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Tunisia says it will coordinate Arab response to U.S. move on Golan

Tunisia says it will coordinate Arab response to U.S. move on GolanTunisia will coordinate with fellow Arab countries to contain any fallout from the U.S. decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui said on Friday. “We will work with fellow Arab countries and the international community to contain the expected repercussions of this decision in the various regional and international forums,” Jhinaoui told the meeting in Tunis.



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Saudi Arabia Agrees to $500 Million Soft Loan to Tunisia

Saudi Arabia Agrees to $  500 Million Soft Loan to TunisiaThe interest rate has yet to be decided, the official said, declining to be named as the information is not public. Tunisia has struggled to rebuild an economy battered by political upheaval since the 2011 uprising that inspired the Arab Spring.



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Tunisia considers aid for poor as president hosts emergency talks on anti-austerity protests

Tunisia considers aid for poor as president hosts emergency talks on anti-austerity protestsThe Tunisian government may increase aid for poor families in a bid to defuse tensions following anti-austerity protests that saw hundreds arrested and left at least one man dead.    Beji Caid Essebsi, Tunisia''s president,  hosted emergency talks with trade unions, employers associations, and political parties on Saturday.  "We discussed the general situation in the country and the reforms, especially socio-economic, that must be adopted to overcome the current problems," Wided Bouchamaoui, the head of the UTICA employers association, told reporters after the meeting.  Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi (C) attends a meeting with political parties, unions and employers following unrest triggered by austerity measures Credit: FETHI BELAID/AFP Noureddine Taboubi, the secretary general of UGTT, the country's main trade union, said no specific moves had been agreed but that measures "must be adopted" to aid needy families and improve the social safety net. A Tunisian government source told Reuters that a package of measures would include extra aid to poor families and people in need, but did not give further detail.  Peaceful protests broke out across Tunisia after the government adopted a new budget that raised taxes and pushed up the cost of living on January 1. Demonstrations escalated on Monday night as youths burned tires to block streets and clashed with security forces.  The unrest largely tailed off after the military was deployed on the streets of several cities on Thursday, but tensions remain high. Police fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators at a small protest in the central city of Sidi Bouzid overnight on Friday. Khlifa Chibani, a spokesman for the Interior ministry, said on Saturday a total of 803 people suspected of taking part in acts of violence, theft and looting have been arrested since last Sunday.  Police intervene during a protest in Tunis on January 12, 2018 Credit: Anadolu He said 97 policemen and members of the security forces had been injured over the week. It is unclear how many protesters have been injured. A man in his 40s died in disputed circumstances during unrest in the northern town of Tebourba on on Monday night. The unrest comes ahead of Sunday's seventh anniversary of the revolution that toppled the dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, an event that sparked similar uprisings in Egypt, Libya, and Syria. While the other revolutions have descended into violence or given way to authoritarianism, Tunisia is widely seen as a success story of the Arab Spring.  Its democracy remains for the most part intact and a secular party currently leads the government in coalition with a moderate Islamist group.  But frustration has grown among many Tunisians over economic stagnation and unemployment.  Tunisia agreed to take decisive economic measures to bring down the country’s deficit. in return for a $ 2.9 billion loan (£2.2 billion) from the International Monetary Fund.



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Protests turn violent in Tunisia over price hikes

Protests turn violent in Tunisia over price hikesTunisia’s prime minister promised Tuesday to crack down on rioters after violent protests over price hikes left one person dead and raised fears of broader unrest in the country that was the birthplace of the Arab Spring. The clashes earlier this week recalled the 2010-2011 protest movement that led to the ouster of authoritarian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and sparked uprisings across the Arab world. Tunisia’s economy has struggled ever since.



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UAE has information Tunisian women may commit 'terrorist acts', Tunisia says

UAE has information Tunisian women may commit 'terrorist acts', Tunisia saysThe United Arab Emirates has information that Tunisian women or women traveling on Tunisian passports might commit “terrorist acts” in the Gulf country, Tunisia’s state news agency TAP said. Tunisia late on Sunday suspended flights from Dubai carrier Emirates to Tunis, with officials saying the airline was refusing to carry female Tunisian travelers. A spokesman for Tunisia’s presidency did not elaborate on the security threat in a brief TAP article.



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Tunisia suspends Emirates flights over women security measures

Tunisia suspends Emirates flights over women security measuresTunisia on Sunday suspended Emirates Airlines flights after a public outcry over security measures in the United Arab Emirates targeting women from the North African country. The transport ministry said it had “decided to suspend” Emirates flights to Tunis “until the airline is able to find the appropriate solution to operate its flights in accordance with international law and agreements”. A number of Tunisian women had said their travel to the Gulf state on UAE airlines had been delayed and some had been forced to undergo additional examination of their visas.



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Tunisia zoo to close after crocodile stoned to death

Tunisia zoo to close after crocodile stoned to deathA zoo in the Tunisian capital where visitors stoned a crocodile to death is to close temporarily, the local affairs and environment ministry said Friday. It will close its gates from Monday for “emergency cleaning and maintenance works and to set up measures to manage visitors entering and exiting”, the ministry said. The public was up in arms this week after the municipality posted gory pictures of the reptile, which it said died of an internal haemorrhage after being stoned by visitors.



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