Tunisia, archaeological marathon in Carthage

The fourth edition of the Carthage Race will be held on Sunday, February 25, between Carthage and Sidi Bou Said, along with  events scheduled throughout Tunisia, according to the Carthage Race website.  During the race,  runners will compete near important and well-known historic sites namely Carthage, Byrsa, Sidi Bou Said, Marsa, the cisterns of La Malga, the Acropolium and Roman theater, the source reports. According to a  statement of the National office of Tunisian Tourism an Ultra Trail that will be held on September 29-30. The Ultra Mirage El Djerid…

Three Tunisian migrant traffickers detained in Italy

Three Tunisians suspected of being migrant traffickers were arrested in Italy , local media reported on Monday. Aged 32, 24, and 19, the three men were brought to jail in Ragusa, Sicily, on charge of favoring irregular immigration, according to AGI news agency. They had reached the Sicilian port of Pozzallo on Saturday on board of a rescue ship of Italy’s finance police operating within EU new border control mission Themis in the Mediterranean. Overall, some 86 people were saved in that operation, and all of them were believed to…

Arab Maghreb Union urges Libya to end union’s deadlock by holding summit

Taieb Baccoushe, secretary-general of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), on Sunday urged the UN-backed Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Serraj to end the deadlock of the union by holding a summit. Baccoushe made his remarks during a meeting with Serraj in the Libyan capital Tripoli. “Baccoushe said he hoped to call upon the prime minister to hold a Maghreb summit to end the deadlock in the union, with Libya presiding over it,” the prime minister’s media office said in a statement. Baccoushe added that the union’s secretariat had not ceased to…

Tunisia wins four gold medals at Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition

Tunisia won six medals, including four gold medals, at the 19th edition of the Los Angeles International Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition, TAP reports. The variety “Olivko” won the gold medal “Best Of Class,” along with the organic olive oil “Olivko” also won a gold medal. Ditto for the organic variety, Oriviera. Besides, « Triomphe Thuccabor » of Domain Ben Ismail won a gold medal. The Ben Ismail Domain lies in the north-western part of Tunisia, in the villlage of Toukaber. After winning the bronze medal at the “Athena International Olive…

Secret Russian arms shipment? Cargo ship with arms detained in Tunisia.

According to Tunisian sources, military trucks, armored and military personnel armored vehicles were found on board, also 24 containers with ammunition, all military cargo said not to be properly documented, destination of shipment unclear. Ro-ro cargo ship under Russian name URAL but operated by Mersin-based Turkish company, was detained in Sfax port, Tunisia, for a thorough search and check, having on board, according to locals, cargo of arms and ammunition. The ship is en route from Novorossiysk Russia to Douala Cameroon, Tunisian sources said she interrupted voyage and called Sfax,…

Now is the time to support Tunisia’s fragile democracy

Tunisia is at a turning point, which makes now the perfect time to support its vibrant but fragile democracy and turn it into one of Europe’s strongest allies in the region, write Frédérique Ries and Fulvio Martusciello. MEP Frédérique Ries is a member of ALDE, Belgium and MEP Fulvio Martusciello is a member of EPP, Italy. The Arab Spring – that spontaneous outburst of democratic fervour across the Arab and Muslim world – captivated us and filled us with hope in 2011. For the first time in years, we saw spontaneous protests for democracy,…

Giving a Voice to Tunisia’s Voiceless Citizens

The upcoming May 6 municipal elections in Tunisia will mark the first time citizens will democratically elect their local leaders and will launch the decentralization process in the country. Following the post-revolution 2011 Constituent Assembly elections and the 2014 parliamentary and presidential elections, voters have become increasingly frustrated with the slow pace of the transition. Coupled with a lack of knowledge about the new local government structure, this frustration makes it critical to inform citizens of the importance of the councils and motivate them to register to vote and participate…

Tunisia rejects proposal for NATO presence: Official

Tunisia has rejected a NATO proposal that would allow NATO officials to use a planned military command center, according to Tunisia’s defense minister. In a Monday statement, Abdelkrim Zibidi said his ministry had rejected the proposal, by which Tunisia would receive a 3-million-euro grant in exchange for letting NATO officers maintain a presence at military operations center the country plans to establish, Anadolu Agency reports. At a session of parliament’s security committee, Zbidi said his ministry was currently working on plans to establish a “joint command center to coordinate between…

British tourists returning to Tunisia after security improvements

Thomas Cook announced it would start flying British tourists to Tunisia as of mid-February. The British government gave tourists the green light to resume travelling to Tunisia, having concluded that the North African country had made significant improvements to security conditions, particularly in tourist areas, the Arab Weekly reports. UK Minister of State for Security Ben Wallace, at the end of a 3-day trip to Tunisia, said: “It has been really impressive what I have seen over the last few days. I look forward to the fact there is going to…

Deals on diplomatic training program, economic cooperation inked between China and Tunisia

China signed Tuesday two agreements with Tunisia to launch a diplomatic training program and boost the bilateral economic and technical partnership, Xinhua reports. The deals were signed in Tunis by Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs Khemais Jhinaoui and Qian Keming, visiting Chinese vice minister of commerce. Under the deals, the two countries will launch a program dubbed “Diplomatic Academy of Training and Studies,” and China will invest a total of 32 million US dollars in Tunisia’s economic and technical development. The diplomatic academy will provide training for Tunisia’s officials in…