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A former Spanish possession on the Atlantic coast of southwest Morocco. It was ceded to Spain in 1860, but overseas control was nominal until 1934. Ifni was returned to Morocco in 1969.
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(Spanish ˈifni)
(Placename) a former Spanish province in S Morocco, on the Atlantic: returned to Morocco in 1969
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(ˈif ni)

a former Spanish enclave on the W coast of Morocco, ceded to Morocco 1969.
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Spain finally returned Sidi Ifni to Morocco in 1969, after protracted negotiations.
Through agreements with Spain in 1956 and another in 1958, Moroccan control over certain Spanish-ruled areas was restored, although Spain refused to give up Melilla, Cueta, Ifni and the Spanish Sahara.
Ibrahim Sabelail, the Moroccan rights activist who initially told journalists about the alleged abuses in Sidi Ifni last month, was sentenced on Thursday to six months' jail and a fine 1,000 dirhams ($137).Sabelail was arrested on June 27 and charged with "insulting the authorities and reporting of fictitious crimes" for reporting deaths at Sidi Ifni and having described police intervention as a "crime against humanity".Some Moroccan newspapers and other accredited international news organisations broadcast similar reports without a reaction from Moroccan authorities.
Indeed the latest battle line drawn between the country's authorities and the media is some way south of Casablanca, in the coastal town of Sidi Ifni. In the dock for the manner of its reporting on disturbances earlier this month is Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based TV station which has been constantly under the spotlight of administrative attention since starting its daily broadcasts of Maghreb news in 2006.
"Sidi Ifni," the name of a forgettable fishing town far to the south, is a phrase on everyone's lips.
He matched that figure when third behind the useful Ifni du Luc and Sir Toby on his debut for his current stable at Kempton in March 2004 and, set to race off an official mark of only 91, he is potentially thrown in today.
Mr Cospector is fancied to regain the winning thread at the chief expense of Ifni Du Luc.
He replaced Fitzgerald on the Nicky Henderson-trained Ifni du Luc in the day's most valuable contest, the Are You Sharp Enough?
The European Investment Bank is putting up a loan of Euro 14 million to the Kingdom of Morocco for the repair and upgrading of breakwaters and quays, along with the improvement of operational safety, at five of the country's ports: Tangiers, Larache, El Jadida, Essaouira and Sidi Ifni. The works will be carried out by the Ports Directorate of the Ministry of Equipment, Housing and Town and Country Planning.
Nicky Henderson did not enjoy a great Cheltenham by any means but he can score tomorrow with Ifni Du Luc in the opening EBF Tattersalls Ireland Mares' Novices' Handicap.
Lungo offered no excuses for the defeat of Direct Access at Haydock on Saturday where the odds-on Dumfriesshire raider suffered a 22-length hammering at the hands of Nicky Henderson's Ifni Du Luc.