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Second Consecutive Day of Israeli Strikes on Gaza Leave 4 People Injured

Rabat - In the “most serious” escalation of the conflict between Israel and Hamas since the summer of 2014, the Israeli military (IDF) said it had carried out air strikes on four targets in the occupied Gaza Strip on Thursday, as a response to mortar rounds fired into Israel.  One of the strikes - which the Israeli army said targeted “terrorist infrastructure sites” - targeted a metal workshop and led to th ...

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King Mohammed VI Covers Medical Costs of Senegalese Boy for Over a Decade

Rabat - King Mohammed VI accepted a 2004 request from a Senegalese woman to allow herself and her son, Mohammed Mounirou Anne, to travel to Morocco so that he could be treated from a rare congenital disease called Prune Belly Syndrome.  According to a report by Telquel, the royal palace agreed to support the child during his time in the kingdom. The boy and his mother, Nedeye Mbaye Khewe, live in Dakar - th ...

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Almost 96% of Movies on Morocco’s Channel Al Oula Are in Darija

Rabat - Movies in Darija or Hindi make up approximately 96 percent of movies shown on Channel 1, while 78 percent of films that aired on 2M had been performed in French, according to a new study by the High Commission for Audiovisual Communication. To get these statistics, the commission analyzed the origins of movies broadcast on Al Oula channel, 2M and Medi 1 TV during the month of October 2015.  On Wedne ...

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Building New Communities Through Good Food and Laughter

By Irina Tsukerman New York - The latest meeting in a series of dinners between young Jewish and Moroccan professionals in New York City was held on Saturday, April 9, at a Persian-themed kosher restaurant called “Colbeh,” graciously hosted by the restaurant’s Moroccan-Jewish owner, Simon Lahlou, and his family. We had a big private room and our appetizers, desserts, and mint teas were complimentary- quite ...

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Shakira Teams Up with Charity to Sell Bald Dolls for Cancer Research

Rabat - Shakira, along with seven other celebrities from the Spanish-speaking world, launched a new philanthropy campaign in partnership with the Juegaterapia Foundation earlier this week to distribute a line of bald dolls to raise money for childhood cancer research. The Columbian artist tweeted a picture of the doll on Monday and said the whole collection is available for sale on the Spain-based foundatio ...

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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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Donald Trump Becomes Presumptive Republican Nominee for President

By Robert Allen Rabat - With his landslide victory in Tuesday’s Indiana primary and suspension of Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign, Donald Trump is now effectively the Republican nominee. According to National Public Radio, Donald Trump is now 87 percent of the way towards the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the Republican Party’s nomination, and only needs 37 percent of the remaining delegates to achieve that goa ...

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48 Percent of Moroccans Paid Bribes for Public Services in Last 12 Months

Rabat - Approximately 48 percent of Moroccans paid a bribe to officials while trying to access public services over the past year, 18 points higher than the regional average of 30 percent, according to a report on the prevalence of corruption in the Middle East and North Africa by Transparency International, released on Tuesday.  TI partnered with Afrobarometer and the Arab Barometer network to survey 10,79 ...

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Morocco’s Economic Council Calls for Decriminalization of Sex Outside Marriage

Rabat - On April 29 the Economic, Social and Environmental Council discussed a new report about the conditions facing Moroccan women, drafting controversial recommendations that are likely to stir up debate in Morocco. The council, presided by Nizar Baraka, former Minister of Economy, called for the decriminalization of sex outside marriage and raised the issue of equality in inheritance. Moroccan daily new ...

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Report: Hate Crimes Against Muslims in France Increased by 223% in 2015

Rabat - Hate crimes against Muslims in France more than doubled from 2014 to 2015, according to a new report by the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights (CNCDH). The governmental agency’s annual report measures France’s progress in its ideological war against racism, antisemitism and xenophobia by reviewing figures from the country’s ministry of the interior on criminal acts. The latest edition, ...

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Ethics in the Workplace

By Laila Ajrouh Ifran - We spend most of our day at work; this is why changing the work environment into a happier living place has always been a great challenge for many organizations and institutions. Tremendous attempts have been made; however, we still witness disappointments and failures. One of the key remedies acknowledged by consensus within almost all sectors to ameliorate this crucial problem is e ...

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Video: Alleged Moroccan Transvestite Attacked in Meknes

Rabat - A shocking video shows a group of people assaulting a man allegedly for wearing women’s clothing in the street in Meknes. The attack was caught on video by a passer-by, who posted it on social media. It was later republished by international news websites. The alleged cross-dresser was brutally attacked by a mob, whose  members seemed offended by the way he dressed. The victim tried to escape the an ...

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