Algeria’s refusal of population census encourages aid embezzlement in Tindouf

Brussels - Algeria's obstinate refusal to allow a census of population held captive in the camps of Tindouf encourages mass and organized embezzlement of international humanitarian aid, Euro-deputy Gilles Pargneaux said on Friday. "We should be aware that the overestimation of population in the camps of Tindouf helped to set up this European food aid embezzlement and resale system," said Pargneaux in respon ...

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Algerian author Yasmina Khadra: “I don’t have the right to be Charlie”

By Kevin Kriedemann London - In this week’s episode of Talk To Al Jazeera, award-winning Algerian author and former military officer Yasmina Khadra discusses the Charlie Hebdoattack with Jacky Rowland. The Kouachi brothers - the gunmen - were born in France to Algerian immigrant parents, but Khadra says discussions of the terrorist’s nationality are irrelevant. “For me, the murder doesn’t have an identity. ...

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Moroccans in Algeria Will No Longer Receive Permanent Resident Visas

Marrakech - Algerian authorities announced that Moroccan residents of Algeria will no longer be able to obtain permanent resident visas, and will have to apply for new visas and renew them every three months. The decision, allegedly made due to security concerns, will apply to all Moroccans who live in Algeria, and those who currently have permanent visas will need to replace them with new ones. Moroccans w ...

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Tunisia’s New President to Visit Morocco and Algeria

Rabat - The recently-elected president of Tunisia Béji Caïd Essebsi is due to pay his first official visit to Algeria and Morocco later this month. Tunisian Daily Kapitalis quoted the future official spokesman of the presidency Moez Sinaoui as saying that the date of the visit has not yet been specified. He went on to add that the visit will take place before the 24th session of the African Union Summit, wh ...

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Morocco’s Benatia Named 2014’s Best Arab Footballer

Rabat - Bayern Munich defender and Moroccan national Mehdi Benatia was named the Arab World’s Best Footballer of 2014 at the Global Soccer Awards Ceremony at the end of the 9th International Sports Conference on December 29, 2014 in Dubai. Benatia, who has been in the Bundesliga for just a few months after proving to be an outstanding defender in Garzia’s Roma, was elected the Best Arab Footballer at a glit ...

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‘Moroccan’ Wedding of President of Mauritania’s Daughter Stirs Controversy

Marrakech - Mauritanian social media users slam the decision of their President to organize a “Moroccan” wedding ceremony for his daughter. The wedding ceremony of the daughter of the President of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, which incorporated traditional Moroccan customs and dress, has been subject to heavy criticism from Mauritanian society and social media users. The daughter of the president, w ...

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Mauritania: Journalist Sentenced to Death for Insulting the Prophet

Rabat - Mauritianian journalist Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir reportedly was sentenced to death on Thursday after a court ruled that he had insulted the Prophet Muhammad in one of his articles. On Thursday, the court in the northwestern city of Nouadhibou sentenced Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, 30, to death for writing an article that was interpreted by judges as critical of the Prophet Mohammed. The AFP new ...

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Picture of Tunisia’s President Praying in Sunglasses Goes Viral

Rabat- A picture of Tunisia's newly elected President Beji Caid Essebsi is going viral and stirring controversy. The picture shows the 88-year-old veteran politician praying in a mosque while wearing black sun glasses. The picture has gone viral on social networks on Wednesday. However, the picture is reported to have been taken during the days of Essebsi's electoral campaign. In addition to the black sun g ...

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Despite Strained Relations, Morocco Remains one of Algerians’ Favorite Destinations

Rabat - In spite of the stressed political relations between Morocco and Algeria, Algerians still regard Morocco as one of their favorite destinations to spend the end of the year holidays. According to Algerian newspaper Al Watan, Morocco was ranked among the top five international destinations Algerian would want to travel to in order to spend the holidays. Morocco came in fourth place, preceded by Tunisi ...

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EU to Adopt New Immigration Policy to Attract Skilled Professionals from Maghreb

Rabat - The European Union is reportedly moving towards adopting a more selective policy regarding Moroccan immigrants and immigrants from the entire Maghreb region who make the largest communities in EU countries. Instead of hosting immigrants who are ready to perform the jobs Europeans do not do anymore, the European Union is seeking more skilled, highly-educated and qualified immigrants. Faced with an in ...

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Morocco, Always in Favor of Normalizing Relations With Algeria: Minister

Rabat - Morocco has always been in favour of normalising relations with Algeria, which is called upon to fully assume its responsibility in the settlement of the Sahara issue, Minister Delegate to the Foreign Minister, Mbarka Bouaida said on Tuesday. In a response to a question on Moroccan-Algerian relations at the Lower House, the Minister said that Morocco is committed to reinforcing its bilateral and reg ...

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Algeria to Monitor Borders with Morocco through Electronic Surveillance

Marrakech - Algeria intends to secure its western borders with Morocco through electronic surveillance, after Morocco began constructing an electronic fence on its eastern border a few months ago. “The project of promoting the measurements of securing the western borders, via electronic monitoring is under study. The electronic monitoring, which based on technologically developed devices such as cameras, is ...

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