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Tunisian TV boss accused of using state funds for production company

The trial of Tunisian television chief Sami Fehri, accused of corruption during the rule of now-toppled strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, opened Friday with the defence requesting bail and the court denying it. Fehri, who runs the private Ettounsiya TV and was a business partner of Ben Ali’s fugitive…

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…

Tunisian ex-PM says Ben Ali wanted to kill protestors

LE KEF, Tunisia — Tunisia’s ex-prime minister Mohamed Ghannouchi told a tribunal Monday that toppled strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali had wanted to kill at least 1,000 protestors demanding his exit. Ghannouchi appeared as a witness in the trial probing manslaughter charges against Ben Ali and his key aides,…

Madrid to New York: The year of Western protest

NEW YORK — From Spain’s “indignados” protesters to Occupy Wall Street, 2011 was the year when people power, fueled by frustration at a deepening financial crisis, confronted the Western world’s elites. Initially it was the drama in North Africa that gripped the world, starting with Tunisians ousting president-for-life Zine El…

Arab Spring cyberactivists hold convention in Tunis

TUNIS — Some 200 Arab bloggers involved in cyberactivism will gather in Tunis Monday to discuss the role of the Internet and social networking in political change following the “Arab Spring”, organisers said. Following on gatherings in Beirut in 2008 and 2009, the third meeting of Arab bloggers will focus…

Tunisia asks Saudi Arabia to extradite Ben Ali

TUNIS (AFP) – Tunisia said Sunday it had officially asked Saudi Arabia to extradite deposed strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali whom it accused of “several serious crimes”. A foreign ministry statement cited by the state news agency TAP said an official request had been sent through diplomatic channels for…

Tunisia’s ex-leader Ben Ali ‘in coma’ in Saudi hospital

TUNIS – Ousted Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali suffered a stroke and was “in a coma” in a Saudi hospital, a family friend said Thursday, as more details of corruption under his rule came to light. The 74-year-old former leader slipped into a coma “two days ago” while…

Tunisian reservists report for duty amid instability

TUNIS (AFP) – Tunisian army reservists reported for duty Wednesday after being recalled by the interim government struggling to impose order following the toppling of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali a month ago. Between 400 and 500 turned up at a main mobilisation centre at Bouchoucha, in the suburbs…

Egypt activists have upper hand in cyber war

CAIRO – President Hosni Mubarak’s supporters took their battle against anti-government protesters to cyberspace but their voices were drowned out by an army of tech-savvy activists willing to wage keyboard war. Anti-regime street protests had for years been stifled by Egypt’s powerful security apparatus but, much to everyone’s surprise, it…

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