Tunisia

Italy deports two over suspected contact with Berlin attacker

Italy has deported two Tunisian asylum seekers who have been classed as a danger to national security, the Interior Ministry in Rome said on Saturday.

Merkel hopes investment in Tunisians' future will curb migration

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday proposed funding and education incentives for Tunisians who voluntarily return to their home country as part of her bid to reduce migration to Germany from North African countries.

Ahead of Berlin visit, Tunisia premier rejects truck attack blame

Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has categorically rejected any responsibility on his country's part for a terrorist attack on a Christmas market in Berlin ahead of his visit to the German capital on Tuesday.

Merkel wants swifter deportations of rejected Tunisian asylum seekers

Tunisian asylum seekers whose applications have been rejected must be deported more quickly, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday in her weekly video podcast.

Italy unveils 200-million-euro Africa fund to curb migration

Italy on Wednesday unveiled a so-called Africa fund aimed at preventing potential migrants from leaving their homelands and traffickers from exploiting them.

German police arrest Tunisian suspected of IS plot in mass raids

A 36-year-old Tunisian man suspected of supporting and recruiting on behalf of the Islamic State extremist group was arrested in central Germany early Wednesday amid dozens of counterterrorism raids, Frankfurt's chief prosecutor said.

Tunisian leader tells Islamists not to fear Trump

The leader of Tunisia’s main Islamist movement, Rachid Ghannounchi, said Saturday that Islamists should not be worried about US President Donald Trump’s policy towards Muslims.

Italian counter-terrorism police arrest Tunisian radical Islamist

A Tunisian national suspected of being a member of a radical Islamist organization has been arrested in Italy, counter-terrorism police said on Tuesday.

Tunisia against return of "terrorists" from flashpoints

Tunisia does not want the return of Tunisians involved in terrorist acts abroad, Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said late Thursday.

Five killed, 52 injured in bus-train collision in Tunisia

Five people, including an infant, were killed when a train slammed into a public bus on Wednesday near the Tunisian capital Tunis, the Interior Ministry said.

Tunisia denies foot-dragging in deportation of Berlin attack suspect

Tunisia Monday denied shortcomings in taking back a Tunisian national from Germany before he mounted a deadly attack in Berlin last week.

Tunisia says it has dismantled "dangerous" militant group

Tunisian police have dismantled a "dangerous" militant group suspected of recruiting young people and sending them to fight in regional hotspots, the Interior Ministry said Sunday.

Italy violated migrants' rights, European Court of Human Rights says

Italy violated the rights of migrants held on Lampedusa and in ships near Palermo by detaining them without clear and accessible legal basis, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said Thursday.

EU offers Tunisia visa perks in return for help to tackle migration

The European Union launched talks Wednesday aimed at securing Tunisia's cooperation in the repatriation of citizens who have no right to stay in the bloc, in return for a lowering of hurdles for Tunisian visitors to Europe.

Tunisia's new unity government wins confidence vote

The new national unity government in Tunisia won a parliamentary vote of confidence late on Friday, almost a month after the last government was dismissed.

Tunisia's premier-designate announces new government

Tunisia's premier-designate, Youssef Chahed, on Saturday announced nominees for a new government, which will be tasked with rejuvenating the country’s economy.

Tunisian government loses confidence vote in parliament

The Tunisian Parliament voted late Saturday for withdrawing confidence from the government of Prime Minister Habib Essid, clearing the way for forming a unity cabinet.

Tunisia extends nationwide state of emergency for three months

Tunisia has extended for three months a nationwide state of emergency first imposed in November, the presidency said in a statement on Tuesday.

Tunisia's president calls for donations to combat terrorism

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi called on his compatriots to donate money to fight terrorism as the country struggles against an Islamist insurgency.

Tunisia steps up hunt for insurgents in town near Libya border

Tunisian security forces on Wednesday pressed ahead with a massive hunt for insurgents in a town near the Libyan border, having killed 10 of them since late Tuesday, the Interior Ministry said.

Death toll from southern Tunisia clashes rises to 55, says premier

The final estimate of the death toll from clashes between Tunisian security forces and insurgents in the southern city of Begardene a day ago is 55, Tunisian Premier Habib Essid said in a press conference Tuesday.

Tunisia ponders extraordinary measures after attack leaves 53 dead

Tunisia may take extraordinary measures in case of “an imminent danger that threatens the country’s security and independence," said President Beji Caid Essebsi Monday, hours after clashes with militants that claimed the lives of at least 53 people.

Curfew imposed in southern Tunisian city after gunbattle kills 26

The Tunisian Interior Ministry imposed a curfew in the southern city of Begardene near the border with Libya on Monday after clashes between unidentified insurgents and security forces left 26 dead.

At least 13 militants killed in gunbattle near Tunisia-Libya border

At least 13 suspected militants were killed Monday in clashes between Tunisian security forces and unknown insurgents near the border with Libya, Tunisian Defence Ministry spokesman Belhassen Oueslati said.

Tunisia: Security situation under control after violent protests

The security situation in Tunisia is under control, Prime Minister Habib Essid said on Saturday, a day after authorities announced a night-time curfew across the country following violent protests against unemployment.

Tunisia imposes nationwide curfew after protests over unemployment

Tunisia imposed a night-time curfew across the country on Friday following violent protests against unemployment.

Tunisia's anti-unemployment protests spread amid violence

Anti-unemployment protests, which started earlier this week in Tunisia's western central province of Kasserine, have spread to other areas of the country, including the capital Tunis, security officials said Friday, in the worst unrest since the 2010 uprising.