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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged all parties meeting in Geneva this week to discuss the Western Sahara dispute to be constructive and impose no conditions for formal talks.
The UN Security Council threw its weight behind planned talks on Western Sahara as it voted to extend for six months its decades-old mission in the disputed north African territory.
A top US diplomat has backed Morocco's plan for autonomy in the disputed Western Sahara, calling "serious and credible" during a visit to Rabat.
Morocco has cut diplomatic ties with Iran over its alleged involvement in the delivery of weapons from its Lebanese ally Hezbollah to the Polisario Front, Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita has said.
Morocco has hinted it could act unilaterally if the United Nations and Algeria fail to stop Polisario Front fighters it accuses of carrying out incursions into a buffer zone.
The United Nations has disputed claims by Morocco that the Polisario Front had carried out incursions in a buffer zone of Western Sahara, where a UN mission is monitoring a ceasefire.
The Polisario Front has condemned a speech by Moroccan King Mohammed VI ruling out independence for the disputed territory of Western Sahara.
The new UN envoy for disputed Western Sahara, Horst Koehler, is visiting Morocco as part of a regional tour aimed at restarting stalled peace talks between Rabat and the pro-independence Polisario Front.
A South African court has ordered the further detention of a Moroccan vessel laden with phosphate mined from the disputed Western Sahara pending a trial to determine the owner of the cargo.
Morocco has voiced satisfaction over a UN Security Council resolution endorsing a new peace initiative on the disputed territory of Western Sahara.
A UN envoy is set to host an "initial round-table" in Geneva this week between Morocco and the Polisario Front in a bid to kick-start dialogue on the disputed Western Sahara region.
Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and the Polisario Front have accepted a UN invitation to hold talks in December on ending the decades-old conflict in Western Sahara, according to UN officials.
The Arab League says it supports Morocco's decision to sever ties with Iran over its alleged support for the Polisario Front in the disputed Western Sahara. Tehran has denied supporting the pro-independence group.
Morocco's minister for human rights Mustapha Ramid says his country could do better in the way it deals with civil rights in Western Sahara
Ahmed Boukhari, the Polisario Front's representative to the United Nations, has died following a battle with cancer, diplomats have told AFP.
A ship's cargo of phosphate claimed by the disputed territory of Western Sahara has been put up for auction in South Africa, 10 months after being seized by local authorities.
Selembouha Dadi can only imagine the homeland she dreams of but has never seen, agonisingly out of reach beyond the Algerian refugee camp where she has spent her whole life.
A Moroccan court has sentenced 23 Sahrawis to prison terms ranging from two years to life over the killing of 11 members of the Moroccan security forces in contested Western Sahara.
Algeria has hailed a UN Security Council resolution endorsing a new peace initiative on the disputed territory of Western Sahara as a "diplomatic success".
The UN Security Council postponed voting on a draft resolution on the Western Sahara conflict amid signs the Polisario Front independence movement is preparing a pullback from a tense zone of the contested territory.
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