Tunisia

October 4, 2012

The Tunisian government is planning on increasing the 3G mobile market
14:08 GMT

The Tunisian government has announced that in their push to boost the 3G and mobile markets, they will break up the country’s fixed-line monopoly to promote diversification and competition.

October 3, 2012

Circairo poster.
09:27 GMT

After the success of 2010’s CirCairo, the international Circus Festival is back to bring the charm and the long-forgotten magic of the circus to three Egyptian cities: Cairo, Mansoura and Monoufeya.

October 1, 2012

After the Arab-Spring, is Tunisia seeing a lurch to the right?
12:00 GMT

After the indecency charge against an alleged police-rape victim, could the Islamist right in post-Arab spring Tunisia be coming to the fore? Following the election of the Ennahda group, the center-right Islamists, the disparate Salafi grouping is gaining prominence, and many are beginning to wonder if the Ennahda can keep its centrist line and whether there is a sea-change in Tunisian society.

September 30, 2012

Can the economy of Tunisia recover?
00:08 GMT

Moody's Investors Service has kept the investment rating of Tunisia, that is Baa3 with negative outlook reflecting, it says, the country's moderate economic, institutional and financial strength.

September 27, 2012

After economic woes led to the suicide of Mohammed Bouazizi, sparking the Arab Spring, authorities are keen to solution to chronic youth unemployment.
14:13 GMT

An initiative by the African Development Bank to reduce unemployment in Tunisia is starting to take shape. "Souk At-Tanmia" (Development Market) has pre-selected 300 youths wanting to set up their own business.

September 26, 2012

Saving Face from Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy (right) is a story of hope and a fight for justice. It will screen at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.
14:20 GMT

Abu Dhabi announces their line-up with a guest appearance by Richard Gere.

Money's too tight to mention: Ben Ali had a hidden wealth of $13 billion
09:20 GMT

Tunisia's ousted former president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, had assets totalling more than $13billion, a government commission has found, although more assets are could be uncovered.

Can the Arab Monetary Fund loan get the Tunisian economy back on track?
08:30 GMT

The Central Bank of Tunisia has signed agreements with the Arab Monetary Fund securing loans totalling $180 million dollars, with hope of shoring up the Balance of Payments deficit.

September 25, 2012

The Tunisian economy remains at "very high risk", according to Standard and Poor's
10:04 GMT

S&P ranks Tunisia in the Banking Industry Country Risk Assessment (BICRA) group “8” in both of its two mainareas of analysis—economic risk and industry risk.

September 23, 2012

Amr Zaki back in Egypt squad for UAE camp (Picture courtesy of http://english.ahram.org.eg)
12:57 GMT

Elazigspor striker Amr Zaki has won a call-up to Egypt's squad for two friendly games next month after apparently ending a dispute with coach Bob Bradley.

Will shale gas drive the Tunisian economy forward?
12:41 GMT

Tunisia is considering producing shale gas in an effort to cope with rising demand coupled with a drop in traditional oil stock, although the Industry Ministry has denied claims that permits have already been granted.

September 20, 2012

The Tunisian economy is facing increased fragility
10:34 GMT

The Tunisian economy is becoming increasingly fragile, warned the Board of Directors of the Tunisian Industry and Handicrafts Union (UTICA), citing recent events and declining confidence from foreign investors.

The Saudi King and the Egyptian President have met several times since Morsi's election, as the oil-rich Kingdom offers substantial financial aid packages
09:21 GMT

The oil-rich Saudi Kingdom illustrated it's financial might by supporting post-Arab Spring with financial aid, as other nations in the region also receive substantial packages.

September 18, 2012

Pope won't be dragged into Lion's Den: May 2001 saw Pope John Paul II congregating with Bashar al Assad - that very fellow of the murderous dynasty. While the crafty host tried to seduce the Catholic Pontiff into taking an anti-Israel stance, the Pope wasn't playing ball, staying clear of 'Anti-Semitic' remarks dredging up bad Holy Land memories.
14:57 GMT

Papal Middle Eastern tours across the ages: How have the reigning Pope Bennedict XVI and the late Pope John Paul II fared in the Holy Land? The Pope pontificates from Lebanon to Morocco as we take a look at papal Middle East tours past and present.

Tourism is helping to revive the Tunisian economy, but reform is needed, says World Bank
08:43 GMT

The Tunisian economy has recently posted improved indicators in several areas of the economy, although the World Bank has suggested that the situation could be better if reforms are carried out