The authorities in the Tunisian city of Sousse are investigating the death of a woman who fell into an open manhole following heavy rains.
Myriam Dhahbi was walking home from work when the incident happened.
The 20-year-old died before arriving at hospital, the civil protection brigade which conducted the rescue said.
The fatal accident comes six months after a 14-year-old girl fell to her death in a manhole in the area of Bhar Lazreg in the north-east coastal
city of Marsa.
The child’s body was recovered two kilometres (one mile) away from the site of
Tunisian football fans return from protest at sea
BBC World Service
Five boatloads of Tunisian football fans who had threatened to leave the country in protest at the treatment of their team have returned home.
Around 300 supporters from the town of Chebba were angry that the footballing authorities had banned their club, Croissant Sportif Chebbien, over a bureaucratic matter.
They were so disgusted that they said they would migrate to Europe, and headed off in a flotilla.
But they came back after a day at sea, saying they had received assurances from the authorities that the dispute involving the club would be settled soon.
Tunisia urged to stop crackdown on freedom of expression
Amnesty International has urged the authorities in Tunisia to stop using "largely outdated, overly broad and repressive laws" to crack down on the freedom of expression online.
At least 40 bloggers, administrators of widely followed Facebook pages, political activists and human rights defenders faced criminal prosecution between 2018 and 2020, according to the rights group.
They have been charged for "publishing online posts critical of local authorities, the police or other state officials".
"These prosecutions threaten the human rights progress made so far in Tunisia where the right to freedom of expression is a hard-won value of the revolution," Amnesty's deputy regional director for the Middle East and North Africa Amna Guellali said in a statement.
Schools close as Tunisia avoids total lockdown
BBC News, Tunis
Primary and secondary schools in Tunisia are to close for 12 days as part of new measures against coronavirus.
A huge surge of infections over the past month has seen cases increase by more than 1,000 per day.
Close to 1,000 people have died since the virus hit Tunisia in March - and most of those deaths have been in the past two months alone.
The Tunisian government still appears to be trying to avoid
another lockdown in the country but the latest measures are edging closer to
the restrictions imposed back in March.
Inter-city travel is banned
Public gatherings limited to a maximum of four people
Nationwide weekday curfew from 20:00 to 05:00
Nationwide weekend curfew hours are 19:00 to 05:00
Restaurants and cafes to close at 16:00
Nurseries and kindergartens however remain open
Earlier this week Tunisia’s health officials said that in parts of the country, hospitals treating Covid-19 patients had reached full capacity.
Tunisian court rules that a man can drop slavery-linked name
BBC World Service
An 81-year-old Tunisian man has won a landmark court ruling to remove from his name a word that marked him as a descendant of slaves.
The word ateeq, meaning "freed from slavery", is used as a middle name even though Tunisia abolished slavery in 1846.
Hamden Dali's lawyers argued that the word discriminated against black Tunisians, who make up around around 15% of the population, and made it difficult to get jobs.
"In 'Ateeq Dali', there is a certain humiliation because it
is as if the person is not free - there is a discomfort for the
family to live with this name," lawyer Hanen Ben Hassena told the Reuters news agency.
Tunisia black population are descended people brought from sub-Saharan Africa to Tunisia as part of the slave trade, Reuters adds.
Night curfew reinstated in Tunisia's capital
BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis
The mayor of Tunisia's capital, Tunis, has said a night-time curfew will be reinstated for two weeks in a series of restrictions intended to control the spread of coronavirus, which has significantly risen in recent weeks.
The curfew will also be imposed in the neighbouring provinces of Manouba, Ariana, and Ben Arous.
Since July there were only a few soft measures in place to control the rate of infection in Tunisia. But in the past month alone, more than 20,000 people have tested positive for Covid-19.
The mayor of Tunis said the curfew will start on Thursday and will run from 21:00 to 05:00 local time on weekdays, and 19:00 to 05:00 local time on weekends.
Weekly markets and Friday prayers have also been banned, and cafes and restaurants can no longer have seated areas.
The mayors of four other Tunisian cities, which have also seen a significant rise in Covid-19 cases, have also recently imposed a night curfew.
There is a real worry that the country’s health sector could significantly struggle if the infection rate does not slow down.
The Tunisian government has so far ruled out a return to a nationwide lockdown that was imposed earlier this year, when it shut down its economy and borders, and imposed severe restrictions on movement.
Tunisian leader proposes death sentence for murderers
Tunisian President Kais Saied has said murderers
should be sentenced to death following the rape and killing of a young woman in
the North African country.
"Those who commit murder should be sentenced to death," President Saied told a National Security Council meeting on Tuesday.
Rahma Lahmar, 29, went missing for a few days and her mutilated body was found north of the capital, Tunis, on Friday last week. She had been raped.
Police say they have arrested a suspect who has since confessed to the killing.
Many in the country are calling for the killer to be hanged.
Demonstrators in the south of Tunisia have blocked an oil
pipeline as they called for more investment in the marginalised region, AFP
news agency reports quoting the energy ministry.
Hundreds stormed the El-Kamour production facility, south
of Tataouine two
weeks after setting up a protest camp near the site, AFP says.
blocked pipeline carries more than 50% of the country’s extracted oil.
is a real problem of development in Tataouine," Hamed Matri, an advisor at
the energy ministry is quoted as saying.
In 2017, the government promised to put more money into boosting
the fortunes of the region, but protesters say that this has not been honoured,
Officials are now speaking to the demonstrators to try and end
the pipeline blockage, it adds.
Tunisia PM quits amid alleged financial scandal
BBC North Africa correspondent, Tunis
The Tunisian Prime Minister Elyes el-Fakhfakh has resigned.
The president's office confirmed that the head of government submitted his resignation on Wednesday morning.
This comes following intense pressure on Mr Fakhfakh from members of parliament the past week over a brewing alleged financial scandal.
He lasted less than six months as prime minister, making this the shortest time in office for a Tunisian government.
Mr Fakhfakh’s resignation also came after rifts in parliament, led by the moderate Islamist party Ennahda, and threats by lawmakers to withdraw confidence in his government over alleged conflict of interest.
He is accused of maintaining shares in private companies that won state contracts amounting to $15m (£12m).
The outgoing prime minister has denied accusations of corruption and has previously said he would step down if an ongoing investigation showed any wrongdoing.
A statement from the prime minister’s office described the resignation as serving the national interests of the country and one that offers the president a new way out of the crisis.
The president is expected to appoint Mr Fakhfakh’s successor within a week’s time - who will have a maximum of two months to form a government that needs to be backed by a majority of lawmakers.