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Mauritanian parliament votes to change national flag

Mauritanian lawmakers on Tuesday voted to change the national flag component by adding stripes to it to ‘better represent those who battled for the country’s independence from France. The ruling party, Union pour la République (UPR), last year proposed to amend the national flag by adding thin red stripes at the top and bottom. According […]

Sahara: Morocco takes move to preserve regional peace, stability

Morocco took a laudable move Sunday as it began withdrawing its military from Guerguarat, a buffer strip between its southern Saharan provinces and the Mauritanian border, a move meant to preserve peace and stability in the region. Morocco announced officially Sunday that it is beginning unilateral and immediate withdrawal from Guerguarat. King Mohammed had ordered […]

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Senegalese sculptor Ousmane Sow dies at 81

Senegalese sculptor Ousmane Sow, who earned an international reputation for his expressive sculptures of the Nuba, Masai and other African peoples, died on Thursday in Dakar, Senegal, the culture minister said. He was 81. The Senegalese people “are losing one of their most emblematic figures” — a man who was “admired everywhere,” Minister Mbagnick Ndiaye […]

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King Mohammed VI: COP22, Decisive Conference For Implementation of Paris Accord

King Mohammed VI stressed Tuesday in Marrakech the importance of the 22nd UN conference on climate change, convening in Morocco, saying COP22 is a decisive venue in the implementation of the Paris Agreement. “The whole of mankind is pinning great hopes on the resolutions to be endorsed. It is expecting more than just a declaration […]

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COP22: Moroccan Singers Launch Calls for Environmental Protection

The whole of Morocco is committed to making the UN conference on climate (COP22) to take place in Marrakech November 7-18 a success. In this vein, the country’s singers have joined their voices to alert the world against environmental decay. If singer Ferdaous has been selected to compose and sing “Our Home”, the official anthem […]

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French PM Valls Tours Togo, Ghana & Côte d’Ivoire

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls over the weekend toured Togo, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire to reassure countries that “have felt forgotten” by France over the past few years, support democratic change and strengthen trade ties. In Togo, Manuel Valls who conferred with the Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé said, “Togo is changing, and, even if the […]

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Gambia: Seven Opposition Parties File Single Presidential Candidate

Gambia’s opposition parties have collectively named one leader to unseat long-time Yahya Jammeh who is seeking a fifth term in office. Seven out of eight opposition parties in the west-African nation on Sunday unanimously elected the leader of the main opposition United Democratic Party (UDP), Adama Barrow, to contest on their behalf in the December […]

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French Forces Will Remain in Central African Republic – Elysée

The French government on Wednesday said it will keep a rapid reaction force in war-ravaged Central African Republic after its mission ends. According to a statement published by the Elysée, the force has a “capacity for military intervention at short notice” and may “be mobilized at the request of the Central African Republic government in […]

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UK Backs Plan to Sanction DRC Officials

The United Kingdom on Thursday said it backs targeted European Union sanctions against officials in Democratic Republic of Congo to end government repression and encourage a peaceful transition of power in the copper rich country. The move follows a call from Human Rights Watch to European Union Member States in advance of the EU’s Foreign […]

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Mugabe Threatens to Pull Africa out of UN

Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe on Saturday announced that the African Union is of the view that if their position of getting a permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council is not adopted, the AU will pull out of the United Nations next year. Mugabe made the statement before thousands of Zanu PF party supporters […]

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