EU official voices support for Morocco’s human rights reforms

Rabat - EU special representative for human rights Stavros Lambrinidis expressed, on Friday in Rabat, EU's support for all reforms undertaken by Morocco to promote human rights, deeming that the Kingdom has become an example to follow regionally. In a meeting with head of government Abdelilah Benkirane, the European official expressed the EU's ambition to broaden the prospects for partnership and cooperatio ...

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Supreme Council for Education Recommends Use of English in Moroccan Curriculum

Taroudant - The Moroccan government is moving towards elevating the position of English in Moroccan Curriculum and in the educational system of Morocco in general over French. The Strategic Report of the Supreme Council for Education, Training and Scientific Research, soon to be submitted to King Mohammed VI, is recommending replacing French with English in Moroccan Curriculum, according to sources in the g ...

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Morocco-Africa air traffic up 11% in December 2014

Casablanca - Air traffic between Morocco and African countries posted a year-on-year increase of 11.33% last December, the National Airport Office (ONDA) said. This performance is ascribed to an increase in the number of African passengers transiting through Moroccan airports which stood at 99,836 travelers up from 98,679 in December 2013. Despite this increase, air traffic with Africa accounts only for 7.6 ...

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Morocco Seeks to Attract 3 million Spanish Tourists Annually: Minister

Madrid  - Tourism Minister Lahcen Haddad said Morocco aspires to attract three million Spanish tourists as part of its 2020 tourism development goal. In an interview with Europapress news agency, Haddad highlighted the importance of the Spanish market for Morocco’s tourist industry saying that Morocco plans to attract 18 million tourists by 2020. The Minister, who is leading a Moroccan delegation to Madrid’ ...

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Marrakech to Host First Meeting ‘Clinton Global Initiative, Middle East and Africa’

Casablanca  -  The first meeting of the "Clinton Global Initiative, Middle East and Africa," will be held on May 5-7 in Marrakech with the development challenges facing the African continent and the Middle East on top of its agenda, Director of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Lisa Rickert announced on Thursday in Casablanca. Former President Bill Clinton and his wife former Secretary of State Hillary Cl ...

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Morocco: 40% Decline in French Tourists on January

Rabat - Morocco's vital tourism sector appears to be affected by the terrorist attacks that hit several parts of France earlier this month.  According to sources quoted by news website Media24, more holidays are being cancelled and French bookings are becoming increasingly rare. The same source said that the number of French tourists traveling to Morocco has registered between 30% to 40% decline on January. ...

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King Mohammed VI Chairs Ministers Council

Fez - King Mohammed VI chaired, Thursday at the Royal Palace in Fez, a Council of Ministers. The Council examined and adopted four draft organic laws, a draft decree and several international agreements, in addition to several nominations to senior positions, said a statement, read by Abdelhak Lamrini, the Royal Palace Spokesman. Thus, the Council examined and adopted three organic bills on regions, commune ...

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3.8-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Agadir, Morocco

Taroudant – An earthquake measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale struck Agadir, Morocco, in the early morning on Thursday.  According to the National Institute of Geophysics, the earthquake struck Agadir at 4:29 am. The institute added that the tremor epicenter was located in the coast of Agadir. Fortunately no causalities nor material damages were recorded. Last November, a stronger quake measuring 5.7 on the ...

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Morocco Seafood Exports Generated 15 billion Dirhams in 2014: Minister

Rabat - Morocco's seafood products exports exceeded 15.6 billion Dirhams in 2014, Agriculture and Maritime Fisheries Minister Aziz Akhnnouch said. Akhnnouch, who was speaking on Wednesday at a press conference in Casablanca dedicated to the presentation of the 3rd edition of the international fishing industry exhibition Halieutis, said that the added value of the fisheries sector increased by 33% since 2009 ...

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Algerian Arrested in Morocco Was Sent to Coordinate Action With “IS” Sympathizers

Rabat - Ongoing investigations in the case of an Algerian national arrested on Jan.25 in the Moroccan eastern region, have revealed that the suspected terrorist who is a member of "Jound Al Khilafa" organization in Algeria was dispatched to Morocco to coordinate action with extremist militants who support the "Islamic State" Organization, says the Moroccan interior ministry. The Algerian national was arrest ...

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Morocco Condemns Terrorist Attack in Tripoli

Rabat - Morocco vehemently condemned, on Wednesday, the terrorist attack that targeted Tuesday morning the Corinthia hotel in Libya's capital Tripoli, claiming several victims. "The Kingdom of Morocco vehemently condemns this despicable assault meant to terrorize innocent civilians, and undermine Libya's security and the national dialogue process under way under the aegis of the United Nations Support Missi ...

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Palestinian President applauds Morocco for commitment to safeguard Holy city of Al-Quds

Ramallah  - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas applauded Morocco for its efforts in support of the Palestinian cause notably concerning the preservation of the character of the City of Al-Quds through the Bayt Mal Al-Quds Agency.  Speaking at a meeting with visiting Moroccan Delegate Minister in charge of Water Charafat Afailal, Abbas highlighted the significance of the visit which stands as a sign of soli ...

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