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    French workers hold bosses over botched lay-offs

    CABESTANY, France, March 29, 2013 (AFP) Workers at a French greetings card firm on Friday sequestered the head of their company and the chief of the Dutch firm which owns it after sacked employees were told they would not get their dues. The protest at the office of French firm Edit66 and the Dutch owner...

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    Iraq, Afghan wars to cost U.S. up to $6 trillion: study

    WASHINGTON,March 29, 2013 (AFP) The Iraq and Afghanistan wars will cost the United States between $4-6 trillion in the long term, constraining the government’s budget for decades to come, a study said. Harvard University scholar Linda Bilmes concluded that the United States will face increasing costs to care for an estimated 2.5 million veterans, and...

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    France misses targets for 2012 public deficit, debt

    PARIS, March 29, 2013 (AFP) France's two key economic indicators for 2012 overshot government targets, with public deficit standing at 4.8 percent of gross domestic product while public debt reached a new record of 90.2 percent of output, data showed on Friday. The government had forecast a deficit of 4.5 percent of GDP for the...

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    US 4th quarter growth faster than thought: 0.4%

    WASHINGTON, March 28, 2013 (AFP) US economic growth in the fourth quarter was stronger than originally thought at 0.4 percent, the Department of Commerce said Thursday in its final revision of the initial estimate. The previous estimate had the economy basically flat, expanding at an 0.1 percent annual pace. The new data showed exports and...

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    French budget minister steps down over Swiss bank account

    PARIS, March 19, 2013 (AFP) French Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac resigned on Tuesday after prosecutors announced a full investigation into a secret Swiss bank account he allegedly used to hide assets from the tax authorities. The prosecutors' move made Cahuzac's position untenable and deeply embarrassing for the Socialist government as he was the government minister...

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    Bank of China chairman resigns

    HONG KONG, March 17, 2013 (AFP) Bank of China chairman Xiao Gang resigned from his post after he was chosen to head China's top securities regulator, reports said late Sunday. Xiao was named the head of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, the country's securities regulator, according to Xinhua, citing the Shanghai Securities News and other...

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    Eurozone tackles sensitive Cyprus debt bailout

    BRUSSELS, March 15, 2013 (AFP) Eurozone finance ministers meet Friday to thrash out the details of a relatively small but important bailout for Cyprus, the fifth member state to need help in the face of a debilitating debt crisis. After Greece with two rescues worth some 380 billion euros ($496 billion), Ireland'S 85 billion euros,...

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    Turkish Airlines to purchase up to 117 Airbus jets

    March 15, 2013 (AFP) Turkey's national carrier Turkish Airlines said on Friday it would buy up to 117 planes from the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, with deliveries scheduled between 2015 and 2020. "The airline's board of directors announced 117 air planes will be joined to the existing fleet," the airline said in a statement announcing...

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    Spanish debt hits record 84.1% of GDP

    MADRID, March 15, 2013 (AFP) Spain's public debt hit a new record of 84.1 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) at the end of 2012, owing to increases both at the federal level and that of the country's 17 autonomous regions, official data released on Friday showed. The figure, which gained 14.8 percentage points last...

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    Volkswagen to open seven factories in China

    WOLFSBURG, Germany, March 14, 2013 (AFP) Volkswagen, Europe's biggest carmaker, said Thursday that it planned to open seven more factories in China, as it confirmed record net profits for 2012 and voiced optimism for next year. "In the coming years, we will build at least 10 new factories, seven of those in China alone," VW...

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    US judge blocks New York ban on giant sodas

    By Brigitte Dusseau NEW YORK, March 11, 2013 (AFP) A judge in New York on Monday blocked city mayor Michael Bloomberg's planned ban on giant sodas, just a few hours before restrictions on the sale of such drinks were due to come into effect. Judge Milton Tingling ruled that the measures to restrict soda servings...

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    Qantas defends itself after jumbo it sold went to Iran

    SYDNEY, March 09, 2013 (AFP) Australia’s Qantas Saturday said it took all reasonable precautions in selling aircraft after a report revealed that a jumbo jet once owned by the carrier had ended up in Iran despite sanctions. The Sydney Morning Herald said the Boeing 747-300 was one of three aircraft sold in August 2010 in...

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    Indian gang-rape victim shares US courage awards

    WASHINGTON, March 8, 2013 (AFP) The Indian gang-rape victim whose brutal death shocked the nation and the world was among nine women honored by the United States on Friday for their courage. The young student, who has become known simply as "Nirbhaya" or "fearless," was awarded the US International Women of Courage award posthumously after...

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    'Uncatchable' Algerian jihadi mastermind Belmokhtar

      N'DJAMENA, Chad, March 03, 2013 (AFP)  Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the one-eyed Islamist who masterminded a brazen attack on an Algerian gas field, was branded "the Uncatchable" but the desert fox has now reportedly been killed in northern Mali. Chad said its troops killed the Al-Qaeda veteran on Saturday during an operation in the Ifogha mountains,...

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  • Los Angeles Users Call 911 over Facebook Crush
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    Facebook stocks lower as Instagram loses users

    December 28, 2012 (AFP) Facebook shares fell Friday after a report said its photo-sharing app Instagram had lost millions of users following the release of planned policy changes since dropped on an outcry from users. According to audience tracker AppData.com, over the past week the number of daily Instagram users fell by 3.5 million to...

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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...