' The upshot of the raucous proceedings was that opposition members of the National Constituent Assembly eventually forced a successful revote on a proposed amendment that would make it unlawful to accuse someone of apostacy. The death threats claim came a day after the NCA adopted articles making Islam the state religion but guaranteeing freedom of conscience." (01/05/14)

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Tunisia: 162 arrested after Islamist riots

June 13, 2012
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Associated Press    

"Calm returned to Tunisia on Wednesday after days of riots by radical Islamists across the country left 62 members of the security forces injured and led to 162 arrests. Ultraconservative Islamists known as Salafists attacked an art gallery Sunday for an exhibition they said insulted Islam. After security forces dispersed them with tear gas, gangs attacked police stations around the country." (06/13/12)

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Tunisia: Islam won’t be basis of new constitution

March 26, 2012
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Aiken Standard    

"Islamic law will not be enshrined in Tunisia's new constitution, preserving the secular basis of the North African nation, Tunisia's ruling Islamist Ennahda Party said Monday. Ziad Doulatli, a party leader, said the first article of the new constitution would remain the same as in the 1959 version and it will not call for Shariah, Islamic law, to be the source of all legislation, as many conservatives had wanted." (03/26/12)

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Tunisia: Former dissident sworn in as president

December 13, 2011
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Los Angeles Times    

"Promising an end to decades of autocracy, a veteran human rights activist on Tuesday was sworn in as president of Tunisia, the country that inspired the 'Arab Spring' uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East. Moncef Marzouki, who was imprisoned and exiled for years for opposing former President Zine el Abidine ben Ali, said during a ceremony in Tunis, the capital, he would be a leader 'for all Tunisians.'" (12/13/11)

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Tunisia: Parties pick rights activist as president

November 15, 2011
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

"A veteran human rights activist was selected as Tunisia's new interim president on Tuesday, a party official says. Moncef Marzouki, the head of the Congress for the Republic, will take on the role for the next year while a new constitution is being written, according to an official close to the party." (11/15/11)

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Tunisia: Court orders ex-Libyan PM extradited

November 8, 2011
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

"A Tunisian appeals court on Tuesday ordered former Libyan Prime Minister Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi extradited to Libya. Al-Mahmoudi was convicted of illegally crossing into Tunisia and imprisoned there in September, but the conviction was later overturned. Tunisian authorities have continued to hold him, however, following an extradition request from Libya." (11/08/11)

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Tunisia: Women demonstrate to protect their rights

November 2, 2011
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Sarasota Herald-Tribune    

"Some 200 Tunisian women demonstrated Wednesday in downtown Tunis in defense of their rights, following the election victory of an Islamist party. Tunisia is known for some of the most progressive legislation in the Middle East regarding women's rights -- something many say is in danger after a moderate Islamist party took the most votes in the recent election." (11/02/11)

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Tunisia: Partial results indicate Islamist party has 44%

October 26, 2011
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Watertown Public Opinion    

"Authorities say the latest results from Tunisia's landmark elections indicate the moderate Islamist party is holding onto its lead, taking at least 44 percent of seats counted so far for an assembly tasked with writing a new constitution. The results of Sunday's vote are being closely watched since Tunisia's popular uprising early this year set off a wave of revolts across the Arab world." (10/26/11)

 

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Tunisia: Islamist party seeks coalition partners

October 25, 2011
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Northwest Indiana Times    

"The moderate Islamist party that appears to have won Tunisia's landmark elections was in talks with rivals Tuesday about forming an interim coalition government to lead the birthplace of the Arab Spring through its transition to democracy. Partial results released supported the Ennahda party's claims that it won at least 40 percent of the seats in a 217-member assembly tasked with running the country and writing its new constitution." (10/25/11)

 

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Tunisia: Citizens vote in first national election since 1956

October 23, 2011
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CNN    

"Polls closed late Sunday in Tunisia, the torchbearer of the so-called Arab Spring, but voters will not see results of national elections until Tuesday, officials said. On Sunday, long lines of voters snaked around schools-turned-polling-stations in Tunis's upscale Menzah neighborhood, some waiting for hours to cast a vote in the nation's first national elections since the country's independence in 1956." (10/23/11)

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Tunisia: Elections Sunday show big step

October 20, 2011
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USA Today    

"Horns, banners, door-to-door campaigning and thousands of candidates. Tunisia will hold its first free elections Sunday, and the country that sparked the 'Arab Spring' is taking a big, uncertain yet joyous step forward, locals say. 'What has happened in Tunisia since January is enormous,' said Akram Malek, 37, a lawyer in the city of Sousse on the coast. 'The proof is in the fact that we are sitting here talking about elections at all.'" (10/20/11)

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Tunisia: Islamists set for big election gains

October 16, 2011
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Richmond Times-Dispatch    

"As the land that launched the Arab Spring heads into historic elections next week, all eyes are on the long-repressed Islamists -- and whether a big victory for them will irrevocably change this North African nation and inspire similar conservative movements around the region. Many fear that despite vows to uphold democracy, Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda Party is bent on imposing a theocracy that would roll back hard-won secularism and women's rights." (10/16/11)

 

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Tunisia: Official says government ready for elections

September 27, 2011
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Vail Daily    

"Tunisia's foreign minister said Tuesday his government is ready for Oct. 23 elections, the first since a rebellion overthrew the country's longtime dictator sparking an unprecedented wave of pro-democracy uprisings across the Arab world. Mouldi Kefi expressed hope in an Associated Press interview that Tunisians anxious for democracy would put aside their 'egocentric' demands, protests and strikes and focus on the best interests of the country." (09/27/11)

http://www.vaildaily.com/article/20110927/API/1109271088  

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Tunisia: Islamist leader says no to extremism

April 25, 2011
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Culpeper Star-Exponent    

"A noted Tunisian Islamic thinker urged the world's Muslims on Monday to reject extremism and restore the true nature of Islam. Rachid Ghanouchi, a founder of Tunisia's once-banned Ennahdha, or Renaissance, party, gave the closing speech at an annual Muslim gathering outside Paris in his first visit to France in more than two decades." (04/25/11)

 

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Tunisia: President appoints new prime minister

February 27, 2011
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Fremont Tribune    

"Tunisia's interim president chose a former government minister as a new prime minister on Sunday, appealing for a return to calm following new violent protests that have been hobbling this North African country since the ouster of its long-time autocratic leader. Beji Caid-Essebsi will replace Mohammed Ghannouchi, who resigned earlier Sunday after becoming a major irritant to Tunisians behind the so-called 'Jasmine Revolution' that toppled autocratic President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali last month and sparked a wave of upheaval in the Arab world." (02/27/11)

 

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Tunisians vote with their feet, flee the country

February 14, 2011
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Baton Rouge Advocate    

"A month after massive protests ousted Tunisia's longtime dictator, waves of Tunisians are voting with their feet, fleeing the country's political limbo by climbing into rickety boats and sailing across the Mediterranean to Europe. More than 5,000 illegal immigrants have recently washed up on Italy's southern islands -- an unintended consequence of the 'people's revolution' that ousted autocrat Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and inspired the uprisings in Egypt and beyond." (02/14/11)

 

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Tunisian minister suspends ex-ruling party

February 6, 2011
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USA Today    

"Tunisia's interior minister has suspended all activities of the country's former ruling party amid the most serious protests since the country's autocratic president fled into exile less than a month ago. Fahrat Rajhi on Sunday suspended all meetings of the Democratic Constitutional Rally, known as the RCD, and ordered all party offices or meeting places it owns closed — ahead of a demand to dissolve the party, a ministry statement said." (02/06/11)

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Tunisia grows up

January 18, 2011
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Slate    

"Here's hoping the Jasmine Revolution improves upon the legacy of Habib Bourguiba, the nation's first president." (01/17/11)

http://www.slate.com/id/2281450/  

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