Political Islam tries to adapt to Tunisia election landscape


SFAX Tunisia - From behind a niqab veil masking all but her eyes, Tunisian activist Fedia Mkaouar stops passersby in a busy street to make a pitch for her conservative Islamist party chasing votes in Sunday's parliamentary election.

Tunisian forces kill six after standoff with militants outside Tunis

TUNIS - Tunisian security forces on Friday killed six people, including five women, after a standoff with an Islamist militant group on the outskirts of Tunis two days before a parliamentary election, authorities said.

World, 24 Oct 2014

Tunisia policeman killed in pre-election clash with militants

OUED ELLIL Tunisia - A Tunisian policeman was killed and another wounded on Thursday when security forces clashed with Islamist militants on the outskirts of Tunis, three days before parliamentary elections which voters hope will help them advance toward full democracy.

World, 23 Oct 2014

Tunisia says it thwarted jihadist attack before elections

TUNIS - Tunisian security forces have arrested a group of Islamist militants, including two women, that planned to carry out attacks in the capital, Tunis, less than two weeks before parliamentary elections, authorities said on Tuesday.

World, Africa 14 Oct 2014

French tourists avoid Tunisia after traveler's beheading in nearby Algeria

BERLIN - Tunisia lost about a third of its French tourist bookings to cancellation shortly after the beheading last month of a French traveler by Islamist militants in neighboring Algeria, the country's tourism minister said on Monday.

World, 13 Oct 2014

Tunisia cracks down on jihadists as elections loom: PM

TUNIS - - Tunisia has arrested some 1,500 suspected jihadists this year, Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa told Reuters, part of a security crackdown aimed at safeguarding the North African country's fragile transition to democracy.

World, Africa, 11 Oct 2014

Tunisia's Islamists ready for a coalition with old regime officials

TUNIS - Tunisia's main Islamist party is ready to form a coalition government with secular rivals including former officials who worked with President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali before he was toppled in 2011, the party’s chief said.

World, 10 Oct 2014

In Tunisia, old regime figures make a comeback

TUNIS - At Tunis airport arrivals terminal last month, hundreds of Tunisians gathered waving flags to greet a special guest -- not a sports legend or popstar, but a former minister from ousted President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali's government.

World, 08 Oct 2014

Tunisia Islamists face secular parties as election campaign opens

TUNIS - Tunisia's main Islamist party began campaigning on Monday preparing to face off with secular opponents and former regime officials in the second free elections since the North African state's 2011 uprising.

World, Africa, 06 Oct 2014

Exclusive: U.S., France propose U.N. sanctions on foreign Islamist fighters

UNITED NATIONS - A United Nations Security Council committee is considering requests by the United States and France to blacklist more than a dozen foreign extremist fighters, fundraisers and recruiters linked to Islamist militant groups in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Tunisia and Yemen.

World, United Nations, France, 22 Sep 2014