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Country in Northern Africa

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Tunisia: Country in Northern Africa
Tunisia, officially the Republic of Tunisia, is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa, covering 163,610 square kilometres. Its northernmost point, Cape Angela, is the northernmost point on the African continent. It is bordered by Algeria to the west and southwest, Libya to the southeast, and the Mediterranean Sea to the north and east. Tunisia's population was 11.435 million in 2017. Tunisia's name is derived from its capital city, Tunis, which is located on its northeast coast.

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Polls close in first round of Tunisian presidential election

Polling booths closed at 6 pm (1700 GMT) in Tunisia on Sunday after voting in the first round of a presidential election in the young democracy.
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Tunisian electoral head urges youth to vote with turnout seeming low

Tunisia's electoral commission urged young people to head to the polls on Sunday after slow voting for much of the day in a presidential race that features a media tycoon standing while in detention.
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Videos for Tunisia

Tunisia presidential election: There are 26 candidates vying to be country's next head of state [Video]Tunisia presidential election: There are 26 candidates vying to be country's next head of state

The Arab Spring's sole success story elects a replacement for Beji Caid Essebsi.

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Tunisia chemical plants causing devastating pollution [Video]Tunisia chemical plants causing devastating pollution

Near a bustling port exporting phosphates lies a graveyard of trawlers, rotting boats of the fisherman whose livelihoods were destroyed by the chemicals washing into the bay.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:53Published

Tunisians bid farewell to late President Beji Caid Essebsi [Video]Tunisians bid farewell to late President Beji Caid Essebsi

Several foreign leaders attend state funeral as thousands gather in the streets of the capital, Tunis.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:10Published

Tunisia bids farewell to president Essebsi at state funeral [Video]Tunisia bids farewell to president Essebsi at state funeral

Mourners and international delegates gathered at Tunisia's Carthage Palace on Saturday to bid farewell to the country's first democratically elected president Beji Caid Essebsi. Rough cut (no reporter..

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Tunisia to bring forward presidential polls after Essebsi's death [Video]Tunisia to bring forward presidential polls after Essebsi's death

Interim leader Mohammed Ennaceur has 90 days to organise a presidential election, says Tunisia's electoral commission.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:15Published

Tunisia’s 92-year-old president Essebsi has died: president's office [Video]Tunisia’s 92-year-old president Essebsi has died: president's office

Tunisia’s 92-year-old president Essebsi has died said the president's office

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:25Published

Meet Mounir Baatour, the gay lawyer running to be Tunisia's next president [Video]Meet Mounir Baatour, the gay lawyer running to be Tunisia's next president

Mounir Baatour says there has been a “positive” reaction to his campaign to become Tunisia's first openly gay president.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:28Published

North Africa’s first tattoo school revives an old tradition in Tunisia [Video]North Africa’s first tattoo school revives an old tradition in Tunisia

The National School of Tattooing, which opened its doors in Tunisia in January, is the only one of its kind in North Africa.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 03:48Published

 

Voting starts in Tunisian presidential election

Tunisians began casting votes in an unpredictable presidential election on Sunday where there is no overwhelming front-runner, with the young democracy's economic ills dominating the agenda.
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Tunisians prepare for the polls as unpredictable election looms

Tunisia's presidential election on Sunday is the most unpredictable in its short experience of democracy, a contest with no overwhelming front-runner at a time of economic angst.
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Tunisian court keeps presidential candidate in detention: lawyer

A Tunisian appeals court on Friday rejected a request by presidential candidate Nabil Karoui to be released from detention pending the verdict in his trial for tax fraud and money laundering, his..
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Tunisia's exiled autocrat in hospital: lawyer

Tunisia's ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali has been hospitalized for "a health crisis" in Saudi Arabia, where he has lived in exile since the revolution of 2011, his lawyer Mounir Ben Salha said..
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Jailed Tunisian presidency front-runner starts hunger strike

Tunisian‮‮ ‬‬media mogul Nabil Karoui, a front-runner in Sunday's presidential election, has started a hunger strike in prison demanding to be allowed to vote, his lawyer said on Thursday.
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Detained mogul's presidential run tests Tunisia's democracy

Media magnate Nabil Karoui's run for president was testing the rules of Tunisia's young democracy even before he was put in custody last month charged with tax fraud and money laundering.
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Timeline:Tunisia's bumpy path to democracy

Tunisia's votes for president this month and parliament in October are the next step in its transition to democracy after a revolution that triggered the "Arab Spring" uprisings of 2011.
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Malta agrees to let last migrants stranded on NGO boat disembark

Malta will let five Tunisian migrants stranded on the migrant rescue ship Alan Kurdi disembark after two European Union countries agreed to take them in, the Maltese government said on Tuesday.
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Factbox: Tunisia's main candidates for presidential elections

Tunisia's presidential election on Sept. 15 has a crowded field of candidates, all vying to lead the only democracy to emerge from the 2011 "Arab Spring" uprisings.
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Televised debates a new step in Tunisia's young democracy

Eight presidential candidates stood behind their podiums aiming to impress Tunisian voters on Saturday evening in the young democracy's first ever televised election debate.
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German NGO calls on Malta to take in migrants

A German non-governmental organization filed on Friday a court request in Malta calling on the government there to accept 13 Tunisian migrants who it said had been saved from a sinking boat in Malta's..
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Tunisia court upholds continued detention of presidential candidate

A Tunisian appeals court on Tuesday upheld the detention of media magnate Nabil Karoui, a candidate in a Sept. 15 presidential election, on suspicion of tax fraud and money laundering, his lawyer said.
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Tunisian candidates start their presidential campaigns

Tunisian presidential candidates began campaigning on Monday for the Sept. 15 election against a backdrop of economic troubles and a militant shooting that underlined the challenges facing the only..
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Tunisian policeman and three Islamist militants killed in clashes

A Tunisian policeman and three Islamist militants were killed on Monday in a security operation in a remote area near the Algerian border, police said.
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Tunisian PM urges continued focus on economy after election

Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, a candidate for president in next month's election, said on Thursday the country should press ahead with his government's focus on the economy and security if it..
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U.S. gives Tunisia $335 million in financial aid over five years

The United States has agreed to give Tunisia financial aid worth $335 million over five years to support its democratic transition, the Tunisian Development and International Cooperation‮ ‬ministry..
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Tunisia's Zbidi says he will amend constitution if elected president

Tunisia's Defence Minister Abdelkarim Zbidi will amend the constitution if he wins September's presidential election to end an "unreasonable" division of power between the prime minister and the head..
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Tunisia's Karoui still presidential candidate despite arrest: electoral commission

Tunisian media magnate Nabil Karoui remains in the race for next month's presidential election despite his arrest on Friday, the electoral commission said on Saturday.
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Tunisian police arrest presidential candidate Karoui on tax evasion charges

Tunisian police arrested presidential candidate Nabil Karoui on Friday on what local media said were charges of financial crimes, but his party said it was a politically motivated attempt to exclude..
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Tunisian PM delegates his powers to focus on presidential race

Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed will temporarily delegate his powers to Public Service Minister Kamal Morjane to focus on the presidential campaign and to ensure equal opportunities for all..
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Moderate Islamists make new power quest in Tunisia

Tunisia's moderate Islamists are hoping the genial Beethoven fan they have nominated to run in next month's presidential elections will break the mould in the Arab world by turning success at the..
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Tunisia electoral commission approves 26 presidential candidates

Tunisia's electoral commission said on Wednesday it had approved 26 candidates including two women for next month's presidential election and had rejected 71 other applicants.
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Tunisian PM Chahed enters crowded race in presidential vote

Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, leader of the secular Tahya Tounes party, on Friday submitted his candidacy for the presidential election next month, making him a likely frontrunner in a..
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Tunisian PM Chahed submits bid to run for president

Tunisia's Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, leader of the secular Tahya Tounes party, on Friday submitted his candidacy for the presidential election expected next month, making him one of the likely..
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Tunisia's moderate Ennahda VP Mourou to run in presidential elections

Tunisia's biggest political party Ennahda named a candidate for presidential elections on Tuesday, the first time the moderate Islamist party has put up a nominee for the post since the country..
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Tunisia's interim president extends state of emergency for one month

Tunisia's interim president extended the country's state of emergency for another month, his office said in a statement on Friday.
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Tunisia prime minister to run for president following Essebsi's death

Tunisia's liberal prime minister, Youssef Chahed, will run for president in an early election expected on Sept. 15, his Tahaya Tounes party said on Wednesday, making him one of the likely frontrunners..
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Tunisia bids farewell to president Essebsi at state funeral

Tunisia will bid farewell to its first democratically elected president Beji Caid Essebsi on Saturday at a state funeral attended by foreign leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron.
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In Passing

Tunisian president Beji Caid Essebsi, Mark A. R. Kleiman campaigned for relaxing marijuana laws and Yao Li 'the silver voice' of Shanghai,
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Tunisian presidential election to take place on Sept. 15: Electoral Commission

Tunisia will hold a presidential election on Sept. 15, the Independent Electoral Commission said on Thursday, following the death of President Beji Caid Essebsi.
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Tunisian parliament speaker sworn in as new president

Tunisian parliament speaker Mohamed Ennaceur was sworn in as interim president on Thursday hours after President Beji Caid Essebsi's death in a smooth transition of power in the birthplace of the Arab..
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Tunisia's Essebsi, leading figure in shift to democracy, dies at 92

Tunisia’s 92-year-old president, Beji Caid Essebsi, who helped guide the North African country's transition to democracy after a 2011 revolution, has died, the presidency said on Thursday.
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Tunisia's Essebsi shaped transition since overthrow of Ben Ali

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, who helped shape his country's democratic transition after a 2011 revolution ended decades of authoritarian rule, has died, the presidency said on Thursday. He was..
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Tunisian President Essebsi has died: presidency

Tunisia’s 92-year-old president, Beji Caid Essebsi, has died, the presidency said in a statement on Thursday.
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Tunisia president hospitalized after health scare: president's son

Tunisia's 92-year-old president, Beji Caid Essebsi, was taken to a military hospital on Wednesday, the son of the president said, the second health crisis for the leader in a month.
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Eastern Libyan forces warplane makes emergency landing in Tunisia, pilot held: LNA

A warplane belonging to eastern Libyan forces fighting the internationally recognized Tripoli government made an emergency landing in Tunisia on Monday and the pilot was detained, the self-declared..
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Libyan warplane makes emergency landing on road in southern Tunisia

A Libyan warplane made an emergency landing on a road in the southern Tunisian town of Beni Khadash on Monday and its pilot has been detained, according to Tunisia's state news agency TAP.
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Leader of moderate Islamist party to stand for parliamentary elections in Tunisia

Rached Ghannouchi, the influential leader of Tunisia's moderate Islamist Ennahda party, will stand in the next parliamentary elections in October, a move widely seen as an attempt to seek a leadership..
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Final death toll in boat migrant accident off Tunisia rises to 82

The number of bodies recovered by Tunisia after a ship packed with migrants sank off its coast last week has risen to 82, in one of the worst disasters in recent years, the Tunisian Red Crescent said..
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More bodies found in Tunisia migrant ship sinking feared to have killed more than 80

More bodies were found from a ship packed with migrants that sank off the Tunisian coast last week, bringing the official death toll to 72 in a disaster feared to have killed more than 80 people, the..
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