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Sanlam says it is confident about the sustainability of its partnership with Saham Finances SA after it was criticised by a prominent Moroccan financial figure over the SA government's support for Western Sahara.
Rabat has recalled its ambassador to Riyadh after Al Arabiya aired a documentary on the disputed Western Sahara region.
Here are key dates in the history of the Western Sahara, as the United Nations prepares to convene talks in Geneva on the disputed territory's future status.
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.
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's minister for human rights Mustapha Ramid says his country could do better in the way it deals with civil rights in Western Sahara
The UN secretary-general is urging Morocco and the Polisario Front independence movement to refrain from actions that could affect the cease-fire in their 42-year conflict over the Western Sahara, pointing to an escalating dispute over a buffer zone
The UN Security Council has told the peace envoy for Western Sahara to press on with talks on relaunching negotiations to settle the dispute over the North African territory.
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.
South Africa supports a group called the Polisario Front, which has been seeking self determination in the Western Sahara territory since 1991
The UN diplomats say a second round of United Nations-brokered talks on the conflict over Western Sahara is expected between Morocco and the Polisario Front in March
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.
The UN Security Council is expected to adopt a draft resolution this week that would press Morocco and the Algerian-backed Polisario Front to prepare for negotiations on ending the Western Sahara conflict, a report says.
Ahmed Boukhari, the Polisario Front's representative to the United Nations, has died following a battle with cancer, diplomats have told AFP.
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.
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.
The new UN envoy for disputed Western Sahara, Horst Koehler, has met leaders of an Algerian-backed independence movement after visiting Morocco in a bid to get stalled peace talks back on track.
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