September 23, 2011 |
TRIPOLI, Libya - Tunisian authorities arrested Moammar Gadhafi's former prime minister Thursday as Libya's new rulers and NATO warned the fugitive leader and his loyalists that they were running out of places to hide. U.S. Ambassador to Libya Gene Cretz said Gadhafi and his loyalists would eventually be routed, and he pledged continued support for the country's new leadership. "The next few months will be critical as Libyans lay the groundwork for a pluralistic democracy that respects the rights of all of its citizens," he said in remarks before the flag was raised in front of his residence in Tripoli.
May 23, 2012 |
TUNIS, Tunisia - Tunisia said Tuesday that it will soon extradite Al-Baghdadi Al-Mahmoudi back to his homeland, after detaining the former Libyan prime minister for eight months. Mahmoudi was arrested in September for illegally crossing the frontier into Tunisia as he tried to flee to Algeria, where members of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's family had sought refuge. Lawyers and human-rights groups had opposed the extradition, saying Mahmoudi might be harmed by Libya's new ruling authorities - representative of the rebels who overthrew Gadhafi last year.
January 9, 2013 |
TUNIS, Tunisia - Tunisian authorities released one of the only men in custody for alleged links to September's attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in the Libyan city of Benghazi, the latest blow to an investigation that has limped along for months. Armed groups assaulted the lightly guarded mission on Sept. 11 and killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, but despite U.S. promises there has been little news of progress so far in bringing the perpetrators to justice.
October 6, 2013 |
Spain was under Islamic rule for seven centuries until 1492, when its Christian leaders forced their Abrahamic cousins to convert or flee the country. Yet, more than 500 years later, Iberian culture still bears a profoundly Islamic and Arab influence. Nowhere is that more evident than in the southern region of Andalusia, which touches North Africa via the Strait of Gibraltar. The region's most famous modern poet, Federico García Lorca (1898-1936), infused his verses with a musical language both Spanish and Arabic.
July 5, 2000 |
Nabil Jomli has had a varied professional life. He trained as an engineer in his native Tunisia, yet became a physical education teacher there. Then, after two years as a front desk clerk in a London hotel, he came to Philadelphia in 1997. The next year he opened a halal butcher shop in the Italian Market. The butcher shop evolved into a Mediterranean take-out restaurant and, most recently, into a pizzeria with a sprinkling of Mediterranean dishes on the menu. However, one thing has been constant since Jomli, 33, opened his first business on 9th Street: savory, slightly spicy merguez sausage.
January 29, 1989 |
When relatives first suggested that he hire commandos to rescue his daughter and granddaughter trapped in Tunisia in a bitter custody dispute, GM autoworker Bill Swint winced. "Life is not a Rambo movie," he said. Days later, the Swints hired former U.S. Army Delta Force commandos to snatch their kin from a windy Mediterranean beach - and sold movie rights to their incredible $80,000 covert action to the Rambo films' producers. Today, Laurie Swint-Ghidaoui and her dark-eyed daughter, Leila, 2, are back in Lansing.
December 1, 2014 |
Until I read Carol Solomon's introduction to the catalog for "Memory, Place, Desire: Contemporary Art of the Maghreb and Maghrebi Diaspora," I'd been under the impression that the area of North Africa known as the Mahgreb was Morocco. In fact, as visiting professor Solomon - who organized the exhibition of contemporary art from that region for Haverford College's Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, - explains in much greater detail, the Maghreb comprises most of North Africa west of Egypt and is sometimes said to include Egypt.
November 1, 2011
Tunisian warrant for Arafat widow TUNIS, Tunisia - Tunisia has issued a warrant summoning the widow of deceased Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat over a corruption scandal, the state news agency reported Monday. The warrant was issued last week over Suha Arafat's role in a scandal involving former Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, his family, and other high government officials, said a spokesman for the Justice Ministry. She was being investigated over the International School of Carthage, which she founded in 2006 with Ben Ali's wife, Leila Trabelsi, the agency reported.
June 19, 1988 |
As we wandered through the knee-high grass of the ruins of Makhtar, an ancient Roman town in central Tunisia, I shivered in the evening wind; I had not expected this chill on an April evening in North Africa. I waded through the jade-green growth and sat on the cool marble walls, remains of a city that died 1,500 years ago. Dozens of deep-purple irises danced among the walls and aisles of the ancient Byzantine mausoleum, where the third-century inhabitants of Makhtar had buried their dead.
February 4, 1993 |
Sol E. Zubrow, 74, a management consultant who completed studies that touched prickly government issues for the administration of Gov. Milton Shapp, died Sunday at his home in Center City. The two met in 1960 when Mr. Zubrow tried to interest Shapp in an international marketing scheme for Tunisian olive oil. Shapp turned him down but was so impressed that he called on Mr. Zubrow often after Shapp became governor. Mr. Zubrow was consulted so often that he was sometimes called Shapp's "hot potatoes man," said Mr. Zubrow's son, Barry.