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Morocco, Polisario plan to continue Western Sahara talks
12 August 2009 - Morocco and the Polisario Western Sahara independence movement agreed to continue talks after exchanging views in a United Nations-hosted two-day informal gathering in Austria, a UN envoy said on Tuesday. The talks are aimed at unblocking the 34-year-old dispute. Algeria and Mauritania, which also borders Western Sahara, were also present in parts of the talks, the first direct meeting between the two sides since failed negotiations near New York City last year. (more)

Preview: Talks to resume on breaking Western Sahara deadlock
9 August 2009 - Negotiators will gather in Austria on Monday for informal talks aimed at unblocking a 34-year-old dispute between Morocco and the Western Sahara independence movement. United Nations mediator Christopher Ross will host two days of talks, the first direct meeting between the two sides since failed negotiations near New York City last year. (more)

Vegan diet may help ease rheumatoid arthritis - study
19 March 2008 - A gluten-free vegan diet full of nuts, sunflower seeds, fruit, and vegetables appears to offer protection against heart attacks and strokes for people with rheumatoid arthritis, Swedish researchers said on Tuesday. 'These findings are compatible with previous results of vegetarian/vegan dietary regimens in non-rheumatoid arthritis subjects which have shown lower blood pressure, lower body mass index, and lower incidence of cardiovascular disease,' the researchers wrote in the journal Arthritis Research and Therapy. (more)

UN envoy seeks peace in Western Sahara
4 February 2008 - A special envoy for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is visiting Western Sahara this week seeking a solution to a decades-long dispute between Morocco and the pro-independence Polisario Front. After Spain withdrew from the territory as a colonial power, Morocco took over Western Sahara in 1975, setting off a long conflict with the Polisario Front. (more)

Meeting set in Western Sahara dispute
21 June 2007 - Morocco and rebels seeking greater control over Western Sahara ended their first direct talks in seven years Tuesday without resolving a 32-year dispute over the region, but agreed to meet again in August. (more)


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Western Sahara dispute - Factbox
7 November 2010 - Here are some key facts on the dispute over Western Sahara, a tract of desert the size of Britain. (more)

Western Sahara protest camp tests Morocco's nerve
7 November 2010 - In the protest camp where 86-year-old Omar Harwache and his family have set up a makeshift home, the rows of khaki-coloured tents flapping in the wind stretch as far as the horizon. Harwache and the thousands of other people in the protest camp amount to be the biggest protest in three decades in Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony annexed by Morocco in 1975 and now the subject of Africa's longest-running territorial dispute. Negotiators from the Moroccan government and the Polisario movement, which wants independence for Western Sahara, will meet near New York this week for talks mediated by the United Nations in the latest attempt to unblock the conflict. Protesters at the camp, on the outskirts of Western Sahara's main city, Laayoune, steer clear of the status question and focus instead on bread-and-butter issues: they say they want the Moroccan government to provide more jobs and better housing. 'We have been patient for 35 years but we cannot wait any longer. We have seen nothing from the state,' said Harwache. But while the demands are social, the scale of the protest -- the people in the tent camp represent a sizeable chunk of Western Sahara's native population -- is testing the Moroccan government's tolerance for dissent, and its nerve. Representatives of the protesters have held at least four rounds of talks with Moroccan officials, including the interior minister, but have so far not reached agreement. (more)

Peace for Western Sahara in doubt
23 October 2004 - A report released Friday by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said prospects for a peace agreement for Western Sahara remain remote despite more than a decade of UN efforts. This followed a setback on Monday for an independence referendum on whether the desert territory on Africa's Atlantic coast should become independent or part of Morocco. (more)

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