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“Ethiopia is now boiling”: ONLF foreign secretary

Rabat - In this week’s episode of Talk To Al Jazeera, Martine Dennis interviews Abdirahman Mahdi, foreign secretary and founding member of the Ogaden National Liberation Front’s (ONLF). The ONLF was founded in the mid-1980s and took up arms a decade later, fighting for self-determination for Ogaden, officially known as the Somali Region of Ethiopia. Thousands have died since then in a struggle that few outs ...

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Abidjan regains it glamour Spurred by Côte d’Ivoire’s current economic growth, the city is turning a corner

By Franck Kuwonu Lit by an elaborate display of orange lights, one of the three colours of Côte d’Ivoire’s flag, the city of Abidjan ushered in 2016 with a spectacular fireworks display. For 25 minutes revellers in the commercial capital that calls itself the “perle des lumières” (pearl of lights) were treated to dazzling displays of colour in the sky above the Ebrié Lagoon. On the lagoon shore, in the towe ...

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Morocco, Gabon, Côte d’Ivoire to Develop Strong Cooperation Model

Meknes - Morocco, Côte d'Ivoire and Gabon are determined to develop a partnership model in various fields, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Aziz Akhannouch said Tuesday in Meknes. "This cooperation will touch priority areas such as health security, the transfer of agricultural skills and know-how, investment in agriculture, agricultural research, soil fertility and agricultural training", Akhannouch to ...

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Doing Business: Russia, Africa And The Media

  Moscow - Over the past few years, Russian authorities have been prioritizing media cooperation and the use of soft power to address the falling image of Russia among the political and business elites in Africa.   The authorities have also made persistent efforts to inform the elites and business community about the positive developments and emerging economic opportunities in Russia, but Russian media and ...

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Africa’s Cities of the Future: Proper Planning Key to Sustainable Cities

By Busani Bafana One of the objectives of Sustainable Development Goals is to have sustainable cities that provide opportunities for all, including access to basic services, energy, housing and transport. In this special coverage, we look at some African cities like Lagos and Kigali that are on the move and others such as Abidjan and Mogadishu that are recovering. With an annual economic growth rate of abou ...

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Moroccan Woman Elected Vice-President of ‘Forum des Femmes d’Afrique Post 2015′

New York - Moroccan Oumayma Achour, chairwoman of the Jossour association, was elected vice-president of the "Forum des Femmes d'Afrique Post 2015" during the sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) held in New York on March 14-24. Achour, a civil society activist in the field of women's empowerment and gender equality, was included in the list of African women elected as vice-pres ...

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A Group of Artists Bring the Ivorians Together To Chant, “We Are Not Even Afraid of Terrorism”

Rabat - Amid the panic in Cote d’Ivoire on March 13 during an attack on a beach in Grand-Bassam, a group of 11 Ivorian musicians collaborated to release a song entitled “Même Pas Pour,” or “Not Even Afraid”, to express their solidarity with the victims and express courage to overcome terrorists’ radicalism. The video clip was shot in the preferred destination for Ivoirians and foreigners on Grand-Bassam bea ...

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Central African Republic Urges Morocco to Keep Its Contingent in MINUSCA

Rabat - The Central African Republic urged Morocco to maintain its contingent in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). In a letter to its Moroccan peer, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African integration and Francophonie of the Central African Republic Samuel Rangba urged the Kingdom of Morocco to maintain its contingent in the United N ...

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Côte d’Ivoire Attacks: Moroccan Security Officials in Abidjan

Rabat - Upon instructions of King Mohammed VI, Moroccan security officials arrived, Monday in Abidjan, to lend support to Ivorian authorities in their investigations into Sunday’s mass shooting at a beach resort in Côte d'Ivoire. During His phone call with President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire Alassan Ouattara, King Mohammed VI proposed sending a team of Moroccan experts to support Ivorian authorities ...

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Morocco is Most Globalized Country in Africa, According to KOF Index

Rabat - Morocco is the most globalized country in Africa, according to Swiss Economic Institute KOF Index of Globalization 2016. Released last Friday, the report ranked Morocco 57th out of 207 countries, followed by Mauritius 58th, South Africa 61st, Egypt 66th, Tunisia 81st, Seychelles 82nd, Namibia 98th, Senegal 99th, and Nigeria 103rd. According to the index, the Netherlands topped the list, ahead of Ire ...

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Guelmim: Melting Pot in the Moroccan Sahara

By Yassine Makhou Rabat - Guelmim symbolizes cultural diversity as it embraces different tribes and races (Arabs, Amazighs, etc…) that co-existed with each other in a harmony for many years. Before shedding light on the different aspects of its cultural diversity, let us first quickly look at Guelmim geographical location. Guelmim, or Bab Sahara, as the late King Hassan II has named it, is the door to the M ...

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ITFC & Attijariwafa Bank Sign MoU to Enhance Trade in Morocco and Africa

Casablanca - The International Islamic Trade Finance Cooperation (ITFC), a member of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDB), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Attijariwafa Bank. The MoU will focus on opportunities for joint trade financing in Morocco and Africa in accordance with the Principles of Islamic Shariah. The signing ceremony took place in line with the opening ceremony of the 4th ...

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