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.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
A Tunisian border guard was killed in a shootout with jihadists on the border with Algeria, officials said Monday, in an attack claimed by the North African country's main extremist group.
Finance Minister Slim Chaker said one guard was killed and three others wounded when they were "attacked close to the Bouchebka border post" late Sunday.Full Story
Two soldiers were killed by a landmine in western Tunisia near the Algerian border, a region where the army has been chasing jihadists since 2012, the defense ministry said Tuesday.
"Two soldiers died, one last night and the second early this morning, after they were injured in a landmine explosion in Mount Mghila on Monday," the ministry's spokesman Belhassen Oueslati told AFP.Full Story
A woman was killed and a man wounded in western Tunisia late on Saturday after soldiers opened fire on their car fearing they were armed, a defense ministry spokesman told AFP.
The army had earlier received information about a car carrying an "armed group" in the Kasserine region and had dispatched soldiers to find it, the spokesman, Belhassen Oueslati, said.Full Story
A suspected jihadist has been shot dead in western Tunisia near the Algerian border, a region where security forces have been hunting militants since 2012, the interior ministry announced Monday.
It said "a terrorist was killed" in an ambush staged by police special forces on Sunday night on Mount Sammama in the Kasserine region.Full Story