UN Envoy Resume Talks With Libyan Warring Parties In Morocco



Head of the UN Support Mission to Libya (UNSMIL) Bernardino Leon resumed Monday his talks with Libyan warring parties in the Moroccan city of Skhirat.

General National Congress (GNC) and Libya’s internationally recognized House of Representatives (HoR) are expected to endorse the latest draft for the Libyan political agreement, and start negotiating the candidates of the unity government.

Leon stressed at the closing of the last round of talks that he hopes that the final deadline for the signing of the agreement could not go beyond October 20. (more…)

When, If Ever, Will We See An “African Spring”?

Huffington Post
Spencer Mariotti

In 2010, Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set fire to himself in front of a government building, protesting the unjust confiscation of his produce cart and, on a broader scale, the rampant political oppression and corruption in Tunisia. Shortly thereafter, 22-year president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali resigned and fled the country.

In 2014, Burkinabé protesters set fire to a government building (the National Assembly), protesting the unjust amendments to the constitution to abolish term limits, and, on a broader scale, the rampant political oppression and corruption in Burkina Faso. Shortly thereafter, 27-year president Blaise Compaoré resigned and fled the country. (more…)

10 Jihadi Recruitment Suspects Arrested In Spain, Morocco


Spanish police

Spain’s Interior Ministry says Spanish and Moroccan police have arrested 10 people on suspicion of recruiting jihadi fighters for the Islamic State group.

Four of the suspects, two men and two women, were arrested in Spain, with raids taking place in Badalona, Toledo and Valencia, while the other six arrests happened in Morocco, a ministry statement says. (more…)

Ten Alleged Daesh Recruiters Held In Spain And Morocco

Anadolu Turkie
By Alyssa McMurtry


Spanish interior minister points to online recruitment as main source of Daesh foreign recruits.

Ten people have been arrested in Spain and Morocco for allegedly recruiting, indoctrinating and sending foreign fighters to fight with extremists in the Middle East.

Jorge Fernandez Diaz, the Spanish Interior Minister, said this network was especially focused on recruiting women. (more…)

Maya Gold & Silver Provides New Drill Results



Drilling Intersections Include 375 g/t Ag Over 17-Meters Hole ZG-EXT-20 and 368 g/t Ag Over 6-meters Hole ZG-TEST-01.

Maya Gold & Silver Inc. (“Maya” or the “Corporation”) (MYA) is pleased to announce additional results from the 2015 diamond drill program at its Zgounder Silver Mine in Morocco. Overall, the drill program has successfully extended high-grade silver mineralization to the east and to depth for both the parallel Main and North Zones. Maya is pleased to provide available results of the following six (6) holes: ZG-Test-01, ZG-Test-13, P-ZG-15-01, ZG-EXT-020, ZG-EXT-023 & ZG-EXT-25. (more…)

Migrants Reach Spanish Territory From Morocco

Yahoo! News


Thirteen people were hurt Saturday when hundreds of African migrants charged at the border between Morocco and the Spanish territory of Ceuta, and 87 made it across, authorities said.

The migrants managed to get around the border fence where it meets a breakwater on the Mediterranean shore of Ceuta, the Spanish government delegation there said in a statement.

Some of the migrants that tried to make it through in the early morning dash for the border were held back by Moroccan security forces. (more…)

Columbia Helicopters Delivers Three Chinook Helicopters To Morocco



Columbia Helicopters is pleased to announce the completion of an extensive military maintenance contract that delivered three Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters to the Royal Moroccan Air Force (RMAF).

The final aircraft was handed over to the RMAF at military base near Rabat, Morocco in late August.

The refurbishment work was completed at Columbia’s approved facility in Aurora, and the aircraft were shipped to Morocco, where Columbia’s crew reassembled the aircraft and conducted post-maintenance test flights. (more…)

Spain: Citizenship For 4,300 With Sephardic Jew Roots, Most From Morocco, Turkey, Venezuela

Fox News
Associated Press


Spain has granted citizenship to 4,302 people whose Jewish ancestors fled after being told in 1492 to convert to Catholicism or go into exile.

Justice Minister Rafael Catala says the naturalizations were approved a day after Spain adopted its new citizenship law for descendants of Sephardic Jews. (more…)

Statement Regarding Human Rights Watch Activities In Morocco

Human Rights Watch

Human rights

(Tunis) – Human Rights Watch issued the following statement on October 2, 2015, in response to a demand from the Moroccan government to suspend Human Rights Watch activities in the country:

Human Rights Watch is disappointed with the demand from the Morocco government’s spokesman in a letter dated September 23, 2015, that Human Rights Watch suspend its activities in the country, and with the letter’s unspecified accusations of bias. The government published a version of this letter in a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal on October 2. (more…)

Morocco Eyes Boycott Of Swedish Companies Over Western Sahara

By Aziz El Yaakoubi

Morocco Ikea

Morocco said on Thursday it was considering a boycott of Swedish companies operating in the North African kingdom because of Sweden’s position on the conflict over Western Sahara.

The territory has been disputed since a war two decades ago.

The government said Sweden has been campaigning to boycott products from Western Sahara and international companies with a presence there. (more…)

Morocco Warns Against Any Irresponsible Move In Western Sahara Regional Dispute

North Africa Post
by Sabah Lebbar


Morocco warned Wednesday at the United Nations against “any irresponsible or risky course of action in connection with the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara”.

In a speech to the 70th session of the UN General Assembly, King Mohammed VI said the Organization’s work “must not be a destabilizing factor for countries that contribute to multilateral cooperation and action,” stressing that Morocco will “reject any irresponsible or risky course of action in connection with the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.” (more…)

Full Text Of HM The King’s Speech To 70th Session Of UN General Assembly



United Nations – HM King Mohammed VI has addressed a speech to the 70th session of the UN General Assembly.

The speech was read out by HRH Prince Moulay Rachid.

Praise be to God, May peace and blessings be upon the Prophet, His Kith and Kin – (more…)

San Leon Makes Gas Discovery In Morocco

Energy Voice
Niamh Forrest

San Leon

San Leon addresses takeover speculation.

San Leon Energy said it had made a new gas discovery onshore Morocco but gave no further details of a takeover bid made last month.

The company said the Laayoune-4 well on the Tarfaya conventional licence had been drilled and suspended with gas shows.

San Leon has completed £29million of fundraising through the placing of ordinary shares together with a share capital reorganisation. (more…)

Sound Oil Announces Board Changes After “Busy” First Half Of 2015

Christopher Coats, Contributor


After announcing progress in the Mediterranean region, including larger footprints in Morocco and Italy, Sounds Oil announced a series of board changes Monday, including two new appointees and two exits.

The Mediterranean focused company offered up results for the year through June, according to media reports, including a farm-in agreement to “acquire a 55% net working interest and operatorship of the Tendrara licence, onshore Morocco”. (more…)

San Leon Finds Gas In Morocco; No Update On Bid Approach

Proactive investors
Ian Lyall

San Leon

San Leon Energy said it is applying for an eight-year exploration licence for the Tarfaya onshore block in Morocco after it discovered gas there.

The Laayoune-4 well found 23 metres of sandstone and conglomerate (some 10 metres more than expected and 100 meters shallower than first thought).

The work confirmed the presence of gas shows, the ‘good quality’ of the reservoir and the ‘encouraging potential of the block’, San Leon said. (more…)

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