Palestine Officially a Member of the International Criminal Court

Rabat - Palestine has officially become a member of the International Criminal Court. Palestine officially became the 123rd member of the International Criminal Court on Wednesday. The Palestinian authority can now call the ICC to investigate possible war crimes committed by Israel in the Gaza Strip. ICC membership comes after Palestine gained UN observers status and was recognized as an independent state b ...

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Moroccan Salafists Hail Saudi Arabia’s Military Intervention in Yemen

Rabat - Moroccan Salafists have expressed solidarity with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia in its “Decisive Storm” military operation in Yemen targeting Houthi rebels. According to Yabiladi news website, Hammad El Kabbaj, a leading figure of the Salafi movement in the city of Marrakech, organized a "literary evening" to applaud Saudi Arabia's military intervention in Yemen which aims to repel Houthi militias. Du ...

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Oil prices in Morocco: Diesel Oil Down, Premium Gasoline up

Rabat   -  The prices of diesel oil will drop starting April 1, 2015, while those of premium gasoline will increase, the Ministry of General Affairs and governance announced on Tuesday. The prices of diesel oil will decline by 29 cents per liter to reach 8.67 MAD/liter, while the price of premium gasoline will increase by 4 cents to reach 10.35 MAD/liter, the ministry added in a statement. The prices will b ...

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Environmental Degradation Costs Morocco 4% of GDP: Minister

Fez  -  The total cost of environmental degradation is estimated at 4% of GDP, said Minister Delegate in charge of the Environment Hakima El Haite. Speaking at a conference in Fez on local environmental challenges, the Minister made it clear that the environment is a key dimension in all economic sectors. In this respect, she pointed out to the national solid waste treatment program which will be implemente ...

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Morocco Advocates Political Solution to Syrian Crisis- FM

Kuwait   -  Morocco advocates an adequate political solution to the Syrian Crisis and spares no effort in bringing humanitarian assistance to Syrian citizens affected by the conflict, Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar said on Tuesday in Kuwait city. Speaking at the third international donors conference for Syria, Mezoaur stressed the need for more humanitarian assistance and called the international comm ...

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Morocco’s External Debt Rises to MAD 277 Billion in 2014

Rabat - Morocco’s external debt rose by 18.3% to stand at 277.7 billion dirhams in 2014 compared to 234.7 billion dirhams in 2013, Economy and Finance Ministry said. With this increase, external debt equaled 30.3% of GDP in 2014 against 26.9% in 2013, the same source said. The same source noted a 31.8 billion dirham increase in external debt of public institutions and enterprises and an 11.2 billion hike in ...

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Morocco Dismantles New IS-Linked Terrorist Cell in Fez

Rabat - The Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ), an offshoot of Morocco’s domestic intelligence agency (DGST), has dismantled a new terrorist cell in Fez that was recruiting Moroccan wannabe fighters to join the ranks of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization in Syria and Iraq, said the Ministry of interior in a statement. The statement said that investigations conducted by the Central Bu ...

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In Pictures: Best Performing Football Players Since January 1

Rabat - The CIES Football Observatory study released its study March 31, analyzing the performances of players in Europe’s leading leagues since January 1. Top forwards Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich) Bas Dost (Wolfsburg) Luis Suarez (Barcelona) Diego Costa (Chelsea)                                              Top attacking midfielders (Chelsea) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Jesus Navas (Man C ...

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Moroccan Ministers Provided With Armored Vehicles Over Terrorist Threats

Rabat - Mohammed VI has reportedly put armored vehicles at the disposal of members of the government and the country's senior officials following the threats issued by terrorist groups to assassinate many Moroccan politicians and public figures. According to Akhbar Al Yaoum daily newspaper on its April 1st issue, King Mohammed VI has granted three armored vehicles to three ministers, namely head of governme ...

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Messi best forward in 2015, Ronaldo far behind

Rabat - Barcelona star Lionel Messi has been named the best forward in 2015 on a list of top attackers, according to a CIES Football Observatory study. The Dutch Arjen Robben, who plays for German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, and his fellow striker, Bas Dost, who plays for Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg, came second and third respectively. The study, which listed the players according to their performance ...

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King Mohammed VI Wants Moroccans to Respect Him: Minister

Rabat- Minister of Justice Mustapha Ramid said that King Mohammed VI ordered him to refrain from pressing charges against any citizen, "even those who talk ill of him." "The King does not want to suppress Moroccans, but he wants them to respect him," he said. Mustapha Ramid, who was speaking at a workshop on "the reform of the justice system in the Arab world: the experience of Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt," ...

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Nigeria elections: Muhammadu Buhari Defeats Goodluck Jonathan

Rabat - Presidential elections in Nigeria have been won by former General Muhammadu Buhari. With all but one of Nigeria's 36 states counted, General Muhammadu Buhari held a lead of more than three million votes over opponent, Goodluck Jonathan. The latter has conceded defeat and called Nigeria's new President to congratulate him on his victory. It is the first time in Nigeria's history to see a sitting pres ...

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