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Cinema sees revival in post-revolution Tunisia

TUNIS: Tunisian filmmakers are making the most of newfound freedoms to tackle issues banished for decades from the silver screen, prompting a post-revolution cinema revival. "Since 2011, one of the most tangible benefits we've seen is the ability to talk about all topics, especially themes of society, our daily life, its complexity and its richness," said producer Habib Attia. "In cinema it pays to have that sincerity." Just two or three films a year were released during the 2000s, but the industry has rebounded…

Lukaku, Hazard power Belgium to brink of World Cup last 16

MOSCOW: Romelu Lukaku drew level with Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the World Cup goal-scoring charts on Saturday, scoring twice as Belgium moved to the brink of the last 16 after a 5-2 romp against Tunisia. The victory leaves the Red Devils top of Group G with two wins ahead of their clash on Thursday against England, who play Panama on Sunday. After also scoring twice in the opening 3-0 win against Panama, Manchester United's Lukaku showed clinical finishing with two first-half goals in Moscow, matching Ronaldo's…

England expects as dark horses Belgium launch World Cup campaign

VOLGOGRAD, Russia: England open their World Cup campaign on Monday seeking to banish memories of dismal performances in recent tournaments as Belgium's "Golden Generation" kick off as dark-horse challengers. England, winners on football's biggest stage more than half a century ago, crashed out without a win four years ago in Brazil, and have not won a knockout match in any tournament since 2006. Gareth Southgate's team will be eager to start with a bang after world champions Germany slipped up in their opening match…

Tunisian health minister dies after charity run

TUNIS: Tunisia's health minister died of a heart attack after taking part in a charity marathon to help battle cancer, officials said. Slim Chaker, 56, fell ill after running some 500 metres (yards) and then making a speech at the start of a race in the coastal town of Nabeul on Sunday aimed at raising funds to build a clinic for children with cancer, his ministry said. He died later at a military hospital in Tunis. "I have lost a brother and a colleague," Prime Minister Youssef Chahed wrote on Facebook. "He…

Tunisian driver stops train — to buy peaches

TUNIS: Tunisia's national railway company said on Friday that it had opened an investigation after a video emerged online showing a driver apparently stopping a train to buy peaches. The short video, reported filmed from inside a train in the Sahel region, shows crates of fruit placed at the edge of the railway and a vendor climbing onto the train to give a plastic bag to someone. "Look, he stops an entire train to pick up peaches," said one passenger, while others stood up to watch the scene. Hassen Miadi,…

Germany frees Tunisian suspect in Christmas market attack

BERLIN: German police Thursday freed a Tunisian man initially believed to be an accomplice in the Christmas market attack, as details emerged of how security services underestimated the threat posed by suspect Anis Amri. Before ploughing a truck into the Christmas market killing 12 people, the 24-year-old Anis Amri had reportedly sent a selfie and a chilling text message reading: "My brother, all is well, according to God's will. I am now in a car, pray for me my brother, pray for me." Investigators had thought the…

Germany hunts possible accomplices of Berlin attacker

BERLIN: Germany was hunting for possible accomplices of the suspected Berlin truck attacker on Saturday, a day after he was killed in a shoot-out with Italian police in Milan. As most of the country readied to celebrate Christmas Eve, Germany's under-pressure authorities said hundreds of investigators would be working on the probe throughout the holiday season. Tunisian Anis Amri, 24, is believed to have hijacked a truck and used it to mow down holiday revellers at a Berlin Christmas market on Monday, killing 12 people…

Fingerprints of Tunisian suspect in Berlin attack found on truck door

BERLIN: Investigators found fingerprints of a Tunisian suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack on the door of the truck that ploughed through the crowds, killing 12, German media said on Thursday, as a nationwide manhunt for the migrant was underway. The media did not name their source for the report about Amri's fingerprints and police declined to comment when contacted by Reuters. The Berlin attack has raised concerns across Europe in the approach to Christmas, with markets in France, target of a series of…

German police seek Tunisian in hunt for Christmas market attacker

BERLIN: German police are looking for a Tunisian man after finding an identity document under the driver's seat of the truck that ploughed into a Berlin Christmas market, killing 12 people, on Monday evening, security sources said. The document was in the name of Anis A., born in the southern city of Tataouine in 1992, the sources said, using a convention whereby suspects are identified by their first name and initial. The man was also believed to use false names. A spokesperson for Tunisia's foreign ministry said it was…