Morocco Expresses Solidarity With Saudi Arabia’s Military Action Against Houtis

Rabat - Morocco expressed, on Wednesday, full solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its full support to legitimacy in Yemen. The Kingdom of Morocco is closely following with great concern the latest serious developments in the Republic of Yemen consisting in the use of force and violence as well as attempts to sap national Yemeni dialogue and undermine legitimacy, the foreign ministry said in a st ...

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Saudi-led Coalition Starts Airstrikes Agaisnt Houti Rebels in Yemen

Rabat - In a new twist in the arms wrestling between Saudi Arabia and Iran in the proxy war they are waging in Yemen, the Saudi kingdom has started a series of airstrikes against the Houti rebels, a Shia group supported by Iran. The announcement was made on Wednesday evening by Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, the Saudi Ambassador to the United States, who said that the military operations started at 7 pm Est time ...

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Morocco, UAE Sign Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement

Rabat - Morocco and the United Arab Emirates signed, on Tuesday in Casablanca, a cooperation agreement providing for mutual administrative assistance in customs matters. The new agreement aims at facilitating trade between the two countries and promoting cooperation between their respective customs services, the central administration of Morocco's customs said in a statement sent to MAP on Thursday. The agr ...

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Old Fatwa Dictates “Religious Duty” to Destroy Pyramids and Sphinx

Rabat - A fatwa issued in 2012 from a Qatari-owned online portal, Islam Web, saying that it is a “religious duty” to destroy ancient monuments to the pharaohs has created a buzz on social media this week.  The Fatwa (religious edict) was picked up by several independent Egyptian news outlets and TV shows causing a controversy. A question posted on the website reads, “I heard a fatwa from a Salafist Sheikh t ...

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Saudi Arabia Ranks Third in the World in Military Spending

Rabat- Saudi Arabia has become the world's third leading country in terms of military spending, according to a report published by the Wall Street Journal. Weapon purchases by the oil-rich monarchies of the Arab Gulf grew significantly in 2014 in light of the military threats in the region, including the threat posed by the terrorist organization the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as ISIS or ISIL, and c ...

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Saudi Cleric Rejects Earth’s Rotation, Becomes Internet Laughing Stock

Rabat - Saudi Cleric has become an overnight internet laughing stock after he claimed that the Sun revolves around the Earth and not the other way around, rejecting in the process a centuries-old scientific fact that the Sun is stationary while planet Earth and other planets rotate around it. A video recently posted on YouTube shows the Saudi cleric, Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari, answering a student question o ...

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Bahrain Closes News Channel Owned by Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal

Rabat - Bahrain announced the closure of a new pan-Arab news channel owned by Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal less than ten days after its launch. "It has been decided to halt the activities of Alarab, the channel not having received the necessary permits," a statement from the Bahrain Information Affairs Authority said on Monday. Launched on February 1, the Alarab News Channel was on air for on ...

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Saudi Royals Behind 9/11 Terrorist Attacks: Former Al-Qaeda Operative

By Kristina Fried Rabat - A former member of Al-Qaeda has formally accused a number of Saudi Princes of being behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of almost 3,000 people. Members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family are being sued by the families of the victims of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center by Al-Qaeda in 2001 for their supposed involvement with the terrorist organizati ...

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UAE Suspends Airstrikes Against Islamic State Following Pilot Capture

Rabat - U.S. officials said that the United Arab Emirates, a key member of the US-led coalition against the so-called the Islamic State (IS), has suspended its attacks following the downing of a Jordanian F16 warplane and the capture of its pilot in December, who was later burned alive. "I can confirm that UAE suspended airstrikes shortly after the Jordanian pilot's went down," an official told the news age ...

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New Fatwa Prohibits Building Snowman in Saudi Arabia

Agadir - Following the recent snowfall in the north of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Mohammad Saleh Al Munajid formally prohibits building snowman, describing it as idols worship. “Who said building a snowman is an innocent activity”? Said Mohammad Saleh Al-Munajid, one of the most influential sheikhs of Saudi Arabia,who has just issued a Fatwa prohibiting the hobby of snowman building. At IslamQA.info, where the Sh ...

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Saudi Arabia: Draft Law Obliges Television Anchors to Wear Traditional Abaya

Rabat - Saudi Arabia's Shura Council is moving forward to consider new amendments to its audiovisual law , which would force female television anchors on Saudi-funded channels to wear an abaya and scarf. Multiple reports said that Noura Al-Odwan, a female member of the council, convinced the Saudi Culture and Media Affairs committee to take the initiative to present the controversial amendments to lawmakers ...

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Saudi Scholar Under Fire For Saying Women Not Required to Wear Veil

Rabat - A Saudi scholar came under fire over the weekend after he stated on a television program on the Saudi MBC channel on Saturday that women are not required to wear the veil in Islam. To make his point, he appeared with his wife, who did not wear a veil. Echoing a series of tweets he has been posting on his Twitter account over the past couple of weeks, the controversial Saudi scholar and former head o ...

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