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An earthquake of low magnitude shakes the Moroccan region of Fez

Taroudant, Morocco- An earthquake of low magnitude shook the Moroccan city of Fez at about 9 am today. Reporters from the city told MWN that the earthquake was of low magnitude, but as of the time of publication, the National Institute of Geo – physics of the National Centre for Scientific and Technical Research had not announced the measurment. "Everybody felt the earth shaking under their feet," said a re ...

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Survey: 55% Of Moroccans Approve of Benkirane’s Handling of the Government

Rabat- A majority of the public believes that head of parliament Abdelilah Benkirane guides the government well,  and Minister of Health El Houssein Louardi is the most popular minister in the government, according to a new survey. In a new survey for L’economiste of over 1000 people from different regions in Morocco, SUNERGIA Group finds that Abdelilah Benkirane is viewed as a good leader, close to the peo ...

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Benkirane Asks Moroccan Teachers To “Stop Kissing Pupils”

Casablanca- “Stop kissing pupils,” the head of the Moroccan government, Mr. Abdelilah Benkirane said, addressing Moroccan teachers on Monday, during the first national debate on the draft of the integrated public policy for the protection of children. According to daily Al Massae, Benkirane he asked in outrage Moroccan teachers to “stop kissing pupils and respect their bodies.” During the debate, the head o ...

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Race of Morocco: WTCC 2014 results and rankings

Taroudant, Morocco- Following are the results of the first round of the 2014 FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) that took place Sunday on the circuit Moulay El Hassan in Marrakech. Race 1 1. José Lopez (ARG/Citroën C-Elysée) 24:40.950 2. Sébastien Loeb (FRA/Citroën C-Elysée) à 0.713 3. Yvan Muller (FRA/Citroën C-Elysée) à 1.607 4. Tom Chilton (GBR/Chevrolet Cruze) à 8.222 5. Dusan Borkovic (SRB/Chevr ...

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Language Policy in Morocco: Real crisis or Potential Transformation?

Marrakech - Morocco has lately witnessed a profound change in various policies, and attention has focused on Morocco’s policy on language which has been questioned in debates in recent years. However, the policy of language implementation is quite problematic, given the nature of Morocco’s many cultural and linguistic influences as well as its local identity, while at the same time also being driven by the ...

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Sahara Conflict: Is the UN Deviating from Its Core Mandate?

New York- The UN Secretary General released his annual report on the “Situation in the Western Sahara” on Thursday. The much-anticipated report, which will constitute the main reference for Security Council members in drafting their annual resolution on the Sahara, was somehow balanced. Unlike last year’s report, Ban Ki-moon did not make a clear recommendation on the need to extend the mandate of the United ...

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Op-ed: Cohabitation in Morocco Is a Crime, Will Never Be a Fundamental Right

New Jersey - In a recent article by Zouhir Chbakou, he argues that cohabition is a fundamental right of any human being. However, much of his article lacked a solid foundation and his arguments lacked evidence. As a progressive Moroccan (and one who supports the idea of more freedom), I would like to argue that sometimes a line is drawn, and cohabitation is one of those cases. It is not a fundamental right ...

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Police in Casablanca Cut the Hair Of Youngsters With Unusual Haircuts

Rabat- Following the security campaign against Tchermil activity, a handful of teens with weird haircuts were arrested and had their hair cut by policemen on Saturday in Casablanca. The blue collar districts in Casablanca were the scene of a strange security campaign led by interior ministry officials and policemen against the unusual haircuts that distinguish Tchermil members. According to Assabah, securit ...

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Official Presents at IMF Conference Morocco’s Reforms to Promote Growth, Jobs

Washington - Chairman of the Moroccan economic, social and environmental council (CESE), Nizar Baraka, presented on Saturday in Washington the democratic and economic reforms adopted in Morocco to promote more inclusive and job-generating growth. Baraka who spoke during a conference held by the International Monetary Fund on "Arab economic transformation among political transition," stressed that Morocco ha ...

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Fouzi Lekjaa, New President of Moroccan Football Federation

Skhirate- Fouzi Lakjaa was elected on Sunday president of the Moroccan Royal Football Federation (FRMF), during the FRMF general assembly.  Lekjaa, the only candidate to vie for this position, was elected for a four-year mandate, renewable once. Lekjaa, is the vice-president of the Berkane’s “Renaissance Sportive,” a club playing in the first division of the Moroccan soccer league. ...

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Moroccan Rachid El Morabity wins the three stages of Marathon des Sables

Taroudant, Morocco- Moroccan Rachid El Morabity won Friday's third stage of the 29th Marathon des Sables (MDS) ahead of his fellow competitors, Abdelkader El Mouaziz and five-time winner Mohamad Ahansal. Morocco’s Rachid El Morabity maintained his dominance of this year’s Marathon des Sables by winning stage three. Already victorious of the first two stages, El Morabity "completed the 37.5 kilometre leg in ...

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U.S Calls on Morocco, Turkey to Train Libya’s Military

Taroudant, Morocco - The Obama administration has called on Morocco and Turkey to train the Libyan military. More than two years after the toppling of former Libya’s strong man Moamar Gaddafi and the constitution of a new transition government, the North African country is still grappling with a fragile security situation. This is compounded by a weak military that has so far failed to extend its grip throu ...

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