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Othello: Seen Through a Moroccan Lens

Rabat – To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, David Serero, a Moroccan Jew living in the United States, will be starring as the lead in a unique, Moroccan-influenced interpretation of Othello in New York City. Othello is one of the five plays included in the New York Center of Jewish History’s summer series. The program includes three Sephardic-themed productions regarding Jews descen ...

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African Championships in Athletics: Moroccan Rabab Arafi Wins Silver in 1.500m

Durban (South Africa)- Rabab Arafi on Friday bagged a silver medal for Morocco in the 1500m event at the 20th African Championships in athletics, held on June 22-26 in Durban. Arafi, the 1,500m African champion in 2012, clocked 4:03.95, behind South African Caster Semenya (4:01.99). The bronze medal went to Ethiopian Feyisa Adanech Anbesa (4:05.22). It is the second medal for Morocco in these championships ...

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King Mohammed VI Gives Instructions to Reopen Five Madrasas in Fez

Casablanca - King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, gave instructions to the ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs to reopen five Madrasas and Dar al-Muwaqqit, historical institutions that have been restored as part of the rehabilitation program of the historical buildings of the old Medina of Fes. The announcement of this decision was made by the minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, Ahmed ...

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China to Become Important Source of FDI in Morocco: Minister

Rabat - Moroccan minister of industry, trade, Investment and digital economy, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, said that China is poised to become an important source of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Morocco. China is poised to become an important source of FDI in Morocco. The strategic partnership between our two countries, established during the last royal visit to China, is called upon to boost bilateral relat ...

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The Process for the UK to leave the EU Will Take More Than 2 Years

 By Alexandra Krauska Rabat - The United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union yesterday, and will prepare for their departure for the next two years. After a close election, with 51.9 percent in favor of leaving the EU and 48.1 percent in favor of staying, many politicians in the UK and in Europe are disappointed. The departure will not happen immediately, however. The EU will hold several meetings thi ...

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AfDB Approves $134 Million Loan to Support Morocco’s Social Sectors Governance

Abidjan - The African Development Bank (AfDB) approved, Wednesday in Abidjan, a loan of $134.65 million to support Morocco’s social sectors governance. The support program to the governance of social protection in Morocco is a sector budget support to the government of the Kingdom, said a statement from the AfDB. The program aims to enhance citizens' social protection through the strengthening of the govern ...

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Thousands of Nigerian Refugees Fleeing Boko Haram in “Dire Health Situation”

By Alexandra Krauska Rabat - Medicins Sans Frontieres reported Thursday that almost 200 Nigerian refugees have died from starvation and malnutrition in the past month while in the Bama refugee camp. MSF has been unable to access the Nigerian refugee camp previously, but travelled there with a military escort. Many children in the camp were diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition and sent to an MSF feeding ...

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Northern Ireland Disappointed by Brexit Vote

By Christopher Thomas Rabat - Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom’s enclave on the Irish island, is overwhelmingly disappointed by the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. It, along with Scotland and London, largely voted Remain, while the other major regions all voted to Leave. The UK is currently reeling from the magnitude of the decision, with Prime Minister David Cameron declaring his impending r ...

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French Imam of ‘Gay-Friendly Mosque’ to Participate in Euro Pride Canal Parade

By Kimberly J. Avalos Rabat -Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed, the French gay imam who opened a gay-friendly mosque in Paris will board the World Religion Boat in August for the Amsterdam Euro Pride Canal Parade, as announced by World Religion Boat. Initiators of this theme boat attempt to show that all world religions can live together in peace and “show their solidarity around LGBT rights as human rights.” Among 80 ...

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Maroc Telecom Launches New Fiber Optic Packages in Major Cities

By Aexandra Krauska Rabat - Maroc Telecom, Morocco’s main telecom provider has launched a new fiber optic package across major Moroccan cities. The high speed internet service packages are now available in Rabat, Casablanca, Mohammedia, Marrakech, Tangier, Fez, Meknes, Temara, Kenitra, Oujda, and Agadir. There are two packages available, one with 50 Mbps, and one with 100 Mbps.  Fiber optic cables allow for ...

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World Cup 2018 Draw: Morocco with Cote D’Ivoire, Gabon, Mali

Rabat - The draw for the third round of African Zone qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup took place on Friday in Cairo, Egypt. Morocco was placed in Group C with Cote D’Ivoire, Gabon and Mali. Out of the twenty African teams that will be competing in this third and final stage of the preliminary competition, only five teams will qualify to FIFA World Cup, scheduled to be held in Russia in June-July 2018. ...

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Movement Calls for Legalizing Cannabis in Morocco

By Alexandra Krauska Rabat - A movement called “Maroc Cannabis 2016,” wants to legalize cannabis production in Morocco and to make it a taxable industry by the end of 2016. According to the World Drug Report released by the United Nations, Morocco remains the world’s leading producer of cannabis resin. Cannabis cultivation has been one of the main agricultural activities in the Rif mountains of Morocco sinc ...

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