Delivery of Public Services in MENA Fails to Meet Citizens’ Needs: WB

Rabat - A new report released Thursday by the World Bank has shown that the delivery of essential public services in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) "is failing to meet the needs of citizens and continues to be a source of widespread dissatisfaction." The report, titled "Trust, Voice and Incentives, learning from local success stories in service delivery in the Middle East and North ...

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Yarmouk: A Catastrophe Made in Israel

London - The news and social media is suddenly filled with people who want to highlight the plight of the Palestinians in Yarmouk. Many of these ‘concerned’ writers however, are drawing parallels between what is happening in Yarmouk now and last summer’s bombings in Gaza. According to some mainstream media, the pro-Palestine community is shamefully silent ‘when Israel is not to blame’. BBC reports from #Yar ...

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Morocco’s Jamal Benomar Steps Down as UN Envoy to Yemen

New York- According to a note sent to UN correspondents, Jamal Benomar, the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Yemen, has expressed an interest in moving to another assignment after spending four years mediating between Yemeni factions.  According to a note sent to UN correspondents, Morocco’s Jamal Benomar, the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Yemen, has expressed an interest in moving ...

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Rabat, Doha to Promote Judicial Cooperation

Doha - Minister of Justice and Freedoms Mustapha Ramid held, here Monday, talks with several senior Qatari officials on the means to promote bilateral judicial cooperation. The Moroccan minister met with Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, his peer Hassan bin Lahdan al-Mohannadi, Qatar's Attorney General Ali Bin Fetais Al Marri and President of th ...

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Saudi Grand Mufti Denies Issuing Fatwa Allowing Husbands to Eat Wives’ Body

Rabat - Saudi Arabia’s grand Mufti has denied issuing a fatwa allegedly allowing a husband to chop up his wife and eat her body in the event of extreme hunger. In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Saudi Arabia’s grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Sheikh stressed that the fatwa attributed to him was “false.” Several media reports had stated that he allegedly issued a fatwa that would per ...

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France’s SNCF: Moroccan Workers Demand Equal Rights with French Colleagues

Rabat -  More than 823 Moroccan railway workers and others of Moroccan origin called on the France's national state-owned railway company (SNCF) to end the discrimination they suffer at the workplace. According to Le Monde, the Moroccan workers are complaining about the railway company’s discriminatory treatment and their lack of equality with their colleagues of French nationality. These railway employees ...

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Morocco Advocates Political Solution to Syrian Crisis- FM

Kuwait   -  Morocco advocates an adequate political solution to the Syrian Crisis and spares no effort in bringing humanitarian assistance to Syrian citizens affected by the conflict, Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar said on Tuesday in Kuwait city. Speaking at the third international donors conference for Syria, Mezoaur stressed the need for more humanitarian assistance and called the international comm ...

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Egyptian President Receives Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane

Sharm el-Sheikh- Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Sissi received Head of government Abdelilah Benkirane on Sunday, on the sidelines of the 26th Arab Summit which is being held in Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt. Benkirane said, after the talks with Egypt's head of state, that the friendly meeting was an occasion to discuss the Moroccan-Egyptian ties, the latest developments in the Arab World as well as the two coun ...

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Morocco to Provide All Kinds of Support to Military Coalition in Yemen

Rabat   - Morocco will back the coalition defending the legitimacy in Yemen by providing political, intelligence, logistics and military support, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday in a statement. "In response to a request by Yemeni legitimate President Abdrabbou Mansour Hadi and based on support to the legitimacy in Yemen and solidarity with its champions, as well as steady commitment to the defense of ...

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Al Jazeera Condemns Attack on Its Sanaa Bureau

Rabat - Al Jazeera Media Network condemned the invasion of Houthi rebels on its bureau in the Yemeni capital. Armed Houthis stormed the bureau in Sanaa as guards reported that the rebels destroyed security cameras, smashed the entrance door and ransacked the office contents. An Al Jazeera spokesperson said: “We condemn these unacceptable actions. They will however not stop us from continuing our duty as jou ...

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Morocco Expresses Solidarity With Saudi Arabia’s Military Action Against Houtis

Rabat - Morocco expressed, on Wednesday, full solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its full support to legitimacy in Yemen. The Kingdom of Morocco is closely following with great concern the latest serious developments in the Republic of Yemen consisting in the use of force and violence as well as attempts to sap national Yemeni dialogue and undermine legitimacy, the foreign ministry said in a st ...

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Morocco Calls for Rapidly Mending Saudi-Sweden Row

Rabat - Morocco called for a rapidly mending the row between Saudi Arabia and Sweden in favor of a normalization of bilateral relations on the basis of mutual respect and constructive cooperation, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. The call was made during the reception of Sweden’s Ambassador to Morocco at the headquarters of the foreign ministry in Rabat, the statement said. During the ...

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