Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was welcomed in Italy for a landmark visit meant to close a painful chapter of colonial history. The visit seals the reconciliation under way since a 2008 treaty under which Italy will pay $5 billion in reparations.
The week in the Maghreb takes a look at Mauritania's June presidential election, a gigantic oil project in Libya and Moroccan private investigators - a profession that is rapidly gaining in popularity.
In this edition: Libya looks to free trade to boost North African economies during the global downturn, Mauritanian fishermen feel the squeeze and a fresh wave of designers mix old and new on the catwalk, pushing the classic boundaries.
The ship, which left Libya’s northern Mediterranean coast on Sunday morning with 350 migrants on board, sank about 30 km off the Libyan coast due to a holed hull. Rescue operations are underway, but dozens are thought to have drowned.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (pictured) traveled to Libya to hold talks with leader Muammar Gaddafi on Thursday in another show of defiance of the International Criminal Court's arrest warrant for him.
In this week's edition of the Week in the Maghreb: twenty years after the creation of the Arab Maghreb Union, there is little to celebrate. But also: we meet victims of the recent floods in Morocco, and discover a new film on Casablanca.