Rabat to Hold a Forum on African Diplomacy

By Ferdaws Aharrar Rabat - The African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development (CAFRAD) will organize a forum to discuss African diplomacy from February 23 to 27in Rabat. The forum, organized in collaboration with the Foundation of Building the African Capacities (ACBF), will be held under the theme of “African Diplomacy and Diplomacy in Africa: How can diplomacy accompany the dynamic ...

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Ebola Threatens Economic Gains in Affected Countries

By Kingsley Ighobor The economic impact of the Ebola virus outbreak in the most affected countries — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — is still unravelling. Figures are being collected and it is still unclear when the deadly virus will be contained. Even the most optimistic projections paint an uncertain economic future for those countries. Even before the Ebola outbreak, these three West African countries ...

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Morocco Fined $10 Million by CAF

Rabat - The Confederation of African Football's Executive Committee (CAF) has decided during a meeting in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea that the Moroccan Football Federation will pay the sum of eight million and fifty thousand Euros (8.5 million Euros) in "compensation for all material damage sustained by CAF, stakeholders and partners as a result of the decision not to host AFCON 2015." CAF said in a statement ...

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Eq. Guinea-Tunisia match referee suspended for six month for ‘poor performance’

Rabat - The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has decided to suspend Mauritian referee, Rajindraparsad Seechurn, for six months for  “poor refereeing” folloowing his decision to award hosts equatorial Guinea a controversial penalty in their 2015 Afcon quarter final clash against Tunisia. The CAF Referees Committee said in a statement that the referee Rajindraparsad Seechurn failed to maintain calm and ...

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Algerian author Yasmina Khadra: “I don’t have the right to be Charlie”

By Kevin Kriedemann London - In this week’s episode of Talk To Al Jazeera, award-winning Algerian author and former military officer Yasmina Khadra discusses the Charlie Hebdoattack with Jacky Rowland. The Kouachi brothers - the gunmen - were born in France to Algerian immigrant parents, but Khadra says discussions of the terrorist’s nationality are irrelevant. “For me, the murder doesn’t have an identity. ...

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African-Americans “have it good,” compared to Africans, Akon

By Kevin Kriedemann London - In this Saturday’s episode of Talk To Al Jazeera to be premiered on Saturday, five-time Grammy nominee Akon tells Folly Bah Thibault that African-Americans should acknowledge “the rights… and the blessing they do, you know, have actual access to.”  Last year, the killings of Eric Garner in New York and Michael Brown in Ferguson led to protests against police brutality targeting ...

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Ebola disruption could spark fresh food crisis

By Franck Kuwonu As Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone battle the deadly Ebola virus outbreak and the world mobilizes to contain it, high food prices have been reported as farmers abandon their fields in the affected countries. The International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), a UN body that finances agriculture in poor countries, has warned that this could lead to a food crisis if adequate measures ...

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Liberians say ‘no’ to big hugs and handshakes to keep Ebola at bay

By Franck  Kuwonu and Lisa White* At the entrances to private and public buildings in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital, a new custom has emerged since the outbreak of the Ebola virus: visitors wash their hands upon entering and exiting. Tap buckets conveniently placed in hallways dispense a mixture of water and chlorine or bleach from which people wash their hands. Gone are some of Liberians’ endearing social ri ...

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Seven Moroccan women in Jeune Afrique’s 50 most powerful women in Africa

Rabat - Seven Moroccan women were selected among Jeune Afrique's 50 most powerful women in the African continent. The first Moroccan woman on the list is Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs & Cooperation, Mbarka Bouaida, who ranked 7th, followed by Fatiha Mejatti, the "black widow of Jihad" and a member of the Islamic State's (IS) media committee, who ranked 13th. Saida Karim Lamrani, v ...

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Morocco to Train 108 New Malian Imams

Marrakech - As part of its leading role in the fight against the extremist religious ideology that has emerged in Africa, Morocco has established a religious center in its capital city of Rabat to train imams in the teachings of tolerant Islam. A group of about 108 Malian imams arrived in Rabat on Monday as part of a royal initiative to train500 Muslim religious leaders in the country. The first group of Ma ...

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RAM Passengers to African Destinations up 16% in 2014

Rabat - Nearly 1.3 million passengers travelled to African destinations with Morocco’s flag carrier, Royal Air Maroc (RAM), during the period spanning from November 2013 and October 2014, that is a 16% year-on-year increase. During the same period, RAM operated 16,285 flights on 32 air routes towards African destinations, RAM said on Tuesday in a statement. The bulk of this increase is ascribed to nine air ...

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Ebola: A wake-up call for leaders

By: MasimbaTafirenyika Rabat- The recent outbreak of the Ebola virus epidemic in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has exposed the underbelly of many of Africa’s healthcare systems. They are often poorly funded, severely neglected and in some cases virtually nonexistent. The disease’s virulence has overwhelmed health systems that even before Ebola lacked basic equipment and facilities, medical staff and supp ...

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