afrol News - The US embassy in Rabat puts little trust in the Moroccan armed forces. Corruption "at the highest levels" limits the army's efficiency, while the King's distrust in the army halts direct US contacts.
afrol News - The International Red Cross office in Tunis confirms the existence of several "non-notified" secret prisons in Tunisia. Diplomats say Tunisian assurances they do not practice torture are "crap" and "bullshit".
afrol News - Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak in talks with US diplomats leaves it clear that Iran is the greatest threat to his country. Should Iran get nuclear bombs, Egypt would "be forced" to do the same, he said. Read more
afrol News - The US Metropolitan Museum of Art has agreed to repatriate a collection of ancient Egyptian objects, including some that had belonged to King Tutankhamun and had been in New York since 1948. Read more
afrol News - At least 11 Sahrawis have been shot dead by Moroccan troops storming a camp of protesters. Sahrawi sources talk of 36 civilians being shot. Moroccan troops keep raiding Western Sahara cities, arresting young Sahrawi men. Read more
afrol News - The travel guidebook publisher 'Lonely Planet' has launched its "hottest" destinations for 2011 in new English and French guidebooks, with the greatest African presence ever. Cape Verde, Tanzania, Egypt and Morocco are listed. Read more
afrol News - The 20,000 Sahrawis leaving Western Sahara cities in protest of Morocco's occupation are on "maximum alert" after a Moroccan siege denies them water and food. Protesters warn of "concentration camps". Read more
afrol News - Concerns are mounting for thousands of civilians taking part in protests following a mass exodus from major cities in Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara earlier this month. The protesters are denied food and medical supplies. Read more