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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Morocco: French Pedophile Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

Rabat - A French pedophile who sexually abused nine Moroccan children has been sentenced to two years in prison, according to Agence France Press (AFP). The elderly French identified as Jean-Luc G must also pay 40,000 Dirhams in damages to the Moroccan Human Rights Association (AMDH) and a symbolic Dirham to the benefit of other associations. One of the plaintiffs' lawyers was quoted by AFP as saying they a ...

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Abdellatif Zaghnoun, New boss of the CDG

Rabat - King Mohammed VI appointed Abdellatif Zaghnoun as general manager of the deposit and management fund (Caisse de Depot et de Gestion) on Thursday. At the meeting of the council of Ministers chaired by the King in Fez, the chief of Taxes Abdellatif Zaghnoun has been appointed new general manager of the Deposit and Management Fund (CDG) upon proposal of the head of government and at the initiative of t ...

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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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Eradicating underage Marriage Cant’ Be Achieved Without a Change in Mentalities: Minister

By Ferdaws, Aharrar Rabat – Eradicating underage marriage in Morocco requires serious changes to the socioeconomic situation throughout the country, the legal provisions and people’s mentalities, said Mustapha Ramid, Minister of Justice and Freedoms. In response to a question posed at the House of Councilors on Tuesday, Ramid explained that countries such as Spain, Belgium, France and Finland “have legalize ...

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Amazigh New Year in the United States

By Joshua Kohen Boston - From the moment you enter the giant hall, you might think you are in North Africa. The giant Amazigh flags plastered on the walls, guests in traditional garb, and Amazigh music playing in the background might have you fooled. But no, this is not North Africa. This is the Annual Amazigh New Year (Yennayer) Event in Boston, Massachusetts.  For the past several years, the Amazigh commu ...

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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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Religious Leadership: Morocco to Train 102 Guinean Imams

Rabat- After difficult exams, the Republic of Guinea has chosen 102 young men to be sent to Morocco for a two-year training as Imams. During two years course, the Guinean men will be instructed in reciting the Quran and studying and analyzing about 150 hadith, or sayings of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). This training is part of a long-term cooperative agreement between Morocco and Guinea. 6,570 Guineans have ...

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UNDEF Project Helps Create the Moroccan Network of Local Youth Councils

By Adil Bentahar Casablanca - As part of the ‘Engaging Civil Society and Youth in Public Policy Dialogue in North Africa’ project, the Moroccan Center for Civic Education (MCCE), supported by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and in collaboration with the Moroccan Center for Youth and Democratic Reforms, held the National Meeting ‘Local Youth Councils: Experiences and Projects’. The event, which was ...

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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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Morocco, France’s Major partner in fighting terrorism: French PM

Paris -  French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said, here Wednesday, that Morocco is a major partner of France in the fight against terrorism, radical Islam and drug trafficking. "France is a friend of Morocco, and Morocco is the friend of France," Valls said in response to a question from Chairman of the French-Moroccan friendship group in the National Assembly, Luc Chatel, on the situation of French-Moroccan ...

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