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At least 57 migrants drown in shipwreck off Tunisia

At least 57 migrants drowned in a shipwreck off Tunis as they tried to cross the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy and 33 were rescued, humanitarian organisation Tunisian Red Crescent said on Tuesday.
FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective face masks walk in Tunis, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Tunisia, April 29, 2021. Picture taken April 29, 2021. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi/File Photo

Tunisia announces one-week coronavirus lockdown from Sunday

Tunisia will impose a COVID-19 lockdown for one week from Sunday, Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi said on Friday, ahead of next week’s Eid al-Fitr holiday when families and friends traditionally gather.

Ex-Liberian president seeks more women in elective positions

Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has joined the call for more women in elective positions in the sub-region.

At least 21 African migrants die as boat sinks off Tunisia

At least ‮21‬ migrants from Africa died when their boat sank off Tunisia as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to the Italian island of Lampedusa, a Tunisian official said on Friday.

ECOWAS speaker: Border extortion, major challenge within member states

Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Sidie Tunis, has disclosed that border extortion has been a challenge within member states.
Journalists in Tunisia's state news agency carry flags as they protest against the appointment of a new CEO in Tunis, Tunisia April 13, 2021. REUTERS/Tarek Amara

Tunisian journalists protest over new head of state news agency

Journalists at Tunisia’s state news agency protested on Tuesday against the appointment of a new chief executive, calling it an attempt to undermine editorial independence.
Parliament’s Speaker Sidie Tunis disclosed this on Saturday while delivering his closing address at the delocalised meeting of a joint committee of Parliament.

ECOWAS parliament speaker pleads for prompt payment of community levy

Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Mohamed Tunis, has pleaded for prompt payment of Community Levy by Member States to finance projects across the sub-region.
French President Emmanuel Macron, tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is seen on a screen as he attends by video conference a round table for the National Humanitarian Conference (NHC) at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Paris, France, December 17, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/Pool

France to reopen embassy in Libya after nearly seven years

France will reopen its embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli next Monday to show its support for the North African country's new unity government, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday after meeting the head of the interim presidency council.
Libya’s first woman foreign minister, Najla el-Mangoush, will be sworn in next week as part of a new unity government, a rare female voice at the top table whose appointment many Libyan women welcomed on Thursday.

Libyan women want progress after appointment of first female foreign minister

Libya’s first woman foreign minister, Najla el-Mangoush, will be sworn in next week as part of a new unity government, a rare female voice at the top table whose appointment many Libyan women welcomed on Thursday.
A Tunisian court has sentenced Belhassen Trabelsi, the brother-in-law of ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, to ten years in jail for corruption, the state run news agency TAP reported on Tuesday.

Tunisia ousted president’s brother-in-law gets 10 years for corruption

TUNIS (Reuters) - A Tunisian court has sentenced Belhassen Trabelsi, the brother-in-law of ousted President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, to ten years in jail for corruption, the state run news agency TAP reported on Tuesday.
The Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Sidie Mohammed Tunis, on Tuesday urged ECOWAS member countries to ensure that they paid their levies promptly to enable the sub-regional body to carry out its programmes.

Speaker: ECOWAS Parliament supports Mali’s transition to democratic rule

Speaker of the parliament Sidie Mohamed Tunis pledged the support of the sub-regional congress when he led a parliamentary mission to Mali as part of activities of the sub-regional lawmakers to support the West African country.
Malek Salem al-Mejae, who says he lost his leg in the 2011 revolution, takes a group photograph with his friends as he prepares for his wedding in Misrata, Libya February 4, 2021. Picture taken February 4, 2021. REUTERS-Ayman Al-Sahili

Ten years on, Libyan revolutionaries live with wounds and unfulfilled dreams

As revolution swept their region in 2011, three young Libyans joined mass protests against Muammar Gaddafi’s four-decade rule. They now live divided by Libya’s frontlines, their futures irrevocably shaped by the uprising.
Security forces clash with demonstrators during anti-government protests in Tunis, Tunisia, January 18, 2021. REUTERS-Zoubeir Souissi

Hundreds protest police repression, corruption in Tunisia

Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Tunisian cities on Saturday to protest police repression, corruption and poverty, following several nights of unrest marked by clashes and arrests.

Coronavirus: ECOWAS budgets $398 million to revive ailing economies, electoral reforms

Since the beginning of 2021 and as a follow-up of the events of last year, the food security situation in Western Africa is a mixed picture. Although COVID-19 infection rates remained low compared to global figures, the impact of the pandemic led to reduced economic growth stemming from national restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the virus.
Security forces clash with demonstrators during anti-government protests in Tunis, Tunisia, January 18, 2021. REUTERS-Zoubeir Souissi

Tunisian protesters revive ‘Arab Spring’ chant to demand government’s fall

Protesters rallied in Tunisia’s capital on Tuesday after several nights of street violence, reviving the chant that rang a decade ago in a revolution that brought in democracy: “the people want the fall of the regime”.
Tunisia has arrested a suspected branch leader of Al-Qaeda in North Africa, along with several others suspected of planning “terrorist” attacks, a judicial spokesman said Friday.

Tunisia arrests suspected Al-Qaeda branch leader

Tunisia has arrested a suspected branch leader of Al-Qaeda in North Africa, along with several others suspected of planning “terrorist” attacks, a judicial spokesman said Friday.
President Kais Saied “decided on the six-month extension of the nationwide state of emergency from December 26, 2020 to June 23, 2021”, a statement said on Friday.

Tunisia extends five-year-old state of emergency by six months

The Tunisian presidency has announced a six-month extension of the country’s state of emergency, in place since a 2015 attack on a presidential guard bus claimed by the ISIL (ISIS) group.
Kais Saied is a Tunisian politician, jurist and former lecturer serving as the fifth President of Tunisia since October 2019. He was president of the Tunisian Association of Constitutional Law from 1995 to 2019.

Tunisia extends five-year state of emergency

The Tunisian presidency on Friday announced a six-month extension of the country’s state of emergency, in place since a 2015 attack on a presidential guard bus claimed by the Islamic State group.
FILE PHOTO - Protesters demonstrate against Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunis, Tunisia January 14, 2011. REUTERS-Zohra Bensemra-File Photo

Ten years on, anger grows in Tunisian town where ‘Arab Spring’ began

Ten years ago, a fruit seller set himself ablaze in the central Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid after an altercation with a policewoman about where he had put his cart.
Seven individuals and organisations from around the world were announced as the winners of Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award held in Tunisia.

Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim’s anti-corruption awards given in Tunisia

Seven individuals and organisations from around the world were announced as the winners of Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award held in Tunisia.
Qatar Airways said it will now operate three weekly flights from Abuja, Nigeria via Lagos as the two cities become the sixth new destination announced by the airline since the start of the pandemic.

Qatar Airways touches down for the first time in Abuja

Qatar Airways said it will now operate three weekly flights from Abuja, Nigeria via Lagos as the two cities become the sixth new destination announced by the airline since the start of the pandemic.
China acknowledged that it instructed unauthorized laboratories to destroy samples of the novel coronavirus but for biosafety reasons.

Tunisia overtakes China in number of coronavirus infections

The Tunisian Ministry of Health said on Saturday that 1,206 new cases of coronavirus were identified out of 4,028 tests carried out on November 20, bringing the total number of infections since the beginning of the epidemic to 87,471.

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FILE PHOTO - A screen grab from Myanmar state television broadcast from February 3, 2021 shows General Min Aung Hlaing speaking during a meeting. MRTV-Handout via REUTERS

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