July 31, 2012 |
LONDON -- How does the U.S. spell weak defensive effort? Apparently, it's T-U-N-I-S-I-A. The men's basketball team came out slowly, if not embarrassingly, and gained a surprisingly limp 46-33 halftime lead Tuesday against Tunisia in an Olympic preliminary-round game. Worth mentioning: Oddsmaker Bovada had the U.S. as a 54-point favorite. Also worth mentioning: Tunisia actually led, 15-12, on a run that included a coast-to-coast dunk by Makram Ben Romdhane at the Olympic Park basketball arena.
May 27, 2011 |
World leaders agreed Friday to provide financial support to the newly forming governments of Tunisia and Egypt, adopting President Obama's plan to help build lasting democracies in those countries. As they wrapped up their annual summit here, leaders of the Group of 8 industrialized nations directed the International Monetary Fund to provide loans and other financial support. Although they did not commit to specific pledges of financial assistance individually, the leaders suggested they would do so either in direct loans or debt forgiveness or through contributions to international banks and funds.
December 19, 1986 |
A man convicted of raping a 7-year-old girl was hanged at dawn Thursday in a Tunis prison, the Justice Ministry said. A communique published by the official TAP news agency named the man as Chedli Wartani. He was the third man to be executed for rape in Tunisia in just over two months.
December 28, 1987 |
Libya and Tunisia restored diplomatic relations today, ending a two-year dispute between the two North African neighbors, the government announced. Tunis severed relations with the government of Col. Moammar Kadafi in September, 1985, after the Tripoli government expelled 30,000 Tunisian workers. Consular relations were resumed in October, when Libya agreed to pay indemnification for the expelled workers.
February 17, 1985 |
This country will impose the death penalty on rapists who use weapons or whose victims are under 10 years old, Justice Minister Ridha ben Ali said Saturday. He said a draft law to go before Parliament will also impose the death penalty on people convicted of raping or sexually molesting members of their own family. At present, convicted rapists can be sentenced to hard labor for up to 20 years.
August 30, 2012 |
SIDI BOUZID, Tunisia - Bearded and sweaty, they pressed in, their faces shining in the shadow and light beneath billowing tunics hanging for sale outside a mosque. The sun edged higher. A veiled woman hurried past and a boy stepped closer to listen to men complain about no jobs in fields or factories, no water in thousands of homes. "I didn't trust the old government and I don't trust the new one. They lie. I trust in another revolution," said Khalid Ahmedi, his disgust sharpening as shopkeepers slipped past him to pray.