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Tunisia's weakened premier unlikely to push reform as polls loom


TUNIS Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has survived attempts by his own party and unions to force him out but, with elections looming, looks less and less able to enact the economic reforms that have so far secured IMF support for an ailing economy.

Tunisia ruling party suspends PM's membership after row with president's son

TUNIS Tunisia's ruling Nidaa Tounes party said on Friday it had frozen the prime minister's membership in the latest escalation in a row between the prime minister and the president's son.

World, Sep 14 2018

Tunisian energy minister, officials sacked over graft accusations - government

TUNIS Tunisia's Prime Minister Youssef Chahed sacked the energy minister, Khaled Kaddour, and four other senior figures linked to that ministry on Friday over corruption accusations, government officials said.

World, Aug 31 2018

Migrant boat sinks off Tunisia, at least five dead

TUNIS Tunisia’s coast guard said it recovered the bodies of five migrants on Thursday whose boat sank as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to the Italian island of Lampedusa.

World, Aug 23 2018

Tunisia says it is holding passport of Islamist suspect deported by Germany pending probe

TUNIS Tunisia has confiscated the passport of a man suspected of being an Islamist militant who once served as Osama bin Laden's bodyguard to prevent him returning to Germany, a judiciary official said on Friday.

World, Germany, Aug 17 2018

Tunisian president proposes inheritance equality for women, with exceptions

TUNIS Tunisia's president on Monday proposed giving women equal inheritance rights despite protests from thousands of people objecting to any challenge to Islamic law.

World, Aug 13 2018

Islamist suspect detained in Germany tested ricin on hamster

BERLIN A Tunisian detained in Germany on suspicion of planning an Islamist-motivated attack produced ricin and tested the lethal toxin on a hamster, prosecutors said on Friday.

World, Germany, Aug 03 2018

Tunisia allows boat with migrants to dock after leaving it stranded for two weeks

TUNIS Tunisia has agreed to accept a boat carrying around 40 African migrants stranded for two weeks off the country's coast after first allowing it to dock, the Red Crescent said on Tuesday.

World, Africa Jul 31 2018

Tunisian airport workers call off strike

TUNIS Tunisian airport employees have called off a strike slated to take place this week after a deal was reached with the government to improve work conditions, their union said on Monday, averting a threatened disruption of tourist traffic.

World, Jul 30 2018

Tunisia releases suspected bin Laden bodyguard, citing lack of evidence

TUNIS Tunisia has released a man two weeks after he was deported there from Germany on suspicion of being an Islamist militant who once served as Osama bin Laden's bodyguard, a judiciary official said on Friday.

World, Germany Jul 27 2018