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Spain's bid to patch up row with Morocco threatens south EU gas supplies from Algeria

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Spain and Morocco moved to patch up a diplomatic dispute on Friday as Madrid shifted closer towards Rabat’s position on the conflict in Western Sahara and said “a new phase in relations” had begun.

The move came as Morocco seeks to strengthen international recognition for its sovereignty over Western Sahara, and as Spain aims to end a dispute with Rabat that briefly led to an influx of migrants last year.

Spain said in a statement that relations with Morocco would be “based on mutual respect, the completion of agreements, the absence of unilateral actions and the permanent transparency of communication”.

Morocco said it had received a letter from Spain supporting its plan for autonomy in Western Sahara, a territory Rabat regards as its own but in which the Algerian-backed Polisario Front independence movement wants to create a sovereign state.

According to the royal palace in Rabat, the letter said: “Spain considers the autonomy initiative presented by Morocco in 2007, as the most serious, realistic and credible basis for settling the dispute.”

Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares later repeated the statement at a news conference.

Near neighbours separated by the narrow Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco and Spain have significant trade with each other and have worked together on issues including migration, militancy and energy.

However, they had disagreed over Western Sahara, where Spain was the colonial power until the 1970s, over the two Spanish enclaves in North Africa and sometimes over handling migration.

In April last year, Morocco was angered after Spain admitted a Western Sahara independence leader for medical treatment using Algerian documents, saying it had not been informed.

Rabat then appeared to relax border controls with Ceuta, a Spanish enclave in northern Morocco, leading to an influx of at least 8,000 migrants, most of whom were later returned.

However, Spain’s policy shift may cause internal political difficulties for the government as the junior coalition partner voiced discomfort with the move, saying it reaffirmed a commitment “to the defence of the Sahrawi people”.

Spain also relies on the supply of gas from Algeria, the main supporter of the Polisario.

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In late 2020 the Polisario said it was resuming an armed struggle after a ceasefire that had lasted since 1990, though there has been no sign of serious fighting.

“Spain has succumbed to Moroccan blackmail and pressure,” the Polisario delegate in Spain Abdulah Arabi said in an interview on Friday with the Europa Press news agency.

On Saturday, Algeria summoned its ambassador to Spain back for consultations.

“The Algerian authorities were very surprised by the surprising statements of the highest authorities in Spain on the issue of Western Sahara,” it said.

Spain said on Saturday the government had informed Algeria about its position “in relation to Western Sahara”, a government source told Reuters.

“For Spain, Algeria is a strategic, priority and reliable partner with whom we intend to maintain a privileged relationship,” the source added.

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“For Spain, Algeria is a strategic, priority and reliable partner with whom we intend to maintain a privileged relationship,” the source added.

Algeria is also a key gas supplier to Italy.

Spain’s new position towards the Western Sahara is an “unexpected” shift from its previous neutral stance, which was supportive of a United Nations plan that includes a self determination referendum, an Algerian diplomatic source said.

“This is a betrayal of the Sahrawi people,” the Algerian source added.

On Monday, the European Commission backed Spain’s new position on the fate of Western Sahara as an autonomous region of Morocco.

Nabila Massrali, a spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, said: “The European Union welcomes any positive development…between its member states and Morocco in their bilateral relations, which can only be beneficial for the implementation of the Euro-Moroccan partnership.”



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Childhood Cancer

Childhood cancer is not very common, since it is estimated that for every 100 adults affected by cancer, there is one child who suffers from it. It comprises numerous types of tumors that develop in children and adolescents from 0 to 18 years of age. The most common types are leukemia, brain tumor, lymphomas, and solid tumors such as neuroblastoma and Willms tumor (kidney tumor).

Don’t Ignore Signs

Sometimes the symptoms of childhood cancer can be confused with those of other diseases, so it can take time to obtain a timely diagnosis that allows the disease to be treated in time. In this sense. Most doctors recommend that parents not ignore the signs, among which are persistent bone and abdominal pain, fever without apparent causes for more than a week, bruising or bleeding from the nose or gums, tumor or node growth, weight loss, among others.

Genetic Factors

Genetic factors and malformations play an important role in the onset of the disease, unlike in adults, where environmental factors such as infectious agents, radiation, smoking, minerals, and chemical compounds have a high incidence. In children, the main cause is still unknown.

The Diagnosis 

There are numerous diagnostic tests used to detect childhood cancer; these allow to determine the type of tumor, where it is located and if it has invaded neighboring organs, (if it has metastasized) for which laboratory tests, imaging studies, and biopsies are used. From which the type of treatment to be used to combat the disease will be established.

Medical Treatment

Many doctors give the reassurance that childhood cancer should be treated in institutions where there is a multidisciplinary health team, such as the Cancer Institute. This team consists of pediatric surgeons, radiation oncologists, orthopedists, hematologists, clinical oncologists, psycho-oncologists, among others.

Seek Local Help

The treatment is multidisciplinary, where excellence, professionalism, dedication, avant-garde in medical knowledge are combined, whose main objective is the fight against cancer. You should also consider local centers that offer cancer care Orange County-based.

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'This is huge' Swedish Air Force jet deployed over Belarus border in threat to Putin

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The Scandinavian country is not a member of NATO, but could be ready to trade in its neutral status in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

News of Stockholm’s decision to send a jet was revealed by twitter user Jamming.

They wrote: “Swedish Air Force Korpen active over Poland border area with Belarus.

“Sweden part of surveillance of Belarus and Ukraine!!!

“This is a huge political statement! Update on SwAF Korpen.”

 

The Gulfstream IV aircraft was tracked taking off from Linking airport and then flying towards the city of Grodno in western Belarus.

It was flying at an altitude of just under 12,000 metres at a speed of 836 kilometres per hour.

Although Sweden is not a NATO member, it is an “enhanced opportunity partner” of the military alliance.

The government also signed a statement in 2018 pledging to strengthen its defence cooperation.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson rejected calls by opposition parties earlier this month for the country to join NATO.

She argued that such a move would further destabilise Europe.

Her statement came in the wake of threats from Moscow that NATO membership would bring “serious military-political consequences” for Sweden.

However, there is growing public support among Swedes for their country to join the transatlantic military alliance.

A poll conducted in late February by broadcaster SVT found that 41 percent of the public supported NATO membership, while thirty-five percent were against.

It was the first time an opinion study in Sweden had found more people in favour of the country joining NATO than were against it.

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Putin humiliated: Russia tries and fails to capture defiant Ukraine village for tenth time

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Russia has tried and failed to capture the village of the Chornobaevka ten times, according to Ukrainian presidential adviser Aleksey Arestovich. Videos shared by Ukrainian officials online showed the “tenth defeat of the Russian invaders in Chornobaevka”. The continued failures to capture the village comes as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said last night that his country’s forces had “dealt powerful blows” to the Russian military.

Mr Arestovich told a press conference that Russian troops had tried to take Chornobaevka for the tenth time, but the assault again ended in failure.

Following this, the head of the nearby Mykolaiv Regional State Administration Vitaly Kim published a video showing “the defeat” as explosions erupt on the outskirts of the village.

The resolute village has become famous in Ukraine for its defence, as President Zelensky commended Chornobaivka last weekend for fending off six invasions at the time.

He said: “Ukrainian Chornobaivka will go down in war history. This is a place where the Russian military and their commanders have shown themselves for who they truly are – incompetent, capable of simply handing over their people for slaughter.

“Our military has annihilated the invaders near Chornobaivka six times.

“Six times, yet they keep coming back.”

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Online users ridiculed the latest Russian failures and hailed the Ukrainian defiance, with one Reddit user remarking: “At some point, I think every military intelligence outfit looking at this must be wondering how bad the rot is in the Russian military.”

One user visavillem added: “So this is the 10th time. Are Russians trying to bait Ukrainians to waste ammo with some obsolete/broken equipment, or are they really so stupid, that they keep stepping on the same rake again and again?”

Another user on Reddit adfgqert posted: “The Ukrainian people have resolve and determination that is beyond what I think is normal.

“Beyond inspirational and they bring fighting for what they believe in to a new level for me.” 

This comes amid ongoing setbacks for Russian military forces in the south of the country.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Russia had withdrawn most of its helicopters from a strategic airport in Kherson, in southern Ukraine, according to satellite images.

Kherson has also been the site of several local protests against the occupying Russian soldiers.

The official said: “We can’t corroborate exactly who is in control of Kherson but the point is, it doesn’t appear to be as solidly in Russian control as it was before.

“That would make it very, very difficult for them to make any kind of ground movement on Odesa.

“That would be a significant development, no question about that, in terms of the southern part of the war.” 



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