Report: Moroccan Army Sixth Strongest in Africa

Rabat - A new report by The Global Firepower Index has ranked Morocco the sixth strongest army on the African continent as of August 2015. The Global Firepower Index (GFI) has recently updated its ranking of 126 countries that compare the world’s militaries based on more than 50 factors, including budget, available manpower, military arsenal and access to natural resources. The report ranked the Moroccan Ar ...

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Insider Look at a Danish Cell That Groomed Two Suicide Bombers

By Kevin Kriedemann London - Warriors From The North premieres on Al Jazeera on 26 August 2015. This is the chilling but courageous first-person account of a Danish-Somali boy who fell victim to recruiters from the militant group Al Shabab. With his back to the camera and his voice disguised, “The Shadow” describes the conditions in Copenhagen that led him to join a militant cell of  other Danish-Somali you ...

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Video: Terrorists attack UN hotel in central Mali

At least one person has been killed in a terrorist attack on a hotel in central Mali frequented by UN workers. The hotel is in Sévaré near the city of Mopti. It is unknown how many attackers have entered the building, which Malian security forces are currently attempting to recapture. ...

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Nigerian forces rescue 178 captives from Boko Haram

Rabat - The Nigerian military has freed 178 people taken captive by Boko Haram during military operations in northern Borno state. According to Col. Tukur Gusau, Nigerian armed forces were able to rescue 101 children, 67 women and 10 men near the town of Bama The Nigerian military also says that they captured a Boko Haram commander during the operations, and several camps were cleared. It has been reported ...

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Central African Republic: Muslims Forced to Convert to Christianity

Rabat - Following the 2013 Muslim-Seleka-led rebellion in the Central African Republic that toppled François Bozize, a Christian, who had come to power in 2003 through a military coup, the country has ever since been rocked by violence and bloody sectarian conflicts. Since late 2013 and the massacre of early 2014, CAR Muslims have been facing torture and death by anti-balaka Christian militias. According to ...

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Godfather of Gnawa, Mahmoud Guinia, dies at 64

Rabat - Moroccan pioneer of Gnawa music, Mohamed Guinia, died yesterday at the age of 64. Mahmoud Guinia was a Gnawa musician and guembri player, born in Essaouira in 1951. He passed away after fighting with a lengthy illness. “It’s an immense sorrow that I have heard about the death of the icon of Gnawa Music, Maalem Mahmoud Guinia, after he was sick,” Neila Tazi, the founder of Gnawa Festival, stated to n ...

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Morocco Second Largest Exporter of Medicine in Africa: Report

Rabat - A new report by PharmaBoardroom revealed that Morocco’s exports of medicines have increased by 21.7% in the last three years, becoming Africa’s second largest exporter of drugs. On Tuesday, the UK-based website Pharma Boardroom which provides free pharmaceutical industry trends, news, and reports all over the globe, released a new reference entitled Morocco Pharmaceuticals Report. The report found t ...

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Three Moroccan Universities Among Africa’s Top 30

Rabat - Three Moroccan universities have been ranked among Times Higher Education’s top 30 African Universities. On Friday, the internationally recognized weekly British magazine Times Higher Education (THE) released its new ranking of the top 30 universities out of Africa’s approximately 2,600 higher education institutions. The announcement was made during THE’s Africa Universities Summit being held at the ...

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UN takes major step toward preventing illegal wildlife trafficking

Rabat - The U.N. General Assembly adopted its first-ever resolution aimed at combating illicit wildlife trafficking on Thursday, its sponsors in outrage regarding the recent killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe. The resolution, unanimously approved by the General Assembly, is not legally binding. However, it reflects the growing support across the globe for wildlife in danger of poaching and trafficking. S ...

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Five endangered elephants killed in Kenya while world mourned Cecil

Rabat - Poachers killed five elephants in Kenya’s Tsavo National Park on Monday; right around the time the world began mourning the death of Cecil, a lion shot by an American man in Zimbabwe. Rangers found the bodies of what seemed to be an adult female elephant and her four offspring on Tuesday, with blood and loose skin around where their tusks were severed off. Kenyan wildlife authorities have arrested t ...

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Twitter Answers the Question: What if Africa Was a Bar?

Rabat - A Botswonan writer caused an eruption in the Twitter world yesterday; one that shed a playful light upon the African geopolitics and stereotypes we see today, yet rarely talk about openly. Siyanda Moutsiwa, a 22-year-old from Gaborone, took what she calls a “classic writing prompt” and asked Twitter users to apply it to the entire continent of Africa. Moutsiwa asked Africans: If Africa was a bar, wh ...

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Sub-Saharan Immigrants Seek Shelter in a Spanish Church in Tangier

Rabat - A few weeks after the Moroccan authorities conducted an eviction operation against sub-Saharan immigrants who illegally occupied apartments belonging to others in Tangier, hundreds of them have reportedly sought refuge in a Spanish church, Iglesia del Espiritu Santo. According to a statement by Morocco’s Anti-racism Advocacy Group for the Support of Migrants (GADEM), over 700 immigrants were evicted ...

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