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Rabat – The southern Moroccan city of Laayoune is celebrating the first edition of the International Forum of Creation and African Women Leadership, which is taking place from December 7 to 9 at the city’s Conference Palace.Under the theme “the Image of Africa in African women’s literary creation,” the forum is gathering together prominent African literature leaders from different countries, including Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire South Africa, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, and Nigeria.The three-day event is being organized at the initiative of Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra region under the instruction of King Mohammed VI. The event seeks to recognize the roles of women leaders in Africa in various fields, according to a statement issued by the region.“These roles have grown in accordance with major changes and challenges facing African societies that have resulted in opportunities for communication and cooperation between women’ elites in order to enable them to actively contribute to opening up the horizons of prosperity and promise that every African aspires to,” said the statement.The first session of the forum was dedicated to celebrate the participation of Aminata Sao Fall, a Senegalese writer. The forum has paid a warm homage to the Senegalese literary leader during the opening ceremony. The symposium will be also marked by different panel discussions and workshops supervised by various critics and authors from Morocco and other African countries. The event is being marked by the participation of major literary figures from Europe, the US, and the Middle East.The event aims to create a platform for exchange, sharing of skills, and know-how between African women, according to Morocco’s Minister of Culture and Communication Mohamed Laaraj.Highlighting the importance of the event, which features the region’s interest in major topics related to women’s leadership, the minister said that “this forum brings together all the elements of a conscious awareness of reconciling the different aspects related to development and to the efforts towards continental integration.” read more

RIMOUSKI, Que. — Cleanup crews continued their work Friday after a gasoline spill at a Suncor Energy Inc. facility in eastern Quebec.It was not immediately clear how much gas spilled from the reservoir, which has a capacity of two million litres.Enbridge Inc shuts down pipeline to U.S. after leak releases 1,350 barrels of oil at pumping stationAfter an unusual land deal, a giant spill and a tanker-train explosion, anxiety grips oil-rich U.S.Suncor (TSX:SU) and environment officials transferred at least 1.4 million litres of gasoline to tanker-trucks.Authorities said they were advised of the leak in Rimouski at about 6 p.m. on Thursday.There were no injuries. read more