Tunisia to open sea, air and land borders on June 27

Empty sunbathing chairs are seen on a beach near the Hasdrubal Hotel in Hammamet, Tunisia , March 12, 2020. (Reuters)
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Updated 01 June 2020

Tunisia to open sea, air and land borders on June 27

  • Tunisia has recorded 1,070 cases and 48 deaths

TUNIS: Tunisia will open its sea, land and air borders on June 27, authorities said on Monday, in hopes of rescuing its tourism industry as the coronavirus pandemic comes under control.
The government said also it will allow movement between cities again from Thursday.
The North African country has recorded 1,070 cases and 48 deaths, with only two people still in hospital.
Tunisia has forecast its economy will shrink up to 4.3% this year, the steepest drop since 1956 independence.
The important tourism sector could lose $1.4 billion and 400,000 jobs this year due to the pandemic.


Iran says it has executed Iranian agent linked to CIA

Updated 14 July 2020

Iran says it has executed Iranian agent linked to CIA

  • An official said Reza Asgari had linked up with the CIA during his last years serving at the defense ministry

Iran has executed a former defense ministry worker who sold information to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Iranian judiciary said on Tuesday.
Reza Asgari had linked up with the CIA during his last years serving at the defense ministry and sold the agency information about Iran’s missile program, judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said, quoted by its Mizan website.
He retired from the ministry four years ago. Esmaili said Asgari was executed last week.
Separately, Esmaili said a death sentence for Mahmoud Mousavi-Majd, an Iranian accused of spying for US and Israeli intelligence, is among those still to be carried out. Last year, Iran announced it had captured 17 spies it said were working for the CIA.