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Tunisia imposes curfew in two southern towns to counter coronavirus

Tunisia imposes curfew in two southern towns to counter coronavirus

TUNISIA has imposed a 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew in two southern towns to help contain a renewed coronavirus outbreak, the state news agency TAP said. The North African nation is seeking to counter a second spread of COVID-19 evident since it reopened its borders on June 27 as part of steps to ease a lockdown and revive the economy, particularly the vital tourist industry. Since then, however, Tunisia has recorded a major resurgence of infections, exceeding 100 per day over the last two weeks. The curfew in the towns of Hamma and Hamma Gharbia will remain in effect…
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Tunisian youth clash with police

Tunisian youth clash with police

TAREK AMARA and ANGUS McDOWALL THE 19-year-old smoking with friends in a poor district of Tunisia's capital had a simple explanation for night-time clashes between youths and police that have shaken the country - he has nothing to lose. A decade after mass protests toppled Tunisia's long-time president and sparked uprisings across the Middle East, anger is boiling over again amid economic stagnation, the global pandemic and a widening disconnect between people and their leaders. "There's nothing here ... there's no opportunity. The only government we know is the police car coming to arrest people," said Mohammed, surrounded by nodding…
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