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  • Population 10,982,754
  • Inflation 4,95% (2015)
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Tunis (AFP) The story of an epic train journey across war-torn Mozambique by a Brazilian director has been awarded the top prize at Tunisia’s Carthage Film Festival. “The Train of Salt and Sugar” by Licinio Azevedo, a Brazilian who lives in the African country, received the Tanit d’Or as the festival wrapped up on Saturday. Like a Western, the film follows the perilous journey of a train that sets off across rebel-held areas to exchange salt for sugar in 1989 during Mozambique’s civil war. The Tanit d’Argent went to SouthRead More
Tunis (AFP) A frank documentary about the lives of gay Tunisians received an enthusiastic welcome at a local film festival Friday despite homosexuality being a crime in the North African country. “It’s brilliant. If this film made it, then of course we can screen many others,” said Sikander, a member of the audience who only gave his first name, as he left the theatre at the Carthage Film Festival. The room of 500 seats was not big enough to fit all those who flocked to see “Upon the shadow”, anRead More
Tunis (AFP) Tunisia on Friday extended for another three months a state of emergency introduced two years ago following a series of deadly jihadist attacks in the North African country. President Beji Caid Essebsi “decided to prolong the state of emergency across the whole country for three months from November 12”, his office said in a statement. The security measure has been in place since a November 2015 bombing on a presidential guard bus in the capital Tunis killed 12 security service members. The Islamic State jihadist group claimed theRead More
Sfax (Tunisia) (AFP) Hundreds of Tunisian policemen demonstrated on Friday in the central city of Sfax, demanding that parliament adopt a law on “protecting” them which civil groups have called “dangerous” for democracy. The demonstrations come two days after an Islamist extremist stabbed two policemen outside parliament. One died on Thursday of his wounds. The protesters, some in their police uniforms, marched in the city before rallying outside the prefecture, holding up signs that read: “We demand a law that bans attacks against policemen.” Another sign said: “Such a lawRead More
Tunis (AFP) A young Islamic extremist stabbed two policemen on Wednesday in front of the Tunisian parliament, seriously wounding one of them before being arrested, the authorities said. The early morning attack by theman in his mid-20s left bloodstains spattered on the ground outside an entrance to parliament, next door to the famed National Bardo Museum that was the site of a deadly Islamic State group attack in 2015. A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office, Sofiene Sliti, said the assailant set upon the policemen with a knife at around 8:00Read More
Tunis (AFP) A Frenchman and a Tunisian woman were convicted on Wednesday on appeal in Tunis for “public indecency” after an altercation with police who arrested the couple while they were hugging in a car. The couple, who maintain that they were not kissing, were given a lighter sentence than the original term handed out at their October 4 trial, after widespread outrage on social media and in the press over the incident. The man was handed four months in prison for “public indecency” and “refusing to obey the police”,Read More
Tunis (AFP) Tunisia’s navy has found the bodies of 26 migrants at sea a week after their boat collided with a navy vessel, bringing the death toll to 34, the defence ministry said. On October 8, a migrant boat sank following a collision with a navy vessel off the coast of the Kerkennah islands in the Mediterranean. At the time, the defence ministry said eight migrants drowned and 38 others were rescued, while NGOs spoke of dozens still missing. On Sunday night, a navy search and rescue vessel spotted theRead More
Tunis (AFP) Tunisia’s health minister died of a heart attack on Sunday after taking part in a charity marathon to help battle cancer, officials said. Slim Chaker, 56, fell ill after running some 500 metres (yards) and then making a speech at the start of a race in the coastal town of Nabeul aimed at raising funds to build a clinic for children with cancer, his ministry said. He died later at a military hospital in Tunis. “I have lost a brother and a colleague,” Prime Minister Youssef Chahed wroteRead More