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  • Philippines urges workers in Libya to leave while they can August 2, 2014

    Manila: The Philippines urged its thousands of workers in Libya on Saturday to leave the strife-torn nation now while they still can, warning that the remaining exit routes were closing fast. A ship chartered by Manila is set to sail from Malta in the coming days to pick up Filipinos...
  • Thousands flee to Tunisia to escape Libya fighting July 31, 2014

    Tunis: Up to 6,000 people a day have fled Libya into neighboring Tunisia this week, the Tunisian foreign minister has said, the biggest influx since Libya's 2011 civil war in a sign of the spiraling turmoil as rival militias battle over control of the airport in the capital Tripoli. The...
  • Football World Cup: Belgium head to Brazil on a high after Tunisia victory June 8, 2014

    Brussels: A late Dries Mertens goal gave Belgium a 1-0 victory over Tunisia in their final World Cup warmup friendly on Saturday, ensuring they go to Brazil on a high note after a match temporarily halted by hail. The home side dominated possession, but for much of the encounter they barely...
  • Tunisia chooses new PM to replace Islamist government December 15, 2013

    Tunis: A forum of political parties chose the industry minister as Tunisia's next prime minister, set to replace the Islamist-led government with technocrats in what's been a faltering transition to democracy. The Mehdi Jomaa, a 50-year-old independent who had abandoned a career in the private sector, won the vote to head...
  • Cameroon beat Tunisia to qualify for World Cup November 18, 2013

    Yaounde, Cameroon: Cameroon qualified for the World Cup with a 4-1 win over Tunisia in the second leg of their playoff on Sunday. Cameroon won by the same score on aggregate after the teams drew 0-0 in the first leg in Tunisia. Pierre Webo scored after four minutes for Cameroon and Benjamin...
  • Ivory Coast close in on WC; SA, Ghana in danger June 9, 2013

    Ivory Coast beat Gambia 3-0 in World Cup qualifying on Saturday, while Ethiopia and Zambia gained crucial victories that put South Africa and Ghana at risk of missing out on football's top tournament. Lacina Traore, Wilfried Bony and Yaya Toure scored in Gambia for the Ivorians, keeping Africa's top-ranked team in...
  • Nigeria eke out draw against Kenya in WC qualifiers March 24, 2013

    Johannesburg: New African champion Nigeria salvaged a home draw against Kenya with an injury-time equalizer in World Cup qualifying on Saturday. Ivory Coast didn't miss the dropped Didier Drogba in their 3-0 win over Gambia. Samuel Eto'o scored twice as Cameroon edged Togo 2-1 to improve the inconsistent Cameroonians' chances of...
  • Tunisia PM quits after failing to form new government February 20, 2013

    Tunis: Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali resigned on Tuesday after failing to replace a government pulled apart by acrimony between his Islamist allies and their secular opponents. Jebali had threatened to quit if his plan for a non-partisan cabinet of technocrats to lead the north African country into early elections...
  • Police and protesters clash in Egypt, army sent to Suez January 26, 2013

    Cairo: Egyptian protesters scuffled with police in Cairo on January 26 and troops were deployed in Suez after nine people were shot dead in nationwide protests against President Mohamed Mursi, exposing deep rifts two years after Hosni Mubarak was ousted. After a day of clashes on January 25, tension remained high...
  • Tunisia: Man dies after eating 28 raw eggs for a bet December 27, 2012

    Moscow: A 20-year-old man in Tunisia died shortly after eating 28 raw eggs for a bet, a local media report has said. Dhaou Fatnassi from El Baten, a settlement near the northeastern city of Kairouan, bet with a group of his friends that he would be able to eat 30...
  • Disgruntled crowd hurls stones at Tunisian president December 18, 2012

    Moscow: A disgruntled crowd hurled stones at President Moncef Marzouki and the parliament speaker in a central Tunisian town, a media report said on Tuesday. The incident occurred when the president and parliament speaker Mustapha Ben Jaafar arrived in Sidi Bouzid town, the cradle of the revolution that erupted in...
  • Protesters surge around Egypt's presidential palace December 8, 2012

    Cairo: Tens of thousands of Egyptian protesters surged around the presidential palace on Friday and the opposition rejected President Mohamed Mursi's call for dialogue to end a crisis that has polarised the nation and sparked deadly clashes. The Islamist leader's deputy said he could delay a December 15 referendum on a...
  • Mellouli wins gold in marathon swimming August 10, 2012

    London: Tunisia's Oussama Mellouli won his second medal of the London Olympics with victory in the gruelling men's 10-kilometre marathon swim on Friday. Mellouli finished the open-water swim in a time of 1 hour 49 min 55 seconds, a clear three seconds ahead of his closest challenger Thomas Lurz of Germany,...
  • Yemen votes, seals Saleh's exit February 21, 2012

    Aden: Yemen sealed President Ali Abdullah Saleh's exit from power on Tuesday by electing his deputy to shepherd the country away from the brink of civil war. Vice President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, the sole, consensus candidate, billed the vote as a way to move on after months of protests against...
  • Cradle of Arab Spring celebrates 1st anniversary December 18, 2011

    Sidi Bouzid: Tens of thousands of people packed a provincial town square to celebrate the first anniversary on Saturday of Tunisia's democratic revolution in the place where it began, unleashing a tide of popular revolt that has transformed the Arab world. The festive mood in Sidi Bouzid was tempered somewhat, however,...
  • 2011: Auditing the Arab Spring December 23, 2011

    At a small gathering of top Indian executives and management professionals in Bangalore this December, Egyptian blogger and spokesman for the 'April 6th movement' Waleed Rashed was explaining how the Tahrir Square crowds were inspired and organized by their youth movement founded in the spring of 2008. "Few of you would...
  • Tunisia installs former dissident as President December 13, 2011

    Tunis: Tunisia on Monday installed as its new president a former dissident who was imprisoned and then exiled for opposing former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, a new landmark in the country's post-revolutionary transition to democracy. Members of the constitutional assembly, Tunisia's interim parliament, voted to elect Moncef Marzouki as president,...
  • TWTW: The wait for Sachin's 100th ton and Pak memogate November 27, 2011

    Catch the funny side of the news from India and around the world this week with Cyrus Broacha on The Week That Wasn't. ...
  • Tunisia's new assembly holds first session November 23, 2011

    Tunis: Tunisia's constitutional assembly, elected after a revolution that inspired the "Arab Spring" uprisings, held its opening session on Tuesday, described by officials as an historic step towards democracy. The assembly, which will sit for a year to draft a new constitution, is dominated by a moderate Islamist party whose election...
  • Tunisian Islamist leader seeks calm after unrest October 29, 2011

    Tunis: The leader of the moderate Islamist party that won Tunisia's first free elections called for calm on Friday after protests erupted in the town where the country's revolution began. Authorities called a curfew in the town of Sidi Bouzid, where supporters of a local candidate rioted after he was docked...
  • Tunisian Islamists confirmed election winners October 28, 2011

    Tunis: Tunisian election officials on Thursday confirmed the Islamist Ennahda party as winner of the North African country's election, setting it up to form the first Islamist-led government in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings. Ennahda has tried to reassure secularists and investors, nervous about the prospect of Islamist rule...
  • Islamists claim win in Tunisia's Arab Spring vote October 25, 2011

    Tunis: Moderate Islamists claimed victory on Monday in Tunisia's first democratic election, sending a message to other states in the region that long-sidelined Islamists are challenging for power after the "Arab Spring." Official results have not been announced, but the Ennahda party said its workers had tallied the results posted at...
  • Tunisians turn out in force for first free vote October 23, 2011

    Tunis: Tunisians turned out in force for their country's first truly free elections on Sunday, voting that is expected to favor a long-banned Islamist party and seen as a bellwether for pro-democracy movements across the Arab world. With soldiers keeping order, no violence was reported near the end of the voting,...
  • Tunisia set to vote in first free elections October 23, 2011

    Tunis: Tunisians are set to vote in elections that are a culmination of a popular uprising that ended decades of authoritarian rule and set off similar rebellions across the Middle East. Tunisians on Sunday will elect an assembly that will appoint a new government and then write the country's constitution to...
  • US military aid for neighbors of Libya August 31, 2011

    Washington: The US Defense Department is sending more than $25 million in military equipment, small boats and other support to Tunisia and Malta, two nations that flank Libya and are key US allies in the tumultuous region, has learned. The funding, detailed in documents obtained,...
  • Ousted Tunisian leader gets 15-year jail term July 5, 2011

    Tunis: A Tunisian court sentenced former president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in absentia on Monday to more than 15 years in prison for illegal possession of drugs and weapons. Lawyers for Ben Ali, ousted in January and now in Saudi Arabia, boycotted the one-day trial, calling it a sham. The ousted...
  • Yemen: Saleh to reappear post June 3 violence June 26, 2011

    Riyaadh: Wounded Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, not seen in public since an attack on his palace in early June, is well enough to soon return to Yemen and will make a media appearance within the next couple of days. Speculation about Saleh's health and the likelihood of his return to...
  • Tunisian ex-leader sentenced to 35 years in jail June 21, 2011

    Tunis: A Tunisian court on Monday sentenced ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and his wife, in absentia, to 35 years in jail each after finding them guilty of theft and unlawful possession of cash and jewellery. Reading out the verdict and sentence in the courtroom after just one day of...
  • 150 people drown after boat wreck off Tunisia June 4, 2011

    Geneva: Many women and children are among 150 people that drowned after a ship carrying some 850 migrants, including Pakistanis and Bangladeshis, fleeing the conflict in Libya capsized off Tunisia's coast, the United Nations refugee agency said on Saturday. The tragedy appears to be one of the worst and the deadliest...
  • G-8: Nations to give $ 40 bn for Arab Spring May 27, 2011

    Deauville: Rich countries and international lenders are aiming to provide $40 billion in funding for Arab nations trying to establish free democracies, officials said at a Group of Eight summit on Friday. The officials didn't provide a breakdown of where the money would come from or when, or what it would...