New Round of Inter-Libyan Political Talks Begins in Morocco

Rabat - Stakeholders in the Libyan crisis started, Thursday afternoon in Skhirat (suburbs of Rabat), a new round of talks under the supervision of the UN support mission in Libya (UNSMIL). UNSMIL announced on Tuesday that the next round of the political dialogue will be held next week in Morocco, after all invited parties agreed to participate. The UN mission said in a statement that parties formally inform ...

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New Round Of Libyan Political Dialog to Be Convened in Morocco This Week

New York - The UN support mission in Libya (UNSMIL) announced that Morocco will host this week a new round of Libyan political dialog, after all parties that have been invited have agreed to participate. “The parties have formally communicated their decision to take part in the dialogue following close consultations with Special Representative of the Secretary-General Bernardino Leon during his visit to Tob ...

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Moroccan Shiite Group Denies Receiving Authorization to Open Office in Tangier

Rabat - In response to the communiqué issued on Wednesday by the city of Tangier in which it denied widely circulated rumors suggesting that it authorized a Shiite group called Al-Khat al-Rissali to operate in the city, Essam Al Hassani, a member of the aforementioned Shiite group said that they had not made any authorization request to the city of Tangier. Speaking to various local media outlets, Al Hassan ...

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Marrakech’s Djmaa El Fna Among the World’s Most Beautiful Squares

Rabat - Djemaa El-Fna square in Marrakech is ranked amongst the most beautiful squares in the world in a rating made by world's largest travel-guide publisher Lonely Planet.  Marrakech's Djemaa El-Fna ranked tenth most beautiful Square in the world. It was ranked third in previous rankings by Lonely Planet. Djemaa El-Fna was founded by Moroccan Amazigh dynasty the Almoravids between 1070 and 1072. It is one ...

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New York Recognizes Muslim Holidays

Rabat - The Mayor of New York city Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that public schools in his jurisdiction will now observe two Muslim holidays, Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr. The policy will begin in the coming school year. "This is a common-sense change," de Blasio said Wednesday, "and one that recognizes our growing Muslim community and honors its contributions to our city," reported the New York Times. ...

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Morocco’s CNDH Calls For National Debate On Death Penalty

Geneva  -  The National Human Rights Council (CNDH) called, on Wednesday in Geneva, for a large national debate on the abolition of death sentence. "CNDH is aware that the abolition of the death sentence stirs controversy within society which stresses the importance of opening a national debate on this issue," CNDH Secretary General Mohamed Sebbar said at a panel hosted by the EU delegation to the UN office ...

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Ten leading US security industry firms in Morocco to seek business partnerships

Rabat   -  A US commercial delegation of ten leading security industry firms led by assistant secretary of commerce for industry and analysis Marcus Jadotte is currently visiting Morocco with the aim of forging business and investment partnerships. This commercial delegation, on a visit to Morocco on March 4-6, aims at presenting the latest technologies geared towards infrastructure security and safety in M ...

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Aksal Group to Build New Morocco Mall in Rabat

Rabat - A new 6 hectares shopping mall featuring a big screen, a luxury hotel is set to be built in the capital Rabat. Aksal group, a group that holds exclusive rights in Morocco to distribute various fashion brands, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Wessal Capital, a Moroccan private equity investment fund with key partners from Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, for the ...

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Morocco Ranks Third Among Developing Countries in 2014 Internet Index

Rabat - With a score of 50.83 out of 100, Morocco is ranked third among developing countries in the 2014 Internet Affordability Index released by the Alliance for Affordable Internet, a coalition of private sector, public sector and civil society organizations whose objective is to make internet more affordable around the world. According to the report, although Rwanda secured the top spot among developing ...

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New Children’s Library Opens in the Heart of Fez

Fez - Many reports indicate a poor reading average in the Arab world. Morocco is no exception; thirty-three percent are illiterate.  Adding injury to insult is the lack of public libraries (only 313 in the entire country), a detriment to the Kingdom’s project to fight illiteracy and increase economic opportunities. The New Page Foundation conducted a survey in 2007, and found that fifty-one percent of Moroc ...

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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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Grand Taxis in Morocco: 113 New Taxis Already in Service

Taroudant - After the government decided to launch its renewal program for grand taxis last June as part of measures aimed at the development of taxi transport services, Dacia, the first brand to have launched jointly with the government a project dedicated to large taxis, has already sold 113 Lodgy Taxis as for February 24, 2015. According to a video posted on YouTube, 30% of these taxis were sold in the C ...

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