Germany agrees to deport Tunisian wanted over 2015 museum attack

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said on Sunday that a Tunisian man wanted in his homeland for his possible involvement in a deadly attack on a Tunis museum in 2015 can be deported. The man was arrested last month on suspicion of planning an Islamist attack in Germany. In 2015 Islamists stormed the Bardo museum and killed 21 foreign tourists. “I can confirm that the talks between us and the Tunisian side have been successful. The terrorist is sitting in custody and I expect that he will soon be…

Terrorist attack in Kebili: policeman dies, two terrorists killed

A security checkpoint in Kébili was the target of a terrorist attack, on Saturday night to Sunday. One policeman died and  another wounded along with two terrorists were killed in the attack. The operation took place in Janoura, in south Kebili, in the southwestern Tunisia. The policeman killed in the attack, Moudhaffar Ben Ali, aged 25,  native of the village of Tombar in Kebili, had recently refused a mutation because he was expecting a baby. The security forces, who responded to the terrorist attacks on motorcycles, killed two terrorists and…

Tunisian authorities foil smuggling of 15th-century Torah scroll

Tunisian authorities announced that they prevented a 15th-century Torah scroll from being smuggled out of the country. The scroll was written on bovine skin Tunisian local media said. According to Tunisian authorities, a group of suspects were arrested following a tip that the Torah scroll was being transferred to a European country as part of an antiquities smuggling operation. During a press conference, Tunisian National Guard spokesman Khalifa Shibani presented the rare Torah scroll, which measures 37m long and 47cm wide. According to Shibani, unidentified foreign elements attempted to buy…

Libyan border guards, Nalut Brigade shut Libyan-Tunisian border in face of oil smuggling

The oil and gas crisis committee of Brega Oil & Gas Marketing Company said the fight against oil smugglers has been taken to the western region as it had announced shutting down of the Libyan-Tunisian borders in the face of smuggling by the border guards and Nalut Brigade starting Saturday. “The shutdown is aimed at stemming the phenomenon of oil and goods smuggling. Any car or truck entering Libya from Tunisia will be treated accordingly.” The committee said, adding that all gas station owners should abide by the new regulations…

Tunisia ready to host AFRAA’s Aviation Stakeholders Convention

The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) in partnership with Tunisair, will stage the 6th Aviation Stakeholders Convention from 07-09 May 2017 at the Medina Mediterranea in Yasmine Hammamet – Tunisia. The Convention is being organised with the view to fostering dialogue, building sustainable networks in supply chain management, creating a competitive environment for aviation business in the continent. The event has been endorsed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Tunisia and is expected to bring together about 400 participants consisting mainly of airlines, Civil Aviation Authorities, airports, Air Navigation Service Providers,…

UN to award 4 Arab women for pioneering work in science

Women from Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and the UAE will be honoured at the L’Oréal-UNESCO Prize for Women and Science later this month. The International Rising Talents fellowship will be handed to Tunisia’s Dr Rym Ben Sallem for her research project entitled “the promise of new antibiotics”. Ben Salem was selected from amongst 250 candidates globally who are currently researching their PhD thesis or post-doctoral studies. Joining Rym will be the UAE’s Nazek El-Atab for her contributions to electrical, electronic and computer engineering; Doctor Tamara Elzein from Lebanon with her…

Tunisia, Algeria sign agreements during Tunisian-Algerian Joint Commission

The Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalak Sellal and his Tunisian counterpart Youssef Chahed co-presided on Thursday the 21st session of the Tunisian-Algerian joint high commission during which several agreements were signed between the two neighboring countries. The session of the High Joint Tunisian-Algerian Commission was crowned by the signing of nine cooperation agreements in the economic, logistical, technological and commercial fields. During this session, the two countries also signed a Memorandum of Understanding and of cooperation in the consumer protection and the quality control of products and services. “The volume of…

Tunisia’s powerful union, industry agree wage hike in private sector

Tunisia‘s main labour union and largest industry association agreed on Friday to raise wages for about 1.5 million private sector workers, a step aimed at reducing social tension, restoring investor confidence and reviving the economy. The announcement of the 6 percent increase came at a ceremony at the Prime Minister’s office, after weeks of talks between the private business industry group and the UGTT, a powerful labor union that since the 2011 revolution has on occasion intervened in political matters. Wided Bouchamoui, the head of the Chamber of Commerce and…

Tunisian guide honoured for saving Italian lives at Bardo museum

Earlier this week, Hamadi ben Abdesslem, the Tunisian guide who saved 45 Italian tourists during the 2015 terrorist attack by Isis on the Bardo National Museum in Tunis, was honoured in in the Garden of the Righteous, a new commemorative site in Milan. A plaque paying tribute to Ben Abdesslem was also unveiled last summer in the Garden of the Righteous in Tunis located in the grounds of the Italian Embassy. According to Italian press reports, Ben Abdesslem met some of the people in Milan whom he led to safety during the…

Tunisia FM visits Baghdad for talks with Iraq officials

Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui on Wednesday visited Baghdad to discuss regional developments — especially the fight against terrorism — with Iraqi officials. Jhinaoui was received upon his arrival by Iraqi President Fuad Masum, according to a statement released by Masum’s office. “Our two countries have a number of common concerns, which can be used to step up bilateral cooperation,” Masum told Jhinaoui at a subsequent meeting, according to the statement. This was especially necessary, the Iraqi president said, “given that many states of the region still face the scourge…