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Family of Moroccan Shot at Algerian Border Tells What Happened

Marrakech- After the recent shooting of a Moroccan citizen in Oujda (525 km northeast of Rabat) by an Algerian soldier, the family of the victim, Salhi Rizki Allah, has clarified how the incident occurred. In a video posted Oujda city local news site, the brother and father of Rizki Allah expressed their distress and despair at what happened to their son. Rizki was shot from across the border by a soldier o ...

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Economy minister presents broad lines of 2015 appropriation draft bill to Parliament

Rabat - Morocco's Minister of Economy Mohammed Boussaid presented, on Monday before the two houses of parliament, the broad lines of the 2015 appropriation draft bill. The draft bill forecast for achieving in 2015 a GDP growth rate of 4.4% on the basis of a 4.3% budget deficit of GDP and a 9% rise of investment expenses to reach 54 billion dirhams. The draft bill, elaborated pursuant to Royal Instructions a ...

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South Africa Says “NO, NO” to Replacing Morocco as Host of CAN 2015

Rabat - South Africa refused on Monday to host the upcoming edition of the African Cup of Nations, scheduled to take place in Morocco from January 17 to February 8, 2015. In a Tweet posted on Monday, South Africa Sport Minister, Fikile Mbalula, said his country has no intention of hosting the tournament if Morocco pulls out because of the Ebola epidemic. "Hosting AFCON next year is a NO NO," the minister tw ...

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Adil Taarabt is Overweight, not to Fit to Play: QPRS Coach

Rabat - QPR manager Harry Redknapp criticized the Morocco international Adel Taarabt for being both overweight and unfit, and went on to add that the former AC Milan loanee does not deserve a spot in the British team's starting XI mainly because of his attitude and lack of excitement to represent the London-based side, according to media reports. "[Taarabt] is not fit to play football unfortunately, the for ...

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Saudi ambassador to Morocco denies granting scholarships to Polisario students

Rabat  - Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Morocco Abderrahmane Mohamed El-Jadii denied allegations reported by certain electronic media outlets suggesting the embassy granted scholarships to students from the Polisario front. KSA ambassador "has denied reports suggesting granting scholarships to students from the Polisario front", a statement of the embassy said.  Some electronic media outlets r ...

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Adoptive family of woman detained in Tindouf fears for her life

Madrid - The adoptive family of Mahjouba Mohamed Hamdidaf, a young Spanish woman of Sahrawi descent held in captivity since last summer in the Tindouf camps (in Algeria) by the Polisario, said they fear for her after she received death threats in case she attempts to escape, as voices in Spain and elsewhere are raising to call for her immediate and unconditional release. "Mahjouba is held against her will. ...

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Genel, partners make oil discovery off Morocco

LONDON (Reuters) - Genel Energy and two partner firms said on Monday they had discovered oil off Morocco, giving a boost to the region whose oil and gas drilling results have so far been mixed. Genel's minority partners in the Sidi Moussa-1 well, Serica Energy and San Leon, announced they had drilled nearly 3,000 metres below the sea and encountered oil. "We are at a very early stage and the presence of hyd ...

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Sahrawis in Tindouf ‘should be free to advocate options other than independence’:HRW

Algiers  -  Sahrawis living in the Algeria-based Tindouf camps "should be free to advocate options other than independence for the Western Sahara without any imposed restrictions by the Polisario leaders," said Saturday Human Right Watch (HRW). "The Polisario Front should ensure that camp residents are free to challenge its policies and leadership and advocate options other than independence for the Western ...

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Morocco Tops the List of Safest Countries of the Maghreb

Marrakech- Morocco tops the list of the safest countries of the Maghreb and outranks the U.S. on global scale The Institute for Economics and Peace published its recent report on the "index of global security,” which measures the most secure countries among 162 worldwide. Ranking at the top of the index were Iceland, Denmark, Austria, New Zealand, and Switzerland. In the Middle East and Maghreb, Qatar ranke ...

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Two Suspected Cases of Ebola in Casablanca

Rabat- Two Sub-Saharan Africans suspected of having the Ebola virus are causing panic in Casablanca. They are currently being quarantined at the Moulay Youssef Hospital. According to the Moroccan daily Asabah in its Monday edition, two Sub-Saharan Africans, a woman and a child, arrived in Casablanca on Saturday and are suspected of carrying the Ebola virus. Both patients were transported to the Moulay Youss ...

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Amazigh Culture Celebrated in Rabat

Marrakech - The Royal Institute of Amazigh Culture (IRCAM) celebrated the 13th anniversary of the Ajdir speech of King Mohammed VI on Friday.  During the event, the organizing committee, led by Saad Eddine Othmani, former Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, and head of the National Council for Justice and Development party (PJD), presented 13 awards for contributions to  Amazigh culture. The awards were g ...

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Borders Shooting: Algerian Wickedness vs. Moroccan Passivity

By Majid Morceli Sand Francisco- On Saturday, the Moroccan government said that an Algerian soldier had fired on Moroccan civilians on the northeast at the border with Algeria, badly wounding one of them. The Algerians quickly called the accusations “misleading”, and said that Morocco is fabricating the story. Their version of the events says that “A group of Moroccan smugglers hurled stones at Algerian bor ...

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