Thursday 17 August 2017
(AFP (eng) 08/17/17)
Muslim clerics in Tunisia on Thursday voiced opposition to President Beji Caid Essebsi's plan to introduce legislation granting equal inheritance rights to women, contrary to Islamic precepts. Essebsi has announced the formation of a commission to examine "individual liberties" and "equality in all domains", including inheritance rights. As laid down in the Koran, the Muslim holy book, daughters in the Islamic world inherit half the shares of sons. Touching another raw nerve in Tunisian political and religious debate, the secular leader called for the government to scrap a 1973 circular that prevents Muslim women from marrying non-Muslims. The proposals amount to "a flagrant violent of the precepts" of Islam, prayer leaders from across the North...
(Egyptian Streets 08/17/17)
Egypt’s Al-Azhar criticized the recent calls for equality between men and women in inheritance issues and said that it doesn’t comply with Islamic teachings. Al-Azhar made the announcement in response to the calls of the Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi to establish equality between men and women in terms of inheritance. While the announcement of Al-Azhar didn’t directly address Essebsi, it was made a few days after his suggestion to form a committee to study the matter. Deputy of Al-Azhar Abbas Shuman said that equal inheritance is not “fair and just” to women and goes against the Islamic teachings. In most cases, males inherit double that of females except for a few cases in Islam. Shuman continued that in some...
(Xinhuanet 08/16/17)
Tunisia's statistic agency has said it expected the Tunisian economy to grow by over 2 percent this year, despite high unemployment and inflation rates. The North African country's economy grew 1.9 percent year-on-year in the first half of 2017 with contributions from the agricultural and service sectors, the National Institute of Statistics (INS) said Tuesday. Foreign trade registered a year-on-year growth rate of 15.9 percent in the first seven months this year, the agency said, adding that the unemployment rate...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(AFP 08/11/17)
Next to a palm grove, a blackish mud flows into the sea. After years of living with industrial pollution, residents of Tunisia's Gabes are fighting back. Close to the Chott Essalem beach and in front of a rare coastal oasis, the state-owned Tunisian Chemical Group (GCT) has been processing phosphate since the 1970s. The authorities say the plant pumps 14,000 tonnes of phosphogypsum into the sea every day. On top of the toxic mud, the factory also pumps phosphoric acid...
(Bloomberg 08/10/17)
Tunisia is set to return to Europe’s tourism map two years after a gunman murdered 38 mainly British holidaymakers in the resort town of Sousse, according to TUI AG, the region’s biggest tour operator. Demand from the U.K. in particular is such that the North African state will probably feature in TUI’s coming vacation offerings, Chief Executive Officer Fritz Joussen said Thursday. Some 33 of the Sousse dead were clients of the Hanover, Germany-based travel group. “It is something which is demanded by British customers, and therefore it is most likely to be a part of our program,”
(Agence Ecofin 08/10/17)
From October 1, 2016 to August 7, 2017, period over which extends the date season, Tunisia exported 103,000 tons of dates valued at 530.3 million dinars ($220 million). This was disclosed by a statement from the ministry of agriculture, water resources and fishery released yesterday. Proceeds of the exports over the period reviewed is 19% more than that recorded a year before, knowingly 445.8 million dinars ($185 million). In regards to the main export destinations of the dates, Morocco is...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
Two militants were killed Tuesday night in an operation led by special units of the Tunisian National Guard in the central-western province of Kasserine, local media reported. The official confirmation, however, is still not available. According to local media, Abu Awf Al-Moujahad, the brother of former Algerian jihadist leader Lokmane Abou Sakhr who was killed in 2015 in the southwest of Tunisia, is among the killed. Al-Moujahad was involved in a series of attacks in Tunisia, including an attempt to...
(AFP (eng) 08/09/17)
Tunisian security forces have killed two suspected jihadists during an operation in a mountainous area near the Algerian border, the national guard said on Wednesday. A third suspect was critically wounded in the operation launched on Tuesday evening on Mount Birinou in the Kasserine region, national guard spokesman Khalifa Chibani told Shems FM radio. Since its 2011 revolution, Tunisia has experienced an increase in jihadist attacks that have cost the lives of dozens of members of the security forces and 59 foreign tourists. Jihadists claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group (IS) or Al-Qaeda's North African affiliate Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM)...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/09/17)
Tunisian armed forces killed two Islamist militants including a senior commander in a mountain raid near the western border with Algeria late on Tuesday, security sources said. "Two terrorists were killed and weapons were seized during an ambush that National Guard units set up against a terrorist group," in Kasserine region, National Guard spokesman Colonel Major Khelifa Chibani told state news agency TAP. Tunisian radio station Mosaique FM identified the commander as Mourad Chaieb, the Algerian leader of Okba Bin...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
Two militants were killed Tuesday night in an operation led by special units of the Tunisian National Guard in the central-western province of Kasserine, local media reported. The official confirmation, however, is still not available. According to local media, Abu Awf Al-Moujahad, the brother of former Algerian jihadist leader Lokmane Abou Sakhr who was killed in 2015 in the southwest of Tunisia, is among the killed. Al-Moujahad was involved in a series of attacks in Tunisia, including an attempt to...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday affirmed the commitment of his country to Africa and saw "great potential to grow and deepen trade relationship." Robert E. Lighthizer expressed this in opening speech of the ministerial plenary as part of the 16th Forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on Wednesday here in Togolese capital Lome. "The United States is committed to Africa. We see great potential to grow and deepen our trade relationship, with the goal...
(AFP (eng) 08/08/17)
The C-Star, a ship chartered by far-right anti-immigration activists to combat migrant flows to Europe, was Monday stuck at sea off Tunisia, where a powerful union is mobilising to prevent it coming ashore. "To all staff and (security) agents we say: do not let this racist ship soil Tunisia's ports. Keep them out as our brothers in (the ports of) Zarzis and Sfax have already done," the UGTT union said in Facebook post. The UGTT, the Tunisian General Labour Union,...
(The Associated Press 08/08/17)
A port director in Tunisia says authorities have instructed commercial ports in the North African nation to deny access to a ship rented by European identity groups and sailing the Mediterranean Sea with an anti-migrant message. Fishermen and human rights activists in the Tunisian city of Zarzis unfurled a banner reading "No Racism" as the C Star, the flagship of operation Defend Europe, sailed in international waters off Tunisia's coast over the weekend. Zarzis port director Karim Nouira told The...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be...
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Trade between China and Africa reached 85.3 billion U.S. dollars in H1, surging 19 percent year on year as the two sides strengthened cooperation in a wide range of areas, official data showed Thursday. The data reversed the negative growth trend since 2015, according to Gao Feng, spokesperson with the Ministry of Commerce. During January-June, Chinese imports from Africa, including minerals, agricultural products and fruits, amounted to 38.4 billion U.S. dollars, jumping 46 percent from the same period last year,...
(Bloomberg 08/02/17)
Julien Ochala can’t live without his morning cup of Joe. But not just any coffee will do. For the past five years, the 37-year-old physiology lecturer at King’s College London has visited the same store every week to grab a pack of his beloved Kenyan brew. And he’s not put off by the cost: at 37 pounds a kilogram ($22 a pound), it’s more than double a similar supermarket product. "I take Kenyan coffee every morning," said Ochala, who buys...
(Bloomberg 08/01/17)
British American Tobacco Plc faces a formal probe by the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office following reports that the maker of Dunhill cigarettes bribed African government officials to influence tobacco legislation. BAT said Tuesday it is running its own investigations, via external legal advisers, into allegations of misconduct and is cooperating with the U.K. prosecutor. A BBC report two years ago said BAT had a lobbyist arrange bribes totaling $26,000 for three public officials in Rwanda, Burundi and the Comoros Islands...
(Xinhuanet 07/31/17)
Tunisia and Saudi Arabia signed eight cooperation agreements in economic and commercial fields on the sidelines of the 9th Tunisian-Saudi Joint Commission held here on Friday. The eight bilateral agreements included a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in export valued at 200 million U.S. dollars. The two parties also signed a MoU on a joint work plan between the High Authority for Investment in the Saudi Arabia and the Foreign Investment Promotion Agency (FIPA) of Tunisia. Besides, the two governments signed...

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