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Reforms Proposed for Pension Systems Are Insufficient: Audit Court President

Rabat - The parametric reforms proposed for pension systems are "insufficient" despite their necessary and pressing nature, First President of the Audit Court, Driss Jettou, said Wednesday in Rabat.  Jettou, who presented before the two houses of Parliament the activities of the Audit Court in 2014, said that the reforms can only be a preliminary step as part of a comprehensive reform of pension systems, no ...

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Group of German Muslims Running ‘Sharia Police’ To Stand for Retrial 

Rabat - After a German court acquitted a group of German-Muslims for creating a team of “Sharia police,” a higher court announced on Tuesday a retrial for the group on charges of patrolling the streets and demanding people in clubs to stop selling alcohol and listening to music.  The group, led by a German Salafi organization, caused widespread anger after the unofficial police force made rounds in the city ...

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British Dentist to Provide Dental Care for Moroccan Children in Remote Areas

Taroudante - Dr. Carl Taylor, an English dentist at Taylored Dental Care in Bradford will travel to Morocco on May 22 to treat children from remote areas who have no access to dental treatment. According to the Bradford Telegraph and Argus, Taylor, 37, will travel to Morocco with a group of fellow dentists to provide dental care for children living far from cities who cannot afford to pay for dental care. T ...

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Morocco Arrests ISIS-Affiliated Suspect

Rabat - Moroccan security services arrested, Monday in the eastern city of Saidia, an ISIS-affiliated man during his illegal entry into the kingdom through Algeria, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday. The suspect, from the central city of Sidi Bennour, was wanted since December when he illegally left the Kingdom to join the branch of the terrorist organization in Libya, along with other ISIS elements who ...

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Western Sahara: How Morocco Secured a Resolution Fitting Its Agenda

New York - The Security Council adopted on Friday its annual resolution by which it extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission of the Organization of a Referendum in the Western Sahara, known as MINURSO, until April 2017. Although the text of the resolution this year was largely similar to that of previous resolutions, this year’s resolution was devoid of the monotonous pattern of repetitions that h ...

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King Mohammed VI: We Will Turn Sahara Into a Hub for Trade Between Africa and Europe

Marrakech  - “We are keen to turn the Moroccan Sahara into a hub for trade and human interaction between Africa and Europe,” King Mohammed VI said in a message to the participants in the 1st African Congress on maintenance, preservation of road assets and technical innovation, which kicked off on Wednesday in Rabat. “We will also build the Great Atlantic Port in Dakhla and consider a railway line from Tangi ...

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Sierra Leonean Man Arrested at Mohammed V Airport in Possession of 3.6 Kilos of Cocaine

Rabat - A Sierra Leonean national was arrested Tuesday at the Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca in possession of 3.695 kilograms of cocaine, national police said. The banned substance was concealed inside 47 bottles of perfume, the source added in a statement. The 40-year-old man was travelling from Sao Paolo (Brazil) to Conakry (Guinea). The suspect has been remanded in custody pending the com ...

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Morocco’s CGEM, Japan’s JETRO Sign Partnership Agreement

Casablanca - Moroccan employers' association CGEM and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) signed, Tuesday in Casablanca, a partnership agreement to reinforce the Moroccan-Japanese cooperation. The agreement, signed during talks at CGEM's headquarters between Faiçal Mekouar, CGEM deputy CEO, and Yasushi Akahoshi, President of JETRO, will give new momentum to investment and trade between Morocco and Jap ...

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Egypt for Settlement of Western Sahara under UNSC Resolutions

Cairo - Egypt's Foreign minister Sameh Chokri underlined, on Tuesday, that his country, which closely follows the Sahara issue, remains attached to a settlement of this conflict pursuant to international law and UNSC resolutions. Speaking at a meeting with a delegation of Moroccan media professionals on a visit to Egypt, Chokri recalled his country's recent position at the Security Council and its support f ...

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Spanish Secretary of State for Culture to Visit Morocco

Madrid - Spanish Secretary of State for Culture José Maria Lassalle will start on Thursday a working visit to Morocco during which he will meet with culture minister Mohammed Amine Sbihi, said an official source in Madrid. The visit will touch on the progress of the cultural program "Visages. L’art espagnol aujourd’hui" (Faces. Spanish art today), initiated by the two countries' culture departments, said on ...

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Morocco Earmarks MAD 1.8 Billion for National Anti-Corruption Strategy

Rabat - The government has earmarked 1.8 billion dirhams for the implementation of the nation-wide strategy against corruption, which was officially launched on Tuesday in Rabat. The strategy, which will span 10 years, includes 16 main lines and 239 projects and is composed of ten programs coordinated by several ministers. They are: the program of improving citizens' services, coordinated by the interior mi ...

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Morocco: Attacks by Police Officers on the Rise in The Past Four Years

Rabat - Over 2600 cases of assault committed by male policemen and other authority figures have been brought before Moroccan courts in the past four years, according to Mohammed Hassad, the Moroccan minister of the interior.  Hassan presented the figures during the cabinet’s weekly oral questioning session with the House of Representatives on Tuesday. The minister told the representatives that two years ago ...

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