Supermarket Chain Sells Halal-Certified Food Containing Pig Blood

Rabat - Aldi, a supermarket chain in the U.K., has created an uproar among Muslims after the company was caught selling food products that contain pig’s blood and skin labelled as Halal. Made by Scottish company Punjab Pakora, the product was reportedly labelled halal by mistake with a UK Health Code stamp, despite containing traces of pork blood and skins. According to the Independent, the company “apologi ...

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Afghanistan’s Floundering Billion Dollar Drug War Uncovered

By Kevin Kriedemann London- In an eye-opening investigation that spanned several months, Al Jazeera’s documentary programme 101 East exposes the murky world of Afghanistan’s drug networks and reveals government shortcomings that have made the country ground zero in the global war against drugs. In Afghanistan, it’s a failing war. Despite the U.S. pumping $7.6 billion into the country’s counter-narcotics fig ...

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A Chinese Father Sells His Dignity to Save His Sick Son

By Amine Mechaal Rabat - With a horse-head helmet and a sign reading: “Five yuan ($0.80) per ride. Good Samaritans, please ride on me,” a 38-year-old Chinese father tries to raise money for his sick son in the streets of China. Since last Wednesday, Chinese social media has been shedding light on Chen Yuntao after he offered rides-for-money to passengers on a street in Hefei, the capital city of Anhui Provi ...

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Microsoft to Hire People with Autism

Fez - Microsoft is launching a program to hire autistic people in positions available at the registered office of the American company. The software company will launch an ad hoc pilot program as a social responsibility program with a strategic interest in integrating employees with autism into the job market. The announcement was revealed on the occasion of the World Day of Autism Awareness on April 3, on ...

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French Channel TV5 Monde Hacked by ISIS

Fez - TV5 Monde, the international French-language television channel based in Paris and broadcasted in 200 countries was the victim of a powerful hacking attack by Islamist group dubbed “Cyber Caliphate.”  The channel’s website and several Twitter and Facebook pages were victims of a coordinated cyberattack on Wednesday, April 8. The attack was claimed by the Islamist group “Cyber Caliphate” which disabled ...

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Morocco Put ‘Great Effort’ to Rescue Spanish Cavers – Rajoy

Madrid - Morocco put "great effort" to rescue the three Spanish cavers who were trapped in a deep ravine in the province of Ouarzazate, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Monday. "The Moroccan authorities put great effort and mobilised all available means" in the rescue operation of the three Spanish cavers who were trapped in a hard-to-reach area, said Rajoy in an interview with national radio (R ...

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Court action taken to free Al Jazeera’s Nigerian journalists

By Kevin Kriedemann London - Legal action has been taken to declare the Nigerian military’s detention of two Al Jazeera journalists as “illegal and unconstitutional.” The Motion on Notice filed today in Abuja’s high court seeks the enforcement of Ahmed Idris and Ali Mustafa’s “fundamental rights to personal liberty and human dignity” under the Nigerian constitution. It also seeks a court order for their imm ...

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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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