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07 Jun 2017 description

Twelve suspects detained so far and one speedboat impounded, along with two fishing boats and seven cars, police said

By Wladimir Pantaleone

PALERMO, Italy, June 6 (Reuters) - Italy broke up a criminal ring smuggling migrants safely to Sicily for about 3,000 euros ($3,379) on a speedboat capable of making the crossing from Tunisia in less than four hours, magistrates said on Tuesday.

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27 Feb 2016 description
report Deutsche Welle

Berlin, Allemagne | AFP | samedi 27/02/2016 - 13:06 GMT

Le ministre allemand de l'Intérieur, Thomas de Maizière, a plaidé samedi dans un entretien à l'AFP pour que les expulsions d'Algériens, Marocains et Tunisiens soient "plus efficientes et plus rapides", à la veille d'une tournée dans ces trois pays.

"Nous devons parvenir à ce que la procédure soit plus efficiente et plus rapide", a estimé le conservateur dans cette interview réalisée par écrit.

07 Feb 2016 description
report Deutsche Welle

The number of Syrians coming to the EU from Turkey has decreased considerably in January, according to a German newspaper. More Iraqis and Afghans are fleeing to the bloc, but have slim chances of receiving asylum.

Nearly forty percent of migrants who entered the European Union (EU) in January do not have a realistic chance of getting asylum, the Sunday paper "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung" (FAS) quoted a senior European Commission official as saying.

16 Nov 2015 description
report Deutsche Welle

Migrants and refugees from Africa and beyond find shelter in a former major smuggling route to Italy. Karlos Zurutuza reports from Zuwara, Libya.

27 Jul 2015 description
report Pulitzer Center


SBEITLA, Tunisia — At gate to the mosque in Hayy Sourour in Sbeitla, deep in Tunisia’s arid interior region of Kasserine, the main door is missing. Two of the three green doors remain under a simple sign identifying the place of worship. Mosque Ibn Taymiyya is named after the 13th century sheikh known for setting the precedent of takfir, or declaring other Muslims infidels and requiring warfare against them.

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16 Apr 2015 description

In the space of a week, at least 750 migrants are feared to have died crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

Many thousands of others have risked their lives this year, fleeing conflict and instability in Africa and the Middle East, in small, often decrepit vessels in an attempt to reach European territories.

27 Mar 2015 description
report Deutsche Welle

A new concept by the EU seeks to enlist the help of North African states to stem the flow of migrants. Refugee groups are worried about what might happen if these people are detained before they reach Europe.

22 Mar 2015 description

By Francesco Guarascio

BRUSSELS, March 20 (Reuters) - Italy wants Egypt and Tunisia to play a role in rescuing stricken migrant vessels in the Mediterranean, a government planning paper showed, so that survivors could be taken back to African instead of European ports.

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04 Mar 2015 description

TUNIS, 3rd March 2015 (WAM) --- The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation has launched the second phase of its aid campaign for families affected by the cold wave and floods in Tunis.

An official source at the foundation said that the campaign is being implemented in accordance with the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

05 Feb 2015 description

TUNISIA, 5th February, 2015 (WAM) -- The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation has concluded its winter aid programme in Tunisia. The programme targeted 37,000 families of those affected by the severe cold wave during January.

The programme was implemented in accordance with the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces .

02 Feb 2015 description

TUNIS, 2nd February, 2015 (WAM) -- The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation (KF), yesterday distributed winter aid which contains food stuff, heaters, clothing, blankets and necessary things to meet needs of children with disabilities including 5000 underprivileged families.

22 Jan 2015 description

TUNIS, 22nd January 2015 (WAM) -- The Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation on Wednesday distributed winter aid to 7000 families in the Tunisian governorates of Kasserine and Sidi Bouzid to help them survive the current cold wave that hit the country recently.

An official source from the Foundation said that the effort is in accordance with directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

09 Sep 2014 description
report The New York Times


SFAX, Tunisia — Libyans seeking medical care and a refuge from war are filling the private clinics in this coastal Tunisian city for the second time in three years, bringing with them fresh accounts of the violence racking their country.

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21 Jul 2014 description
report The Guardian

Despite a comprehensive approach to combating HIV-Aids, ignorance about the disease pervades Tunisian society

Hamdi Sfaxi, who sells prayer rugs outside his local mosque in Tunis, has heard it all before. "If you're going to treat Aids," he says "you need to know where it came from. It didn't exist in the past. The first person to get Aids was a gay man who had sex with a monkey."

26 May 2014 description

WAM ABU DHABI, 25th May, 2014 (WAM) -- The Higher Committee for Foreign Aid at the UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA), has approved over AED 57.9 million to implement various development projects and programmes in a number of Arab and Foreign countries.

The move follows the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the Red Crescent Authority (RCA).

07 Mar 2014 description

Source: Reuters - Thu, 6 Mar 2014 12:45 PM

TUNIS, March 6 (Reuters) - Tunisia has lifted a state of emergency three years after it was imposed, in a largely symbolic move to show security is improving in the North African state.

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08 Jan 2014 description
report AllAfrica

Cape Town — Although two of every three Africans believe their governments are performing well in the fight against HIV and Aids, fewer approve of their delivery of basic health services and education, and most say governments are failing to provide enough power, water and sanitation.

These are the findings of a new report from Afrobarometer, the 34-country survey which is becoming recognised as Africa's most comprehensive indicator of public opinion.

10 Apr 2013 description

Tue, 9 Apr 2013 21:10 GMT

  • UN says weapons from Libya flow to more than 12 countries

  • Arms embargo imposed on Libya at start of 2011 uprising

By Michelle Nichols

UNITED NATIONS, April 9 (Reuters) - Weapons are spreading from Libya at an "alarming rate," fueling conflicts in Mali, Syria and elsewhere and boosting the arsenals of extremists and criminals in the region, according to a U.N. report published on Tuesday.

01 Apr 2013 description
report Inter Press Service

By Alberto Pradilla

TUNIS, Mar 31 2013 (IPS) - “We need a solution. The U.N. has created the problem, and they should do their work and fix it,” says Bright, a young Nigerian stuck in the Choucha refugee camp in Tunisia, a few kilometres from the Libyan border.

04 Feb 2013 description

Tunis: The Khalifa bin Zayed Foundation has offered 12 ambulances to the ministry of health in Tunisia.

The health assistance was delivered to the Tunisian health authorities during a ceremony attended by staff of the UAE Embassy there and the Tunisian Health Minister, Dr. Abdul-Latif Al-Makky.

The Foundation said the state-of-the-art ambulance would support health services provided to mothers and children. Additional medical equipment will arrive later.