A well-known satirical cartoonist in Tunisia has been released after several hours of questioning by the police.
The family of Tawfiq Omrane says that he has been told that he must attend a court hearing in Tunis next week.
Mr Omrane was detained on Thursday for allegedly insulting the Tunisian prime minister, Ahmed Hachani in his cartoons.
Mr Hachani was appointed by President Kais Saied, who seized almost all executive powers in Tunisia just over two years ago.
Mr Omrane has been highly critical of the president in his cartoons.
Opposition activists see his detention as the latest attack on free speech.
Tunisia arrests cartoonist for drawings mocking PM
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The Tunisian journalists' union has condemned the authorities for arresting a popular cartoonist.
It called for the immediate release of Tawfiq Omrane.
He's been charged with offensive activity over his drawings that poke fun at Tunisian Prime Minister Ahmed Hachani.
Mr Omrane's lawyer said he had been seized at his home and taken to the national security office in the town of Mégrine, near the capital, Tunis, at the orders of the public prosecutor.
Mr Omrane is well known for his satirical cartoons of President Kais Saied too.
The increasingly autocratic president, who seized almost all powers two years ago, has had many of his critics detained in recent months.
Tunisian island gains Unesco-listed status
The island of Djerba, off the coast of Tunisia, has been added to the UN cultural agency's much-coveted world heritage list.
Gaining Unesco recognition often boosts tourism and can make it easier to secure funds for the preservation of cultural sites.
Visitors already flock to the picturesque island famed for its white-washed villages and the yearly pilgrimage to Ghriba Synagogue. Djerba is believed to be among the first Jewish settlements in Africa.
Star Wars movies have also been filmed on Djerba, and it was said to be the home of "lotus-eaters" in Homer's ancient Greek epic poem The Odyssey.
Popular Tunisian rapper reaches Italy on migrant boat
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A popular Tunisian rapper has illegally emigrated to Italy amid a deepening economic crisis in the North African country.
Junior Hassen, whose songs have been viewed close to 15 million times on YouTube, made the potentially deadly boat crossing to Sicily last week.
News outlet Mosaique FM said the rapper had reached the southern Italian city of Palermo after travelling with a group of migrants from his hometown, Sousse.
Social media users have circulated footage that they believe shows Hassen, real name Hassen Sassi, crossing the Mediterranean on a small boat with other Tunisian migrants. But the footage has not been independently verified.
Tunisia's dire economic crisis has pushed many people to take desperate measures in hopes of better lives abroad. Earlier this year, a Tunisian football club suspended its activities after 32 of its players emigrated to Europe.
Tunisia has become the main departure point for African migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. Tunisians in growing numbers have also opted for sea journeys on the world's deadliest migration route.
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Tunisian rapper FBK is first and
foremost a writer, who started writing poetry at about the same time she
Quote Message: I remember it was during Eid al-Adha. I was impressed by the sight of a sheep being sacrificed. I was sitting on a chair, saying poetic lines about it. I kept adding lines until I found myself writing a whole poem.
I remember it was during Eid al-Adha. I was impressed by the sight of a sheep being sacrificed. I was sitting on a chair, saying poetic lines about it. I kept adding lines until I found myself writing a whole poem.
Quote Message: Sometimes circumstances inspire me to write a poem, sometimes a rap song. It depends on my mood, and the situation I’m in."
Sometimes circumstances inspire me to write a poem, sometimes a rap song. It depends on my mood, and the situation I’m in."
FBK gets her inspiration from nature, from her own experiences, and from those of her friends.
Some of her songs are very personal, like Césarienne. In it she talks about how she came into the world:
Quote Message: I was born prematurely at only seven months, by C-section, and that for me has become a springboard to face any challenges."
I was born prematurely at only seven months, by C-section, and that for me has become a springboard to face any challenges."
Other songs tackle more general topics such as the sexist attitudes women in Tunisia face.
The track Kaabi was inspired by some of the negative comments FBK received on social media in because of her decision to become a rapper:
Quote Message: Comments like: 'What are you doing?', 'Go and wash the dishes', that sort of thing. So I took a pen and a sheet of paper and I wanted to reply to those comments, spontaneously.
Comments like: 'What are you doing?', 'Go and wash the dishes', that sort of thing. So I took a pen and a sheet of paper and I wanted to reply to those comments, spontaneously.
Quote Message: I released the song, and in the end the number of views was impressive and I was very happy. I felt that strength and success came from the negative."
I released the song, and in the end the number of views was impressive and I was very happy. I felt that strength and success came from the negative."
FBK is also alive to the political context – and potential – of rap in Tunisia, saying:
Quote Message: The revolution opened up doors, especially for rappers. Now we can express our opinions on the political situation, on the social situation. This was forbidden before.
The revolution opened up doors, especially for rappers. Now we can express our opinions on the political situation, on the social situation. This was forbidden before.
Quote Message: But now we have the opportunity to express ourselves, we have to try as hard as we can to make our voices heard - to try to change what's happening, even just a little bit."
But now we have the opportunity to express ourselves, we have to try as hard as we can to make our voices heard - to try to change what's happening, even just a little bit."
The Tunisian authorities say at least 14 migrants have died in different shipwrecks in the Mediterranean over the last two days.
More than 50 are missing after the latest accident, in which a boat sank off the coast.
All those on board were from sub-Saharan Africa.
Tunisia is a major gateway for irregular migrants from other parts of Africa attempting perilous voyages to Europe.
The Tunisian interior minister says the coast guard has recovered more than 900 bodies of drowned migrants so far this year.
Tunisian singer's show cancelled over Palestinian concerts
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A Tunisian singer who was hailed as the voice of the country's uprising in 2011 has had a forthcoming show cancelled after performing in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
Last month Emel Mathlouthi performed in Bethlehem, Ramallah and East Jerusalem to Palestinian audiences.
Following the tour she was accused by pro-Palestinian campaigners of promoting “normalisation” with Israel – and her performance at next week’s Hammamet International Festival in Tunisia has been cancelled.
Ms Mathlouthi said she had been the victim of a “big misinformation campaign” – and the move was “unjustified” because she didn’t perform in Israel.
Tunisia's autocratic President Kais Saied has sacked Prime Minister Najla Bouden.
Ms Bouden - the country's first ever female prime minister - was hand-picked by President Saied to lead the government after he removed her predecessor two years ago and took control of almost all state powers.
Her late-night dismissal was followed by the immediate swearing-in of another political unknown, Ahmed Hachani, who previously worked at the Tunisian central bank.
The move comes during a deepening economic and social crisis that has seen a shortage of many key commodities.
Ms Bouden's government had supported an economic reform programme geared towards securing a $2bn (£1.6bn) IMF bailout
French rapper cancels Tunisia concert over migrant treatment
Congolese-born French rapper Maitre Gims has cancelled a concert in Tunisia that was scheduled for 11 August.
In an Instagram story, the rapper cited the mistreatment
of migrants for the cancellation saying: “Children, women, men expelled from Tunisia to
Libya, live in inhumane conditions. I cannot maintain my visit to Tunisia.”
Libyan guards recently rescued dozens of sub-Saharan migrants in a desert area on the border between the two countries
They said they had been dumped there from Tunisia without water, food or shelter.
Tunisia has become the main departure point for migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.
In recent months, black migrants in Tunisia have faced violent attacks due to an increasingly hostile environment.
Tunisia's President Kais Saied has previously accused migrants of partaking in a "plot" to change the country's demographic profile, blaming "traitors who are working for foreign countries". He later denied being racist.
Tunisia wildfires: 'We had no water to douse flames'
BBC Arabic, near Tabarka, Tunisia
between the town of Tabarka and Melloula, the Tunisian coastal village where
300 people have been evacuated because of wildfires, I came across dozens of cars parked in
front of Adil El Selmy's eco-friendly restaurant.
had rushed to express solidarity with the owner after his eatery was razed to
the ground in the fires that are causing devastation in this area along the border
left the restaurant as the flames approached," Mr Selmy says.
water supply in Tabarka was affected last week during an unprecedented heatwave,
which made things even harder for those fighting fires.
couldn't douse flames, hours after the wooden building was devastated,” Mr
Selmi told me, looking deeply afflicted.
employed 22 people at the restaurant and cannot see to a way forward.
The ravaged restaurant normally overlooks the sea, however the
Mediterranean can barely be seen as a haze of smoke is still blanketing the
Temperatures reached 48C (118F) in parts of North Africa on
Tunisians chant 'down with coup' at anti-Saïed protest
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Two years since President Kaïs Saïed of Tunisia adopted sweeping powers, hundreds of his opponents have held demonstrations in the capital, Tunis.
In 2021 Mr Saïed sacked the government and suspended parliament - before later enfeebling the judiciary and arresting many of his critics.
Chanting "down with the coup" the protesters demanded the release of around 20 opposition politicians as well as journalists, activists and lawyers, most of whom have been charged with conspiring against the state.
Rights groups have described the arrests as a witch hunt.
An uprising in the North African country helped trigger the so-called Arab Spring in 2011 - and it was the region's sole democracy to emerge from the uprisings.