• Bouteflika Transferred to Switzerland for ‘Medical Tests’
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    Bouteflika Appointed Africa’s Coordinator in Fight Against Terrorism

    Rabat - President of Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, was appointed Africa’s coordinator in the fight against terrorism on March 14 in the Ethiopian Capital of Addis Ababa. During the handover ceremony that brought together the outgoing and incoming commissions of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was appointed Africa’s coordinator in...

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  • Algerian TV Mocks African Investment Forum Organized by Algeria
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    Algerian TV Mocks African Investment Forum Organized by Algeria

    Rabat - An Algerian TV channel report mocked the mismanagement of the African Investment Forum organized in Algeria between December 3rdand 5th. The African Investment Forum, or Algeria’s unpremeditated, incoherent, and poorly planned attempt to steal the light from Morocco following its signing of historical collaborations with numerous eastern and western African countries, has resulted...

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  • Algeria's Bouteflika
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    Algeria’s Trade Deficit Widens Due to Decline of Oil Prices

    Rabat - Algeria’s trade deficit continues to widen with the drop in oil prices, heralding  major economic problems for Morocco’s eastern neighbor. The drop in oil prices on the international market over the last two years continues to worsen Algeria’s commercial deficit. The country relies heavily on petroleum, which makes up 95 percent of Algeria’s...

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  • Social Crisis Ensues in Algeria as Oil Prices Drop
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    Social Crisis Ensues in Algeria as Oil Prices Drop: French Newspaper

    Casablanca — In an article published on Monday, the French daily “Libération" tackled the topic of Algeria’s current social crisis, which comes as a result of the drop in oil prices and the government’s efforts to control its impact.  According to the article, titled “Algérie: au pays de l’heure noire,” which roughly translates into “Algeria:...

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  • Canon Unveils Strategic Plans for Maghreb with New Business Division
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    Canon Unveils Strategic Plans for Maghreb with New Business Division

    Rabat – As part of its drive to support local businesses through cutting-edge technologies, Canon, a leader in imaging solutions, has outlined its strategic growth plans for the Maghreb market  while announcing the launch of its new PIXMA G-Series printers under the newly formed Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) business division. The division—which covers operations...

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    Morocco, Libya to Boost Bilateral Relations in Air and Sea Transportation

    Rabat - Minister of Equipment, Transportation and Logistics Aziz Rabbah met, on Thursday in Rabat, with Transportation Minister of the Libyan national unity government Milad Mohamed Maâtoug, on means to boost bilateral cooperation, notably in the transportation and infrastructure sectors. The visit of Libyan official, along with a delegation (Aug. 3-5), is meant to give...

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    ACWA Approves Construction of Wind Power Farm in Morocco

    By Sekar Krisnauli Rabat - ACWA Power Khalladi announced that it has approved final orders to suppliers and contractors for the Khalladi Wind Power Project in the Northern region of Morocco since construction began November 2015, according to a Monday  press release. Khalladi is scheduled to begin commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2016,...

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  • Qatar Proposes International Conference
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    Qatar Proposes International Conference to Help Revive Tunisian Economy

    By Kainoelani Lee  Rabat – Qatar proposed the organization of an international conference to help revive Tunisia’s depilated economy, which has since been affected by the 2011 revolution, according to the North Africa Post. Emir Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani made the proposal on Wednesday, while visiting and discussing with the Tunisian president, Caid Essebsi....

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  • A foreign delegation visits on December 14, 2008 the Krechba gas treatment plant, about 1,200 km (746 miles) south of Algiers. The In Salah gas project, a four-year old venture grouping energy majors Sonatrach of Algeria, BP of Britain and Statoil of Norway, is described by its managers as the world's first and largest onshore carbon capture and sequestration scheme. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is due to meet on December 17, 2008 in the Algerian city of Oran. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Algeria Signs $206 Million Contracts With American Oil Companies

    Rabat - Sonatrach, Algeria’s government-owned oil company, granted contracts worth $206 million to a series of American companies for “cementing and pumping services,”and oil drilling, according to a reports by Reuters on, which cited a document from the state-owned Algerian company, Sonatrach. Schlumberger obtained a $75 million contract, while Weatherford received $11 million in new...

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    Libyan Agreement: Washington Expresses 'Deep Gratitude' to Morocco for its Leadership

    Washington - The United States on Monday expressed their "deep gratitude" to Morocco for its "leadership" following the initialing of the final draft political agreement at the UN-led talks in Morocco, State Department Spokesman, John Kirby said. "We express our deep gratitude to the kingdom of Morocco for its leadership hosting the UN talks, and...

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    Mauritania Expels Algerian Diplomats Over article Against Morocco

    Rabat - Mauritania has reportedly expelled an Algerian diplomat for attempting to trouble the relations between Rabat and Nouakchott. On Wednesday evening, the First Counselor at the Algerian Embassy in Nouakchott, Belkacem Cherouati, was expelled from Mauritanian. Mauritanian government accused him of being behind the publication of  an article on a local news website, which "undermines...

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    Lack Of Integration Costs Maghreb Countries 2 To 3% Of GDP: Expert

    Tunis - The lack of regional integration in the Maghreb costs the region’s countries 2 to 3% of their GDP, president of the Moroccan economists association Mustapha El Ktiri said on Monday in Tunis. Speaking at a meeting on the Maghreban integration and the European Union, El Ktiri deplored that the Maghreban countries lose 3 to...

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    Casablanca, Tunis stock markets sign protocol of agreement

    Casablanca - The Casablanca and Tunis stock markets signed a protocol of agreement to consolidate cooperation in information and experience exchanges, training and technical assistance, promotion of the stock market culture and development of double quotations. A release of the Casablanca stock market announced that the agreement was signed on Friday during the official visit...

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    Ex-Tunisian leader, family milked economy: World Bank

    WASHINGTON - Companies controlled by ousted Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his family garnered 21 percent of all his country's private sector profits, according to a new World Bank report. The report, released Thursday, depicted the huge extent to which the Tunisian strongman of 24 years took control of much of the country's economy and enriched his...

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    Israeli tourists prevented from entering Tunisia

    TUNIS - Israeli tourists aboard a cruise ship were prevented from entering Tunisia due to a surprise decision by the Tunisian government, the cruise operator said on Monday. "During Norwegian Jade's port call in La Goulette, Tunisia on Sunday, March 9, 2014, a small number of guests holding Israeli passports were not allowed to go ashore because of a...

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    World Bank unveils $1.2 bn Tunisia support programme

    TUNIS - The World Bank on Friday announced a $1.2 billion programme to support economic and political reform in Tunisia after the adoption last month of a new constitution. "The financing planned for 2014 would include $750 million in support of government reforms to level the economic playing field and promote growth and job creation, while increasing accountability in the delivery...

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    Algeria awards $4 bn in contracts for power plants

    ALGIERS - Algeria's electricity and gas company Sonelgaz awarded Wednesday $4 billion (2.9 billion euros) in contracts to South Korean and Spanish companies to build six power plants, the APS news agency said. Chosen for the projects were a partnership of Hyundai Engineering and Daewoo International, as well as the other South Korean firms of Samsung and GS/Daelim. Spain's Duro Felguera rounded...

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    Morocco: Business leaders lament North Africa union's failure

    MARRAKESH, Morocco - Exactly 25 years after the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA) of North African states was formed in Marrakesh, business leaders gathered here Monday lamented its failure to integrate the region. The five countries that make up the UMA -- Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Mauritania -- have a total population of 90 million...

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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...