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Apr 22, 2011

Morocco says working on political deal for Libya

RABAT (Reuters) – Morocco is seeking a political solution to the Libyan crisis, an official source at the foreign ministry said on Friday after Moroccan officials met representatives of Muammar Gaddafi and rebels this week.

The source gave no details of how close any such deal might be or what it might entail.

Apr 19, 2011

Misrata shelled again, but rebels said to make gains

TUNIS/RABAT (Reuters) – Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi renewed the bombardment of Misrata on Tuesday, causing a number of casualties, an Amnesty International researcher in the besieged Libyan city said.

Despite the shelling, a resident who backs rebels fighting against better-equipped government troops said the insurgents made “big gains” and their enemies suffered significant losses. The claim could not be independently verified.

Apr 19, 2011

Protests no threat to Morocco royal firm sales-execs

CASABLANCA, April 19 (Reuters) – SNI, the holding company
controlled by Morocco’s royal family, said it is pushing ahead
with asset sales despite protests against King Mohammed’s grip
on power and his influence on the country’s economy.

Two senior executives at SNI, speaking to Reuters on
condition they were not identified, said they had no idea how
much the sale of companies, many of which are listed on the
Casblanca bourse, might generate.

Apr 19, 2011

Misrata shelled again, casualties seen

TUNIS/RABAT (Reuters) – Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi renewed the bombardment of Misrata Tuesday, causing a number of casualties, an Amnesty International researcher in the besieged Libyan city said.

Libya’s third-largest city, the insurgents’ last major stronghold in the west of the country — has been under siege by government troops for more than seven weeks.

Apr 19, 2011

Gaddafi envoy holds talks in Morocco

RABAT (Reuters) – Morocco hosted a visit by a Libyan deputy foreign minister on Monday, a rare diplomatic link between Muammar Gaddafi’s government and one of the staunch allies of the Western coalition determined to overthrow him.

Morocco has been one of the small number of Arab countries and the only North African state openly involved in talks with Western powers over the Libyan crisis.

Apr 13, 2011

Morocco pledges economic fair play after protests

RABAT (Reuters) – Morocco’s anti-trust body will be wholly independent before September to enforce transparency in the award of public procurements and licences to investors and to fight monopolies, its head said.

Since its inception in 2001, the Competitiveness Council has not been able to access government data to assess the scale of under-the-table deals involving licences and contracts handed to individuals or foreign firms without going through tenders.

Apr 12, 2011

Libyan rebels repel twin govt offensives in Misrata

BEIRUT/RABAT (Reuters) – Libyan government artillery bombarded the besieged city of Misrata on Tuesday and rebels said they had beaten back two separate offensives by troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Misrata, along with other cities, rose up in revolt against Gaddafi’s four-decade rule in mid-February and is the last big rebel stronghold in the west of the country.

Apr 12, 2011

Rebels repel twin government offensives in Misrata

BEIRUT/RABAT (Reuters) – Libyan government artillery bombarded the besieged city of Misrata on Tuesday and rebels said they had beaten back two separate offensives by troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Misrata, along with other cities, rose up in revolt against Gaddafi’s four-decade rule in mid-February and is the last big rebel stronghold in the west of the country.

Apr 8, 2011

Youth protesters snub reform talks invitation

RABAT (Reuters) – A youth-led protest movement in Morocco said on Friday it would boycott an invitation to present its ideas for political reform to a constitutional review panel, branding the exercise a sham.

The February 20 Movement pushed ahead with regular protests with hundreds taking part in one on Friday in front of parliament to demand King Mohammed cede his political powers, the dismissal of government and the dissolution of parliament.

Apr 1, 2011

Libya’s Misrata under intense bombardment:rebels

RABAT, April 1 (Reuters) – Forces loyal to Libyan leader
Muammar Gaddafi are mounting an intense artillery bombardment of
rebel-held Misrata and pro-Gaddafi troops are attacking shops
and homes in the city centre, a rebel spokesman said.

Misrata is the last big rebel stronghold in western Libya
but after weeks of shelling and encirclement, government forces
appear to be gradually loosening the rebels’ hold on the city,
despite Western air strikes on pro-Gaddafi targets there.