TUNIS — The head of Tunisia’s governing Islamist party has said the country cannot normalize ties with Israel, the official TAP news agency reported Sunday.
Rached Ghannouchi said that “Tunisians’ problem is with Zionism, not with Judaism,” but TAP said that “the president of the Ennahda [party] stressed there can be no normalization with Israel.”
The party won the most seats in an Oct. 23 election,
TAP said Mr. Ghannouchi said at a ceremony Saturday in the northwestern town of Beja that the only way for Palestinians to reclaim their land now occupied by Israel is through “the victory of democratic regimes in the Arab World.”
He added that Tunisia’s toppled leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was “a collaborator with the Zionists.”
Police raid bomb factory run by Islamist terrorists
ABUJA — Security forces raided a bomb factory in Nigeria run by a radical Islamist sect as gunmen from the group launched new attacks against police stations in the nation’s northeast, officials said Sunday.
The latest violence blamed on the sect known as Boko Haram killed two security officials in Kogi state and a local politician in Maiduguri, the group’s spiritual home in Nigeria’s northeast.
Authorities raided the bomb factory Saturday in Okene, a town in Kogi state, which sits just south of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.
Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is sacrilege” in the Hausa language of Nigeria’s north, has carried out attacks in Kogi state previously, the furthest south its struck in its campaign of terror.
Damaged cruise ship reaches port after 24 hours
SANDAKAN — Smiling passengers voiced relief and gratitude after safely leaving a fire-damaged luxury cruise ship that was stranded at sea for 24 hours and limped without air-conditioning into a Malaysian port Sunday.
The Azamara Quest drifted off the southern Philippines with 1,000 people aboard after flames engulfed one of its engine rooms Friday, injuring five crew members. It restored propulsion the next night and reached the harbor of Sandakan city in Malaysia’s eastern state of Sabah on Borneo island late Sunday.