Morocco annexed the former Spanish colony in 1975, which unleashed a 16 year war and then 30 years of diplomatic and military stalemate between Morocco and the Polisario Front, an organization seeking Western Sahara independence that is based in and backed by Algeria. The long running territorial dispute has limited Western Sahara links with the outside world. Arrival opening up his city to new markets and persuading more tourists to enjoy its beaches, local wares and breathtaking sunsets.

On Wednesday the stock fell as low as $37.24, 50 percent below its peak of $74.73 the day after Christmas, wiping almost $18 billion off Twitter’s market capitalization.(Also see: Twitter shares hit lowest point since debut on weak user data)The downgrades, and the subsequent swoon by the stock, reflect concern about slowing growth in Twitter’s user base and the company’s ability to reverse the trend. Year on year growth in the number of Twitter users has fallen for five straight quarters, and the company said on Tuesday that its 255 million monthly users, on average, appeared to check the service less frequently than a year ago.That in turn has fueled doubts that Twitter could one day attract as many users as Facebook Inc’s 1.2 billion, or match its much larger rival’s power as an advertising vehicle. It’s also raised questions over whether it can sustain growth over the long term.

Pope Francis will meet with Iraq top Shiite Muslim cleric, Ali al Sistani, during a trip next month that will also include a pilgrimage to ancient Christian communities that were emptied and devastated in battles with the Islamic State group. The Vatican on Monday released the itinerary of Francis’ March 5 8 visit to Iraq, his first foreign trip since being grounded for 16 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Francis’ main reason for making the first ever papal trip to Iraq is to encourage the country’s Christians, who faced decades of discrimination by Iraq’s Muslims before being persecuted by the Islamic State group starting in 2014..

Telling the truth from the start would have saved a lot of heartache. From the beginning NOBODY had this pandemic figured out, from Fauci on down, but being wrong is a lot different than being a liar. It way past time to flush the government of such lying lowlifes, regardless of political party..

Brian Hofer, chair and executive director for the nonprofit Secure Justice, was a central architect of the city’s facial recognition ban. A California Public Records Act, or CPRA, request Hofer filed with the city turned up emails from the Berkeley Police Department, or BPD, and the city’s information technology department. The emails present a timeline showing how staff sought out and implemented, and later attempted to exempt from the ban, cameras at San Pablo Park capable of sophisticated data analysis..