• Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Martin Kobler
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    Skhirat Agreement, 'Basis And Framework' of Libya’s Political Process: UN Official

    Rabat – Libya’s political agreement, signed on December 17th 2015 in Skhirat, is the basis and framework of the political process in Libya, said, Monday in Rabat, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Martin Kobler. The implementation of the Skhirat Agreement is of paramount importance, Kobler told the press following his talks with Moroccan Foreign...

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    Terrorism Experts Fear Abducted Westerners Held By Al Qaeda in Libya

    New York - Two Italians and a Canadian were driving down a road in Africa one morning... No this is not the beginning of an ethnic joke. It is a story about abduction, ransom and the trafficking of men which has built an underground economy destabilizing Africa. Yes, two Italians and a Canadian citizen were...

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    Morocco, US & Other Countries Reaffirm Support to Libyan Political Agreement

    Washington DC - The US, Morocco and several Arab, African and European countries reaffirmed, Thursday, their support to the implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) signed in Skhirat, Morocco, on December 17, 2015. “We reiterate our support for the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) of Skhirat, Morocco signed on December 17, 2015 and its fulfillment,...

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    6,500 Migrants Rescued Off Libyan Coast

    Rome - The Italian coastguard has said Monday some 6,500 migrants have been rescued off the Libyan coast. "The command centre coordinated 40 rescue operations" that included vessels from Italy, humanitarian organisations as well as the EU's border agency Frontex, saving 6,500 migrants, the coastguard wrote on Twitter. On Sunday more than 1,100 migrants were...

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    Libyan Forces Seize IS Headquarters in Sirte

    Tripoli - The Libyan Government of National Unity (GNA) said they captured the Islamic State (IS) group's headquarters in their main Libyan stronghold of Sirte on Wednesday, scoring a major victory in a push to oust the jihadists from the city. IS fighters remained in several parts of the city but seizing control of their...

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    Morocco, Libya to Boost Bilateral Relations in Air and Sea Transportation

    Rabat - Minister of Equipment, Transportation and Logistics Aziz Rabbah met, on Thursday in Rabat, with Transportation Minister of the Libyan national unity government Milad Mohamed Maâtoug, on means to boost bilateral cooperation, notably in the transportation and infrastructure sectors. The visit of Libyan official, along with a delegation (Aug. 3-5), is meant to give...

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    Security Council Extends Mandate of UN Mission in Libya

    New York- The Security Council decided on Monday to extend until 15 December 2016 the mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), encouraging the operation to re-establish a permanent presence in the country through a phased return. The current mandate was set to expire on 15 June. In its resolution, the Council...

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  • ISIS May Be Planning ‘Spectacular’ Attacks in UK
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    ISIS Losing Ground in Libya

    Rabat - Libya, Morocco’s geographically closest neighbor facing a conventional invasion from the so-called Islamic State (also called ISIS), sees extremist forces pushed back. Central Libyan coastal town Sirte has become a stronghold for these radical Islamic fighters, but is now gradually entering the Government of National Accord (GNA)’s control. Forces supporting this UN-backed transitional...

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    Morocco Calls for Accelerated Implementation of Skhirat Agreement on Libya

    Vienna - Moroccan Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mbarka Bouaida, stressed Monday in Vienna the need to accelerate the implementation of Skhirat Political Agreement on the basis of an inclusive and participatory approach. Speaking at an international meeting on Libya held in the Austrian capital, Bouaida said that this approach should be...

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    US, Morocco, Other Countries Reaffirm Support for Skhirat Political Agreement

    Washington - The United States, Morocco and other Arab, African and European countries reaffirmed Monday their support for the implementation of the political agreement signed in Skhirat on December 17, 2015. “We reaffirm our support for the implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) of Skhirat, Morocco signed on December 17, 2015, and for the...

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    Libya: Security Council Renews Support to Skhirat Political Agreement

    New York (UN)  -  The Security Council reiterated on Monday its support to the political agreement signed in Skhirat, Morocco, on 17 December 2015, on forming a national unity government. The Council members "welcomed the meeting of the Libyan Political Dialogue on 10 March 2016, which reaffirmed its commitment to uphold the Libyan Political Agreement,"...

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    Libya Forms National Unity Government in Morocco

    Skhirat  -  A national unity government was formed in Skhirat (outskirts of Rabat), Head of the Libyan presidential council and prime minister-designate of the proposed national unity government, Fayez Al Saraj, announced Sunday evening. In a statement to MAP, Al Saraj extended his thanks to "the Kingdom of Morocco, King, government and people, for hosting...

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  • Morocco Strongly Condemns Attack in Western Libya
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    Morocco Strongly Condemns Attack in Western Libya

    Rabat - The Kingdom of Morocco strongly condemned the car bomb attack that targeted a police training center in the city of Zliten, causing casualties and injuries, and expressed solidarity with Libya. "Following the terrorist explosion which targeted, Thursday, a police training center in the city of Zliten in western Libya, causing casualties and injuries,...

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  • Russia Pledges Support for Unity in Libya
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    Russia Pledges Support for Unity in Libya

    Moscow - The Russian Foreign Ministry said in an official statement that it would unreservedly support progressive measures have been taken towards resolving the internal political problems and efforts directed at preserving stability and unity in Libya.   On December 17, a new an intra-Libyan political agreement was signed in the Moroccan city of Skhirat with...

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    Britain Welcomes Libyan Political Agreement Signing in Morocco

    London  - The British government welcomed the signing this Thursday in Morocco of a Libyan political agreement to end the crisis in Libya. "This is a positive step for Libya and I commend those who have worked together to seek consensus in the interests of all the Libyan people", British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in...

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    Qaddafi Planned to Assassinate Hassan II: Former Palestinian Politician

    Rabat - Former Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi was plotting to assassinate Morocco’s late King Hassan II, according to Atif Abu Bakr, the former head of the political department ofthe Palestinian movement Fatah. In an interview with Saudi Arabiantelevisionchannel Al Arabya news, Atif Abu Bakr said the late Libyan president sought, with the help of the Palestinian...

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  • Libyan Factions
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    Washington Lauds Resumption of Inter-Libyan Talks in Morocco

    Washington - The USA lauded the resumption, on June 8 in Morocco, of the inter-Libyan political dialogue under the aegis of UNSG special representative Bernardino Leon, said on Friday Marie Harf, Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications at the Department of State. "On Libya, the United States welcomes today’s announcement that the UN-facilitated Libyan political dialogue will...

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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...

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  • The Moroccan Gold Eldorado
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    The Moroccan Gold Eldorado, a Myth or a Reality?

    Rabat - Recently, a conspiracy theory video about a large gold discovery in Morocco is making rounds online. The video claims that a substantial gold reserve was discovered and is being extracted by a Canadian mining company called Maya Gold and Silver. We Moroccans are very proud human beings, we love our country and cherish...

  • Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani
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    Qatar: How the Tables Are Turning in The Gulf

    Rabat - Amidst harsh sanctions and a long list of demands from its neighbors, Qatar’s ability to thrive under pressure may prove to be problematic for Saudi Arabia. As Saudi Arabia and its coalition attempt to wait out Qatar, the recent spat in the Gulf continues to become more and more global, and severely against...

  • FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. If the nation doesn’t do more, the U.S. probably won’t quite meet the dramatic heat-trapping gas reduction goal it promised in last year’s Paris agreement to battle climate change, according to a new study. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
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    Climate Change : If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Fix It

    Chefchaouen - Climate change is happening at home and around the world. Chefchaouen is doing its part by embracing clean energy climate solutions and engaging its citizens in climate action. When it comes to fighting climate change, cities and local leaders are best positioned to lead that charge. Local leaders from coastal to landlocked communities are...

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    India Orders Internal Probe into Mistaken Use of Morocco-Spain Border Picture

    Hyderabad - The Indian Ministry of Interior on Wednesday ordered an internal investigation to find out how a picture of Morocco-Spain border was used in its annual report to show floodlights along the India-Pakistan border. What is most embarrassing is that the annual report of previous years was tabled during the Budget Session of Indian...

  • Amid Growing Tension, Thousands of Moroccans Stage Pro-Rif March in Rabat
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    Neglect in Harsh Soil: The Deep Roots of the Rif Crisis

    Rabat - The ongoing protests in northern Morocco started almost eight months ago, but they have their origin in nearly a century of violent repression by the state. The Rif has, in spite of itself, got involved into a peaceful revolt since the death of the fishmonger Mohcine Fikri at the end of October 2016, a...

  • Tamim Bin Hamad al Thani emir of Qatar
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    The Qatar Crisis: What Does It Mean?

    Rabat - The recent diplomatic fallout between Qatar and the rest of the Middle East could have serious economic and geopolitical consequences across the globe. Earlier this week, Qatar’s diplomatic crisis took an extreme turn as several Arab states severed diplomatic ties with the Gulf nation.  The original list of countries in the coalition against...

  • Moroccans spend Laylat al-Qadr, the 26th day of Ramadan, at the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca.
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    Ramadan: Not just Abstinence from Daily Intakes 

    By Abdellatif Oudra Rabat - The observance of Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam, compels Muslims to fast from sunrise to sunset. But it is not just about abstaining from food or drink.  Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is observed in commemoration of the revelation of Qur’an to the prophet Mohammad,...

  • Morocco Threatens to Terminate Agriculture Agreement with Europe
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    Morocco and the EU: Managing the Future

    Rabat - Morocco enjoys proximity to Europe and is at an advantage of being favoured by the European Union as a close partner on political, economic, and cultural levels. Historical archives and political legacies tie Morocco directly with at least three influential European countries: France, Spain, and England. Demography, kinship, and immigration compel other EU...

  • The Educational and Cultural Implications of the Arab Spring
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    The Educational and Cultural Implications of the Arab 'Spring'

    Rabat - In the last ten years or so, the Arab world has seen unprecedented collapses in the realms of politics and economy, among others. World NGOs regularly release area-specific rankings, in which Arab nations commonly rank at the bottom of lists in education, human rights, and income for instance while they top those of...

  • Thousands Hold Peaceful Demonstration in Memory of Mouhcine Fikri
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    Al Hoceima and the Pedagogical Exercise

    Ottawa - What makes a democracy different from non-democracy? This is the classical and historical question asked by philosophers over the centuries and deeply questioned in the discipline of political science. Democracy cannot prevent inequality as the case in the United States where inequality is the highest globally. Democracy cannot stop corruption like in Brazil...