EU’s Budgetary Control Committee Deplores Non-Recovery Of Aid Embezzled by Algeria, Polisario

Brussels - The European Parliament’s Budgetary Control Commission deplored that the EU’s anti-fraud office (OLAF) did not recommend the recovery of the embezzled aid sent to the population in the camps of Tindouf in south-western Algeria. In a draft report on the implementation of the general budget of the European Union for the 2013 financial year, the Budgetary Control Commission said it was "surprised by ...

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The Maghreb Union: Between Myth and Reality

Tunis - 26 years have passed since the Maghreb Union was announced, but in reality, no union was built. Many young people have considered this thorny issue and have worked on various projects to change its inert status. These projects, which especially link Morocco and Tunisia, appear to be rather original: they relate to Moroccan Caftan and the dialogue between "Kippa and the Veil." The 26th anniversary of ...

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Morocco to Suspend Temporarily Morocco-Libya flights

Rabat - Moroccan authorities decided to suspend temporarily, as of Feb. 16, 2015, flights between Morocco and Libya, said a joint statement by the Interior Ministry and the Equipment, Transportation and Logistics Ministry. The decision is due to the nonconformity of flights from Libyan airports with security standards laid by international civil aviation bodies, it said, adding that this suspension concerns ...

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Algeria, Polisario Make of Humanitarian Aid a ‘Profitable Business’: Belgian Paper

Brussels - The embezzlement of humanitarian aid by Algeria and the Polisario, was denounced on Saturday in the front page of a leading Belgian paper, La Libre Belgique. The paper dedicated an article in the front page expressing denunciation of the embezzlement of humanitarian aid, which has been perpetrated for 40 years by Algerian officials in connivance with the Polisario to the detriment of the populati ...

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Western Sahara: 400 Saharawis Try to Cross to Morocco from Mauritania

Rabat - Around 400 Sahrawi people who fled from the Algeria-based Tindouf camps are trying to cross into Morocco from neighboring Mauritania, said Omar Bouaida, a deputy from the National Rally of Independents Party in a letter sent to the Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar, whose content has been reported by news website le360 on Thursday.  They are currently gathering in front of the Moroccan consulate ...

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CAN Scandal: Tunisia Calls on Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Egypt to Withdraw from CAF

Rabat - Tunisian Minister of Sports and Youth, Saber Bouatay, called on Morocco, Algeria, Libya and Egypt to support his country and withdraw from the Confederation of African Football, known as CAF.  The Tunisian Football Federation has reportedly decided it will not apologize to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in the wake of the post-match incident during the 2015 Afcon quarter final clash aga ...

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Security Cooperation, a Priority Between Morocco and Algeria Despite Political Conflicts

Marrakech- Despite several political contretemps, Moroccan and Algerian intelligence services have continued to meet monthly since September 2014, alternating between Rabat and Algiers, to promote the exchange of information regarding terrorist threats. The General Directorate for Research and Moroccan Documentation and The Algerian Department of Intelligence and Security (DRS) decided last year to increase ...

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Morocco Condemns Terrorist Attack in Tripoli

Rabat - Morocco vehemently condemned, on Wednesday, the terrorist attack that targeted Tuesday morning the Corinthia hotel in Libya's capital Tripoli, claiming several victims. "The Kingdom of Morocco vehemently condemns this despicable assault meant to terrorize innocent civilians, and undermine Libya's security and the national dialogue process under way under the aegis of the United Nations Support Missi ...

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Algeria’s refusal of population census encourages aid embezzlement in Tindouf

Brussels - Algeria's obstinate refusal to allow a census of population held captive in the camps of Tindouf encourages mass and organized embezzlement of international humanitarian aid, Euro-deputy Gilles Pargneaux said on Friday. "We should be aware that the overestimation of population in the camps of Tindouf helped to set up this European food aid embezzlement and resale system," said Pargneaux in respon ...

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Algerian author Yasmina Khadra: “I don’t have the right to be Charlie”

By Kevin Kriedemann London - In this week’s episode of Talk To Al Jazeera, award-winning Algerian author and former military officer Yasmina Khadra discusses the Charlie Hebdoattack with Jacky Rowland. The Kouachi brothers - the gunmen - were born in France to Algerian immigrant parents, but Khadra says discussions of the terrorist’s nationality are irrelevant. “For me, the murder doesn’t have an identity. ...

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Moroccans in Algeria Will No Longer Receive Permanent Resident Visas

Marrakech - Algerian authorities announced that Moroccan residents of Algeria will no longer be able to obtain permanent resident visas, and will have to apply for new visas and renew them every three months. The decision, allegedly made due to security concerns, will apply to all Moroccans who live in Algeria, and those who currently have permanent visas will need to replace them with new ones. Moroccans w ...

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Tunisia’s New President to Visit Morocco and Algeria

Rabat - The recently-elected president of Tunisia Béji Caïd Essebsi is due to pay his first official visit to Algeria and Morocco later this month. Tunisian Daily Kapitalis quoted the future official spokesman of the presidency Moez Sinaoui as saying that the date of the visit has not yet been specified. He went on to add that the visit will take place before the 24th session of the African Union Summit, wh ...

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