AFP Middle East & North Africa news agenda

Middle East & North Africa focus on Monday:

+ Syria opposition chief quits


DAMASCUS: Syrian opposition National Coalition goes in disarray after its chief Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib resigns ahead of an Arab summit that was to bring the rebels closer to filling the strife-torn country's seat in the Arab League. (SYRIA-CONFLICT)


BEIRUT: Tracking as Lebanon is mired in political crisis after the surprise resignation of premier Najib Mikati at a time when the country is battling deep divisions fuelled by the civil war in neighbouring Syria. (LEBANON-POLITICS-GOVERNMENT)

JERUSALEM: Start of the week-long Jewish festival of Passover at sunset (until April 1) commemorating the biblical exodus from Egypt.

KHARTOUM: More than 1,000 people, including Darfur's displaced, to attend a conference in Darfur's Nyala city looking at solutions for the troubled region ahead of an international donors' conference (SUDAN-DARFUR-UNREST-DISPLACED)

LAAYOUNE: Last day of the visit of UN envoy to Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, his second trip to the disputed territory since being appointed in 2009, aimed at reviving stalled peace talks between Morocco and the Polisario Front separatists. (MOROCCO-WSAHARA-UNREST-UN)

RABAT: Ongoing trial of 19 people, including 17 policemen accused of bribery and corruption. (MOROCCO-POLICE-CORRPUTION-TRIAL)