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AU Limits Its Role in Western Sahara Crisis

[ISS] The African Union (AU) will be limiting its peace efforts in the Western Sahara in order to support the United Nations' (UN) process in the region. The Western Sahara is a disputed area claimed by both Morocco and the Polisario Front, the representatives of the indigenous Sahrawi people. (AllAfrica)

New Moroccan Law Fails to Protect Women From Forced Marriage - Activists

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Beirut -The new law criminalises "harassment, aggression, sexual exploitation or ill treatment of women" (AllAfrica)

Morroco Tops Africa in Implementing SDGs

[New Times] The inaugural index on how African countries are implementing the Sustainable Development Goals was released on Monday in Kigali, indicating that Morocco is on top of countries that are making strides in implementing the global goals. (AllAfrica)

Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Reiterates Support for UN Efforts to Find Lasting Solution to Conflict

[SPS] Madrid -Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Fernando Martín Valenzuela Marzo, reiterated the position of his country in support of the efforts of the UN Secretary General's Envoy for Western Sahara to find a lasting solution to the conflict in Western Sahara, during a meeting with the Delegate of the Polisario Front in Spain, Jira Bulahi. (AllAfrica)

Mnangagwa Thanks Sahrawi Counterpart

[New Zimbabwe] President Emmerson Mnangagwa has written to Sahrawhi Arab Democratic Republic Brahim Ghali, expressing his wish to deepen bilateral relations between the two countries. (AllAfrica)

Political Support More Crucial in Continent's Agriculture Progress - Report

[AGRF] Ethiopia and Rwanda are emerging as models for pairing political will with government action to transform small, family farms into poverty-fighting powerhouses (AllAfrica)

Senior CPC Official Meets Morocco's Prime Minister

[Focac] Beijing -Senior Communist Party of China (CPC) official Wang Huning on Tuesday met with Moroccan Prime Minister Saad Eddine El Othmani, who is here to attend the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) that concluded on Tuesday. (AllAfrica)

Moroccan Institutions Have No Right to Speak for Western Sahara People, Says Sidati

[SPS] Brussels -Saharawi Deputy Minister for Europe Mohamed Sidati on Sunday warned the institutions under Moroccan law against speaking on behalf of Western Sahara people, as the occupied towns of Al-Ayun and Dakhla are bracing to welcome a European Parliament delegation. (AllAfrica)

Interview - Beijing Summit "New Starting Point for China-Africa Cooperation": Chinese Envoy

[Focac] Rabat -The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit to be held in Beijing next month will be "an important accelerator" to promote China-Africa cooperation, and China-Morocco ties in particular, the Chinese Ambassador to Morocco, Li Li, said in a recent interview. (AllAfrica)

Teen Held Hostage, Tortured and Raped Calls for 'Justice to Be Done'

[Deutsche Welle] Thousands have signed a petition to Morocco's king in support of a rape survivor. Despite a new law to tackle violence against women, rights groups say few survivors "will be able to get protection from their abusers." (AllAfrica)

Morocco Transforms Western Sahara Towns Into 'Real Prison'

[SPS] Boumerdes -The minister of the Occupied Territories and Saharawi Community Abroad, Bachir Mustapha Sayed, said Moroccan occupation authorities has transformed the towns of occupied Western Sahara into a "real large prison," where "all kinds of human rights abuses are committed." (AllAfrica)

Where Is Algeria?

[Moroccan American Center] In 2007, shortly after Morocco tabled its initiative for autonomy to resolve the dispute in Western Sahara, David Welch, at that time the Assistant Secretary of State for the Middle East, told a Congressional committee that the United States welcomed Morocco's proposal and found it "serious and credible." Conversely, he testified, "the Polisario proposal does not seem, in our judgment, to contain new ideas." The Moroccan initiative was a substantial goodwill gesture to address repeated calls since 2003 fro (AllAfrica)

Migrants Arrested, Bussed Away From Coast - Report

[Deutsche Welle] A human rights group in Morocco has said authorities are busing would-be migrants away from departure points to Europe. The EU has said it wants to work more closely with North African nations to decrease migration. (AllAfrica)

Pope Francis Receives Sahrawi Children in Vatican

[SPS] Rome -Pope Francis received Sahrawi children in the Vatican in Rome, in presence of Polisario Front's representative in Italy Omar Mih and representatives of associations supporting the Sahrawi cause, as well as thousands of people from all over the world who came to visit the Catholic Church headquarters. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda, Moroccan Firms Seal Major Fertiliser Deal

[New Times] Rwanda has entered into a fertiliser joint venture partnership with two private companies aimed at reducing the cost and increasing the supply of fertilisers and boost agricultural output. (AllAfrica)

Frente Polisario 'Ready and Willing to Engage in the Negotiation Process'

[Polisario Front] New York -Today, Personal Envoy for Western Sahara Mr. Horst Köhler briefed the UN Security Council on his recent visit to the region and the next steps he intends to take. Taking note of the briefing, the Frente POLISARIO reiterates its commitment to cooperate fully with the Personal Envoy in the framework of the UN political process, and stands ready to engage in the negotiation process, as called for by the Security Council. (AllAfrica)

A Risky Migration Partner for the EU

[Deutsche Welle] As more migrants enter Europe via Spain, the EU is pushing for closer ties with Morocco. But experts question how reliable a partner the country would be on migration, and Moroccans themselves are wary of the idea. (AllAfrica)

A Risky Migration Partner for the EU

[Deutsche Welle] As more migrants enter Europe via Spain, the EU is pushing for closer ties with Morocco. But experts question how reliable a partner the country would be on migration, and Moroccans themselves are wary of the idea. (AllAfrica)

Talks Promote Democracy, Civil Society Amid Global Turmoil

[SAIIA] Democracy, liberalism and civil society are under attack from authoritarian leaders worldwide, but their supporters are working hard to ensure they remain embedded in their societies. (AllAfrica)

Western Sahara - Anybody On the Same Page? - Robert M. Holley

[Moroccan American Center] At the end of April, the Security Council surprised many observers by renewing the MINURSO mandate for only six months rather than a year, as had been the usual practice over the last decade. That raised a number of questions: Why the change? What did it hope to accomplish? (AllAfrica)

Female Wrestlers Win Three Gold Medals

[Guardian] Nigeria yesterday won additional three gold medals, five silver and two bronze medals in the girls wrestling event at the on-going African Youth Championship in Algeria. (AllAfrica)

Remembering King Hassan II, 19 Years After His Death - - Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (Ret.)

[Moroccan American Center] Today marks the 19th anniversary of the death of King Hassan II. Anyone associated with Morocco remembers where they were and what they were doing at the moment they heard of the King's passing. And although that day is remembered with great sadness, it was also filled with hope for a new beginning with his son, King Mohammed VI. Few people argue with the fact that King Hassan was the right person at the right time, and likewise, that King Mohammed VI is now the right person at the right time. (AllAfrica)

Sahrawi Political Prisoners Carry On Unlimited Hunger Strike

[SPS] Tiznit -Sahrawi political prisoners Omar Al-Agena and Mustapha Burkaa, members of Sahrawi student group Comrades of El-Wali, have entered day 11 of their unlimited hunger strike, with the Tiznit prison administration unwilling to open a serious dialogue to meet their just demands under the minimum rules for the treatment of prisoners and the Moroccan Prison Administration law No. 98_23. (AllAfrica)

Journalist Convicted On Dubious Charge

[HRW] Tunis -A Moroccan court has sentenced a prominent journalist to three years in prison on a dubious charge of failing to report a security threat, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities have repeatedly prosecuted Hamid El Mahdaoui, known for criticizing the Moroccan government on social media, including for charges that violated his right to peaceful speech. He is already serving a one-year sentence for "inciting people to participate in an unauthorized protest." (AllAfrica)

Morocco's BMCE Bank of Africa to Open Branch in China

[Focac] Rabat -Morocco's BMCE Bank of Africa said on Friday that China has approved its request for opening a branch in Shanghai, China's most populous city. (AllAfrica)

Track Queen Semenya to Lead Team SA in Morocco

[News24Wire] Caster Semenya will lead a three-member South African contingent on Friday night at the ninth leg of the IAAF Diamond League series in Rabat, Morocco. (AllAfrica)

Why African Teams Fell Short At the World Cup - Again

[The Conversation Africa] At every World Cup tournament since 1986, at least one team from Africa has made it to the second round of the World Cup finals. That record unceremoniously ended in Russia 2018, after all five countries - Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Nigeria and Senegal - were knocked out in the preliminary round. (AllAfrica)

CS Mucheru Joins Richard Branson, Sergey Brin at Blockchain Forum in Morocco

[Capital FM] Marrakech -Over 20 of the globe's most renown technology thought leaders are gathered in Marrakech, Morroco for an exclusive forum discussing how to build Blockchain Technology in Africa. (AllAfrica)

Nouakchott Summit, Turning Point in Handling Sahrawi Issue

[SPS] Nouakchott -Sahrawi Foreign Minister Mohamed Ould Salek affirmed that the 31st Summit of the African Union Heads of State and Government was a turning point in the handling of the Sahrawi issue, stressing that the summit marked " the beginning of the countdown" for Morocco. (AllAfrica)

AU Summit 31 - The Western Sahara Debate Heats Up

[ISS] The contested Western Sahara, claimed by Morocco, borders Mauritania to the south. It is therefore apt that it is at the 31st African Union (AU) summit in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott that AU Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat is expected to deliver a much-awaited report on the territory. (AllAfrica)

Rugby - Namibia Face Morocco in Casablanca

[Namibian] NAMIBIA's national rugby team has started the Africa Gold Cup and their World Cup qualifying campaign in great style, but they will face their toughest proposition to date when they take on Morocco in Casablanca on Saturday. (AllAfrica)