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Tunisia looks to ‘Star Wars’ sites as ‘a new hope’ for tourism

It was not that long ago nor very far, far away when “Star Wars” landed in Tunisia. Seven Tunisian cities have been used as the desert planet Tatooine in five of the six “Star Wars” films between 1977 and 2005. Since the films’ releases —……

Topless feminist protester goes on trial in Tunisia

A young Tunisian woman with the topless protest group Femen went on trial Thursday for illegal possession of pepper spray, sparking angry Salafist demonstrators to demand she face stiffer charges under Islamic law. In Tunis, three European members of the group, two French and one German, were due to appear…

Tunisian army clashes with armed jihadists

Tunisian troops clashed on Wednesday with around 50 armed jihadists in the remote Mount Chaambi border region, a security source said, the first such operation since the revolution in January 2011. “The group consists of more than 50 Salafi jihadists,” the source told AFP, adding that they were well armed…

Jobless Tunisian man sets himself on fire at key revolutionary site

AFP – A young jobless man set himself ablaze and was seriously wounded on Sunday in front of the town hall of Sidi Bouzid, birthplace of Tunisia’s 2011 revolution, witnesses said. Brahim Slimani, 23, doused himself with petrol and set himself alight in front of the closed town hall, to…

More Sufi shrines torched in Tunisia: witnesses

Two Sufi mausoleums were torched in Tunisia on Thursday, police and media reported, in the latest violence the mystical Muslim sect claims is being carried out by ultra-conservative Salafist Muslims. The Sidi Ali Ben Salem mausoleum in the southwestern region of Gabes was totally destroyed by fire, police said. In…

‘Anonymous’ leaks emails hacked from Tunisia’s leaders

TUNIS — Activists claiming affiliation with the hacking group Anonymous published about 2,700 emails Sunday purportedly between Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali and other members of his government. A mask-wearing man in a video posted online said the publication had been prompted by recent events in Tunisia, notably the violent…

Tunisian forces teargas protesters

TUNIS — Security forces used tear gas and shot into the air to disperse thousands of protesters in central-west Tunisia Wednesday, official and union sources said. The trouble came on the day that members of Tunisia’s interim government formally resigned, following the formation of the country’s first-ever democratically elected constituent…

Tunisia enters new era of democracy

Tunisia entered a new era of democracy Tuesday with the inaugural session of its democratically elected constituent assembly, 10 months after a popular uprising ended years of dictatorship. The 217-member assembly, the first elected body produced by theArab Spring, was expected to confirm a deal whereby the Islamist Ennahda party and two other parties split the…

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