Headlines from the region
Headlines from the region
Monday, January 25,2010 21:44
By Bikya Masr Staff

Morocco to help peace process: US Ambassador

Morocco can help the US in its effort to find a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, U.S. ambassador to Rabat Samuel Kaplan said on Wednesday.

at a conference in the capital city of Rabat, Morocco, organized by the Institute of Higher Management Studies under the theme “Obama: A year later,” said Ambassador Kaplan pointed to the standing enjoyed by Morocco worldwide.

“A country with a long history of religious tolerance is a land of encounter and exchange of ideas and is the ideal country to find common ground between Palestinians and Israelis,” he said.

Ivory Coast, Algeria face off in CAN quarterfinals

Ivory Coast fears it may pay the price for a week without competitive football when it takes on fellow World Cup qualifier Algeria in the quarterfinals of the African Cup of Nations on Sunday.

The Ivorians, who will play shortly after host nation Angola faces Ghana, have not been in action since reaching the last eight with a convincing 3-1 win over Ghana more than a week ago. The gap follows Togo’s withdrawal from the competition, leaving three teams in Group B with just two matches to play.

Coach Vahid Halilhodzic, who tried in vain to organize a friendly with a local team to keep his players active, said: “So many days without playing a competitive match was not good, so I’ve adapted my training methods to this new situation. I put a lot of intensity in my training sessions and workload was heavy.”

Tunisia to take part in French-Maghreb convention

The 9th edition of the French-Maghrebi convention is due to be held in Paris, on February 5, 2010.

State representatives, professionals and businessmen will gather on the theme “The Maghreb: a European-African stakeholder?”

This annual event aims at promoting best solutions to inform, engage and work in the French Maghrebi space.

Libya to host Arab chess championships

Libya will host the Arab chess championship for players aged 16, 18 and 20 as well as the African Under-18 volleyball contest, Libyan sports sources told PANA here on Friday.

The Arab Chess championship will begin on Saturday while the volleyball contest will hold from 18 August to 3 September.

According to the sources, over 15 Arab countries will take part in the chess championship.

However, the chairperson of the technical committee of the Arab Chess confederation, Khaled Al-Naemi, said only 12 countries had confirmed their participation.

Israeli minister: 3rd war on Lebanon in sight

An Israeli cabinet minister warns of the third Israeli war on Lebanon amid reports that Tel Aviv has mobilized its troops.

“We are heading toward a new confrontation in the north,” said minister without portfolio, Yossi Peled in remarks carried by military radio and the Israeli news website Ynet, the AFP reported.

The London-based A-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper reported Friday that the troops had been called to the northern the borders Lebanon to carry out “military maneuvers.”