Tunisia

Fears for Ivorian migrants returned to Libya

BBC World Service

The UN has voiced concern for the safety of 36 migrants who have been turned away by the Tunisian authorities at the Libyan border.

The migrants, from Ivory Coast and include a number of children, were sent back into Libyan territory from the southern border area of Medenine.

The Tunisian government says they are not its responsibility.

Libya's geographical location and unstable political situation has made it a focus for migrants hoping to continue on to Europe.

Read: Self-immolation exposes UN failures in Libya

Migrants on a ship with a Libyan coastguard
AFP
Many migrants attempt the dangerous crossing from Libya over the Mediterranean to reach Europe

Tunisia's moderate Islamists name poll candidate

Abdelfattah Mourou
AFP
Abdelfattah Mourou, 71, is the party's vice-president and a lawyer

Tunisia's largest party - the Ennahda Islamist Movement - has announced that its co-founder, Abdelfattah Mourou, will be its candidate in September's presidential election.

It is the first time the party has put someone forward for the role since Tunisia's transition to democracy following the revolution of 2011.

The election was brought forward after the death last month of President Beji Caid Essebsi, who was the country's first democratically elected head of state.

Former interim President Moncef Marzouki, who lost to Mr Essebsi in 2014, is also bidding for the job.

Read: Obituary: Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi

Newly independent Tunisia introduced a set of laws which revolutionised women's lives.
In August 1956 newly independent Tunisia introduced a set of laws which revolutionised women's lives.

Tunisia president 'in intensive care'

The son of Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi told the AFP news agency that his father is back in hospital. Hafedh Caid Essebsi's statement confirmed an earlier report from the Reuters news agency.

This is the third time the president is being treated in hospital in a matter of weeks.

He is currently in intensive care and "things are not going well", his son told AFP.

The 92-year-old Mr Essebsi is the world's oldest sitting president.

Tourists look at flowers on Tunisia beach

David Cameron says Islamic State poses "an existential threat" to the Western world, as it emerges the British death toll in the Tunisian attack will rise above 30.

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