Young Girl Gets Highest Score in Morocco’s Baccalaureate Exam

Rabat - Inass El Moutaz, a high school student from El Jadida received the highest Baccalaureate exams score in Morocco, scoring 19.46 out of 20, the Ministry of Education announced on Friday. Baccalaureate results from the June session were announced late on Tuesday on the official website of the Ministry of Education and on Taalim.ma. In 2015, 22,186 students took the exam in the Doukkala-Abda region with ...

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Moroccan-Swedish Model Under Harsh Criticism for not Observing Ramadan

By Nahla Bendefaa Rabat - Over the past few days, the Facebook page of Moroccan-Swedish blogger and fashion model Kenza Zouiten has received many of negative comments about her Ramadan habits. Zouiten, who was born to a Moroccan father and Swedish mother, is the owner of one of the most read blogs in Sweden. During the month of Ramadan, she continued posting pictures of her meals on her Instagram and Facebo ...

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Fez to Be Illuminated by Its Household Waste

By Hajar Jannad Rabat - Fez, the country’s second largest city, will establish the first bioelectrical power plant in Morocco, costing about MAD 100 million. The project, the first of its kind in Morocco, will transform household waste into biogas that will bring electricity to Fez. This bioelectric power plant already produces more than one megawatt, satisfying 30% of Fez’s needs of electricity. The new pr ...

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Morocco to Renovate the Jewish Quarter of Marrakech

Rabat - In an effort to support cultural heritage and sustainable tourism development, Moroccan authorities have launched a conservation plan for the ancient medina of Marrakech. The conservation plan, which will be jointly financed by the Ministry of Housing and the Urban district of Marrakec, will cost an estimated MAD316 million, according to L'Economiste. The project includes renovating fondouks in the ...

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Moroccan Minister Blames Facebook’s Founder for Baccalaureate Exams leaks

Taroudant- On Wednesday June 24th, Rachid Benmokhtar, Minister of National Education and Vocational Training, said that he had contacted the Facebook administration for help in the investigation process initiated by his ministry and the interior ministry to find those involved in the recent leaks of the Moroccan Baccalaureate exams. Benmokhtar said that his ministry had contacted Facebook’s founder and CEO, ...

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Free Wi-Fi in Tangier Public Gardens

By Hajar Jannad Rabat - On the occasion of the 5th edition of the “salon regional du livre” held in Tangier from June 22 to 28 , Fouad El-Omari, the city’s mayor, announced that starting in July free outdoor Wi-Fi will be provided in public parks throughout the city. An outdoor public wireless internet network–available free of charge and lasting an hour–was already launched in Casablanca in collaboration w ...

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Nicole Elgrissy’s Dames de Cœur sur le Carreau Hits Moroccan Bookshelves

By Hajar Jannad Rabat - Moroccan Jewish writer Nicole Elgrissy has released her latest book on Moroccan women, entitled Dames de Coeur sur le Carreau.  The book reflects the lifestyle of Moroccan Jewish and Muslim women coexisting in harmony and creating a peaceful world for both communities. It highlights the social values that characterize Morocco, including solidarity, sociability, tolerance, and cohabit ...

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Morocco’s Chefchaouen Inspires Facebook’s Founder Mark Zukerberg

Rabat - Facebook has announced it is adding new features to the Instagram experience. The CEO of the social media giant, Mark Zukerberg, announced on Tuesday 'big improvements' to the online social networking service Instagram to help users discover trending landmarks and areas. In addition to Yosemite National Park in California, Zukerberg also shared on his official Facebook page pictures of the city of C ...

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Morocco: Violent Fights in Meknes Ahead of Sunset Prayer 

By Amin  Mechaal Meknes - Two men were taken to a local hospital following violent fights a few moments before Al-maghrib prayer call, in the Sidi Baba and Sidi Bouzekri neighborhoods in the city of Meknés.  The first fight erupted in the Sidi Bouzekri neighborhood, during which a person was seriously injured in the chest after his opponent stabbed him with a sword, before he was taken to the Mohammed V Hos ...

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Morocco: Petition Calls for Release of 2 Women Arrested for ‘Indecent Dress’

Rabat - An online petition has garnered 3,588 signatures so far. Posted on Avaaz.com, the petition was launched by Moroccan activities shortly after the arrest of two young Moroccan women for "indecent dress." Under the theme “wearing a skirt is not crime,” Moroccan bloggers and social activists drew up a petition against the mandatory dressing code in Morocco. They condemned the arbitrary arrest of two you ...

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Ramadan Survival Kit for Tourists and Non-Muslims in Morocco

Rabat - June 18th officially marks the start of Ramadan in many countries around the world, including Morocco. For the next month, practicing Muslims will participate in a period of fasting—but contrary to popular belief, a lot more is sacrificed during Ramadan than just food. During the holy month, Muslims are encouraged to abstain from their physical and mental desires to focus on spiritual reflection, pa ...

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Morocco Ranks First in North Africa in the 2015 Change Readiness Index

Rabat - Morocco is the country with the highest change readiness in North Africa, a new study has shown. The study conducted by Netherlands-based auditing company KPMG and Oxford Economic Group ranked Morocco in the 56th place in the 2015 Change Readiness Index (CRI). The index measured the effectiveness of governments, private and public enterprises, and people & civil society in 127 countries to antic ...

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