Africa

Scoop: Netanyahu held secret meeting with Morocco's foreign minister

Netanyahu speaks at the UN General Assembly. Photo: Xinhua/Qin Lang via Getty Images

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a secret meeting with Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York last September, an Israeli official told me.

Why it matters: Israel hasn't had diplomatic relations with Morocco since start of the second intifada in 2000. The two countries had full diplomatic relations between 1995 and 2000 after the Oslo Accords were signed between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Barack Obama wants to help the NBA launch a new African league

Barack Obama plays basketball at the White House Easter Egg Roll in 2016. Photo: Olivier Douliery, Pool/Getty Images

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said former President Barack Obama has told him he wants to "be directly involved" in plans for a new 12-team pro league in Africa that will be a collaboration between the NBA and basketball's global governing body FIBA, AP's Tim Reynolds writes.

Details: Silver said talks with Obama are ongoing. Obama spoke on a video that was shown during the event where Silver announced the league: "[E]ven if you are the best player, your job is not just to show off but your job is to make your teammates better."

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