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Gulf Countries to Form a Military Alliance with Morocco, Egypt, Jordan

Taroudant, Morocco- More than a year after the Gulf Cooperation Council invited Morocco and Jordan to join a regional grouping before withdrawing their offer, the Gulf countries are now calling for Morocco to join them in a military alliance. According to Al Massae, the new military alliance will eventually include the 6 countries of the GCC, as well as Morocco, Jordan and Egypt. The GCC, which includes Sau ...

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Biadillah meets with president of foreign affairs committee at Bahraini house of representatives

Rabat - Speaker of the house of advisers Mohamed Sheikh Biadillah met, on Tuesday, with the president of the foreign affairs, defense, and national security committee at the Bahraini house of representatives, Saoussan Hajji Mohamed Taouqui who is leading a visiting MPs delegation to Morocco. The two sides discussed the distinguished relations between the Kingdoms of Morocco and Bahrain and means to further ...

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Qatar calls for dialogue in Egypt

Kuwait City — The emir of Qatar called Tuesday for "comprehensive dialogue" in Egypt to achieve political stability and insisted on good ties with Cairo which accuses Doha of supporting banned Islamists. "We wish Egypt, our elder sister, political stability and all the good for its people," said Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani at the opening of the Arab Summit in Kuwait. "We stress on the brotherly links we ...

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King Mohammed VI holds phone call with Emir of Qatar

Fez- King Mohammed VI on Sunday held a phone conversation with Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar. The conversation comes few days after Sheikh Abullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior paid a visit to Morocco. According to Qatar News Agency (QANA), during the phone call “the Emir and the Moroccan monarch discussed bilateral relations between t ...

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Will Saudi Arabia Jail Benkirane for his support for the Muslim Brotherhood?

Rabat- Saudi Arabia has officially declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. According to the new Saudi “law”, any person who supports the Muslim Brotherhood could face up to 30 years in Jail. The New York Times wondered in a news story if this decision is to extend to all the Islamist leaders, including Abdelilah Benkirane, the head of the Moroccan government and Secretary General of the Pa ...

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Moroccan Housemaid Imprisoned, Raped by Saudi Employer

Casablanca- A young Moroccan housemaid has been imprisoned and raped by her employee in Saudi Arabia for three months now. According to daily Assabah, a young Moroccan housemaid was enslaved and raped by her employer in Saudi Arabia. The Moroccan housemaid had traveled to Saudi Arabia in November 2013, where she worked as a housemaid mainly taking care of a Saudi businessman's mother. According to her famil ...

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US: committed to Gulf security despite own energy wealth

Abu Dhabi - The United States is committed to preserving security in the oil-rich Gulf region despite its growing energy independence, US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said on Sunday. "The United States and the UAE share a commitment to preserve security and stability throughout the Gulf," Pritzker told a business forum in Abu Dhabi. "That commitment will not change even as the United States becomes mor ...

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Hotel blaze kills 12 pilgrims in Saudi holy city

RIYADH- A fire killed 12 people and injured 130 others in a hotel where pilgrims had been staying in the Saudi holy city of Medina on Saturday, state-run news agency SPA reported. Officials did not identify the victims but said around 700 pilgrims had been staying in staying at the hotel in Medina, in western Saudi Arabia, to perform the omra, or minor, pilgrimage. Television stations in Egypt said Egyptian ...

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UAE jails 30 Emirati and Egyptian Islamists

ABU DHABI - A court on Tuesday jailed a group of 30 Emiratis and Egyptians to terms ranging from three months to five years for forming a Muslim Brotherhood cell, a judicial source said. The cell comprised 10 Emiratis and 20 Egyptians, including six who remain at large and were sentenced in absentia. The Egyptians will be deported after serving their sentences, the source told AFP. The group is banned in mu ...

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Winds of Change: First Woman-Owned Law Firm Opens in Saudi Arabia

By Sarah Bakhsh Washington- Recent developments in modern Saudi society have demonstrated that despite the concerns of conservatives and the challenges that women in Saudi Arabia face, Saudi women are making significant advances. The first Saudi women’s law firm, led by Bayan Zahran, opened its doors on January 1, 2014, just months after the first four women lawyers were licensed to practice law as advocate ...

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Will the Saudi “penguin dance” become the new Harlem Shake?

A new dance style known as the “Penguin Dance” has witnessed a wave of popularity among Saudi youth. Unlike other popular dances such as “Harlem Shake” and “Gangam Style,” most “Penguin Dance” videos are being circulated from the kingdom. The dance steps originate from Finnish folklore, but has more recently been mixed with music from a penguin cartoon by an Albanian man who dedicated the song to his sister ...

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Saudi ‘suspends SMS to guardians’ when women travel

Saudi Arabia has suspended a programme that notifies the male guardians of female relatives, who may only travel abroad with their permission, once the women leave the country, a newspaper reported Tuesday. Since November 2012, Saudi women's male guardians have been sent an SMS message informing them when women under their custody leave, even if they are travelling together. The programme, which was strongl ...

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