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26 Tunisians to run for presidency

Tunisia’s electoral commission said on Wednesday it had approved 26 candidates including two women for next month’s presidential election and had rejected 71 other applicants. The Sept. 15 vote follows the death at age 92 last month of Beji Caid Essebsi, the first president to be democratically elected in Tunisia …

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Migrants missing off coast of Tunis

Over 80 migrants went missing at sea following a shipwreck which occurred on Wednesday off the coast of Zarzis in Tunisia, Italian news agency ANSAmed reported on Thursday. Only five people survived the incident, according to Alarm Phone, which announced the news on Twitter and attributed it to Chamseddine Marzoug, …

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Nationwide strike in Tunis in protest over IMF cuts

About 650,000 public sector workers went on strike and thousands protested across Tunisia on Thursday over the government’s refusal to raise wages amid threats from international lenders to stop financing Tunisia’s tattered economy. Schools, universities, municipalities and ministries were shut and hospitals were on emergency staffing only in the nationwide walkout …

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Tunisia to face wage crunch at IMF’s insistence

Tunisia must keep its public sector wage bill under control to avoid severe debt problems, a senior International Monetary Fund official warned after the government agreed to raise wages of about 150,000 employees of state companies. Late last month, Tunisia’s UGTT union canceled a nationwide strike by public sector workers …

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Women blows self up in Habib Bourguiba avenue

Witnesses described a blast on the central Habib Bourguiba avenue where hundreds of police later cordoned off an area near the capital’s landmark Municipal Theatre and the French embassy. “I was in front of the theater and heard a huge explosion,” witness Mohamed Ekbal bin Rajib told Reuters. Ambulances could …

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Tunisia bans UAE Emirates airline from landing in Tunis

Tunisia has banned Emirates airline from landing in the capital Tunis after a number of Tunisian women were prevented from boarding its flights. The move comes amid widespread anger in Tunisia, with rights groups condemning “racist and discriminatory” measures. The transport ministry said the measure would stay in place until …

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Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet wins Nobel Peace Prize

The Levant News — Tunisia’s National Dialogue Quartet won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its contribution to building democracy after the Jasmine Revolution in 2011, the Nobel Committee said. The quartet is made up of the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT), the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts …

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