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Tunisia's President Sparks Concern for Democracy

Parliament is dissolved, prime minister and other top officials are fired

(Newser) - Troops surrounded Tunisia's parliament and blocked its speaker from entering Monday after the president suspended the legislature and fired the prime minister and other top members of government, sparking concerns for the North African country's young democracy. In the face of nationwide protests over Tunisia's economic troubles...

Blogger Sentenced to 6 Months for 'Offensive' COVID Post

Tunisian authorities accused Emma Charqui of 'inciting hatred between religions'

(Newser) - Tunisian blogger Emna Charqui has been sentenced to six months in prison over a Facebook post about coronavirus prevention. The 27-year-old shared a post about hand-washing and social distancing that was written in a style that mimicked a verse from the Koran, the BBC reports. Other social media users said...

Little Bugs are Big Annoyance For World Cup Athletes

The little midge is a mighty problem in Volgograd

(Newser) - Little bugs were a big annoyance at the World Cup on Monday. During England's 2-1 victory over Tunisia, midges descended on the Volgograd Arena. Players from both sides, but particularly those from England, spent an undue amount of time trying to ward them off during the match per the...

Tunisia's Goalkeeper Keeps Getting 'Injured' at Sundown

It might have something to do with allowing his teammates to get some snacks

(Newser) - The goalie for Tunisia's World Cup soccer team has fallen to the turf claiming to be injured in each of the last two games, almost precisely at sunset each time. Bizarre coincidence? Possibly. Goalie Mouez Hassen, however, has slyly acknowledged that something else is going on—and it involves...

What Happens to ISIS Babies When Their Parents Die

Home countries often won't take children back, so they end up in limbo or in prisons

(Newser) - Hundreds of children fathered by the Islamic State's foreign fighters or brought to the self-proclaimed caliphate by their parents are now imprisoned or in limbo with nowhere to go, collateral victims as the militant group retreats and home countries hesitate to take them back. One young Tunisian orphan, Tamim...

Zoo Visitors Beat Crocodile to Death With Rocks

Government officials are decrying the 'savage behavior'

(Newser) - Tunisian officials are decrying "savage behavior" after visitors to a zoo in Tunis stoned a crocodile to death Tuesday, AFP reports. Officials posted photos of the dead crocodile—with two large, bloody stones next to it—on Facebook (Warning: graphic) . The crocodile died from internal hemorrhaging after being hit...

Nephew, 2 Others Linked to Berlin Attacker Arrested

Tunisia believes they belonged to same militant network

(Newser) - Tunisia's Interior Ministry says police have arrested the nephew of Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri and two others—and says all three men are suspected of belonging to a terrorist cell and had contacts with Amri. The ministry says the nephew, 18-year-old Fedi, told police he was in...

Amid Manhunt, Brother Urges Berlin Suspect to Turn Self In

Market reopens as Trump appears to double down on Muslim ban in US

(Newser) - A brother of the fugitive Tunisian suspected in Berlin's deadly Christmas market attack is urging Anis Amri to turn himself in to police. Amri's family members, speaking from his hometown of Oueslatia in central Tunisia, were shaken to learn he's the prime suspect in Monday's truck...

New Suspect in Berlin Attack Is Tunisian, Boasts 6 Aliases

$100K reward offered for Anis Amri, believed to be 'violent and armed'

(Newser) - German police on Tuesday released a Pakistani man arrested for the Berlin truck attack and Wednesday announced a massive manhunt for a man from Tunisia instead. That suspect has now been identified as Anis Amri, believed to be 23 or 24 years old and who a German official has said...

German Cops Stage Manhunt for Tunisian Truck Suspect

Original driver tried to fight off the killer, say police

(Newser) - Investigators have a new suspect in the Berlin truck attack , say German newspapers. Der Spiegel reports that police found the identity papers of a 21-year-old Tunisian man in the truck's cab. The documents show that his bid for full asylum had been rejected, but that he was still allowed...

US Strike in Libya Kills ISIS Recruits

Leader behind 2 major attacks was the target

(Newser) - American warplanes struck multiple targets in Libya overnight, hitting what was apparently an Islamic State training camp, the AP reports. The big strike took place on a camp near the city of Sabratha, where the mayor says about 40 were killed, reports Reuters . One US official tells the New York ...

Surprise Peace Prize Winners Helped Build a Democracy

Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet a surprise winner

(Newser) - Pope Francis and Angela Merkel were among the early favorites, but this year's Nobel Peace Prize has gone to a group that hasn't been in the headlines as much: the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet. "After the Arab Spring in Tunisia in 2010-2011, the Quartet paved the way...

Beach Massacre Could Prove Extra Costly for Tunisia

Tourists are fleeing after 39 were killed

(Newser) - The attacker who yesterday unfurled an umbrella and pulled out a Kalashnikov, opening fire on European sunbathers at the Imperial Marhaba hotel and killing at least 39, may help cause the death of something else: Tunisia's tourism industry. USA Today reports that industry accounts for 15% of the country'...

Assailant Hid Gun in Umbrella Before Beach Massacre

37 dead in Tunisia; one of 3 terror attacks

(Newser) - A young man unfurled an umbrella and pulled out a Kalashnikov, opening fire on European sunbathers and killing at least 37 at a Tunisian beach resort—one of three deadly attacks today from Europe to the Middle East that followed a call to violence by ISIS extremists. The killings in...

Tunisia Prez: 3rd Attacker 'on the Run'

'When war is brought upon us, we will wage war,' he vows after museum attack

(Newser) - A third attacker in the deadly assault on the Bardo museum is on the run, Tunisia's president said today, declaring his country at war with the extremists who killed 21 people at one of North Africa's most revered cultural institutions. President Beji Caid Essebsi said the attack involved...

Tunisia Arrests 9 in Tourist Massacre

Links to ISIS unclear, analysts say

(Newser) - The military has been deployed to major cities and nine people have now been arrested in the hunt for militants linked to Wednesday's museum massacre , Tunisia's president says. According to the president's office, four of the people arrested had direct links to the attack that killed 21...

ISIS Claims Tunisia Hit; 2 Tourists Found, Hid All Night

One museum attacker was known to authorities

(Newser) - "We are in a war with terror, and these savage minority groups will not frighten us," Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi vowed in the wake of a terrorist attack that has now killed 18 foreign tourists and three Tunisians , plus the two gunmen. "The fight against...

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19 Dead in Attack on Tunisia Museum

2 attackers, 17 tourists among the dead

(Newser) - Gunmen opened fire today at a leading museum in Tunisia's capital, leaving at least 19 people dead, including two gunmen and 17 foreign tourists, Tunisian PM Habib Essid said. "Two were engaged in the operation and were killed," said Essid, per the BBC . "As I speak,...

Anti-Islamist Party Wins Tunisia Election

'Tunisia Calls' party has ties to pre-Arab Spring regime

(Newser) - A liberal party with ties to the deposed regime has taken the most seats in Tunisia's parliamentary elections, leaving the once-dominant Islamists running a close second. The Nida Tunis—"Tunisia Calls"—party, running on an explicitly anti-Islamist platform, took 85 of the 217 seats in the Tunisian...

Mystery Lake Surfaces in Parched Tunisia

Note to swimmers flocking there: It might be radioactive

(Newser) - For residents of Tunisia desperate to beat the heat, we've got some really good news and some really bad news. The good is that shepherds in a drought-stricken region near the city of Gafsa stumbled upon an amazing thing: a brand-new lake that surfaced in an otherwise barren territory,...

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