Mauritania Expels Algerian Diplomats Over article Against Morocco

Rabat - Mauritania has reportedly expelled an Algerian diplomat for attempting to trouble the relations between Rabat and Nouakchott. On Wednesday evening, the First Counselor at the Algerian Embassy in Nouakchott, Belkacem Cherouati, was expelled from Mauritanian. Mauritanian government accused him of being behind the publication of  an article on a local news website, which "undermines the external relati ...

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Boat Carrying 700 Sub-Saharan Immigrants Capsizes Off Libyan Waters

Rabat – About 700 sub-Saharan immigrants are accounted for off Libyan waters, according to the UNHCR. According to Italy’s ANSA news agency, an estimated 700 people were aboard and only 28 people had been rescued so far. The accident, which could be the worst ever in European waters happened overnight about 60 miles (96km) off the Libyan coast and 120 miles (193km) south of the Italian island of Lampedusa. ...

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Delivery of Public Services in MENA Fails to Meet Citizens’ Needs: WB

Rabat - A new report released Thursday by the World Bank has shown that the delivery of essential public services in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) "is failing to meet the needs of citizens and continues to be a source of widespread dissatisfaction." The report, titled "Trust, Voice and Incentives, learning from local success stories in service delivery in the Middle East and North ...

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Algeria and Angola Biggest Military Spenders in Africa, Report

Fez - Algeria and Angola are the biggest military spenders in Africa, according to a report on trends in global military expenditures released on April 13, 2015, by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The report indicates that rapid increases in military expenditures in both Algeria and Angola are due to the countries’ high oil revenues. Since 2005, Algeria and Angola are reported ...

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New Round of Libyan Political Dialogue Starts in Morocco

Skhirat - A new round of Libyan political dialogue, hosted by Morocco and facilitated by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) with the aim of ending the political crisis and military conflict in the country, started Wednesday in Skhirat (outskirts of Rabat). Participants are expected to present their remarks regarding the overall framework outlined in the "Draft Agreement on the Political Tr ...

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Libyan GNC Condemns Terrorist Attack on Morocco’s Embassy

Tripoli - Libya's General National Congress (GNC) on Wednesday strongly condemned the terrorist attack against Morocco's embassy in Tripoli, deeming it a "criminal act". The General National Congress will monitor the investigations conducted by the security apparatus of the "Government of National Salvation" aimed at "identifying the perpetrators and the parties behind this criminal act", the GNC said in a ...

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Algerian Media: Unthinkable Obsession and Paranoia Toward Morocco

By Majid Morceli San Francisco- Ask any Moroccan official about dealing with Algeria and the first things that come to mind are obsession and paranoia regarding the state of mind of the Algerian regime. The decision of the governing body of African Football (CAF) to award to Gabon the hosting of the 2017 African Nation Championship is a vivid example. The Algerian media now apparently believes that the frie ...

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World Social Forum in Tunisia: “No to Terrorism”

Tunis - The World Social Forum of 2015 was held in Tunisia from March 24th through March 28th. The theme of the event differed greatly from the event held in 2013, which was considered to be of a “revolutionary” theme. This year, the World Social Forum focused on the idea of “no to terrorism.” Abderrahmane Hedhili stated in a press conference, held in Tunis last week, “March 18th, (the date of the Bardo Mus ...

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Tunisia: An International March Against Terrorism

Tunis - Foreign heads of states, members of parliament, party leaders, and representatives of organizations took part in the international march against terrorism on Sunday, March 29, at the Bardo Museum, Tunis. At the same time, tens of thousands of citizens, mostly young people, participated in a second march at Bab Saadoun, near the city center, to denounce terrorism. In the different cities in Tunisia, ...

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Tunisia: Moroccans Participate in International March Against Terrorism

Tunis- A Moroccan delegation, headed by Abdeltif Menouni, one of the King’s advisers, participated in the international march against terrorism on Sunday in Tunis. "The participation of the Moroccan delegation in this march expresses the active solidarity of Moroccans. We have experienced terrorism, so we know what it is. We came to say together with our Tunisian brothers : No to terrorism," said Mohammed N ...

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Tunisian Party Secretary General Maya Jribi: “Tunisia Will Never Be Finished”

Tunis - After Secretary General of the Tunisian Al-Joumhouri party, Maya Jribi, presented Tunisia’s “Woman Citizen of 2015” award on March 19, she reacted strongly to a headline published in French newspaper La Libération that proclaimed that as a result of the Bardo Museum terrorist attack in Tunis,"Tunisia is finished, tourism is over.” She rejected that claim, announcing instead, “Tunisia Stands against ...

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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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