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With laws against rape and child marriage, 2017 was a momentous year for women’s rights

In India, lawmakers ruled that having sex with a wife aged 15-18 is punishable as rape, while Lebanon, Tunisia and Jordan scrapped laws that allowed rapists to escape punishment if they married their victims. Beginning with the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, who swiftly moved to restrict abortions around ...

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UNICEF calls for action to end digital divide

Only 15 per cent people have access to the Internet in the least-developed countries, a UNICEF report has revealed. In developed countries, an estimated 81 per cent people use Internet, the report covering 24 countries, including India, in 2017 said. Digital divide do not merely separate the connected from the ...

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Tunisia: Democratic but Precarious

Seven Years After the Arab Spring, Tunisians Struggle to Stabilize Amid central Tunisia’s dry farmlands, the city of Sidi Bouzid bustled one recent day under warm autumn sunshine. Street vendors and shoppers jostled under the roof of a new, open-air market, selling and buying produce or cheap clothes. Seven years ...

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 “English language in Tunisia … the way forward? theme of Breakfast discussion 

The Tunisian-British Friendship Association organised on Friday morning, a breakfast discussion event on the theme “English language in Tunisia … the way forward?” under the patronage of Tunisian Minister of Education and honorary guest Hatem Ben Salem with attendance of education officials, academics, business leaders and a parliament MP. In ...

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“Fuel Fishing” investigative documentary sheds light on oil leak on Kerkennah island

The story begins with the suffering of a young man from the Tunisian island of kerkennah. A young civil society activist who has been defending the safety of his quiet island from the deadly oil spills which has damaged the fishing resources of the island. Oil leaks are the responsibility ...

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Secrets of the Roman Empire’s ancient and ‘luxurious’ harbour of Corinth are revealed in new underwater excavations

Archaeologists have uncovered evidence of ‘large scale engineering’ at the port of Lechaion in Greece  The harbour was mostly destroyed in the 6th century AD by a massive earthquake and buried under sediment Wooden foundations preserved so well they look new have been found, as well as a host of ...

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In Tunisia, many see EU tax haven blacklisting as political move

In a new EU blacklist of 17 “tax havens”, Tunisia’s inclusion is drawing criticism at home, with many calling it a political decision. It was the first time EU finance ministers had published such a list, and while no agreement was made on whether the list was punishment in itself, or if ...

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Key Middle East Publics See Russia, Turkey and U.S. All Playing Larger Roles in Region

Most do not expect Syrian war to end in 2018 Majorities across five Middle Eastern and North African countries agree that Russia, Turkey and the United States are all playing more important roles in the region than they did 10 years ago, according to a spring 2017 Pew Research Center ...

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The world is engulfed in a ‘learning crisis’ — but it’s not too late to save students

The United Nations has declared that the world is suffering from a “learning crisis.” Although students are physically going to school, a quarter of a billion aren’t learning anything. In a recent TED talk, Tunisian politician and education expert Amel Karboul offers ways to solve the crisis. In 2014, the ...

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Opinion: Behind Bars, Prisoners are Radicalized

It is no strange fact that prison systems across the world are culpable for producing increasingly violent criminals.  Ideological radicalization and violent extremism are no exceptions to this logic. With strong evidence to support that terrorist networks are formed in prison systems, this concern must take new primacy.  As Daesh ...

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