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Algeria Enacts Controversial Constitutional Reforms Without Referendum

By Zainab Zainab Calcuttawala Rabat -  After five years of mainly closed-door negotiations, the Algerian parliament has enacted a package of constitutional reforms meant to “strengthen democracy” in the country after a 499-2 vote in the parliament, with 16 abstentions. Unlike the constitutional reforms of 1966 and 1989, a referendum will not follow. Notable amendments to the constitution reaffirm the rights ...

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Algeria Detains 500 Moroccans on Claim They Want to Join ISIS in Libya

By Daniela Castro New York - More than 500 Moroccans had been detained at Houari Boumediene airport in Algeria since early January. They tried to cross into Libya, but Algerian authorities suspected that they meant to join various terrorist groups in the country. Abdelkader Messahel, Algeria’s Minister Delegate for Maghreb and African Affairs, summoned Morocco’s Ambassador to Algeria last Saturday to discus ...

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Tunisian Woman Earns Doctorate at Age 85

Casablanca - A Tunisian woman aged 85 years old has obtained a doctorate degree, with distinction, in French Literature after successfully defending her thesis last April. Munira Hamza is the only Tunisian and Arab woman to have attained such an achievement at such an advanced age. Munira is currently working on a series of stories to be entered into a literary contest in France. In an interview with the Hu ...

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StartUp Africa Summit: The Largest Gathering of African startups

New York - “StartUp Maroc” will present the first “StartUp Africa Summit” on January 21-23, 2016, in Casablanca. The event will bring together entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, coaches, and other key players from a diverse array of primarily African startups over three days at Technopark and the Performing Arts Studio in Casablanca. During the first two days of the Summit on January 21 and 22, selected Afr ...

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Morocco Strongly Condemns Attack in Western Libya

Rabat - The Kingdom of Morocco strongly condemned the car bomb attack that targeted a police training center in the city of Zliten, causing casualties and injuries, and expressed solidarity with Libya. "Following the terrorist explosion which targeted, Thursday, a police training center in the city of Zliten in western Libya, causing casualties and injuries, the Kingdom of Morocco strongly condemns this cri ...

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After Morocco World News, New York Times asks Who Runs Algeria?

Washington D.C -   Finally, the International media has begun to pay attention to the volatile political and security situation in Algeria. In its December 23 edition, the influential American daily the New York Times published an article “doubting that the ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika” is running his country. As French news outlets keep avoiding this subject, it is now up to the Moroccan and Ameri ...

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Russia Pledges Support for Unity in Libya

Moscow - The Russian Foreign Ministry said in an official statement that it would unreservedly support progressive measures have been taken towards resolving the internal political problems and efforts directed at preserving stability and unity in Libya.   On December 17, a new an intra-Libyan political agreement was signed in the Moroccan city of Skhirat with active assistance from the United Nations. The ...

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Britain Welcomes Libyan Political Agreement Signing in Morocco

London  - The British government welcomed the signing this Thursday in Morocco of a Libyan political agreement to end the crisis in Libya. "This is a positive step for Libya and I commend those who have worked together to seek consensus in the interests of all the Libyan people", British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a release. "To ensure a lasting peace in Libya, all parties must maintain this m ...

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Algeria Hunts Three Terrorists Over Plans to Attack Cheb Khalid’s Music Concert

Rabat - Algerian authorities are searching for three terrorists who attempted to target a theatre in the northeastern city of Annaba, where Rai Singer Cheb Khaled was performing. Alarabiya’s correspondent in Algeria reported that the terrorists were planning to strike a concert of Cheb Khaled at the Annaba Theatre this Wednesday. According to the same source, the terrorists are currently being hunted by thr ...

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Mauritanian President Stops Football Match at 63 Minute, Orders Penalties

Rabat - Mauritanain President entered history over the weekend for becoming the first head of state to attend a match and order the referee to end it before time. According to media reports, the Mauritanian president was attending the Super Cup final between FC Tevragh-Zeina and ACS Ksar over the weekend when all of a sudden he ordered the referee to end the match at the 63rd minute and go to penalty shooto ...

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Tunis Terrorist Attack: King Mohammed VI Holds Phone Call with Tunisian President

Rabat  - King Mohammed VI on Wednesday held a phone call with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi following the despicable terrorist attack that targeted members of the presidential guard in Tunis, the King's Office said. During this phone call, the King reiterated to the Tunisian president His condemnation of this criminal act which aims to undermine the security and stability of Tunisia, assuring him of ...

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Transitional Democracy in Tunisia

By Mohamed Alahyane Rabat - After several weeks of demonstration against the government, Tunisian leader Ben Ali stepped down on January 14, 2011, leaving his home country for Saudi Arabia. Today, the Tunisian people are still struggling to establish a new democratic country. At first sight, it may seem to us that the democratic transition in Tunisia has been smooth and devoid of obstacles. However, such su ...

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