Tunisia

Washington to give Tunisia military aid to battle Islamists

TUNIS - The United States will give Tunisia $60 million worth of military aid to help it fight Islamist militants who are threatening the country's nascent democracy, a senior American official said on Tuesday.

Tunisia, Egypt halt Libya flights over security fears

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI - Tunisia and Egypt's Cairo airport halted most flights to and from Libya on Thursday for security reasons, officials said, days after the Libyan government said unidentified war planes had attacked positions of armed groups in Tripoli.

Libya militia clashes spread beyond Tripoli towards Zawiya oil port

TRIPOLI - Clashes in Libya spread from Tripoli to the western town of Zawiya near Tunisia's border, where a large oil port is located, killing four people over the last two days, local town council officials said on Thursday.

World, Libya, United Nations 07 Aug 2014

United States to sell Tunisia 12 Black Hawks to aid militant fight

WASHINGTON - The United States is planning to sell Tunisia a dozen advanced attack helicopters as Washington seeks to help the North African state stamp out a mounting threat from Islamist militants.

World, Africa, Mali, 05 Aug 2014

Militants attack Tunisian army base, kill one soldier

TUNIS - A Tunisian soldier was killed after Islamist militants tried to storm an army base early on Sunday in the town of Sbitla near the Algerian border, the Tunisian government said on Sunday.

World, Mali 03 Aug 2014

Tunisia guards fire in air to disperse crowds at Libya border

RAS JDIR Tunisia - Tunisian guards shot into the air and fired tear gas on Friday to stop a group of Egyptians from storming across the border with Libya after fleeing violence in Tripoli, a Reuters reporter said.

World, Egypt, Libya 01 Aug 2014

Two Egyptians shot dead in Libya-Tunisia border clash: state media

TUNIS - Two people were shot dead when Libyan border guards opened fire to disperse hundreds of Egyptians trying to cross into Tunisia to flee Libya's growing chaos, the Tunisian state news agency TAP said on Thursday.

World, Egypt, Libya 31 Jul 2014

Tunisia's chief of army land forces resigns: official

TUNIS - The commander of Tunisia's army land forces has resigned, the defense ministry said on Wednesday, as the military struggles to contain attacks by al Qaeda-linked militants.

World, Mali 30 Jul 2014

U.S. diplomats' return to Libya could be more hazardous than exit

WASHINGTON - If evacuating U.S. embassy staff from Libya was perilous - three F-16 fighters and Marines in Osprey aircraft flew overhead a road convoy from Tripoli to Tunisia - sending them back in could be politically hazardous for President Barack Obama.

UK embassy convoy hit by gunfire in Libya, no injuries: official

TRIPOLI - A British embassy convoy was hit by gunfire during an attempted hijacking outside the capital Tripoli on the way to the Tunisian border, but no-one was injured in the incident, an embassy official said on Sunday.

World, Libya 27 Jul 2014