Aviation: Tunisia's state airline to cut 1,000 jobs

File photo©ReutersTunisair, Tunisia's state-owned carrier, plans to lay off 1,000 employees or more than 12 percent of its full-time workforce, as part of reform plans.

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Tunisia: Prime Minister warns of austerity, job cuts

Tunisian Prime Minister-designate Youssef Chahed. Photo©Zoubeir Souissi/ReutersIf Tunisia does not overcome its economic difficulties, an austerity programme will be inevitable next year with thousands of public sector job cuts and new taxes, prime minister-designate Youssef Chahed told parliament on Friday.

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Tunisia: New law strengthens central bank, shields it from political interference

Photo©ReutersTunisia's parliament has approved a law to strengthen the central bank autonomy to shield its board from political interference, one of the key economic reforms sought by the country's international lenders.

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TV & Cinema: Pushing out beyond the comfort zone

Women’s Prison by Kamla Abu Zekry (Left), Mohamed Khan’s Factory Girls (Right Bottom) Nabil Ayouch’s Much Loved (Right Top). Photo©All Rights ReservedA new wave of North African filmmakers is defying moral conservatism to turn a candid lens on the harsh and disturbing realities of women's lives.

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Tunisia: IMF to start talks over new loan programme

A delegation from the International Monetary Fund will visit Tunisia on Thursday to begin talks on a new credit programme likely to be worth at least $1.7 billion, a Tunisian official said.

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Libya: Rivals reject UN deal and sign self-drafted unity deal

Opposing parties in Libya have been warned that instability is giving room to extremist groups to expandLibya's rival governments have signed a power-sharing agreement after shunning the agreement proposed by the United Nations.

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Tunisia Country Profile 2015: Constitution trumps pessimism

altWith the presidential vote likely to go to a second round in December 2014, the new Tunisian president will have a long to-do list and a divided legislature to deal with.

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Spotlight on Houcine Abassi

Photos© Nicolas Fauquè/CorbisTaking no side politically, this skilled trade union negotiator has become one of the most influential men in Tunisia. His role since the Arab Spring won him and three others this year's Nobel Peace Prize

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Tunisia and Algeria broaden war on Islamists

File Photo©ReutersAlgerian and Tunisian forces have upped a low-level conflict against Islamist militants operating on the Algerian-Tunisian border, officials have said.

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Tunisia: Pay-back time

Photos© All rights reserved The crimes of the old regime still weigh heavily on a nation rebuilding itself

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Tunisia: Legal reforms to double foreign investment

Tunisian Prime Minister, Habib Essid©Photo©ReutersTunisia hopes to double annual inflows of foreign investment over the next five years by pushing through legal reforms and reducing industrial unrest, its investment minister said.

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Nkosana Moyo: Africa needs its own version of the Airbus project

altIn private equity, as is indeed true in virtually all other areas of human endeavour, if you want to optimise cooperation between individual entities you have to create a maximal alignment between the intended participants' interests.

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Tunisian firms prepare to issue Islamic bonds

File photo©ReutersTunisian firms are preparing to issue Islamic bonds as the government finalises rules covering the sector, creating a new funding option for companies in an economy buffeted by labour unrest and militant attacks.

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Aviation: Private Tunisian airline Syphax suspends operations

Photo©FlySyphax.comTunisia's Syphax has temporarily halted all flights, it said, citing a decision by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to suspend all activity with the airline.

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North Africa's dream deferred

Photo©PEDRO UGARTE/AFPHow to deal with fat cats – not fatwas – is the real problem facing North African leaders after the revolutions failed to fix old economic problems. The clock is ticking for governments to deliver justice and jobs.

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AfDB banks on the future

As the AfdB flag is raised over Abidjan outgoing president Kaberuka (centre) wonders who will continue his legacy. Photo©SIA KAMBOU/AFPThe African Development Bank (AfDB) will choose its new leader to replace Donald Kaberuka in May. The Africa Report profiles the candidates who want to take the continental institution on paths of continuity or change.

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Tunisia: Public sector workers get wage hike after union talks

Although under pressure from international lenders to reduce its public spending, Tunisia's government has agreed to increase the wages of 800,000 public sector workers after negotiations with the main labour union.

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Egypt creates joint Arab military force for Middle East

Photo©ReutersEgypt has urged a joint Arab military force to tackle extremism and unrest in Libya, Yemen, Tunisia, Syria and Iraq.

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Tunisia: 'These monstrous minorities do not frighten us' - President

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi. Photo©ReutersTunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi has declared war on terror, vowing to defeat extremists, while reaffirming the nation's faith in democracy.

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Art: Walls without walls

Mehdi Ben Cheikh founder, Galerie Itinerrance, Paris. JOEL SAGET/AFPThe French-tunisian gallery owner goes streetside in Djerba to hit the moving target of art's new talent.

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