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UN Plans Talks on Western Sahara before End of 2018

The UN envoy for Western Sahara is planning to convene talks before the end of the year between Morocco and the Algerian-backed Polisario Front on ending their decades-old conflict, the Security Council president said Wednesday.

Horst Koehler, a former German president and ex-director of the International Monetary Fund, briefed the council behind closed doors on his efforts to restart talks after a 10-year break. 

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Morocco King Urges 'Urgent Action' on Social Problems

Morocco's King Mohammed VI Sunday urged the government to take "urgent action" to address social issues, in particular health and education in the north African country which has been hit by protests over employment and corruption.

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Anger Brews in Morocco's Neglected Rif Region

In Morocco's neglected Rif region, where outrage erupted last year over the gruesome death of a fishmonger, calls for justice have evolved into a grassroots movement demanding jobs and hospitals.

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Moroccan Premier Forms Government, Ending 5-Month Crisis

Morocco's Prime Minister Saadeddine El Othmani succeeded in building a governing coalition Saturday, ending a damaging five-month political deadlock just eight days after taking office.

El Othmani, 61, of the Islamist Party for Justice and Development, or PJD, announced in a press conference in Rabat that an agreement had been reached with six political parties to form a coalition government.

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Moroccans Welcome 'Victorious Return' to African Union

Moroccans welcomed their country's "victorious return" to the African Union as their king on Tuesday took a seat at the bloc's Ethiopian headquarters for the first time in decades.

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Morocco Vows Probe after Protests over Fish Seller's Death

Moroccan authorities were promising Monday to investigate the death of a fish seller whose crushing in a rubbish truck sparked widespread demonstrations.

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Rich Countries 'Confident' of Meeting Climate Finance Pledge

Rich countries, which have pledged $100 billion (91 billion euros) every year from 2020 for poor countries to deal with climate change, said Monday they were "confident" of meeting the target.

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Morocco Jails Brother of Presumed Paris Attacks Ringleader

A Moroccan court has sentenced the younger brother of suspected Paris attacks ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud to two years in prison on charges including justifying terrorism, state media reported.

According to his lawyer, Yassine Abaaoud was unaware of the activities of his brother, who was killed in a French police raid just days after the November 13 attacks that killed 130 people in Paris.

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Morocco Arrests Three 'IS-Linked Jihadists'

Morocco on Friday dismantled a "terrorist cell" composed of three men who had received instructions from the Islamic State group to carry out attacks in the country, the interior ministry said.

The suspects were detained in the northeastern town of Nador and had been ordered to set up an IS branch aimed at "preparing a series of suicide attacks... against vital targets," a statement said.

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Decades-Old Dispute Separates Western Sahara Families

Ergueibi Abdelahi was just nine months old when his aunt scooped him up and fled fighting in Western Sahara after Morocco sent troops into the former Spanish colony, leaving his parents and brother behind.

Until he was 10, he thought his aunt was his mother.

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