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Preacher Calls on Muslims in Europe to Start Ramadan Same Day as Morocco

Rabat - A preacher has called on Muslims in Europe to start the holy month of Ramadan on the same day as Morocco. Starting from this Hijri year, Al-Balagh Association for Cultural and Social Work in the city of Leiden, Netherlands, has decided to follow Morocco’s declaration of proven sighting for the months of Ramadan and Chawwal issued by the moon sighting committees of the Ministry of Endowments and Isla ...

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Plastic Surgeon Congratulates Sara Belkziz on Winning Miss Morocco

New York - A plastic surgeon from California has congratulated Sara Belkziz on winning the title of Miss Morocco 2016. Sara Belkziz, 25, was crowned Miss Morocco 2016 on Saturday, May 21 in Casablanca. According to the Miss Morocco organizing committee, the winner was selected based on votes cast by Moroccan fans via SMS ahead of the contest and input from members of the jury. However, Belkziz’s selection h ...

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Conference of Moroccan Jews in North America: A Bridge of Understanding

By Myriam Ait Malk Rabat - The Jewish-Moroccan Community hosted its North American Conference in Rabat’s National Library on May 24, featuring two panels, and distinguished guests including André Azoulay, King Mohamed VI’s Senior Advisor, Rachid Belmokhtar, Minister of National Education and Vocational Training Rachid Belmokhtar, Dwight L. Bush Sr., U.S Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco, and Aomar Boum, ...

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A Moroccan Woman Crowned Miss Maghreb 2016

Rabat - A Moroccan woman was crowned Miss Maghreb in a ceremony that was held in Beyrouth, Lebanon last week. The young beautiful Hind Sdassi is the winner of the title “most beautiful woman” in Maghreb this year. Native of Casablanca, 24-year-old Hind has managed to make her way to the top among the 52 participants in the competition. Contestants came from Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya. The ceremony ...

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Dubai: Five Women in Prison for Kidnapping, Torturing Moroccan Woman

Rabat - A court in Dubai has declared a verdict in the case of five Moroccan women who kidnapped an acquaintance, tore up her passport, filmed her naked and asked her brother in Morocco for a ransom of  MAD 7,000,000. According to Le Figaro, three of the kidnappers were sentenced to three years’ imprisonment, while the two others were given two year sentences. An Ethiopian woman who took part in the crime w ...

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Israel Allows Entery of Building Supplies in Gaza

By Kainoelani Lee Rabat – The Israeli military authorities recently allowed building supplies to enter Gaza again, lifting a suspension that had blocked incoming supplies for work, for more than a month on thousands of houses that were destroyed in the 2014 summer war, according to the New York Times. Israel suspended deliveries on April 4, after accusing an official in Gaza’s economic ministry, Emad al-Baz ...

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Moroccan MPs Call for 30-Year Sentences Against Pedophiles

Rabat - Moroccan parliamentary representatives of both the majority and the opposition have agreed on tougher sentences against all forms of sexual abuse. According to Telquel, three parliamentary groups submitted proposals on Monday, May 23 to the Committee for Justice, Legislation, and Human Rights to toughen the legislation against people convicted of pedophilia. The parliamentary groups of Authenticity ...

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Only in Morocco Can Islam and Judaism Revisit Shared History: Azoulay

Rabat - It is only in Morocco and nowhere else that Islam and Judaism could revisit, rebuild and deepen a relation and a closeness rooted in centuries of shared history, said, on Tuesday in Rabat, André Azoulay, HM King Mohammed VI's advisor. "We are living a unique moment drawing on the national consensus which brings it boldly to all levels of our society and to all the segments of our diaspora in all par ...

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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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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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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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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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