June 12, 1985 |
Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who shot Pope John Paul II, testified today that Bulgarian agents ordered him to kill Polish labor hero Lech Walesa and the leaders of Tunisia and Malta before the 1981 papal assassination attempt. The 27-year-old Agca, already serving a life sentence for shooting and seriously wounding the Polish-born pontiff May 13, 1981, is the state's star witness and one of eight defendants on trial for conspiring to kill the Pope.
March 27, 1987 |
This government broke diplomatic relations with Iran on Thursday, charging that Tehran's Islamic fundamentalist government was using its embassy here as a base for disrupting public order. At the same time, the Tunisian ambassador to Paris, Mustafa Zaanonni, said that a group of suspected terrorists arrested in France over the weekend carrying Tunisian passports are "known to Tunisian authorities as belonging to the Islamic Jihad movement," a Shia Muslim extremist group.
September 27, 1985 |
The Tunisian government Thursday broke diplomatic relations with Libya, accusing Col. Moammar Kadafi's regime of pursuing a "permanent policy of aggression and hostility." The decision was announced in state-run media just one day after Tunisia charged that Libyan diplomat Mohammed Sallem Belgacem, 31, had used a diplomatic bag to smuggle in letter bombs addressed to Tunisian journalists.
October 9, 1987 |
Two Muslim fundamentalists were hanged at dawn Thursday after President Habib Bourguiba ignored appeals for a pardon and threats against Tunisian leaders if the death sentences were carried out. The Justice Ministry said Mehrez Boudegga, 25, and Boulbaba Dekhil, 24, were executed at the Tunis prison where they had been held. The two were condemned to death Sept. 27 after a monthlong trial of 90 fundamentalists, mostly members of the outlawed Islamic Tendency Movement.
October 2, 1985 |
The Reagan Administration, which on Tuesday called Israel's bombing of PLO headquarters in Tunisia a "legitimate response" to terrorism, today backed off that assessment and said the raid was "understandable" but "deplorable."
November 10, 1987 |
Maj. Gen. Seyni Kountche, who survived four coup attempts as president of the west African state of Niger since 1974, died today in a Paris hospital due to complications from a brain tumor, the hospital said. Kountche, 56, had arrived at Pitie Salpetriere Hospital on Saturday for the fifth time this year for treatment of the tumor. The first trip came after he fell unconscious for two hours on New Year's Eve from a brain hemorrhage.
December 29, 2008 |
Whatever Michelle Obama chooses to wear to the inaugural balls could soon have a special place for display -- right next to a dress worn by Martha Washington in the 1780s that featured painted flowers, butterflies and other insects. Gowns worn by first ladies for more than 200 years have returned to public view in a revamped gallery at the National Museum of American History.
October 3, 1985 |
President Habib Bourguiba of Tunisia summoned the U.S. ambassador to the presidential palace in Carthage on Wednesday and denounced the United States for approving and possibly participating in what he called "cowardly Israeli aggression" against Tunisia.
August 28, 1988 |
Tunis spruced itself up for a gala event at the end of last month, the triumphant celebration of what Zine Abidine ben Ali has done since he deposed Habib Bourguiba last November. Tunisia has changed more in months than in the previous 30 years, and this is one of the most encouraging developments in the Arab world. But because no one has died and the jails are being emptied, the story has gone relatively unreported.
October 3, 1985 |
As foreign criticism of Israel's bombing of Palestine Liberation Organization headquarters in Tunis mounted, the Reagan Administration on Wednesday gingerly tried to balance its general denunciation of violence in the Middle East with a strong defense of Israel's action as "understandable." Both publicly and privately, the United States also offered condolences to the government of Tunisia for the Tunisian citizens killed in Tuesday's Israeli air attack on the PLO complex in a suburb of Tunis.