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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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Tunisian Street Vendor Dies after Setting Self on Fire

A Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire after authorities seized his merchandise has died, a health official said on Monday.

"The young man was admitted to hospital with third degree burns on Friday. He died of his injuries today," said Imed Maaloul, head of health services in Tunisia's second city Sfax.

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Tunisian Mediators Win Nobel Peace Prize

Tunisian civil society groups won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for helping to create the only democracy to emerge from the Arab Spring, at a time when the country is under threat from jihadist violence.

The Nobel panel said the award to the National Dialogue Quartet was intended as an "encouragement to the Tunisian people" and as an inspiration for others, particularly in the turbulent Middle East.

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Tunisia Lawmaker Escapes Assassination Bid

A lawmaker with Tunisia's main, anti-Islamist political party said he escaped an assassination bid while driving to work Thursday in the coastal city of Sousse.

The popular resort city was the site in June of a beachfront massacre in which a jihadist gunman killed 38 foreign tourists.

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HRW Urges Tunisia to Free Man Jailed for Homosexuality

Human Rights Watch called on the Tunisian authorities on Monday to free a 22-year-old student jailed last week for homosexuality and to repeal the law that criminalizes consensual sodomy.

"The Tunisian government should not be prosecuting people for private and consensual sexual acts," said HRW's deputy Middle East and North Africa director Eric Goldstein.

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Tunisian Student Gets Year in Jail for 'Homosexuality'

A Tunisian court has sentenced a student to a year behind bars on charges of homosexuality, in a judgment condemned by local rights groups, his lawyer said Thursday. 

The youth had been detained on September 6 in the Mediterranean resort area of Sousse for questioning in connection with a murder after his telephone number was found on the victim, lawyer Fadoua Braham said.

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Tunisia Opposition Calls Demo against Corruption Bill

Tunisian opposition parties and independent figures have called for a demonstration Saturday against a controversial anti-corruption bill, defying a ban on public protests under a state of emergency.

The protest on Tunis's Habib Bourguiba Avenue, a focal point of the country's 2011 revolution, will "demand a withdrawal of the bill which creates impunity and divides Tunisia," said al-Joumhouri party secretary general Maya Jribi.

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