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In Morocco, Valentine’s Day Subject of Debate

Zainab Calcuttawala Rabat - Every year, hundreds of local movie theaters in the United States replay the 1942 timeless romance Casablanca on Valentine’s Day, but do real Casablancans and other Moroccans celebrate the holiday? In terms of festivities, Iraqi singer and judge for The Voice, Kazem Al Saher, will be amongst other artists performing special shows throughout Morocco on February 14 filled with roma ...

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Moroccan Man Sets Himself on Fire in Protest

By Jonathan Walsh Rabat -  A Moroccan salesman from the south of the country set himself on fire on Thursday in protest against courts inaction after a complaint he submitted was ignored. The man, who has not been named, suffered second degree burns as a result. He was taken to hospital and has been formally detained ahead of questioning, which will decide whether or not he should face prosecution. Reports ...

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William Henry Quilliam, First British Man to Embrace Islam from Morocco

By Jonathan Walsh Rabat - At a time of rising Islamophobia in Britain, we look back to the forgotten story of Sheikh Abdullah Quilliam whose journey to Morocco led him down the road to becoming the first British man to convert to Islam. Born in 1856 in Liverpool, Quilliam, the son of a Methodist preacher, lived a very typical life as a young man in the city. But at the age of 17, after making the journey to ...

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Moroccan Doctor Returns to His Humanitarian Activities in Syria

By Zainab Calcuttawala Rabat - French-Moroccan doctor Zouhair Lahna, will return to his humanitarian activities in Syria and sub-Saharan Africa after authorities closed his clinic due to its failure to fulfill licensing requirements, according to a report by CNN. Lahna opened the private clinic to offer free medical services to Syrian refugees and impoverished Moroccans, but health authorities decided to cl ...

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‘Beginning of End’ of Print Journalism as The Independent Announces End of Print Edition

By Jonathan Walsh Rabat - The Independent, one of the most well-known British newspapers, will cease to exist in print format starting in March this year, and will continue only as an online service, the paper’s owner has said. In its prime 25 years ago, around 428,000 copies were being sold per day. Today that figures stands closer to 28,000. What does this mean for print journalism? Is it doomed to a slow ...

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Saudi Arabian Forces Travel to Turkey to Prepare for Ground Assault Against ISIS

By Jonathan Walsh Rabat - Saudi Arabia has begun transporting troops and fighter jets to Turkey ahead of a potential military intervention in Syria, according to both Turkish and Saudi officials. The military forces will converge at Incirlik base in the south of Turkey, just a short distance from the Syrian border. Specific details such as the number of troops and fighter jets or when any action may be take ...

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10 Ways Information Technology is Changing the World of Business

New York - In the late twentieth century, there was a popular saying among many business owners and professionals that went, "It's not what you know, but who you know." This saying has never been more true since the advent of the Internet. Communications have become more essential in everyday business practices thanks to online networking. Many entrepreneurs, such as Ehsan Bayat of Afghan Wireless, continue ...

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Three Moroccan Natives in the French Government

Paris - As part of the French government reshuffle aiming at rallying the left before the presidential elections that will take place in just 15 months, Audrey Azoulay, daughter of King Mohamed VI’s adviser Andre Azoulay, has replaced former culture and communication minister Fleur Pellerin. This new appointment is certainly not without significance. With this cabinet reshuffle, three Moroccan natives are n ...

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Algerian Army Opens Fire at Moroccan Citizens, Kills one, Kidnaps another

Rabat - The Algerian army opened fire early Friday morning at two young Moroccan men in the Bouarfa region. One died of his wounds, while the other one was kidnapped by the army. According to the Moroccan news website Le360, which cited informed sources, the tragic incident took place at 5 am in the rural commune of Abbou Lakhal, a small town near the city of Bouarfa, in the northeast of Morocco. The same s ...

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Moderate Rainfall Forecast in Morocco From Sunday

Rabat - Morocco’s National Directorate of Meteorology forecast on Friday that moderate rains are expected from Sunday until Tuesday in the north and east of the Kingdom, with significant snowfall in the High and Middle Atlas regions, the Rif Mountains, and the hills of the Oriental region. The Directorate expected a change in weather that will be accompanied by moderate to strong winds of up to 70 km/h is e ...

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Elderly Muslim Man Beaten to Death on His Way to Pray in the UK

By Jonathan Walsh Rabat - Mushin Ahmed, an 81 year-old Muslim man living in Rotherham, England, was murdered by two 30 year-old men on his way to morning prayers at his local mosque, a court has heard. The local men, Dale Jones and Damien Hunt, accused the innocent man of being a “child groomer” before they repeatedly kicked, punched, and stomped on his head. Ahmed was left with brain damage, serious injuri ...

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Video: Man With Machete Injures Four at Ohio Restaurant

A machete-wielding man injured four people in an attack at an Ohio restaurant before he was shot dead by police Thursday. Authorities identified the attacker as 30-year-old Mohamed Barry. The authorities have not yet identified the real motives of the attacker. FBI Special Agent Rick Smith says it's too early in the investigation to jump to any conclusions. ...

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