EU Court Unlists Hamas from Terrorist Blacklist

Rabat - A European Union court has annulled the bloc's decision to keep the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on a list of terrorist organizations. The Wednesday decision was based on technical grounds and does "not imply any substantive assessment of the question of the classification of Hamas as a terrorist group," says the court. The EU court maintained the measures against the group for a period of th ...

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Saudi Scholar Under Fire For Saying Women Not Required to Wear Veil

Rabat - A Saudi scholar came under fire over the weekend after he stated on a television program on the Saudi MBC channel on Saturday that women are not required to wear the veil in Islam. To make his point, he appeared with his wife, who did not wear a veil. Echoing a series of tweets he has been posting on his Twitter account over the past couple of weeks, the controversial Saudi scholar and former head o ...

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Egyptian Woman Commits Suicide Because of Sexual Harassment

Fez- Last Wednesday, a 19-year-old Egyptian woman jumped off a bridge into the Nile River as a reaction to being sexually harassed in public. Civil society organizations condemned the act and called for a reform in the penal code concerning the gender disparity in order to help stop this endemic. The Egyptian media, however, has remained silent about the incident. The tragic event occurred when an anonymous ...

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Egypt: Police Destroy a Café of Atheists in Cairo

Rabat - Egyptian police on Sunday reportedly destroyed a café of atheists in the Hay Al Abidine district in Cairo. During the destruction, residents who live near the café expressed their joy and denounced the atheists, local media reported. Egypti’s Youm7 quoted the head of Hay Al Abidin Jamal Mohi as saying that the café was located on Avenue Al Falaki in downtown Cario, and “it was a resort for atheists ...

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Irish Lower House Passes Motion to Recognize the Palestinian State

Rabat - Ireland's lower house of Parliament has unanimously approved a nonbinding resolution calling on the government to formally recognize the state of Palestine. The measure passed late Tuesday calls for a state of Palestine on the basis of the 1967 borders with eastern Jerusalem as its capital. Ireland's Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan told the Associated Press that his government is considering recog ...

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Moroccan F-16 Carry Out Airstrikes Against ISIS

Rabat - Moroccan F-16s have reportedly carried out their first air raids against the strongholds of the terrorist organization the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, formerly known as ISIS or ISIL. According to daily newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum in its December 10th issue, four F-16 Moroccan fighters have begun bombing locations belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The Moroccan air raids focused on ...

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Saudi Cleric Says Women Are not Required to Wear Hijab, Can Put Makeup

Rabat - A new fatwa against wearing Hijab has been issued last week by a Saudi Cleric who said that “Islam doesn’t require women to wear veil,” adding that women can put makeup on, take pictures for themselves and post them on social media networks. The fatwa was issued by Saudi Arabia’s former head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Makkah, Ahmed bin Qassim al-Ghamidi. ...

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UAE police Arrest suspect in American woman killing

The UAE police arrested the main suspect in the stabbing to death of an American woman in an Abu Dhabi mall, the Interior Ministry announced on Thursday. In a statement posted on the ministry's Twitter account, Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, deputy prime minister and minister of interior, announced: “The face-covered suspect is now in police custody.” “With God’s grace & exceptional follow-up by UAE ...

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Parliament Approves Military Cooperation Between Morocco and UAE

Rabat- The House of Representatives Committee of Foreign Affairs approved on Monday a law supporting military cooperation between Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. The law allows the Moroccan government to provide military, security, and logistical support to the United Arab Emirates to help them fight terrorism. This agreement, which aims at enhancing cooperation in the military, security, and defense ...

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Saudi Woman Stuck at Border for Defying Driving ban

RIYADH - A Saudi Arabian woman who tried to drive into the kingdom from the United Arab Emirates said on Monday she is stuck at the frontier and unable to pass. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world which does not allow women to drive. "I have been at the Saudi border for 24 hours. They don t want to give me my passport nor will they let me pass," Loujain Hathloul said in a Tweet at around midday, b ...

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Three Moroccans Among 30 Outstanding Arab Women

Marrakech – Saudi Sayidati Magazine released its list of the 30 most outstanding Arab women of the third quarter of 2014. The list included three Moroccans: Bassima Hakkaoui, Hakima El Haiti, and Fatima Nejjar. Bassima Hakkaoui, Minister of Solidarity, Women, Family, and Social Development, was the first exceptional woman in Morocco, according to the Magazine. She was recognized for her famous speech to the ...

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Al Walid Bin Talal to buy Olympique Marseille?

Rabat - New rumors suggest that Ligue 1 leaders Olympique Marseille could be bought by Saudi multi-billionaire Al Walid Bin Talal, the world's 35th richest man. According to French sports Magazine L'Equipe on Monday, OM can be bought for around 100 to 150 million euros. These initial estimates will undoubtedly pose no problem to potential buyer Prince Al Walid Bin Talal who is estimated to be worth $26 bill ...

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