Tunisia arrests militants in car with explosives

Updated 08 December 2012
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Tunisia arrests militants in car with explosives

TUNIS: Tunisian security forces arrested two militants on the border with Algeria in a car full of maps, military costumes and materials for making explosives, the official news agency said yesterday.
Two others in the vehicle stopped in the town of Fernana on Friday night managed to flee, TAP news agency said.
The country, whose economy has been hit by euro zone woes, has been tense for two weeks as police fought with protesters seeking jobs and development in the town of Siliana.
Government supporters clashed with unionists in Tunis last week. Western countries, worried about the spread of Al-Qaeda in north African and Sahel states, are backing the government, in which the Ennahda party rules with two center-left partners.
Separately, Hundreds of Tunisians, most of them government supporters, rallied yesterday in the capital to demand that cronies of ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali be put in the dock on corruption charges.
“The people want to clean up the country,” demonstrators chanted in central Tunis. “People, rise up against the cronies of the dictator,” they said amid a heavy police presence.
The rally was organized by the League for the Protection of the Revolution, a group close to the ruling Islamist Ennahda party, which claims its mission is to protect the goals of the 2011 revolution that toppled Ben Ali.


Tunisia reopens consulate in Libyan capital Tripoli

Updated 25 min 59 sec ago
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Tunisia reopens consulate in Libyan capital Tripoli

  • Most embassies left Tripoli in 2014 when heavy fighting broke out between rival factions.
  • Only a few embassies came back when a UN-backed administration took office in 2016.

Tripoli: Tunisia has reopened its consulate in the Libyan capital, the Libya foreign ministry said on Saturday, the latest mission to return to Tripoli.
Most embassies left Tripoli in 2014 when heavy fighting broke out between rival factions and few came back when a UN-backed administration took office in 2016.
The Tunisian consulate resumed work after talks between the two countries, the Libyan foreign ministry said. The Tunisian foreign ministry declined to comment, but a diplomatic source confirmed the move.
Tunisian had closed its mission 2015 after ten staff were kidnapped.
In recent weeks some Western embassies have sent diplomats for longer stays to Tripoli as security has improved, although few stay full time on the ground.
The Italian and Turkish embassies as well as the UN mission are among the few open.
Tripoli is formally run by a Government of National Accord backed by the UN but in reality controlled by a patchwork of armed groups.
Big street clashes between rival groups have ended, but several rockets which hit Tripoli airport this week were a reminder that security remains shaky.
The UN has been trying to meditate to produce a national government and end the rift between the administration in Tripoli and a rival one in the east, part of a conflict gripping the oil producer since the toppling of Muammar Qaddafi in 2011.