One Week Mark for Detained Al Jazeera Journalists in Nigeria

By Kevin Kriedemann London - Al Jazeera has once again urged the Nigerian authorities to release their detained journalists in Maiduguri who have now been detained for a week without any explanation.  The detention has been condemned by the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, a coalition of organisations working in support of credible and transparent elections. Ahm ...

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When Algeria Plays the Hate Game

By Majid Morcili San Francisco - The organizing committee of the 13th World Social Forum (WSF), taking place in Tunis, has "vigorously" denounced the Algerian delegation’s attacks on members of the Moroccan delegation taking part in the event, highlighting that these provocations are a "flagrant denial" of the principles of the Forum's charter. The organizing committee of the WSF said in a statement that th ...

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Morocco on High Alert after Terrorist Attacks in Tunisia

Rabat - Police across Morocco have been put on high alert in the wake of the terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of 22 people, including many foreign tourists, at Tunisia's National Bardo Museum near the country's parliament earlier this week. According to daily newspaper Al Sabah, Moroccan authorities have raised the terror alert level after gunmen in Tunisia killed and injured tens of people, mostly ...

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UN-led Libya Peace Talks Resume in Morocco

Rabat - The UN-backed peace talks between Libya’s rival factions resumed in Skhirate near Rabat with the aim to reach a comprehensive political agreement to the crisis in the north African country. The parties to the Libyan conflict have paused the negotiations for consultation in preparation for a more "decisive" phase of the UN-led talks in Skhirate. The talks agenda include security arrangement, ceasefir ...

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Nigerian President Urged to Apologize Over “Embarrassment” with Morocco

Rabat - Nigeria's opposition All Progressives Congress Party (APC) has urged the President Goodluck Jonathan to apologize to Nigerians for the "embarrassment" caused by the false claim that he spoke via telephone with Mohammed VI, Nigerian daily Premium Times reported. According to the same source, Nigeria's foreign Affairs Minister Aminu Wali urged Nigerians not to politicize the issue, saying that Preside ...

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Gunmen Attack Tunisian Museum, 8 People Killed

Rabat - Gunmen killed at least eight people in Tunisia, including seven foreigners and a Tunisian national at the National Bardo Museum near the country's parliament, Tunisian officials said.  According to France24, the assailants, who are believed to have also taken hostages, are being surrounded by security forces at the famed National Bardo Museum, a popular attraction among tourists for its archeologica ...

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Over 5,700 Moroccans Flee Libya

Ras Ajdir (Libyan-Tunisian border) - More than 5,730 Moroccan nationals have fled the ongoing violence in Libya until March 5, thanks to the voluntary evacuation operation led by Moroccan authorities. According to data collected by MAP at the Tunisian border crossing of Ras Ajdir, the main border crossing between Tunisia and Libya, the monitoring unit has delivered 950 passes to Moroccan citizens who do not ...

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Tindouf Camps: Youth Movement ‘Kifaya’ Displays Moroccan Flag

Rabat - A new group of young activists emerged in the Tindouf camps opposing the Polisario leadership. Under the name "Kifaya” (enough) Youth Movement, the young activists have been motivated by the desire to fight against “the corrupt leadership of the Polisario” and uncover “its various forms of trafficking and to denounce the front violations of human rights.” Although the movement is new, its members ar ...

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UNCTAD Ranks Morocco 16th in Liner Shipping Connectivity Index

Tangier - Morocco came first in Africa taking the 16th position in the global 2014 Liner Shipping Connectivity Index conducted by the UN trade and investment body (UNCTAD). Morocco’s liner shipping connectivity improved significantly from the 84th rank before the opening of Tanger-Med port to the 16th position in 2014, Tanger Med port authority (TMSA) said. With the latest Liner Shipping Connectivity Index, ...

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King Mohammed VI Rejects Request to Hold Phone Call with Nigerian President

Rabat - King Mohammed rejected a request made by Nigerian authorities to hold a phone conversation with the Nigerian President. In a communique released on Friday, Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that “the request by Nigerian authorities for a phone conversation between HM King Mohammed VI and Nigerian President was refused by the Monarch who deemed it inappropriate on grounds of the upcoming ele ...

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New Round of Inter-Libyan Political Talks Begins in Morocco

Rabat - Stakeholders in the Libyan crisis started, Thursday afternoon in Skhirat (suburbs of Rabat), a new round of talks under the supervision of the UN support mission in Libya (UNSMIL). UNSMIL announced on Tuesday that the next round of the political dialogue will be held next week in Morocco, after all invited parties agreed to participate. The UN mission said in a statement that parties formally inform ...

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New Round Of Libyan Political Dialog to Be Convened in Morocco This Week

New York - The UN support mission in Libya (UNSMIL) announced that Morocco will host this week a new round of Libyan political dialog, after all parties that have been invited have agreed to participate. “The parties have formally communicated their decision to take part in the dialogue following close consultations with Special Representative of the Secretary-General Bernardino Leon during his visit to Tob ...

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