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Tunisia Extends State of Emergency for Two Months

Tunisia extended for another two months Tuesday a state of emergency imposed after a deadly November bus bombing claimed by the Islamic State group, the presidency said.

President Beji Caid Essebsi has "decided on an extension of the state of emergency over all the territory" of the country "until February 21, 2016," a statement said.

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Tunisia Reopens Libya Border

Tunisia has reopened its border with Libya, 15 days after it shut the frontier following a suicide bombing in Tunis claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group, the interior ministry said Friday.

"The border with Libya was opened Thursday at midnight," ministry spokesman Walid Louguini told AFP.

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Tunisia's Guardians of Democracy Pick up Nobel Prize

The Nobel Peace Prize was on Thursday presented to a group of four organizations that saved Tunisia's transition to democracy through dialogue, a method the laureates are keen to see applied in Syria and Libya.

"This year's prize is truly a prize for peace, awarded against a backdrop of unrest and war," the head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Kaci Kullmann Five said at the formal award ceremony in Oslo, held in the presence of Norway's King Harald and under tight security amid the threat of a jihadist attack.

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Tunis Shortens Curfew Imposed after Bus Bombing

The Tunisian government on Tuesday shortened a nighttime curfew imposed in the capital after a deadly November bus bombing claimed by the Islamic State group.

The curfew will now start at midnight instead of 9:00 pm, allowing some respite for Tunis shopkeepers and cafe owners who had felt the pinch from the loss of business in a city of more than one million people that usually bustles at night.

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Tunisia Names Three Suspects Wanted over Bus Bombing

Tunisia has identified three suspects wanted over Tuesday's suicide bombing that killed 12 presidential guards and is offering a financial reward for information leading to their arrest.

The interior ministry issued a statement on Friday evening identifying the wanted men as Hassan Ben Khalifa Bouchiba, Houcine Ben Khalifa Bouchiba and Walid Ben Mohamed Ali Yousfi.

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Tunisia Leaders Urged to Rethink Anti-Jihad Strategy

Tunisia's leaders faced calls Thursday to rethink their strategy in the fight against extremism following a suicide bombing by the Islamic State jihadist group of a busload of presidential guards.

The North African nation's struggle against Islamist violence has taken on added urgency following three major attacks this year by IS, which has made Tunisia one of its main targets.

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Tunisia Group Claims Beheading of Teen Shepherd for IS

A jihadist group claimed the beheading of a young Tunisian shepherd on behalf of Islamic State, accusing him of having informed the army about their movements in the central province of Sidi Bouzid, in a video posted on the Internet Sunday.

The killing of 16-year-old Mabrouk Soltani on November 13 sparked anger in Tunisia. His killers ordered a 14-year-old who was working with him to bring the victim's head wrapped in plastic to his family.

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Shepherd Beheading Adds to Woes of Neglected Corner of Tunisia

The beheading of a young shepherd by jihadists has aroused anger and frustration in Tunisia's Sidi Bouzid where extremist violence has compounded the woes of an impoverished region.

Mabrouk Soltani, 16, was murdered as his sheep grazed on Mount Mghilla.

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Kerry in Tunisia to Help Bolster Fledgling Democracy

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Tunis on Friday to take part in a strategic dialogue aimed at bolstering political and economic ties with the North African nation.

Kerry will be meeting members of the National Dialogue Quartet, who last month won the Nobel Peace Prize for their role in promoting a democratic transition after the Arab Spring revolution of 2011.

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Power Struggle Threatens Top Tunisia Party with Collapse

Rival ambitions, insults and accusations of violence have brought Tunisia's ruling party to the brink of collapse as the country struggles to lead the way towards a post-Arab Spring democracy.

The secularist Nidaa Tounes party was already weakened by the departure of its leader Beji Caid Essebsi, in line with the constitution after he was elected president last December.

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