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Tunisian president meets Greek FM on ties, regional issues

TUNIS, June 29 (Xinhua) -- Tunisian President Kais Saied received on Monday Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, said the Tunisian presidency in a statement.

During the meeting, Saied discussed with the Greek foreign minister ways and means of further strengthening bilateral relations, in addition to regional and international issues of common interest, in particular "the chaotic situation in Libya."

Death toll in migrant ship disaster off Tunisia rises to 46

12 June 2020; MEMO: The death toll from a ship packed with African migrants that sank off the Tunisian coast this week has risen to 46 after Tunisia recovered more bodies on Thursday, a civil protection official told Reuters.

On Tuesday 20 bodies were found off Tunisia’s Mediterranean coast near Sfax. A total of 53 people had set out on the boat at the weekend aiming to reach Italy.

Tunisia extends state of emergency for 6 months

TUNIS, May 29 (Xinhua) -- Tunisian President Kais Saied decided Friday to extend the state of emergency, imposed throughout the country since November 2015, for six month.

"President Saied decided to extend the state of emergency in the entire territory of the republic for a period of six months, starting from May 30, 2020," said a presidency statement without giving further details.

The state of emergency in Tunisia was first declared on Nov. 24, 2015, following a bloody bomb attack on a bus of the presidential guards, killing 12 agents.

Tunisia: Efforts in parliament to cancel investment agreement with UAE

28 May 2020; MEMO: Al-Karama Coalition bloc in the Tunisian parliament announced the presentation of a legislative initiative calling for the cancellation of an investment agreement between Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), signed during the era of ousted president Zine El-

Arab media tries to defame Tunisia's Ghannouchi on Libya

25 May 2020; MEMO: Media outlets in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt have launched a systematic campaign against Rached Ghannouchi, the intellectual leader of Tunisia’s Ennahda Movement, to tarnish his image and provoke a storm in his country, Anadolu Agency reports.

The counter-revolution led by Sky News, Saudi-financed Al-Arabiya — both broadcasts from the UAE — and Egypt-based Youm7 newspaper, have published simultaneous deceitful news.

Tunisian PM vows to exit COVID-19 outbreak with slightest damage

TUNIS, May 24 (Xinhua) -- Tunisian Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh said on Sunday that his country is preparing to exit the stage of COVID-19 outbreak with the slightest damage.

The official TAP news agency quoted the prime minister as saying that "Tunisia, which has succeeded in controlling COVID-19, is about to exit from the outbreak stage with the slightest damage after registering more than 1,000 cases and most them have recovered."

He also stressed the continuation of the national effort to fight against COVID-19 during the summer period.

Tunisia sentences ex-presidential candidate to 5 years in jail

13 May 2020; MEMO: A Tunisian court has sentenced former presidential candidate and businessman Yassine Channoufi to five years imprisonment on charges of corruption and money laundering, Anadolu Agency reported.

The head of the Media and Communication Unit at the Court of First Instance in Tunis, Mohsen Dali, told the news agency that the competent criminal court also fined Channoufi nine million Tunisian dinars ($3 million) and set his probation at five years after his release.

Tunisia ranks best in Arab world for freedom of press

4 May 2020; MEMO: Tunisia is the Arab world’s best-performing country in terms of freedom of the press, the World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) revealed yesterday.

According to the report, released on World Press Freedom Day yesterday, Lebanon ranked 102nd, Iraq (162th), Algeria (146th), Egypt (166th), and Saudi Arabia (170th) globally. Meanwhile, Syria came in at 174th out of 180 countries for the second consecutive year.

Tunisia Parliament postpones session to discuss agreements with Turkey and Qatar

1 May 2020; MEMO: The Tunisian Parliament postponed a plenary session scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday to deliberate a set of draft agreements, including two agreements with Turkey and Qatar, to a later date at the request of the government.

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