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‘Mentally Ill’ Man Arrested After Photo Wearing Police Uniform Goes Viral

Rabat - A photo of a man believed to be mentally ill wearing Moroccan police uniform went viral on social media. After the photo was shared widely on the internet, Moroccan authorities launched an investigation to arrest the man and find out how he obtained the uniform. The man, whose name has not been released, was arrested in Kenitra, near Rabat, after he was seen wearing the police uniform. According to ...

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US Is not Entitled to Assess Human Rights in Morocco: Minister

Rabat - Following its “misleading” report on human rights in Morocco, Minister of Justice Mustapha Ramid said the United States is “not entitled to assess human rights in Morocco” because it has itself "committed numerous violations of human rights." Nevertheless, the Minister acknowledged that more efforts should be made to promote human rights in the kingdom. The escalating tension between Morocco and the ...

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Amnesty International Calls on Morocco to Decriminalize Sex Out of Marriage

Rabat - In a statement issued in May 20, international NGO Amnesty International called on the Moroccan government to decriminalize sex out of marriage and revise the draft Penal Code presented by the Minister of Justice Mustapha Ramid in April 2015. Sexual relationships out of wedlock are considered illegal by law in Morocco: Article 490 of the Penal Code punishes all out-of-marriage sexual relationships w ...

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Ban Ki-moon, Dullest, Worse UNSG in History of the UN: The Economist

Rabat - At the end of his second mandate as the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki Moon has dramatically failed to live up to the expectations placed on him by the international community. He was described by The Economist as “the dullest- among the worst” in the history of the organization. Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden, who died in a plane crash in 1961 while in a peace mission to the Congo, ...

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Photo of Prince Daniel of Sweden Used in Advertisement in Morocco

Rabat - Optique Chaab, an optometry center in Agadir, Morocco, has used a photo of Prince Daniel of Sweden, Duke of Västergötland, and the husband of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, in an advertisement to promote their glasses. The center - apparently unaware who the man is - put Prince Daniel’s photo on a billboard on a main street in Agadir. According to The Royal Forums, Johanna Nordin of Stockholm wa ...

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Othman Benjelloun to Launch Maritime Company

Rabat - Moroccan billionaire Othman Benjelloun is expected to launch a maritime transportation company after three months of negotiations between the Ministry of Transportation and Benjelloun’s BMCE bank of Africa, according to the Huffington Post Maghreb. The official launch of the company is expected shortly, after the signing of the establishing agreement between Othman Benjelloun and Minister of Transpo ...

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Maitre Gîms Leads Mawazine Festival Audience in Singing Moroccan Anthem

By Myriam Ait Malek Rabat - On Monday May 23, the audience at Rabat’s Mawazine Festival was in for a pleasant surprise when it excitingly danced and sang along to Maitre Gîms’ most famous hits at the OLM Souissi venue. Appreciative of the Moroccan culture and hospitality, the French-Congolese artist expressed how thankful he was for King Mohamed VI’s involvement in the development of the African continent, ...

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Violent Confrontations Oppose Marrakech University Students and Police

By Myriam Ait Malk Rabat – The “Red City” has witnessed violent confrontations between university students and Moroccan authorities, yet again. On May 19, at least four students were arrested inside, and near, the Cadi Ayyad University campus in Marrakech and about thirty were injured as a result of a violent confrontation. The violent altercation originated when around 100 students gathered for a demonstra ...

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Yves Saint Laurent Museum to Open in Morocco

Rabat - Studio KO founders Olivier Marty and Karl Fournier unveiled the first design plans for the new Yves Saint Laurent museum that will open in Marrakech, Morocco, in the autumn of 2017. The new museum will host the work of the iconic French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Paris collection. The new structure will be built next to the wonderful garden ...

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40,000 Moroccan Jews visit Morocco Every Year: Official

Taroudante - On Monday, Serge Berdugo, the Head of the Jewish Community Council in Morocco, addressed the commitment of the Jewish community to Morocco—their home of origins—and the preservation of their heritage in the Kingdom. He indicated that 40,000 Moroccan Jews living abroad visit the country every year. Berdugo, the Moroccan Ambassador-at-Large, delivered the speech in Casablanca at the Museum of Mor ...

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Morocco Backs in Geneva Russian Proposal on Disarmament

Geneva - Morocco supported on Tuesday in Geneva a Russian proposal to negotiate an international convention on curbing chemical and biological terrorism acts. Speaking at the Disarmament Conference, Morocco's permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Mohamed Aujjar said that this Russian proposal is a collective response to counter threats and fight chemical and biological terrorism. The Kingdom shares ...

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Erdogan Appoints New Government

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday approved a new government formed by Binali Yildirim. Binali Yildirim, 60, formerly minister of transport and communications, replaces Ahmet Davutoglu, who stepped down on Sunday amid a range of differences with the president. "We will immediately start work to achieve a new constitution, including a presidential system," Yildirim told lawmakers of ...

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