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Coronavirus – Tunisia: EU Council adopts €3 billion assistance package to support neighbouring partners

Coronavirus – Tunisia: EU Council adopts €3 billion assistance package to support neighbouring partners

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EUROPE, EUROPEAN UNION, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, TUNISIA
EUROPEAN UNION --- On 20th May 2030, the Council adopted a decision to provide up to 3 billion euros of macro-financial assistance to ten enlargement and neighbourhood partners to help them cope with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial assistance will be provided in the form of loans on highly favourable terms and allocated as follows: Albania: €180 millionBosnia-Herzegovina: €250 millionGeorgia: €150 millionJordan: €200 millionKosovo*: €100 millionMoldova: €100 millionMontenegro: €60 millionRepublic of North Macedonia: €160 millionTunisia: €600 millionUkraine: €1200 million. EU assistance will help these jurisdictions cover their immediate financing needs which have increased as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Together with the support from the Intern...
Coronavirus: Tunisia launches virus-tracking app

Coronavirus: Tunisia launches virus-tracking app

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, TECHNOLOGY, TUNISIA
TUNIS --- Tunisia on Tuesday launched a contact-tracing mobile phone app that identifies and alerts users who may have had contact with others infected with the new coronavirus. The E7mi application, available on Android and awaiting validation for Apple's iOS, was developed by a Tunisian start-up specialised in digital marketing tools for foreign companies, the health ministry told AFP. Like the French StopCovid application, E7mi -- Arabic for "protect" -- is not based on contacttracing technology developed by Apple or Google. If a user tests positive for COVID-19, Tunisia's Observatory of Emerging Diseases (ONME) contacts other users whose telephones have been detected close to the infected user's device.  "We started in March when we heard about the TraceTogether app i...
Coronavirus – Tunisia: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Tunisian President discuss efforts to contain coronavirus crisis

Coronavirus – Tunisia: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Tunisian President discuss efforts to contain coronavirus crisis

AFRICA, ASIA, CORONAVIRUS, Dubai, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, TUNISIA
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Tunisian President Kais Saied, have discussed bilateral relations, the global COVID-19 crisis and ways to contain the pandemic's repercussions at various levels. In a telephone call, the leaders reviewed the measures the countries have taken in dealing with the virus, and the mechanisms of joint coordination to contain its negative effect on the economic and health sectors, among others. Sheikh Mohamed stressed the importance of cooperation, solidarity and exchange of experiences between the UAE and Tunisia in addressing the pandemic and expressed his condolences to President Saied and the Tunisian people for those who succumbed to the virus, wishing a...
Coronavirus: Uganda Police impound Ministry of Health van for carrying 25 medical personnel contradicting with social distancing directives

Coronavirus: Uganda Police impound Ministry of Health van for carrying 25 medical personnel contradicting with social distancing directives

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, CRIME, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, SECURITY, TUNISIA, Uganda Police Force
This morning, Police in Kireka, have impounded a van belonging to the Ministry of Health for violating social distancing directives put in place by the Ministry itself and the government to curb the spreading of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The impounding follows President Museveni’s directive of suspending gatherings of more than five people as a precaution to curb the coronavirus pandemic. Ever since COVID-19 broke out, the Ministry of Health has repeatedly encouraged the general public among other preventive measures, to practice social distancing, a practice where you maintain a distance of at lest four meters from someone else, such that you do not transmit or get infected by the virus. Police says that those in the ministry vehicle defied the presidential directive leaving the p...
United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee publishes findings on Central African Republic, Portugal, Tunisia, Uzbekistan and Dominica

United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee publishes findings on Central African Republic, Portugal, Tunisia, Uzbekistan and Dominica

AFRICA, central african republic, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Portugal, TUNISIA, UNITED NATIONS
The UN Human Rights Committee has published its findings on the civil and political rights record of Central African Republic, Portugal, Tunisia, Uzbekistan and Dominica which it reviewed during its latest session. Although the session, which was due to end on 27 March, was suspended in mid-March because of the outbreak of COVID-19, the Committee members continued their tasks, including the adoption of concluding observations of the above-mentioned countries, through distance working. The findings, available online, contain positive aspects of each country’s implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the Committee’s main concerns and recommendations. Some of the key highlights include: Central African Repubic: The Co...
AFRICA: Terrorists attack the U.S. embassy in Tunisia, Policeman killed.

AFRICA: Terrorists attack the U.S. embassy in Tunisia, Policeman killed.

AFRICA, TUNISIA, USA
The interior ministry, which had previously reported five officers and one civilian injured, announced in a statement the death of Lieutenant Taoufik Mohammed El Nissaoui in the first such attack to hit the Tunisian capital in eight months. In June 2019, a double suicide bombing in Tunis claimed by the Islamic State Organization (EI) had highlighted the resilience of extremist groups, although the security situation in the country has improved significantly. The explosion on Friday resounded at the end of the morning near the American embassy, in the Lake Banks district, about ten kilometres from the city centre, a sector permanently protected by major security roadblocks. Police losses Forensic police were quickly dispatched to the scene, flown over by helicopter, ...
AFRICA: Tunisia expels its ambassador to UN over US-Middle East peace plan

AFRICA: Tunisia expels its ambassador to UN over US-Middle East peace plan

AFRICA, TUNISIA
African nations play host to several diplomats, who weigh in on the affairs of their hosts’ governments, and in the process take the risk of unsettling the relations between any two countries. Diplomats are often granted certain privileges and immunities to ensure they may effectively carry out their duties, and also allow for maintenance of government relations, including during periods of difficulties and armed conflict. While diplomats may not be prosecuted by the host countries, they can be ordered to leave, often within a short period of time. Article nine of the Vienna convention says the host country can declare any member of foreign diplomatic staff as “persona non grata” and require them to be removed. This can be done by a state “at any time and without having...