Flight of First Female Tunisian Astronaut to ISS May Take 3-4 Years

A flight to the International Space Station (ISS) on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft by the first female Tunisian astronaut is possible in three to four years, Sergey Savelyev, deputy general director of Russia’s Roscosmos state space corporation responsible for international cooperation, told Sputnik. “Now we are developing a plan, a scientific program. Before signing the memorandum, the Tunisian delegation visited the Mission Control Center, the Cosmonaut Training Center. They have not yet determined the flight date. This is possible in the foreseeable future, in three to four years,” Savelyev said.…

Poll confirms popular support for Saied decisions

President Kais Saied still enjoys popular support from the electorate, with a recent poll showing 81% of Tunisians are favourable to the extension of the suspension of the Tunisian Parliament and the withdrawal of parliamentary immunity for MPs. The poll was conducted by Emrhod Consulting and commissioned by Business News and Attessia TV. Saied decided to suspend parliament on 25 July for 30 days, then he extended the suspension on 23 August “until further notice”. However, 55% of those surveyed said they are worried about the future of the country.…

Tunisia plants seeds of hope against climate change

Tunisian farmers are turning to the past to ensure a future by planting indigenous seeds as the North African country suffers at a time of drought, disease and climate change. Traditional seeds come from a genetic heritage best suited to the environment, said Maher Medini, from Tunisia’s National Gene Bank, which promotes the development of sustainable agriculture in the country. “They are reservoirs of genes hundreds, if not thousands of years old,” Medini said, adding that the seeds are more resistant to the ever-growing dangerous impacts of global warming. Climate…

Tunisia launches 3rd national open day for COVID-19 vaccination: 467.631 COVID vaccination administered

Tunisia launched on Sunday the third national open day for vaccination against COVID-19 across the country’s 24 governorates for citizens aged between 15 and 17 and those aged 40 and above. The vaccination process started at 7 a.m. local time and continued until 7 p.m with 467.631 COVID vaccination administered on the same day. This initiative was organized by the health ministry in coordination with the defence, interior and education ministries, and in cooperation with several departments and components of the civil society. Over 390 vaccination centres, distributed throughout the…

Algeria hosts meeting of countries neighbouring Libya on Monday

Algeria is hosting, on Monday, a ministerial meeting of the group of neighbouring countries of Libya, to find a political solution to the crisis in Libya.  Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Sudan, Chad, and Niger affirmed their participation, and representatives of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the African Union (AU) were also expected to attend the meeting. Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune announced earlier that his country is“at the disposal” of Libya and ready to help it solve its neighbour’s problems.  Tebboune said that Algeria considers, “the final solution to the…

Borrell expected to visit Libya, Tunisia and Iraq in September

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Policy, Josep Borrell, intends to visit Libya, along with Tunisia and Iraq next month, the Libya Observer reports. The EU is in direct contact with Libya’s Government of National Unity (GNU), in order to fully organize Borrell’s visit to Tripoli, according to the Italian Nova Agency, citing Libyan sources for its information. On Sunday last, Borrell called for the creation of a European military force capable of fighting if called upon, suggesting: “A force of approximately 50,000 soldiers, who…

Tunisia halted at least 11 migrant boats headed for Italy

Tunisian security forces have stepped up their activities against irregular migration, AnsaMed reports. Italian interior ministry sources say that this came after the activation of a “direct line of communication between the Italian and Tunisian authorities for the rapid exchange of information on boats carrying irregular migrants departing from the North African country’s coasts and on criminal activities connected with this phenomenon”. The Tunisian Coast Guard has thwarted “eleven unauthorized attempts to cross the maritime border and rescued 231 people”, according to a Tunisian interior ministry statement, noting that among…

Tunisian navy rescues nearly 400 migrants after boats capsize

Tunisian naval forces rescued 396 migrants from drowning after several of their boats capsized in the middle of the night while making the journey across the Mediterranean to reach Italy, the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday More migrants have been attempting the dangerous crossing from the North African coast in recent weeks. Many of those setting off for a better life are from Syria, Bangladesh and other African countries, as well as Tunisians. Twelve people remain missing from a boat accident near the Mahdia resort area south of the capital…

Libya reopens borders with Tunisia

Libya reopened its air traffic and land borders with neighbouring country Tunisia on Thursday. The government sent correspondence in this regard to the ministers of Transport and Interior, underscoring the need to take protective measures against the Covid-19 pandemic, the Libya Observer reports The letters referred to previous recommendations set by relevant bodies that provided for the necessity of opening land and air crossings for health, humanitarian and economic reasons, with an emphasis on the need to take all the necessary precautions and sanitary shields. Libya closed its border with…

Medical supplies heading to Tunisia to counter COVID-19 spread

Medical supplies and equipment donated by the State of Kuwait were flown to Tunisia to help the fellow Arab country counter the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) announced on Thursday. Head of medical services at KRCS Manhal Al-Enezi told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that the medical cargo included ventilators and other necessary equipment. A Saudi plane loaded with more medical equipment and supplies landed Thursday at Tunis-Carthage International Airport in a bid to underpin Tunisia’s anti-COVID-19 efforts. An Egyptian military plane arrived at Tunis-Carthage International…