Oil Company SAMIR Accused of Smuggling Oil Outside Morocco

Fez - The problems of oil company SAMIR seem endless. Following a scandal over unpaid taxes, now a high-ranking Moroccan official has accused the CEO of the company, Saudi billionaire Mohamed Houssein El Amoudi, of smuggling fuel outside the country without paying taxes to the Moroccan state. Acording to Moroccan news website Hespress, the official, who asked not to be named, claimed that SAMIR smuggles one ...

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Morocco Expels France’s TF1 Journalists For Lack of Compliance

Rabat - Morocco has reportedly expelled a TV crew working for French channel TF1 for shooting an interview with the brother of Ayoub El Khazzani, the Moroccan who opened fire onboard a high-speed train bound for Paris on August 21st. On Friday, Moroccan authorities ordered the TF1 crew to leave Moroccan territory due to lack of permits. A report by Alyamou24 said the French journalists‘ cameras were confisc ...

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French Journalists who Blackmailed King Mohammed VI Face a Minimum of 5 Years in Jail

Rabat - King Mohammed VI’s French lawyer, Eric Dupont-Moretti has revealed that former French journalists, Eric Laurent and Catherine Graciet could face a minimum of five years in jail for their attempt to blackmail King Mohammed VI of Morocco. Eric Dupont-Moretti communicated with Moroccan media for the first time regarding this case and informed Media24 that punishment for blackmailing is the lesser of th ...

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Canadian Actress Shay Mitchell in Love with Morocco

Casablanca - The Pretty Little Liars (PLL) star, Shay Mitchell was left fascinated of what Marrakech had to offer during her short stay in Morocco. Shay Mitchell, born Shannon Ashley Mitchell (28), is a Canadian actress and model. She is best known for her role as Emily Fields in the successful American mystery television series called “Pretty Little Liars”. Before her fame, Shay’s first job was at a Canadi ...

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Morocco: Circle Oil Abandons Second Well in One Month Over Disappointing Results

Rabat - After abandoning the NFA-1 well located in Lalla Mimouna earlier this month, Irish energy company Circle Oil announced on Wednesday that it has plugged and abandoned the Ksiri South (KSS-A) exploration well on the Sebou permit in Morocco. In a press release, the Limerick-based company said the KSS-A well encountered unexpected rock composition, and as a result was plugged and abandoned in order to a ...

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Eight Moroccan Artists Take Part in a Program in the US

Rabat - Eight of the best young Moroccan artists are participating in an artistic program in the United States co-organized by the Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (MACECE) and the U.S. Embassy in Rabat. The program aims to teach the Moroccan artists about U.S. culture and contemporary art through the experience of American artists and their major role in the development of ...

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China Wants to Translate Over 25 Moroccan Books

Rabat - China is moving forward to translate 25 Moroccan books to Chinese, announced Hassan El Ouazzani, director of the Book Department at Morocco’s Ministry of Culture. Ouazzani made this announcement on the sideline of Morocco’s first participation in China’s International Book Fair 2015, hosted in Beijing. He said that Morocco’s ministry of culture will soon sign an agreement with China’s General Admini ...

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Number of Tourist Arrivals in Morocco Drops 2.9% in First Quarter of 2015

By Yasyn Mouhir Marrakech - According to the Directorate of Studies and Financial Projections of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, approximately 4.3 million tourists visited Morocco during the first quarter of 2015, a drop of 2.9 percent from the same period in 2014. The Directorate published a memorandum about Morocco’s economic status in August 2015. It showed that the decline in the number of French t ...

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Leon Reiterates Gratitude to Morocco for Supporting Inter-Libyan Peace Talks

New York (UN) - UNSG special representative for Libya Bernardino Leon reiterated, on Wednesday before the UNSC, his gratitude to Morocco for supporting the inter-Libyan dialogue process which led to the initialing, in June in Rabat, of a political agreement to put an end to the Libyan crisis. "I would like to express my heartfelt thanks and sincere gratitude to the Libyan leaders, as well as to countries wh ...

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Yemeni President Flies to Tangier to Meet Saudi King

Rabat - Yemeni President, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, is due to arrive on Thursday evening in Tangier, northern Morocco, to meet with Saudi Arabia’s king Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Morocco’s daily Alyamou24 news website quoted sources as saying that President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi is “expected to arrive in Tangier in the next few hours this Thursday, August 27th.” The same source noted that Abed Rabbo Man ...

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Marrakech’s ESAV Among Top 15 International Film Schools

Rabat - Marrakech's Ecole Supérieure des Arts Visuels (the School of Visual Arts) ESAV has been selected among the best international film schools, according to the Hollywood Reporter. ESAV has made it to a list of 15 film schools from around the globe "that might just produce the next generation of international film talent." The list includes film schools from Australia, China, Mexico, Italy, Germany, Cze ...

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After Tangier Money Truck Robbery, DGSN Presses Banks to Boost Security

Rabat - Following the attempted robbery of a cash-transit truck in Tangier, Morocco’s General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) has hired a special committee to carry out checks on banks’ security systems to detect any faults. DGSN is concerned that lax security at banks is one reason for the recent robbery attempts across Morocco, a security source told Daily Al Massaa newspaper. The same source went ...

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