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Morocco: ‘Zakat Al Fitr’ estimated this year at MAD15

Tinejdad, Morocco - The High Council of Ulemas estimated the cash value of Zakat Alfitr, a charity that every Muslim has to pay at the end of Ramadan, for this year at MAD15 per person. The Council explained that the ideal time to perform this religious duty has began since last Thursday night and will continue until early morning before the "Eid" prayer. After this period, the payment will be regarded a ch ...

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Royal Air Maroc Gets International Five Star Diamond Award

 Rabat- The Moroccan flag carrier Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has bagged for the second year in a row the International Five Star Diamond Award of the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS). Like 2013, this award recognizes the achievements made by RAM in the hospitality field while operating long-haul flights between Morocco and North America, the Casablanca-based airliner said in a statement. The Ameri ...

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Morocco’s 15th Anniversary of Sustainable Human Development

New York - In terms of sustainable human development, the story of Morocco - now celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of the accession of King Mohammed VI - is a highly compelling one. It resonates for all developing nations that seek to chart a similar course of structuring their institutions to include an ingredient shown to be vital for success - that of popular participation.  It is this component that ...

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Moroccan To Switch to Daylight Saving Time on Aug. 2

Fez- Moroccan Ministry of Civil Service and Modernization of the Administrations announced on Friday that the standard time of the Kingdom will be advanced sixty (60) minutes starting from Saturday, August 2, 2014 at two o’clock in the morning. This decision is an implementation of decree 2.13.781 dated September 28, 2013, the ministry said in a statement. On the occasion of Ramadan, the Moroccan authoritie ...

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Morocco Imports Radioactive Chinese Seafood: paper

Azrou - In this holy month of Ramadan, the demand for fish and seafood significantly increases. It is an opportunity for fish sellers to invade markets with big quantities and very poor quality. "Do Moroccans know that they are consuming radioactive Chinese fish?" asked Al Massae, Moroccan daily newspaper. The daily devotes in its July 22 edition an entire page to imported fish from several Asian countries, ...

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Moroccan Lawyer Refuses Legion of Honor Because of France’s Support of Israel

Ouassima Boujrad Fez- Moroccan lawyer Abdelaziz Nouidi, refused the French Legion of Honor award because of the support of President Hollande’s support for Israel. It’s a very rare occurrence: a Moroccan lawyer flat out refuses the Legion of Honor award! In a letter to French Ambassador Charles Fries, Abdelaziz Nouidi justified his decision, saying it was because of France’s support of Israel. His decision ...

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Chinese Group Shandong Shangang to Invest in Tangier

Tinjedad, Morocco- Morocco and China signed Tuesday in Rabat a memorandum of understanding on the establishment of a unit of the Chinese group Shandong Shangang, a leader in the manufacture of steel products, in the free zone of Tangier Automotive City (TAC) located in the north of Morocco. According to the African agency Agence Ecofin, the Chinese Shandong Shangang group, a world leader in the manufacture ...

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Marrakech: Spanish Pedophile Stoned After Allegedly Raping a Child

Fez- A Spanish tourist was stoned by several people on Monday in Marrakesh after allegedly being caught raping a child. About 30 minutes before Iftar, several passersby in the Red City caught a Spanish man raping a child near the Court of Appeals in Chetoui district of Marrakesh. The citizens attacked the foreign pedophile by throwing stones on him. A security patrol happened to come upon the incident. Poli ...

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Moroccan Amazigh Center Accuses Hamas of ‘Terrorism’, Shows Sympathy with Israel

Fez - In contrast to most Moroccan institutions and Moroccans who have expressed their solidarity with Palestinians amid the ongoing Israeli shelling of Gaza, the Morocco-based Taynzert Center for Development and Dialogue has sympathized with the Israeli people and accused Hamas of terrorism. Just a few days after tens of thousands of Moroccans staged a demonstration in Rabat denouncing Israeli war crimes i ...

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CAN 2015: Morocco to play Central Africa in October in Marrakech

Rabat- Morocco’s national football team will play a friendly against Central Africa in October at the Grand Stadium of Marrakech, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) announced on Tuesday evening. It will be the 3rd test for the Lions of the Atlas ahead of the final stage of the 30th African Cup of Nations, to be held in Morocco on January 17-February 8. This friendly will be preceded by two other ...

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Interview: Moroccan Atheist Reveals How He Spends Ramadan

Rabat- Ramadan is the most adored month for Muslims around the world. Muslims look forward to it all year long. Yet, to an atheist in a Muslim country, Ramadan is the most “damned” month in the year.  They label it a month of “torture.” During the holy month of Ramadan, all pleasures such as eating, drinking, sex and others are prohibited from dawn till dusk for a period of 30 days. The rituals are observed ...

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Israeli Newspapers Highlight Moroccan Slain by Mossad in 1973

Fez- Amid the ongoing Israeli shilling on Gaza, some Israeli newspapers dedicated some lines in their July 21 issue to the Moroccan waiter who was gunned down on the same day of 1973 by the Israeli secret service. Several Israeli newspapers retold the story of Morocco’s Ahmed Bouchiki in their “Today in History” section on Monday. On July 21, 1973, Israeli agents in Lillehammer, Norway, killed Ahmed Bouchik ...

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