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“Tunisian Jews are an integral part of our people and they share all the rights and duties. Whoever violates their rights attacks all Tunisians.”

The speech comes at a time when Tunisia’s small Jewish community is facing pressure from extremist Muslim groups after an uprising last year overthrew Tunisia’s decades-old secular dictatorship.

With a population of 10.7 million, Tunisia has about 1,500 Jews.


Lawmakers fear Olympics will swamp Heathrow

LONDON — British lawmakers are questioning Heathrow Airport’s ability to cope with an influx of passengers during the London Olympics this summer.

The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee is warning that long lines at immigration could force planes to sit on runways or circle Europe’s busiest airport.

The concerns were expressed in a letter to Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt from John Whittingdale, the committee chairman.

From wire dispatches and staff reports