Merkel makes G20 ‘Compact for Africa’ case in Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed her case for investment in Africa on Monday as part of the G20’s Compact for Africa initiative, the focus of two-day meetings in Berlin. Merkel, whose nation holds the current G20 presidency, welcomed African leaders from Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Tunisia, the three nations that…

Morocco again closes border at Ceuta

More than 1,800 Moroccans gathered at the border crossing to the Spanish enclave at Ceuta on Tuesday, forcing authorities to again close the crossing because of the demonstrations. The border was closed for a week following the April 24 death of a woman who was crushed in a stampede at…

Morocco: New wave of protests, vandalism in Al Hoceima

Moroccan authorities have arrested 14 people in connection with vandalism and arson attacks at an Imzouren police station in the troubled Al Hoceima province, the official Moroccan press agency said. The youths attended a rally on Sunday before stoning the police building and burning four police cars, a public bus…

Morocco announces withdrawal from Western Sahara border region

Morocco announced it will withdrawal forces from the Guerguerat region of Western Sahara, a move expected to reduce tensions between the government and armed elements of the Polisario Front maintaining their decades-long call for an independent state. Reuters reports the decision came just days after a phone call between King…