When Mohamed VI Bets on the Future, Bouteflika Bets on Dictator Robert Mugabe

By Majid Morceli San Francisco - While François Holland, in a super quick visit to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, announced that French car-maker Peugeot was holding advanced negotiations with the Algerian authorities to establish a new manufacturing plant in the north African country, Peugeot executives meanwhile were putting the finishing touches on an agreement to build a factory in Kenitra, a ...

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Tunisians Under 35 Banned from Traveling to Morocco

Rabat - Following the terrorist attacks that hit Tunisia last Friday, the Tunisian government announced it will ban its citizens under the age of 35 to travel to Morocco, Turkey, Serbia, and Libya. According to Moroccan French-language website Yabildai, the measure, which was adopted few hours after the terrorist attack that claimed the lives of 38 people, is provisional and was supposed to last a few hours ...

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Terrorism: three continents filled with blood in a single day

Tunis - Friday June 26 was a bloody and tragic day. Four countries have once again been struck by terrorism. While it was not Friday 13, one could say it was a “double Friday 13”. Tunisia, France, Kuwait and Somalia were all struck by terrorists in one day. Are these attacks linked, or simply a coincidence? It was the second Friday of Ramadan when the jihadists produced terror in the world. It would seem as ...

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After Deadly Attacks, Tunis to Close 80 Mosques

Taroudante- After a terrorist attack that killed 39 tourists in the coastal resort city of Sousse in Tunisia, Habib Essid, Tunisia’s Prime Minister, said on Friday night that the government is introducing several resolutions to prevent future attacks, including the closure of 80 mosques outside of state control. The Prime Minister said that these places of worship “will all be closed within a week,” accusin ...

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Morocco Expresses Solidarity With Tunisia, Condemns Terrorism

Rabat - Morocco firmly condemned the armed attack which targeted on Friday two hotels in the Tunisian city of Sousse, killing and wounding several victims. "The Kingdom of Morocco firmly condemns the armed attack which targeted on Friday two hotels in the city of Sousse in the Republic of Tunisia, claiming the lives and injuring many victims," said the foreign affairs ministry in a statement. “The Kingdom o ...

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Annual Pilgrimage in Djerba Island brings together Jews and Muslims

Tunis - On May 6 and 7 and June 6 and 7, 2015, Djerba sent Tunisians a message of peace and tolerance, characteristics that have long distinguished this historic island. "In 2015, the world became more unsecure. And Tunisia has been greatly affected by the wave of terrorism from both inside and outside the country. We want to fight terrorism together. Todaywe must beunited and tolerant to deal with the terr ...

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Washington Lauds Resumption of Inter-Libyan Talks in Morocco

Washington - The USA lauded the resumption, on June 8 in Morocco, of the inter-Libyan political dialogue under the aegis of UNSG special representative Bernardino Leon, said on Friday Marie Harf, Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications at the Department of State. "On Libya, the United States welcomes today’s announcement that the UN-facilitated Libyan political dialogue will resume again on June 8th in ...

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Second Moroccan Arrested in Connection With Tunisia Museum Attack

Rabat- A second Moroccan has been arrested in connection with the attack on the Bardo National Museum in Tunis that left 22 people dead. Tunisian authorities have arrested a Moroccan suspect in connection with a deadly attack in March on the Bardo National Museum in Tunis, the interior ministry said on Thursday. Noureddine al-Naibi was arrested on Sunday at the Ras Jedir border post on the frontier with nei ...

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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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