• A taxi driver holds a Union flag, celebrating the result of the vote [Toby Melville:Reuters]
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    Northern Ireland Disappointed by Brexit Vote

    By Christopher Thomas Rabat - Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom’s enclave on the Irish island, is overwhelmingly disappointed by the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. It, along with Scotland and London, largely voted Remain, while the other major regions all voted to Leave. The UK is currently reeling from the magnitude of the...

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  • KNUTSFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 17: In this photo illustration, the European Union and the Union flag sit together on bunting on March 17, 2016 in Knutsford, United Kingdom. The United Kingdom will hold a referendum on June 23, 2016 to decide whether or not to remain a member of the European Union (EU), an economic and political partnership involving 28 European countries which allows members to trade together in a single market and free movement across its borders for citizens. (Photo by illustration by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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    UK Votes Today to Decide if it Will Leave the European Union

    By Alexandra Krauska Rabat - In what been called the “Brexit,” the United Kingdom will vote today whether or not to leave the European Union. The EU’s governing bodies establish laws and standards, resolve conflicts, and provide funding to various programs throughout Europe. A debate was held in London on Tuesday, including three members of each...

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    Global Entrepreneurship Summit to Be Held in Palo Alto on June 22-24

    By Asmaa Bahadi - Rabat - The seventh annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) will take place at Stanford University, in Palo Alto, California on June 22-24.  The GES 2016, which will be hosted by Barack Obama, President of the United States, is a global event that highlights innovators, pioneers, and problem-solvers on an international level. It also...

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  • State Department Announces 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit Partners
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    State Department Announces 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit Partners

    Rabat - The U.S. Department of State announced on May 26 the strategic partners and steering committee for the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) to be hosted by President Obama June 22-24 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. More than 700 entrepreneurs from 170 countries around the world, including a large number of social...

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  • 3 Steps to Successful Inbound Marketing
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    3 Steps to Successful Inbound Marketing

    By Maria Douich Connecticut - Marketing today no longer consists of only ad placements and cold calling, the new strategy in style for the most innovative of companies is: Inbound Marketing. Why spend thousands going after the customer, when you can spend less wheeling them in. Companies today earn their prospect’s trust by producing remarkable...

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    Marriott Hotel Leads the Way to Boost the Halal Tourism Economy in Philippines

    Rabat - The Manila Marriott has become the first premium hotel chain to be rated for its Halal friendly services to help accelerate the vision of Philippines to become one of the world’s preferred destinations for Muslim tourists. The five star Manila Marriott Hotel has been recognised by CrescentRating, the leading authority in Halal travel,...

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    Morocco, Gabon, Côte d'Ivoire to Develop Strong Cooperation Model

    Meknes - Morocco, Côte d'Ivoire and Gabon are determined to develop a partnership model in various fields, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Aziz Akhannouch said Tuesday in Meknes. "This cooperation will touch priority areas such as health security, the transfer of agricultural skills and know-how, investment in agriculture, agricultural research, soil fertility and agricultural training",...

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  • Russia's Vladimir Putin Dismisses Sergei Ivanov
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    Doing Business: Russia, Africa And The Media

      Moscow - Over the past few years, Russian authorities have been prioritizing media cooperation and the use of soft power to address the falling image of Russia among the political and business elites in Africa.   The authorities have also made persistent efforts to inform the elites and business community about the positive developments...

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  • Economy
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    World Economy to Grow by 2.9% in 2016: UN

    New York (UN)  -  The world economy is projected to grow by 2.9 percent in 2016 and 3.2 percent in 2017, supported by generally less restrictive fiscal and still accommodating monetary policy stances worldwide, a UN report said. Global growth is estimated at a mere 2.4 percent in 2015, marking a downward revision by 0.4...

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    Sudan Seeks Closer Cooperation With Russia

    Moscow - Quite recently, Foreign Minister of Sudan Ibrahim Ghandour and his high-powered delegation together with top officials of the Russian Chamber of Trade and Commerce have concluded an agreement envisioning close cooperation in various spheres in the economy of Republic of Sudan. The event was attended by Vice President of the Russian Chamber Georgi Petrov,...

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  • Africa Could Reverse Trade Imbalance With Russia
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    Africa Could Reverse Trade Imbalance With Russia

    Moscow - African leaders, export trade organizations and corporate businesses have an extraordinary opportunity to design a well-timed strategy to take advantage of the growing market and to boost trade as a way to reverse considerably trade imbalance that has existed from Soviet days between Russia and Africa, both foreign and local experts have suggested....

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    Free Trade Zone Between Morocco and Russia Under Negotiation: Minister

    Rabat - Negotiations on a free trade zone agreement between Morocco and Russia have reached the final stage, according to Moroccan Minister Delegate in charge of Foreign Trade Mohammed Abbou. Russian news agency Sputnik quoted Mohammed Abbou saying “a joint Russian-Moroccan committee is preparing to launch the process.” He went on to add that a body...

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  • Morocco’s Stocks Up 0.81%, Hitting All-Month High
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    Advice to Multinational Corporations Facing Tough Local Competition in Africa

    By Kaitlin Junod Rabat - Multinational companies in Africa are growing, but are losing market share due to competition with local businesses. A new report by Boston Consulting Group, revealed at the international headquarters of the Casablanca City Finance Authority, outlines the many factors that allow smaller, local companies to compete with larger multinational corporations. The...

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  • Toyota
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    Toyota at Top in Global Vehicle Sales amid Volkswagen Scandal

    Taroudant - Japanese auto giant Toyota has returned to the top slot in global vehicle sales, dethroning German rival, Volkswagen, following its emissions-cheating scandal. According to the Associated Press, “Toyota was the world's top-selling automaker for the first nine months of this year, selling nearly 7.5 million vehicles in the first three quarters of 2015.”...

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  • King Mohammed VI of Morocco meeting with American President Barack Obama
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    Atlanta to Host Second US-Morocco Trade & Investment Forum 2015

    Rabat - A high-level Moroccan Trade Delegation will visit the United States to attend the Second US-Morocco Trade and Investment Forum in Atlanta, Georgia, on Tuesday October 13. The 2015 US-Morocco Trade & Investment Forum aims to strengthen business ties between the two nations and offers the chance to explore unique commercial opportunities for US companies...

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  • Microsoft to Hire People with Autism
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    Microsoft Launches Office 2016

    Rabat - American multinational technology company Microsoft launched the latest version of its office applications (Office 2016) last week. Office 2016, the base components of which are Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, now has new features that make it more productive and professional. Microsoft Office long dominated office applications but recently, Google Apps with its array...

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  • Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa known collectively as the BRICS, celebrate the birth of the new development bank: “The BRICS Development Bank”.
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    The BRICS’ New Development Bank to Ensure Health of the Global Economy

    Tunis - The BRICS Development Bank is a multilateral development bank supported by the BRICS states (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), which are the Bank’s members. The BRICS countries make up one third of the world’s land area and 40 percent of the world’s total population. Their combined GDP is about 20 percent...

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    Morocco Might Acquire Russian Submarine During Moroccan King’s Visit to Moscow

    Rabat - King Mohammed VI’s upcoming visit to Russia by the end of 2015 has revived speculations that Morocco will acquire its first Amur 1650Russian submarine. Multiple Moroccan and Russian media reports said negotiations about the price tag of theAmur 1650, which kicked off in 2013, are expected to finish during King Mohammed VI’s prospective working...

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  • The Moroccan Gold Eldorado
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    The Moroccan Gold Eldorado, a Myth or a Reality?

    Rabat - Recently, a conspiracy theory video about a large gold discovery in Morocco is making rounds online. The video claims that a substantial gold reserve was discovered and is being extracted by a Canadian mining company called Maya Gold and Silver. We Moroccans are very proud human beings, we love our country and cherish...

  • Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani
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    Qatar: How the Tables Are Turning in The Gulf

    Rabat - Amidst harsh sanctions and a long list of demands from its neighbors, Qatar’s ability to thrive under pressure may prove to be problematic for Saudi Arabia. As Saudi Arabia and its coalition attempt to wait out Qatar, the recent spat in the Gulf continues to become more and more global, and severely against...

  • FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. If the nation doesn’t do more, the U.S. probably won’t quite meet the dramatic heat-trapping gas reduction goal it promised in last year’s Paris agreement to battle climate change, according to a new study. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
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    Climate Change : If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Fix It

    Chefchaouen - Climate change is happening at home and around the world. Chefchaouen is doing its part by embracing clean energy climate solutions and engaging its citizens in climate action. When it comes to fighting climate change, cities and local leaders are best positioned to lead that charge. Local leaders from coastal to landlocked communities are...

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    India Orders Internal Probe into Mistaken Use of Morocco-Spain Border Picture

    Hyderabad - The Indian Ministry of Interior on Wednesday ordered an internal investigation to find out how a picture of Morocco-Spain border was used in its annual report to show floodlights along the India-Pakistan border. What is most embarrassing is that the annual report of previous years was tabled during the Budget Session of Indian...

  • Amid Growing Tension, Thousands of Moroccans Stage Pro-Rif March in Rabat
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    Neglect in Harsh Soil: The Deep Roots of the Rif Crisis

    Rabat - The ongoing protests in northern Morocco started almost eight months ago, but they have their origin in nearly a century of violent repression by the state. The Rif has, in spite of itself, got involved into a peaceful revolt since the death of the fishmonger Mohcine Fikri at the end of October 2016, a...

  • Tamim Bin Hamad al Thani emir of Qatar
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    The Qatar Crisis: What Does It Mean?

    Rabat - The recent diplomatic fallout between Qatar and the rest of the Middle East could have serious economic and geopolitical consequences across the globe. Earlier this week, Qatar’s diplomatic crisis took an extreme turn as several Arab states severed diplomatic ties with the Gulf nation.  The original list of countries in the coalition against...

  • Moroccans spend Laylat al-Qadr, the 26th day of Ramadan, at the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca.
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    Ramadan: Not just Abstinence from Daily Intakes 

    By Abdellatif Oudra Rabat - The observance of Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam, compels Muslims to fast from sunrise to sunset. But it is not just about abstaining from food or drink.  Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is observed in commemoration of the revelation of Qur’an to the prophet Mohammad,...

  • Morocco Threatens to Terminate Agriculture Agreement with Europe
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    Morocco and the EU: Managing the Future

    Rabat - Morocco enjoys proximity to Europe and is at an advantage of being favoured by the European Union as a close partner on political, economic, and cultural levels. Historical archives and political legacies tie Morocco directly with at least three influential European countries: France, Spain, and England. Demography, kinship, and immigration compel other EU...

  • The Educational and Cultural Implications of the Arab Spring
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    The Educational and Cultural Implications of the Arab 'Spring'

    Rabat - In the last ten years or so, the Arab world has seen unprecedented collapses in the realms of politics and economy, among others. World NGOs regularly release area-specific rankings, in which Arab nations commonly rank at the bottom of lists in education, human rights, and income for instance while they top those of...

  • Thousands Hold Peaceful Demonstration in Memory of Mouhcine Fikri
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    Al Hoceima and the Pedagogical Exercise

    Ottawa - What makes a democracy different from non-democracy? This is the classical and historical question asked by philosophers over the centuries and deeply questioned in the discipline of political science. Democracy cannot prevent inequality as the case in the United States where inequality is the highest globally. Democracy cannot stop corruption like in Brazil...