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Canada raises ‘terrorism’ alert after soldier killed

Ottawa - Canada has raised its national "terrorism" alert, officials said, after a soldier run over by a suspected jihadist died in hospital. The alert level was raised from low to medium after authorities said a man they believed to be "radicalized" struck two officers with his car Monday, but authorities said the heightened alert was not "the result of a specific threat." "This level means that intelligen ...

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Bolivian man who abducted Moroccan girl living in Spain sentenced to 17 years

Madrid - A court in Bolivia imposed a 17-year prison sentence on a Bolivian man for abducting a ten-year old Moroccan girl living in Spain and holding her detained for 7 months, Spanish national TV TVE reported. The court in the central Bolivian province of Cochabamba found Grover Morales guilty of human trafficking and sexual abusem TVE added. The Moroccan girl, Nada, flew to Bolivia in August 2013 with Mo ...

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Spain Elected UN Security Council Non-permanent Member

Tangier - The United Nations on Thursday elected Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and Venezuela for non-permanent seats on the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on January 1, 2015. While Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Venezuela were elected at the first round, the General Assembly had to go for two more rounds to choose the remaining seat. Spain and Turkey were the two candidates competi ...

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UK Parliament Votes for Recognition of Palestinian State

Marrakech - On Monday, Labor MP Grahame Morris' House of Commons motion passed by 274 votes to 12. The motion read, "That this House believes that the government should recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel as a contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution." Less than half the House of Commons voted on the motion, which was supported by the Labor Party Leader Ed Miliband ...

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Alex Salmond says Britain ‘reneging on pledges’ after Scottish referendum

Marrakech - Less than a month after decisive defeat of the Scottish referendum on independence from the United Kingdom, Alex Salmond who is standing down as Scotland’s First Minister and is being replaced by Nicola Sturgeon, accused British Prime Minister David Cameron of betraying Scotland by reneging on pledges to grant more spending powers to the Scottish Parliament. His successor Nicola Sturgeon, echoed ...

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Malala Yousafzi Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Rabat - Pakistani young peace activist Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for her work in promoting children’s rights, including their right to education. She will share the award with India’s Kailash Satyarthi. The 17-year old Pakistani activist becomes the youngest winner of the Nobel Prize. "The Nobel Committee regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a P ...

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Govt. Concerned Over Netherlands’ Intention to Cancel Social Security Agreement with Morocco

Rabat - The Moroccan government voiced its concern over Netherlands' intention to unilaterally cancel the social security agreement with Morocco that was signed back in 1972. The cabinet, which convened on Thursday, expressed its concern over Netherlands' intention to unilaterally cancel social security agreement with Morocco, said Communication Minister, Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi at a pres ...

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Ebola patient in Texas dies: US hospital

France- A Liberian man who was the first person diagnosed with Ebola outside of Africa has died in a Texas hospital, officials said Wednesday. "It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7:51 am (1251 GMT)," said the statement from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas spokesman Wendell Watson. "Mr. Duncan succumbed ...

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Spanish PM urges dialogue over Catalonia independence bid

Madrid (AFP) - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Saturday called for dialogue as Catalonia leaders pressed ahead with a vote on independence in defiance of Madrid. "The law and dialogue, these are the ways out of the situation in Catalonia... no one is above the law," Rajoy said, adding: "I want us to stay together." His comments came a day after Catalan leaders said they would defy a Constitutional C ...

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2 Million Muslims Flock to Arafat on ‘Day of Arafat’

Rabat - More than two million prospective Hadjis who poured out of the Muslim holy city of Mecca to begin the annual Hajj, have flocked Arafat for the Waqfa Prayer. Mount Arafat is a granite hill in east of Mecca. It is also known as the Mount of Mercy (Jabal ar-Rahmah). The hill is the place where the Islamic prophet Muhammad stood and delivered the Farewell Sermon to the Muslims who had accompanied him fo ...

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Morocco, Spain to Consolidate Cooperation in Energy

Rabat - Morocco and Spain reiterated, on Monday, their determination to reinforce cooperation in the energy field. Rabat and Madrid emphasize "the importance of cooperation in the energy sector" to reinforce the momentum underway between the two countries in various fields, Spanish Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria, told the press following a meeting with the Minister of Energy, Mi ...

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Risks for US Advisers and the Need for Boots on the Ground

Marrakech - President Obama insists that he will not have “boots on the ground”in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but the line between a combat and an advisory role is perilously close, and memories of Vietnam still reverberate. Some 1,600 U.S. troops are being sent to Iraq, and they could become both targets and victims of kidnapping. They could also find themselves victims of ...

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