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The United States started the "process of establishing" a consulate in contested Western Sahara, after Washington recognised Morocco's sovereignty there in exchange for Rabat normalising ties with Israel.

The US is set to open a consulate in the contested Western Sahara.

US opens 'virtual' presence in Western Sahara

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US opens 'virtual' presence in Western Sahara

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the "virtual presence post" will be managed the US Embassy in Rabat, followed soon by a "fully functioning consulate".

Egypt reports bird flu outbreaks in rural area

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Egypt reports bird flu outbreaks in rural area

A state of emergency was declared in rural Egypt due to the spread of the bird flu, which can cause severe illness or death in humans.

Morocco's normalisation trade-off: Western Sahara for Palestine

Khadija Mohsen-Finan

Morocco's normalisation trade-off: Western Sahara for Palestine

Comment: In exchange for recognition of Israel, the US has provided Morocco the opportunity to realize two of its longstanding ambitions. But ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Bahrain to open consulate in Morocco-controlled Western Sahara

Bahrain's King Hamad expressed 'support and solidarity of the kingdom with Morocco in defending its sovereignty and its rights' in a phone call with King Mohamed VI.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

UAE opens consulate in Morocco-controlled Western Sahara

The UAE became the first Arab country to open a diplomatic mission in the Western Sahara.

The New Arab & agencies

Morocco arrests six IS-linked jihadist suspects

An initial group of six suspects, aged between 22 and 28, were "supporters" of IS and suspected of planning "terrorist acts", the central bureau ...

Habibulah Mohamed Lamin

Western Sahara proves sticking point in EU-Morocco fisheries deal

The EU finds itself obliged to either include Western Sahara in renewing the agreement, a breach of its own law, or cancel the trade accord with ...

Mauritania and Algeria to open borders

Habibulah Mohamed Lamin

Mauritania and Algeria to open borders

Mauritania is turning to Algeria in a bid to enhance its economic ties with the oil-rich country after years of tension with Morocco, writes ...

The New Arab

Morocco arrests four over alleged 'IS recruitment'

Suspected Moroccan recruiters for the Islamic State group have been arrested in four of the kingdom's southern cities.

Egypt 'to build naval base on Eritrea's Nora island'

The New Arab

Egypt 'to build naval base on Eritrea's Nora island'

The Eritrean opposition have released details on a new Egyptian naval port - but questions have emerged in Ethiopia over Cairo's real ...

From the Sahrawi refugee camps: Polisario prepares its resistance

Thomas Vescovi

From the Sahrawi refugee camps: Polisario prepares its resistance

The long read: Morocco rejoining the African Union in January changed the status quo for Sahrawi ambitions for independence. Thomas Vescovi ...

Morocco must rekindle relations with Mauritania

Samir Bennis

Morocco must rekindle relations with Mauritania

Comment: Morocco's foreign ministry should coordinate with its Mauritanian counterpart to reopen communication channels between the two ...

Western Sahara's new leader: The struggle continues

Massinissa Benlakehal

Western Sahara's new leader: The struggle continues

Comment: Brahim Ghali has been elected with an overwhelming majority as the new leader of the Sahrawi people, carrying them forward in their ...

The New Arab

Morocco accused of violating UN Charter over Western Sahara

The United Nations has accused Morocco of violating the UN Charter by ordering the withdrawal of the agency's peacekeeping mission from the disputed Western Sahara.

Massinissa Benlakehal

'End Morocco's 40-year occupation of Western Sahara', refugees plea

In-depth: 'Africa's last colony' must be granted its independence, say Sahrawis, as armed movement puts on show of strength.

The New Arab

Polisario welcomes Algeria's "historic, courageous" stance on Saharawi cause

The Polisario Front has commended Algeria's "historic and courageous" stance on the Sahrawi people's cause following participation in the 14th ...

The New Arab

'Theeb': Qatar-backed Jordanian film shortlisted for Oscars

Jordanian critically acclaimed film production "Theeb" (Wolf) has officially entered the Oscars race this year after picking up best director ...

Morocco king in controversial visit to disputed Western Sahara

Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff

Morocco king in controversial visit to disputed Western Sahara

King Mohammed VI will visit the disputed Sahara region Friday, as UN-sponsored peace talks with the Polisario have stalled and accusations ...

Hassan al-Ashraf

Morocco-Algeria relations remain tense

Rabat's foreign minister has accused Algeria of failing to do enough to mend ties between the two countries.

From refugees to returnees

Taghrid Saada

From refugees to returnees

Western Sahara's empty villages are filling up again, after waves of their former residents return home following decades of hardships in ...

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