Morocco Evacuate 85 Apts. Illegally Occupied By Sub-Saharan Immigrants

Rabat - Moroccan authorities on Wednesday evacuated some 85 apartments illegally occupied by sub-Saharan migrants in Al Irfane district in Tangier under normal conditions, the Interior Ministry said. During this operation, the authorities discovered dinghies, engines and oars used in illegal emigration operations to the other shore of the Mediterranean, the ministry pointed out in a statement. The evacuatio ...

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Moroccan Immigrant Killed and Burned in Germany

Rabat - The charred body of a French national of Moroccan origin was found Tuesday night in Offenburg in Germany. An autopsy performed Wednesday in Freiburg Brigsau confirmed that the victim, who was identified as Ajaoun Brahim, 31, from Strasbourg and of Moroccan origin, had been shot dead and his body burned. After he went missing, his wife informed the Strasbourg police that “he had not returned home fro ...

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Roselyne Bachelot Moved by Latifa Ibn Ziaten’s Message

Rabat - Latifa Ibn Ziaten is an activist and the mother of Imad Ibn Ziaten, one of the victims of Mohammed Merah. Mohammed Merah killed Imad on March 11, 2012 and 6 other people in Toulouse and Montauban before being shot on March 22, 2012. The woman of Moroccan origin has attended  the plateau of Le Grand 8 to promote her message of peace. The other guest of the show, former French minister of health Rosel ...

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The Rise of Migrants Seeking Hope in Europe

By Yassin Ziani Rabat - In the last few years, Europe has been facing a new reality. An average of 80 migrants a day reach the Italian coastline, with many more unsuccessfully making the attempt. Many times migrants are rescued by the Italian navy and European ships in the Mediterranean. Throughout 2014, 220,000 people have attempted to cross the sea for a better life and more opportunities, but 3,500 of th ...

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‘Ramadan break’ Causes Heated Debate at Rotterdam Municipality Proceedings

Rotterdam - When acting chairwoman Peggy Wijntuin, of PvdA Rotterdam, announced a “Ramadan break,” last week, discord struck the chambers of the Rotterdam city council meeting.  “In the context of our liberal framework, we acknowledge a separation of church and state. Therefore, I would ask that we call it a coffee break,” stated city council member Antoinette Laan, of VVD-Rotterdam. Seeing that it was just ...

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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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1.5 Million Moroccans Live in France

Rabat - There are 1.5 million Moroccans living in France, including 670,000 who have dual Moroccan and French citizenships, says a new report.   Presented by Elisabeth Guigou from the Foreign Affairs committee of the French National Assembly, the report on mutual legal assistance between France and Morocco has confirmed France as the leading host country for Moroccans. France is also the favorite destinatio ...

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Outsourcing Torture: Denmark and Lebanon’s Secret Deal

By Kevin Kriedemann Al Jazeera speaks to three Danish citizens of Arab origin, two of whom say that when they refused offers to work for the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET), they were arrested and tortured in Lebanon. They allege Lebanon was acting on Danish orders; a new form of rendition, an outsourcing of torture. Al Jazeera understands these are just three of dozens of Danish citizens of ...

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Rector of Paris Mosque Calls on France to Turn Abandoned Churches into Mosques

Rabat - During an appearance on Radio Europe 1's "L'Invité Politque" program on Monday, Dalil Boubakeur, President of the French Council of Muslim Faith (CFCM), has called for France's abandoned or empty churches to be turned into mosques. Speaking to the program's host Jean Pierre Elkabach, Boubakeur said that there are currently 2,500 mosques across France and that an extra 300 are under construction. "Bu ...

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Moroccan Woman Awarded “Knowledge” Prize in Norway

Rabat - Moroccan researcher Ilham Skah received the "Knowledge Award" recognizing the best Master research in the Norwegian capital Oslo, MAP news agency reported. Ilham Skah has been awarded the "Knowledge Award" by the municipality of Oslo and a group of academic institutions for her Master research on Muslim women in Norwegian universities. The award was presented to Skah in a ceremony during which parti ...

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8 Moroccan Women Arrested in Indonesia over Prostitution

Rabat - Eight Moroccan women have been arrested in Indonesia on suspicion of being prostitutes, according to Jakarta post.  Indonesia's Immigration Investigation Directorate arrested on Monday eight Moroccan women suspected of being prostitutes in Puncak, Bongor, West Java. "We acted on reports from locals and we carried out the arrest," said acting immigration director general Kabul-Priyono on Wednesday as ...

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‘2015 Marhaba’ Operation kicks off Friday

Rabat - The operation of receiving Moroccan expatriates dubbed "2015 Marhaba" operation will start on Friday and run until Sept. 15, 2015, said a statement by the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity. The Foundation, which contributes to the organization of this operation, prepared its 16 reception areas to handle the intense sea and air traffic which marks this time of the year. They are the reception area ...

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