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UN Report Expresses Concern Over Protection of Vulnerable Children in Morocco

Marrakech- A new report released by the Committee of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child notes that many Moroccan children are deprived of a family environment. In particular, the committee is concerned that article 490 of the Moroccan Criminal Code punishes sexual relations outside marriage, resulting in dozens of babies being abandoned every day in the country. The committee also expressed deep c ...

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General “Toufik” Mediene Masterstroke in Algeria

 Washington DC--Algerians, along with political analysts following events in North Africa, are confused about President Bouteflika’s latest Cabinet appointments and the apparent in-cohesiveness within his government. After the spectacular dismissal of his close aid and confident Abdelaziz Belkhadem, the Algerian leader appointed a once disgraced intelligence chief as a special adviser on Defense. The arriva ...

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Morocco Takes Part in 4th High Level Meeting On Mali

Paris- Morocco participated Tuesday in Paris at the 4th High Level Meeting on Mali, which is a follow-up to the international donor conference 'Together for a new Mali'. During this meeting, Morocco's Ambassador to France Chakib Benmoussa underlined the importance of continued international commitment to support Mali. He also reiterated Morocco's commitment to the unity, territorial integrity and developmen ...

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Morocco Calls for Population Census in Tindouf Camps

Geneva  -  Morocco called, here Tuesday, for conducting a population census in Tindouf camps as "a prerequisite for sustainable solutions". During a high-level meeting of the Executive Committee of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Morocco's Chargé d'affaires in Geneva Hassan Boukili praised the commitment of many African countries to "promote the achievement of sustainable solutions, namely vo ...

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A Moroccan Among Africa’s Top 10 Economic Leaders for Tomorrow

New York- A Moroccan was chosen among Africa's top 10 economic leaders for tomorrow. According to a study conducted by the French Institute Choiseul, 39-year old Mehdi Tazi, CEO of Saham Assurances, ranked 7th among Africa’s top 10 economic leaders for tomorrow. The fisrt annual survey conducted by the French Institute “identifies and ranks the young African leaders of 40 years old and under, who will play ...

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Moroccan Child Born Without Face to Undergo Life-Saving Operation in Australia

Fez - A Moroccan boy born without a face, is being saved by the intervention of a Moroccan living in Australia. Yahya, a little three year old boy, born near Tangier, was the main topic of an Australian TV show that was aired on Sunday. The child was born without eyes, nose and upper jaw because without the bones in his face, they were not able to merge whilst he was still in his mother’s womb. Yahya's fath ...

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Sharp Increase of Gulf Countries investments in Morocco

Marrakech- Funds from the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) as foreign direct investment are steadily increasing, as well as remittances from Moroccans working in the Gulf, according to Moroccan newspaper l’Economiste. In 2013, revenues from the Gulf exceeded 25 billion dirhams and accounted for 15% of foreign direct investment (FDI) received by Morocco. In over a decade, trade between Morocco ...

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Former Head of Saudi Intelligence Robbed in Marrakech

Rabat- Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the former Head of Intelligence Services for Saudi Arabia has been a victim of theft in his Marrakech residence. According to Annass daily in its Monday, Sept. 29 issue, the legal representative of the Saudi prince reported a theft of an amount exceeding $10,000 at a police precinct last weekend. The alleged theft took place in the private residence of the Saudi prince in th ...

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Reforms Undertaken by Morocco, Example to Be Followed in Maghreb: Norwegian FM

New York (UN) - The reforms undertaken for several years by Morocco are an example to be followed in the Maghreb region, said Saturday in New York Norwegian foreign minister Borge Brende. Morocco initiated "very important reforms in the economic and political fields" which enable the Kingdom to play a "more important role in the Maghreb and the Middle East", Brende told the press following a meeting with hi ...

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In Unprecedented UN Speech King Mohammed VI Denounces Colonialism

Marrakech- In an unprecedented speech delivered on his behalf by Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane, King Mohammed VI made an impassioned plea for Africa and denounced the long-term consequences of colonialism in the continent. King Mohammed’s speech at the UN General Assembly opened with a statement that sustainable development depends upon economic, social, environmental, security, and political considera ...

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Morocco: Tangiers Petroleum Pulls out of Tarfaya Block

Rabat- Australian oil exploration company Tangiers Petroleum has ceased drilling on the on the Tarfaya block, which it shared with Galp Energia. It has transferred its interest in the block back to Galp Energia. The company explained on its website via an article in Proactieinvestor.com that the well exceeded their internal budget, since costs for its share exceeded USD $18.56 million. The company said that ...

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Agadir: First English-based Moroccan School Opens

Marrakech-  Following the advice of the Minister of Higher Education Lahcen Daoudi, the Moroccan School in Agadir has adopted English as its language of instruction. This is the first school using Moroccan and a Anglo-Saxon school program in English. Classes for the primary school are in session for the 2014-2015 academic year. The school’s Director of Academic Affairs, Fatima Iffsate, began working on the ...

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