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Czech president opposes abuse of Olympic idea for political aims

PRAGUE, Czech President Milos Zeman has spoken out against a boycott of the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics.“I am fundamentally against the misuse of the Olympic idea for political purposes,” Zeman said in a statement on the Prague Castle website.Accordi...

Morocco to receive new German ambassador as ties improve

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Al-Araby

Morocco is set to approve of Germany’s appointment of Thomas Peter Zahnseisen as its new ambassador to Rabat, signaling that the two countries are returning to normal diplomatic ties after a period of frosty relations. The North African country is expected to give its green light to Ambassador Zahneisen’s appointment by the end of this week, according to Moroccan news outlet Le360. Zahneisen, who is expected to arrive in Rabat in the next few days to commence his diplomatic duties, could be part of a list of newly appointed foreign ambassadors who have been scheduled to submit their credential…

UN W.Sahara envoy arrives in Morocco on first regional tour

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Al-Araby

The UN said its new envoy for the disputed Western Sahara arrived in Rabat on Wednesday on the first stop of a tour that will also take him to Morocco’s regional rival Algeria. Staffan de Mistura, a veteran Italian diplomat, “began his first visit to the region and landed in Rabat today,” United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in New York. He will meet Moroccan officials in Rabat, and then Polisario officials in Tindouf, Algeria, an area housing Sahrawi refugees, Dujarric told a daily press conference. Algeria backs the independence-seeking Polisario Front and in August broke off rela…

Fusing Western, Maghreb identities to inspire novel artforms

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Al-Araby

COMBO, a French street artist born to a Lebanese-Christian father and a Moroccan-Muslim mother, has created a unique art form inspired by the fusion of his Western and North African identity. His first solo London exhibition Our Home (Darna) is at the Sulger-Buel Gallery in South East London which specialises in the contemporary art of Africa and its diaspora. COMBO explores the issue of identity and shows that two cultures can co-exist in a happy symbiosis. “Influenced by a fun pop art sense of humour with glimmers of cynicism, COMBO acts as a public commentator who is rejoicing in his hybrid…

Somali Leaders Urged to Implement New Elections Agreement

MOGADISHU — Somali leaders have agreed to conclude the long-delayed parliamentary and presidential elections by February 25. Somalia's international partners on Monday welcomed the deal but a political stand-off between the president and prime minister...

Mauritania Grants Bail to Ailing Ex-President Amid Graft Probe

NOUAKCHOTT, MAURITANIA — Mauritanian authorities have released former President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on bail for medical reasons, the justice ministry said on Friday, amid an investigation into allegations of high-level corruption during his time in...

Mozambique’s President and Wife Test Positive for COVID

MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE — Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi and his wife Isaura Nyusi have gone into isolation after testing positive for coronavirus.According to a presidential media statement, President Nyusi and his wife are not showing any symptoms bu...

Somalia crisis: PM Roble defiant after President Farmajo suspends him

Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble has been in the post since 2020MOGADISHU, Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has suspended the prime minister, who is facing allegations of involvement in the theft of land.Mohamed Hussein Roble accused t...