A member of the Tunisian special forces and a policeman patrol the beach in front of the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Port el Kantaoui. AFP PHOTO/FETHI BELAID
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The number of foreign tourists in Tunisia dropped by 20 percent to four million in the first eight months of the year after two Islamist attacks that killed dozens of Western visitors, the tourism minister said on Monday.Tunisia, for which foreign tourism is an important contributor to gross domestic product, has been under a state of emergency since the attacks. On Monday, Spanish hotel chain Riu, part of German holiday group TUI, said it was reviewing its presence in Tunisia.Tunisia has cut its economic growth forecast to 0.5 percent for this year, down from an initially anticipated 3 percent.
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