Co-Pilot of Germanwings Flight Crashed Plane on Purpose

Rabat - A French prosecutor has said that the co-pilot of Germanwings flight 4U 9525, which crashed into the French Alps killing all 150 people on board, including Moroccan nationals, deliberately set the Airbus A320 for a rapid descent. He was alone in the cockpit and refused to re-open the door for the captain who went out to use the restroom. At a press conference in Marignane, France, on Thursday, Marse ...

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Messi, the World’s Highest Paid Football Player

Rabat - Barcelona star Lionel Messi has been named the world's highest paid footballer. According to a survey conducted by French sports magazine France Football, Messi's total income for 2014 stood at $71.3 million. The income includes his wages at Barcelona and numerous sponsorship deals. Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is the second-highest paid football player with $59.2 million, while Barcelona's strik ...

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King Mohammed VI to Pay an Official Visit to Russia

Rabat - King Mohammed VI is expected to make an official visit to Russia soon, Russian news agency Sputnik reported on Thursday. "Russia and Morocco strengthen their bilateral cooperation and the forthcoming visit of King Mohammed VI to Moscow will contribute to it," said Sputnik, quoting Morocco's ambassador to Russia, Abdelkader Lachheb who had revealed to the news agency that "the upcoming visit of King ...

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Liverpool Fan Posts Picture of Two Muslims Praying, Calls it a ‘Disgrace’

Rabat- A Liverpool FC fan sparked social media uproar after posting a photo of two Muslims praying during the Reds’ FA Cup quarter-final against Blackburn Rovers last Sunday with an offensive statement saying '#DISGRACE'. Stephen Dodd wrote alongside the image that he posted- which was deleted- “Muslims praying at half time at the match yesterday #DISGRACE.” Later on, Dodd posted another tweet saying, “this ...

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Morocco Welcomes the International Awareness against Torture

Geneva - Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs Mbarka Bouaida welcomed, on Tuesday in Geneva, the growing international awareness against torture. Speaking at a high level panel held on the sidelines of the 28th session of the Human Rights Council, Bouaida recalled that Morocco, Chile, Denmark and Ghana launched a global initiative against torture on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention ...

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Germany: Hamburg officially recognizes Muslim holidays

Rabat- Hamburg, Germany, officially recognized Muslim holidays on Tuesday. In an unprecedented move in Germany, the decision will allow all Muslim students and employees to take a holiday during their religious ceremonies. Muslim students and school staff will benefit from three days off in the year; however, they have to catch up and make up the missed sessions. This new decision was introduced by an agree ...

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Obama Rejects Idea That West Is at War With Islam

By Kristina Fried Rabat - In his speech at the three-day conference held on Wednesday to combat extremism, Obama stated that “the notion that the West is at war with Islam is an ugly lie, and all of us, regardless of our faith, have a responsibility to reject it.” He added that leaders of Muslim nations need to do their part by doing “more to discredit the notion that our nations are determined to suppress ...

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Hate Speech Escalates in U.S: ‘Muslims Go Back Home and Take Obama With You’

Rabat - After the slew of heinous acts committed by the so-called Islamic State in the name of Islam, as well as the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, prejudice and discrimination against Muslims have escalated all over the world, and especially in the United States. Hatred of Muslims is demonstrated publically through the plastering of blasphemous symbols on the walls of the places of their worship, and vi ...

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Spain Spied on Moroccan Officials’ Computers Between 2007-2014

Rabat - A former Spanish spy has revealed that a large number of Moroccan personalities were being monitored by the Spanish intelligence agencies. David R. Vidal, a former North Africa-based contributor with Spain’s National Intelligence Center (CNI), told Spanish daily El Mundo that he was given orders in 2005 to develop a Trojan horse virus for intercepting phone calls and mobile phone data of  “people of ...

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Imams forced to dance in the street in religiously repressed Xianjang

By Kristina Fried Rabat - In the Muslim majority district of Xinjiang on Monday, imams were forced by the Chinese state to dance in the street holding banners that read “our income comes from the CKP not from Allah,” according to World Bulletin.  The imams were also made to swear an oath that they would not teach religion to children on the grounds that prayer "is unhealthy and harmful to the soul." Teacher ...

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France: University professor Fired For Refusing To Teach a Veiled Student

Rabat - A professor at the University of Paris 13 in Villetaneuse was reportedly dismissed from his duties on February 2 after refusing to give lessons before a veiled student in class. After 28 years of lecturing at the university, the professor, who is in charge of a course in insurance law attended by fifteen students, refused to give the lesson in the presence of a veiled student in his class who was si ...

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SwissLeaks or MediaWeaks? From Tax Fraud Debate to I Dream of a… Scandal

Tunisia - “Le Monde” and several international media sources revealed on February 8 data that was uncovered in an investigation called “SwissLeaks."  The result is  more than 203 billion USD in tax evasion aided and abetted by HSBC. The bank promised its customers to do its best to reduce "the impact of media intrusion into their private lives". The SwissLeaks case has not only revealed the bank scandal, bu ...

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