western sahara

Western Sahara Standoff Fuels Tensions, Diplomatic Scramble

By Patrick Markey TIFARITI, Western Sahara, Nov 3  – At a rocky outpost in Western Sahara, a new generation of soldiers who have never known war are mobilising as tensions resurface in one of Africa’s oldest disputes after a quarter century of uneasy peace. Young Sahrawi troops man new desert posts for the Polisario Front,

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Sahrawis, Officials Pay Tribute to Western Sahara Leader

By Hamid Ould Ahmed RABONI, Algeria, June 4 – Chanting slogans for independence, hundreds of Sahrawi people joined diplomats and government officials in southern Algerian camps to pay their respects to Western Sahara independence leader Mohamed Abdelaziz who died this week after illness. Abdelaziz, 68, will be buried on Saturday. On Friday his coffin arrived

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More Than 100 Migrants Arrested in Niger Near Algerian Border

NIAMEY, April 25 – Niger’s security forces have arrested more than 100 people in the Sahara desert who were trying to illegally cross the country’s northern border into neighbouring Algeria, security sources said Monday. The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said the arrests, which took place on Saturday, concerned 122 women and children found in

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Gulf Arabs Back Morocco in Western Sahara Rift with U.N.

RIYADH, April 21 – Gulf Arab rulers back fellow monarchy Morocco in its row with the United Nations over the disputed region of Western Sahara, Saudi Arabia’s SPA news agency reported, one of the worst diplomatic crises over the territory since a 1991 ceasefire. Morocco expelled dozens of U.N. staff from the mission in Western

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Morocco Expels Eight Europeans Supporting Western Sahara Prisoners

By Aziz El Yaakoubi RABAT, April 7 – Moroccan authorities have expelled eight European activists they said were in the country to undermine public order by supporting prisoners from Western Sahara protests in 2010, the interior ministry said on Thursday. A Moroccan military court jailed 24 Western Saharan activists accused of killing members of the

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U.N. Chief Furious With Morocco Over Western Sahara Demonstration

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, March 15 – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Morocco’s foreign minister on Monday he was angered and disappointed by a demonstration in Rabat he said was a personal attack on him over remarks he made about the disputed territory of Western Sahara. Tens of thousands of Moroccans marched though the

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