Tunisia

Tunisian football team pay homage to jihadist supporter

 
A video being shared by jihadists on social networks show a strange sight: members of a football team in Sousse, northern Tunisia, paying homage to one of their fans that was killed while waging jihad in Syria. Read more...
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Are these photos of jihadists training – or a Boy Scout camp?

Following an anti-terrorism operation in Menzel Nour, a town in Tunisia’s Monastir governorate, the interior ministry held a press conference on Monday to present what it says was photographic “proof” of a jihadist camp. This was meant to justify the sting, which was decried by many locals. However, Internet sleuths pointed out that some of the photos were taken in 2010 – at a Boy Scout camp.. Read more...

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New sport inspires Tunisia’s blind community

 
There was not much to do for blind people in Kebili, a city in central Tunisia, until the advent of a club where they learned a sport specifically designed for them: goalball. Our Observer, who filmed the team over the course of a year, explains how the sport has changed their lives. Read more...
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Young Tunisian doctors protest bill mandating work at regional hospitals

 
For the past week, thousands of young Tunisian doctors have been protesting against a bill that would mandate a three-year term in regional hospitals once they have completed their specialisation. While the government argues the move is necessary, doctors say the legislation is misguided. Read more...
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Sugar dolls: the new target of Tunisia's religious hardliners

 
The Muslim world celebrated the Hegira New Year on Tuesday. For people living in the Tunisian town of Nabeul, it’s the perfect occasion to celebrate by confecting sugar dolls of all kinds of different colors. But the sweet tradition is no longer to everyone’s taste. Read more...

20 amateur images that have helped make history

 
From the Normandy landings to the Arab Spring, the history of the 20th and 21st century has been caught on camera. There are of course plenty of propaganda videos and journalists’ reports, but key moments in history have also been captured by regular people who happened to be at the right place at the right time. See FRANCE 24's selection of the most striking amateur images in modern history...
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Are the reports of a Syrian 'sex jihad' a hoax?

 
Over the past few weeks, various media outlets have been awash with sensational stories of an alleged “sex jihad” taking place in parts of Syria controlled by the rebels. Hundreds of Muslim women, notably from Tunisia, are reportedly going to Syria to offer themselves to jihadist fighters as a sign of their devotion to their cause. While this certainly makes for an interesting story, it is in all likelihood a hoax. Read more...
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Tunisian hackers decrypt dictator's old Internet censorship machines

 
The Tunisian Internet Agency has just opened access to the basement of a villa in Tunis where government employees censored the Internet under former dictator Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali’s regime. The infamous servers used to monitor Internet usage are still there — but now, in a role reversal, Tunisian hackers have taken them over and are trying to discover their secrets. Read more...
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Tunisian college grads and police clash over unemployment

 
Unemployment is such a major problem for youth in the Tunisian city of Metlaoui that it led to clashes with police last week. In the mineral-rich region of Gafsa, the young and educated can no longer bear the disappointments of endemic unemployment. Read more...
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Preachers take over public spaces in Tunisia

 
In front of schools, on buses or in public squares, and for several months now, a new phenomenon has been spreading across Tunisia: religious preachers. Whether they are originally from Tunisia or come from the Gulf States, more and more of them are using public spaces to promote their vision of religion. Read more...
 
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