Moroccan king orders inquiry into deadly train crash

King Mohammed VI of Morocco arrives for a plenary session of the One Planet Summit on December 12, 2017. (AFP)
Updated 19 February 2018
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Moroccan king orders inquiry into deadly train crash

PARIS: Morocco’s king has ordered an investigation into a deadly train crash that killed six people.
In a statement Monday, Morocco’s interior ministry said King Mohammed VI is creating a joint commission to investigate the causes of the rail tragedy Saturday near the northern city of Tangier.
The interior ministry said the crash, in which a freight train and a personnel transport vehicle collided, also injured 14 people.
The commission will be spearheaded by the Interior and Transport ministries which will review the safety of level crossings in the North African kingdom. It will also act against anyone deemed to be at fault in the crash.


Turkey asks Albania to close US-based cleric’s businesses

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Turkey asks Albania to close US-based cleric’s businesses

TIRANA, Albania: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says he expects Albania to close all businesses owned by Fethullah Gulen, the US-based Turkish cleric Ankara blames for an attempted coup two years ago.
Cavusoglu, in the Albanian capital of Tirana on Friday, said Ankara has formally asked Tirana “to close all the institutions that hold anti-Turkey activity in Albania,” considering them “a serious threat for Turkey and Albania too.”
Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati said that “as a NATO member country, a candidate country for the European Union,” Tirana follows standard diplomatic procedures.
Gulen, who denies the coup charges, owns a network of schools and businesses in Albania.
Earlier this year, neighboring Kosovo secretly deported five teachers and a doctor back to Turkey. The deportations were criticized by the US ambassador and students.