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Tunisian riots claim first victim

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TUNIS, July 18, 2011 (Reuters)

One man was killed in a demonstration in Tunisia on Sunday when soldiers fired into the air to bring the crowd under control.

Moroccan gov’t says to sell part of Maroc Telecom stake

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RABAT, July 18, 2011 ( Morocco World News/Reuters)

The Moroccan government said on Monday it wants to cuts its 30 percent stake in Maroc Telecom to as low as 23 percent by selling the shares through the Casablanca bourse, Reuters has reported today.

Wydad holds Ahly to 3-3 draw as group stage opens

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JOHANNESBURG, July 18, 2011  (AP)

Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca held six-time champion Al Ahly of Egypt to a 3-3 draw as the African Champions League group stage opened with ties in every one of its four games.

Around 160 K people take to the streets in Morocco in support of the Constitution

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Rabat, July 18, 2011 (MAP)

According to the Maghreb Arab Press news agency, around 160,000 people demonstrated, on Sunday in several Moroccan cities, to show support for the new constitution adopted by a referendum on July 1.

Mustapha Salma says he will remain uncompromising over his stances

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Kelaat Sraghna (Morocco), July 18, 2011 Morocco World News/MAP

Sahrawi activist Mustapha Salma Ould Sidi Mouloud said on Sunday that he will remain uncompromising over his stances, despite the ordeals he has undergone, until responding to his legitimate demands of reuniting with his relatives in the camps of Tindouf, the Maghreb Arab Press news agency reported today.

Russia criticises West’s backing of Libyan rebels

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Moscow, July 18, 2011 (Reuters)

Russia on Monday criticised the United States and other countries that have recognised the Libyan rebels’ National Transitional Council as a legitimate government, saying they were taking sides in the civil war.

Venezuela beat Chile to reach first semis

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SAN JUAN, July 18,2011 (Reuters)

Venezuela reached the semi-finals of the Copa America for the first time on Sunday by beating Chile 2-1 in yet another quarter-final upset. Left-back Gabriel Cichero scored their winning goal nine minutes from time, stabbing the ball home

Holders Brazil crash out of Copa America

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LA PLATA, July 18, 2011 (Reuters)

Paraguay, who did not have a single shot on target in 120 minutes of a goalless Copa America quarter-final, sent holders Brazil crashing out 2-0 on penalties on Sunday.

Lawyer says Egypt’s Mubarak in coma, agency denies

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July 18, 2011 (Reuters)

Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak, hospitalised since April and due to stand trial in August, is in a coma, his lawyer said on Sunday, although the state news agency MENA cited a hospital official as denying the report.

Morocco’s National Zoo Nears Completion

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The view from fez

July 18, 2011

The old Temara Zoo in Rabat was the focus of criticism from animal rights campaigners and thankfully it is no more. However, if all goes according to plan, in less than three months the new Rabat Zoo will finally open to the public and, unlike the old zoo in Temara, Rabat will be more than a menagerie of animals.

Morocco fights corruption through education

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By Siham Ali

Magharebia

July 18 2011

The Moroccan education ministry and the kingdom’s main corruption watchdog body are working together on plans to integrate ethics into school curricula.

Thousands rally in Morocco over reform plan

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July 18 2011

Aljazeera

Both supporters and opponents of constitutional changes offered by Morocco’s king have protested in their thousands, indicating debate over the country’s future sparked by the “Arab Spring” uprisings has not ended.

Arabs dislike Obama even more than Bush

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By Dr James Zogby

Gulf daily news

July 18,2011

A few months back I had a quick exchange with President Barack Obama about America’s standing in the Arab world.

When I mentioned we would be conducting a poll to assess Arab attitudes two years after his Cairo speech, he said he expected the ratings would be quite low and remain low until the US could help find a way to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Pursuing Justice for All Women

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By ANITA ANAND*

Al Arabiya

July 18 2011

Is justice necessary for the empowerment of women? Does it enhance their position in society? The report, Progress of World’s Women (2011-2012): In Pursuit of Justice produced by the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) released this week, suggests that the answer is a yes.

Thousands rally in Morocco over reform plan

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RABAT, July 17, 2011 (Reuters)

Thousands of supporters and opponents of constitutional changes offered by Morocco’s king protested on Sunday, indicating debate over the country’s future sparked by the “Arab Spring” uprisings has not ended.

Libya rebels fighting to capture eastern oil town

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MISRATA, Libya, July 17 (Reuters)

Libyan rebel forces on Sunday entered the oil town of Brega and fought street battles there with forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, a rebel spokesman said, in the biggest offensive in eastern Libya in weeks.

Herman Cain: Americans Have The Right To Ban Mosques In Their Communities

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July 17, 2011

huffingtonpost

Herman Cain said Sunday that Americans should be able to ban Muslims from building mosques in their communities.

“Our Constitution guarantees the separation of church and state,” Cain said in an interview with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” “Islam combines church and state. They’re using the church part of our First Amendment to infuse their morals in that community, and the people of that community do not like it. They disagree with it.”

Derry expcted Taarabt exit

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July 17, 2011

Shaun Derry admits he is surprised to find Adel Taarabt still on the books of Queens Park Rangers.

The Morocco international helped inspire QPR to promotion last season, with his enigmatic talents taking Neil Warnock’s men to the Championship title.

Tunisian police fire in air to disperse rioters

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TUNIS, July 17, 2011 (Reuters)

Tunisian police fired in the air and used teargas early on Sunday to disperse a crowd of about 200 people who had set fire to a police station in a suburb of the capital.

Second Cup Coffee Chain To Brew In Morocco

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Mississauga, Ontario July 17, 2011

The Second Cup Coffee Company Inc. (“Second Cup”) continues to build its global presence. As part of its continued global expansions strategy, Second Cup today announced plans to open four new locations in Morocco Mall, Casablanca, Morocco with its Regional Franchise Partner, Groupe Amarg, a company led by Mr. Zouhair Idrissi.

Telecom stake sale back on Moroccan agenda -source

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RABAT, July 17, 2011

The Moroccan government has brought back to its agenda the sale of a portion of its 30 percent stake in Maroc Telecom , a source familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Bin Hammam tight-lipped over fresh allegations

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DOHA, July 17, 2011 (Reuters)

Suspended Asian soccer chief Mohammed bin Hammam was tight-lipped on Saturday over reports alleging he was not fully co-operating in investigations over a cash-for-votes bribery scandal concerning his aborted bid for FIFA  presidency.

Fresh wave of violence leaves six dead in Algeria

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July 16, 2011(AFP)

ALGIERS — A fresh wave of violence in Algeria has killed at least six people and left around 20 wounded in recent days, Algerian media reported Saturday.

Overnight Friday security forces in the eastern Boudjellal mountain region shot dead two gunmen near the border with Tunisia, the APS news agency reported.

Berber culture reborn in Libya revolt after Moammar Gadhafi

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Peter Graff Jadu

July 16, 2011(Reuters)

In a packed classroom on a cool evening near the front line in Libya’s civil war, 15-year-old Mira is teaching children to spell out the names of animals in the ancient Berber script, an act that once could have landed her in one of Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s jails.

Morocco defender Jamal Alioui targets victory in Bangui M

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July 16, 2011

StarAfrica

Morocco international defender, Jamal Alioui has said he is not surprised the Atlas Lions are level on points with the central African Republic on top of Group D but hopes they will grab a win against ” les fauve” in Bangui early in September.