Most ISIS Members Killed in Combat Are Moroccans and Tunisians

Rabat - Among the many Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) combatants who have died in Iraq and Syria, Moroccan and Tunisian citizens have been killed more than any other nationality, according to Akhbar al Youm. Abu Jaled al Yazraui, a director of ISIS, confirmed that these nationalities are the leaders in body count, followed by Chechens and Russians. The source adds that about 100 Moroccan soldie ...

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Algeria: Bare Leg Selflies to Protest for Girl Banned From Exam Because of Short Skirt

Rabat - A number of Algerians launched an online protest, posting pictures of their exposed legs, in response to a decision to ban a female student from taking an exam because of her short skirt. On May 9, the Faculty of Law at the University of Algiers prevented a female student from entering the classroom to take an exam because of the length of her skirt. Speaking to local media, the Dean of the Universi ...

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Morocco Increases Vigilance Along its Eastern Border with Algeria

Fez- Morocco has raised its vigilance and heightened security measures along its eastern borders to stop infiltrators and terrorists whose purpose may be to threaten the Kingdom’s security. Mohamed Mhidia , the governor of the prefecture of Oujda –Angad, held a meeting last Monday to mobilize various forces in the region for greater coordinated efforts in addressing multiple security challenges on the borde ...

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Algeria Seeks to Link Maghreb Countries via High Speed Train

Rabat - In a move that reflects a certain will for political integration, plans and negotiations are said to be underway to launch a high-speed rail service linking Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. In an interview with an Algerian Radio (Chaine I) on Sunday April 26th, Yacine Bendjaballah, director of Algeria's National Company for Rail Transport (SNTF), has revealed that studies are currently underway to lay ...

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Mauritania Expels Algerian Diplomats Over article Against Morocco

Rabat - Mauritania has reportedly expelled an Algerian diplomat for attempting to trouble the relations between Rabat and Nouakchott. On Wednesday evening, the First Counselor at the Algerian Embassy in Nouakchott, Belkacem Cherouati, was expelled from Mauritanian. Mauritanian government accused him of being behind the publication of  an article on a local news website, which "undermines the external relati ...

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Boat Carrying 700 Sub-Saharan Immigrants Capsizes Off Libyan Waters

Rabat – About 700 sub-Saharan immigrants are accounted for off Libyan waters, according to the UNHCR. According to Italy’s ANSA news agency, an estimated 700 people were aboard and only 28 people had been rescued so far. The accident, which could be the worst ever in European waters happened overnight about 60 miles (96km) off the Libyan coast and 120 miles (193km) south of the Italian island of Lampedusa. ...

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Delivery of Public Services in MENA Fails to Meet Citizens’ Needs: WB

Rabat - A new report released Thursday by the World Bank has shown that the delivery of essential public services in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) "is failing to meet the needs of citizens and continues to be a source of widespread dissatisfaction." The report, titled "Trust, Voice and Incentives, learning from local success stories in service delivery in the Middle East and North ...

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Algeria and Angola Biggest Military Spenders in Africa, Report

Fez - Algeria and Angola are the biggest military spenders in Africa, according to a report on trends in global military expenditures released on April 13, 2015, by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The report indicates that rapid increases in military expenditures in both Algeria and Angola are due to the countries’ high oil revenues. Since 2005, Algeria and Angola are reported ...

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New Round of Libyan Political Dialogue Starts in Morocco

Skhirat - A new round of Libyan political dialogue, hosted by Morocco and facilitated by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) with the aim of ending the political crisis and military conflict in the country, started Wednesday in Skhirat (outskirts of Rabat). Participants are expected to present their remarks regarding the overall framework outlined in the "Draft Agreement on the Political Tr ...

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Libyan GNC Condemns Terrorist Attack on Morocco’s Embassy

Tripoli - Libya's General National Congress (GNC) on Wednesday strongly condemned the terrorist attack against Morocco's embassy in Tripoli, deeming it a "criminal act". The General National Congress will monitor the investigations conducted by the security apparatus of the "Government of National Salvation" aimed at "identifying the perpetrators and the parties behind this criminal act", the GNC said in a ...

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Algerian Media: Unthinkable Obsession and Paranoia Toward Morocco

By Majid Morceli San Francisco- Ask any Moroccan official about dealing with Algeria and the first things that come to mind are obsession and paranoia regarding the state of mind of the Algerian regime. The decision of the governing body of African Football (CAF) to award to Gabon the hosting of the 2017 African Nation Championship is a vivid example. The Algerian media now apparently believes that the frie ...

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World Social Forum in Tunisia: “No to Terrorism”

Tunis - The World Social Forum of 2015 was held in Tunisia from March 24th through March 28th. The theme of the event differed greatly from the event held in 2013, which was considered to be of a “revolutionary” theme. This year, the World Social Forum focused on the idea of “no to terrorism.” Abderrahmane Hedhili stated in a press conference, held in Tunis last week, “March 18th, (the date of the Bardo Mus ...

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