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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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Journals of a Moroccan Fulbrighter in America (8): The story of an American convert to Islam

Austin - Kevin is a young American who converted to Islam more than a year ago. I had noticed that, whenever he mentioned the name of the Prophet Mohammad in class, he would always utter the expression: “Peace be upon Him”. For some time, I thought he did that out of respect for the Muslim audience rather than for the Prophet. I didn’t find out about his conversion until the day of the Eid when he joined us ...

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Journals of a Moroccan Fulbrighter in America (7): Happy Eid

Austin - The Eid is undoubtedly one of the occasion in which you will be reminded that you are a stranger, no matter how used you may be to your new life. If there were no Arab Muslims around you and you had no connection with home, you might be able to forget about the Eid altogether, but that was not the case with me. The first thing that strikes me about Muslims in America is the relation they make betwe ...

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Eid Celebration as Experienced in and outside of Morocco

By Zahra Astitou Granada – It is the day of Eid Al Adha; all the family members have woken up early and the spirits are high. The women are preparing a delicious, elaborate breakfast and the men make their way to the mosque for the Eid prayer and the sermon afterwards. When the men come back from the mosque, a member of the family or a butcher then sacrifices the ram. Sometimes you can even see a butcher ro ...

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Govt. Concerned Over Netherlands’ Intention to Cancel Social Security Agreement with Morocco

Rabat - The Moroccan government voiced its concern over Netherlands' intention to unilaterally cancel the social security agreement with Morocco that was signed back in 1972. The cabinet, which convened on Thursday, expressed its concern over Netherlands' intention to unilaterally cancel social security agreement with Morocco, said Communication Minister, Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi at a pres ...

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Geert Wilders summoned for questioning over anti-Moroccan chants

Taroudant, Morocco - Netherlands ‘Public Prosecutor has summoned Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders for questioning on suspicion of insulting and inciting discrimination against Moroccans. According to a statement made by the Prosecutor’s department, Wilders is “suspected of having insulted a population group with respect to their race and of incitement to discrimination and hatred.” During a meeting ...

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Moroccan Pleads Guilty for Sexually Abusing American Woman on RAM Flight

New York: Thami Drissi, a Moroccan engineer, pleaded guilty for sexually abusing an American woman while traveling on a Casablanca-New York flight last August. According to the New York based Daily News, the defendant admitted before Brooklyn Federal Court that he had sexual contact with the victim without her consent. He faces up to one year in jail and registration as sex offender. The 45-year old was arr ...

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General Information about Diversity Visa Program

Rabat - Morocco World News plans to publish a series of articles about the DV Lottery program to highlight all the aspects that applicants and DV Lottery Visa winners should know. The articles will serve as a valuable reference to our audience who would like to know more about the process of immigrating to the United States through DV Lottery Visa program. What Is the DV Program? The Diversity Immigrant Vis ...

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Moroccan Child Born Without Face to Undergo Life-Saving Operation in Australia

Fez - A Moroccan boy born without a face, is being saved by the intervention of a Moroccan living in Australia. Yahya, a little three year old boy, born near Tangier, was the main topic of an Australian TV show that was aired on Sunday. The child was born without eyes, nose and upper jaw because without the bones in his face, they were not able to merge whilst he was still in his mother’s womb. Yahya's fath ...

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Canada: New Law Makes it Harder To Obtain Passport, Work in Gulf Countries

Marrakech- The conservative Canadian government is introducing a new law changing the rules for applying for citizenship. Obtaining a Canadian passport and then returning to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to work will now be more difficult. Traditionally, Canada has welcomed immigrants of all nationalities, but now the Bill C-24 is placing conditions on the issuing of Canadian passports. The Canadian ad ...

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American Man Speaks Fluent Moroccan Arabic

Rabat - It looks normal to hear Moroccans speak standard Arabic, French English or other foreign language because most of these languages are being taught in Moroccan schools. Yet, to hear a foreigner speaks Moroccan Darija, a Moroccan Arabic dialect, is somehow funny and challenging at the same time for the sole reason that the only way to learn Moroccan Darija is through the integration into the Moroccan ...

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Obama to Preside over UNSC Resolution to Halt Movement of Terrorists

Marrakech - United States President, Barack Obama, will preside this week over a meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as America has the rotating presidency of the UNSC. The session will be attended by over a dozen head of states. The motion introduced by the U.S. on Wednesday for countries to adopt a legally binding resolution that would compel all countries under Chapter VII of the UN Cha ...

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