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A Moroccan Among the 10 Funniest People in the World

Marrakech- French-Moroccan comedian Mustapha El Atrassi is among the 10 funniest people in the world due to his recent success in an international competition of stand-up comedy, in which 41 countries are participating. El Atrassi managed to reach the semi-final of the competition launched by comedian Jamie Masada, owner of the American chain of comedy clubs "Laugh Factory." Jamie Masada, who is himself a s ...

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UAE: Saudi Customer Helps Woman Forced into Prostitution Return to Morocco

Rabat- Two Arab women are on trial for women trafficking by Dubai’s Criminal Court, according to the emirates247. The two defendants were reportedly prosecuted for exploiting a Moroccan woman, who was lured into the UAE with promises of working in a beauty salon, but found herself forced into prostitution. Upon her arrival in Dubai on January 24, the Moroccan victim learned that her job was prostitution. Wo ...

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Woman Expelled from French Opera House Because of Veil

Marrakech- A veiled woman was kicked out of Paris’s famous Bastille opera house on Monday under the anti-face-covering law that France adopted in 2011. The woman was seated in the first row near the orchestra and in view of the performers on stage. At the end of the first act of La Traviata, the singers performing the opera threatened to not continue the show until she removed her veil and revealed her face ...

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Fatima Sadiqi Explores the Berber Dimension in Her ‘Moroccan Feminist Discourses’

Fez - Dr. Fatima Sadiqi is Professor of Linguistics and Gender Studies. She published her recent book "Moroccan Feminist Discourse" (260 pages) on September 18, 2014. The central idea of this book may be expressed in the following way: Berber, a historically women-associated language, is made official in the Moroccan 2011 Constitution: an unprecedented and unique event in the modern history of the country. ...

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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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“Halal Test”: New Device to Check for Pork and Alcohol in Food

Taroudant, Morocco - French company “la Société Capital Biotech” (biotech company) has developed a new product known as “Halal test,” a device that will allow Muslim consumers to detect the presence of pork or alcohol in food, according to Le Nouvel Observateur. Created by Franco-Algerian duo Abderrahmane Chaoui, a 25-year-old graduate graduate student in business, and French entrepreneur Jean-François Juli ...

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Malaysia: Muslims who Skip Friday Prayers Face Jail Sentence

Taroudant, Morocco - Muslim men in Kelantan, Malaysia, who are caught skipping Friday prayers three weeks in a row with no reasonable excuse may face a one-year jail sentence, according to the Kelantan Islamic Development Council, dakwah. Mohd Nassuruddin Daud, chairperson of the Council, said, “Those who have reached the age of maturity and have no concrete reason for skipping Friday prayers can be charged ...

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Moroccan Woman Home Locked Up by her Husband for Eight Years

Rabat - A woman in Casablanca has reportedly been released from a “home prison” sentence imposed by her husband, who kept her locked up for eight years in their home under the supervision of a pit-bull dog. According to the daily Al Massae, the victim, Fatima Q., 44 years, was detained by her husband for eight years under the supervision of a pit-bull dog. The same source added that the family of the victim ...

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Development Visions to Eradicate Extreme Poverty

Marrakech - The world’s most extreme poor are located primarily in rural places. Clearly, people’s proximity (or lack of) to city centers of decision-making, power and relative affluence is a determining factor in their life experience, alongside other conditions that lead to the systemic poverty experienced by rural families. Addressing rural impoverishment involves implementing projects relating to water ...

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New York Muslim Imams Denounce ISIS

Taroudant, Morocco - Following Muslim imams and scholars based in the UK that condemned the “oppressive and tyrannical self-styled Caliphate,” Muslims in New York have in turn launched a campaign, led by the Islamic Leadership Council, to denounce the rise of extremist groups, particularly Daesh or ISIS, also known as the Islamic State. According to a statement from the Islamic Leadership Council, which rep ...

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Morocco Pays Tribute To Swedish Ambassador Who Converted to Islam

Marrakech - Mohammed Knut Johan Richard Bernström, a former Swedish diplomat, was born on Oct 22, 1919 and passed away on Oct 21, 2009. He converted to Islam, and, after he mastered Arabic and learned Quran by heart, he translated the Quran into the Swedish language. As a diplomat, he worked in Spain, France, Soviet Union, United States, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and Morocco. He was the Swedish ambassador ...

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Belgian Minister Under Fire for Racist Comments Against Moroccans

Rabat-The Belgian government is facing a storm of criticism after one of its Ministers made racist comments about Moroccan, Algerian, and Congolese immigrants and questioning their contribution to the development of the country. Theo Francken, Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration and a Flemish nationalist, doubted that Moroccan, Algerian and Congolese immigrants could add any value for Belgium. Media ...

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