Tunisia looks to branch out into wine tourism
Oct30

Tunisia looks to branch out into wine tourism

Although Tunisia’s tourism industry seems to be going through an unending chill, Mohamed Ben Sheikh is convinced there are good days ahead thanks to the nation’s vineyards. Standing on a hillside on his land, he says, “Our country is rich in local produce.” Among these assets, the ancient culture of winemaking is undergoing something of a revival in this overwhelmingly Muslim-majority country which has a...

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France warns IS fighters could flee Libya to Tunisia, Egypt
Sep06

France warns IS fighters could flee Libya to Tunisia, Egypt

Islamic State group fighters could flee to Egypt or Tunisia after being flushed from their former Libyan stronghold of Sirte, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned Monday. “We should begin to look seriously at the question of the spread of the terrorists once Sirte … (is) emptied of the terrorists,” Le Drian told a defense conference in Paris. “They don’t disappear. There’s a new risk that appears,” he said, adding:...

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Italy expels Tunisian man who threatened to attack Leaning Tower of Pisa
Aug13

Italy expels Tunisian man who threatened to attack Leaning Tower of Pisa

ITALY has ordered the deportation of a Tunisian man suspected of plotting a terror attack at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, The Local has reported. The man, 26-year-old Bilel Chiahoui was arrested after posting messages on social media supporting recent jihadist attacks in Europe, and also threatening to attack the Italian monument, which attracts more than six million tourists a year. There was “evidence the Tunisian sympathised with...

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Who is Youssef al-Shahed, Tunisia’s prime minister-designate?
Aug04

Who is Youssef al-Shahed, Tunisia’s prime minister-designate?

Tunisia’s president has officially confirmed Local Affairs Minister Youssef al-Shahed as Prime Minister-designate of the country on Wednesday. The decision comes after President Beji Caid Essibsi nominated him earlier in the week following the previous administration’s ousting by lawmakers amid criticism of stalled economic reforms. Born in September 18, 1975 in Tunisia, Shahed was a minister of local development and a state...

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Yousuf Shahed named prime minister of Tunisia
Aug04

Yousuf Shahed named prime minister of Tunisia

Tunisia’s President Beji Qaid Al Sebsi named Yousuf Shahed as prime minister on Wednesday after parliament ousted Habib Al Sid in a vote of no-confidence because of his handling of economic reforms and security. A junior minister in Al Sid’s government, Shahed, 41, is an agricultural sciences specialist and academic who has taught in France and Tunisia, and also a senior member in the secular Nidaa Tunis party. Al Sebsi had been...

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