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Tunisian lawyers go on strike over new, austerity-driven taxes


TUNIS Thousands of Tunisian lawyers went on strike on Friday to protest at new taxes and tighter fiscal controls on their profession, extending a series of demonstrations against austerity measures in the 2017 budget.

Powerful Tunisian union threatens strike, calls protests over budget

TUNIS Tunisia's powerful UGTT labor union threatened on Thursday to hold a general strike and called protests against the government's plans to freeze public wage increases as part of measures to control the budget deficit.

Arts, World, Oct 20 2016

Britain sends new military training mission to Tunisia to counter IS

LONDON Britain has sent 40 military personnel to Tunisia to provide training aimed at helping the North African country prevent the spread of Islamic State fighters from neighboring Libya, the British defense minister said on Saturday.

World, Libya, Africa Oct 15 2016

Ex-detainees say CIA used makeshift electric chair in secret Afghan prison: rights group

Two Tunisian men who spent 12 years in U.S. custody in Afghanistan said CIA interrogators tortured them using previously unreported techniques that included threatening them with a makeshift electric chair and beating them with batons so brutally that they suffered broken bones, Human Rights Watch reported on Monday.

World, Afghanistan, U.S., Oct 03 2016

Tunisia PM pushes broad reform package, talks with unions

TUNIS Tunisia's prime minister plans key talks with unions to hold down state sector wages and sees close to 3 percent economic growth next year from a package of reforms aimed at underpinning the democracy won in the 2011 revolution with economic gains.

World, Sep 30 2016

Merkel: We need migrant deals with African states like EU-Turkey pact

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday said the European Union needed to establish migrant deals with African countries such as Egypt and Tunisia along the lines of the agreement it already has with Turkey.

World, Egypt, Africa Sep 26 2016

Tunisian former president says authorities pressuring media

TUNIS Former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki on Thursday accused authorities of pressuring a local TV channel to stop the broadcast of an interview with him, saying it was a case of state restrictions on media freedom.

World, Sep 15 2016

Tunisia fears jihadists returning home from Libya, seeks joint action

PARIS North African countries should be cooperating more to stop Islamic State fighters who are fleeing their Libyan stronghold of Sirte from returning to their homelands and causing trouble there, Tunisia's defense minister said on Tuesday.

Sep 06 2016

Tunisia police kill two militants, seize bomb belt in raid

TUNISIA Tunisian police killed two Islamist militants on Wednesday and seized arms and an explosive belt prepared for suicide attacks during a dawn raid in a central province following an earlier ambush on an army patrol, the interior ministry said.

World, Aug 31 2016

Militants kill three Tunisian soldiers in ambush near Algerian border: army

TUNIS Islamist militants killed three Tunisian soldiers and wounded seven others on Monday, opening fire on them with rifles and rocket propelled grenades after their patrol hit anti-tank landmines, an army spokesman said.

World, Mali Aug 29 2016