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Woman fabricates terror claims on Tunisian fiancé, causes Rome emergency alert

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

A Tunisian man whom Italy categorized as a terror suspect turned out to be innocent after it was revealed that his ex-fiancé fabricated charges against him out of spite. Atef Mathlouthi, 42, found himself on the top of Rome’s most wanted list after authorities received an urgent notice to find him because he was categorized as a dangerous terrorist. According to Italian sources, the notice was issued by the Italian embassy in Tunisia which received an anonymous tip saying that ...

Tunisia raises fuel prices again to reduce budget deficit

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Tunisia raised fuel prices on Saturday for the second time in three months in an effort to rein in its budget deficit, one of a series of reforms the country’s international lenders want. The price of a liter of petrol will rise about 3 percent, from 1.80 dinars to 1.85 dinars, starting Sunday, the ministry of energy said in a statement. The last increase was also by about 3 percent, in January of this year. The International Monetary Fund approved last week the ...

Morale-boosting win for Tunisia in football friendly against Iran

Saturday, 24 March 2018

A fortunate own goal handed Tunisia a 1-0 victory over Iran in their friendly clash on a waterlogged pitch in Tunis on Friday, in what was a morale boosting result for the World Cup-bound north Africans. Wahbi Khazri proved the talisman for the home side and it was his dribbling run that led to the 71st minute winner. Khazri’s shot was parried by Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand into the path of defender Milad Mohammadi, who could only turn the ball into his own net. Tunisia, who share ...

IMF releases additional $257 million for Tunisia

Saturday, 24 March 2018

The International Monetary Fund on Friday released an additional $257 million in funds for Tunisia as part of its four-year, $3 billion loan agreement. The IMF board approved the second review of the country's economic performance under the financial aid package that was initially approved in May 2016. With the latest instalment the IMF has lent the country nearly $1 billion, even though the board acknowledged the government had failed to meet some of its economic benchmarks. The fund said ...

Claudia Cardinale stars as Tunisia opens city of culture

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Claudia Cardinale, the Tunis-born Italian movie star, was the guest of honor on Wednesday as Tunisia inaugurated a long-awaited complex to showcase its cultural wealth. The richly equipped City of Culture complex, launched a decade ago but long stalled, incorporates a modern art museum, a 1,800-seat opera, two theatres, a cinema, library and studios to host festivals. “Every Tunisian should be proud of this project, culture is the main tool with which we will fight terrorism,” ...

PICTURES: Last residents in Tunisia’s underground houses swear to never leave

Saturday, 24 February 2018

In the arid valleys of southern Tunisia's Djebel Dahar region, people have lived for centuries in underground houses whose earthen casing provides protection against searing summer heat and winter winds. But in recent decades, rural depopulation has meant fewer people live in the homes, which are composed of rooms hewn into the walls of an excavated circular courtyard. The few remaining families say they are attached to the homes and the land or see no way of moving. "My father died, my ...

How Qatari funding contributed to Arab destruction

Monday, 19 February 2018

Recent reports and investigations have exposed Qatar’s role in funding rebels in Arab countries under the excuse of “supporting persecuted people” and showed that the Arab Spring was neither spontaneous nor random.Evidence which has been hidden for years eventually came to surface exposing how the so-called Arab Spring was schemed in the dark. Qatar’s role in the Tunisian Jasmine Revolution was concealed for years in an attempt to make the latter look like it was ...

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Calls in Tunisia to hold minister accountable for financing terrorism with Qatari funds

Sunday, 18 February 2018

A Tunisian parliamentary bloc called for holding Tunisian defense minister accountable for the issue of financial transfers attributed to a retired Qatari officer. The case against Abdel Karim al-Zubaidi also involves opening an account in a bank branch in Tataouine in 2014, and the use of these suspicious funds by several associations and personalities accused of supporting terrorism. In this regard, Sahbi Ben Faraj, the leader of the Tunisian Project Movement parliamentary bloc, said that ...

EXCLUSIVE: Tunisia probes Qatar involvement in dubious funding in North Africa

Friday, 16 February 2018

An investigation has been opened in the Tunisian Parliament by deputies to uncover and prosecute the parties and entities involved in the case of the “suspicious” financial transfers carried out by an officer in Qatar’s armed forces for purposes related to the financing of terrorism and fueling chaos and instability in Tunisia and the region. The new documents revealed by the deputy from the Al Hurra parliamentary bloc, the representative of the movement Machrou Tunis, Sahbi ...

Tunisia’s Grand Mufti says Valentine’s Day is not ‘haram,’ on one condition

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Grand Mufti of Tunisia Othman Battikh said on Tuesday that Valentine’s Day was not "haram" and celebrating it was permissible on one condition: that "morals are not violated." He also condemned preachers and extremists who think celebrating Valentine’s Day is “an imitation of Christians,” and called for using this occasion to spread love among people. READ ALSO: Did you know that a Tunisian pope created Valentine’s Day? ...

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