Founder of Morocco Islamist party dies

Updated 13 December 2012
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Founder of Morocco Islamist party dies

RABAT: Abdessalam Yassine, leader of Morocco's Justice and Charity Islamist movement, died on Thursday aged 84, the banned but tolerated group's spokesman told AFP.
The founder of the movement, known as Adl wal Ihsan in Arabic, died at around 0730 GMT, Fathallah Arsalane said.
His funeral is due to be held during weekly Muslim prayers on Friday at the Sunna mosque in central Rabat, with a large crowd likely to attend.
As founder of Morocco's most popular Islamist movement, Sheikh Yassine had running problems with the authorities during the so-called Years of Lead under the late king Hassan II, when he was imprisoned twice and placed under house arrest.
The movement he created in 1973 advocated establishment of an Islamist state. It actively participated in Arab Spring protests that erupted in Morocco in February 2011.
But it distanced itself from the February 20 protest movement in December last year, considering its demands too limited.


UN says calls for preservation of Iran nuclear deal

Updated 23 April 2018
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UN says calls for preservation of Iran nuclear deal

  • The statement comes just weeks before Trump’s May 12 deadline for his European allies to agree to toughen up the terms of the agreement

GENEVA: The top UN disarmament official urged parties to the Iran nuclear deal on Monday not to abandon it, just weeks before US President Donald Trump’s May 12 deadline for his European allies to agree to toughen up the terms of the agreement.

“We hope that all of its participants remain fully committed to its implementation and long-term preservation,” UN High representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu told a UN nuclear non-proliferation conference, hours before Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron hold talks in Washington.

Meanwhile. French President Emmanuel Macron urged Trump on Sunday to stick with the Iran nuclear deal, saying there is no better option. 

Trump has demanding that signatories to the deal agree permanent restrictions on Iran's uranium enrichment. Under the current deal they are set to expire in 2025.