• Tramway: 29 Km Line Extensions for the Rabat-Sale-Temara Region
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    Rabat-Salé Tramway to Be Extended Until 2AM on Ramadan Night 26

    Rabat - Transdev has announced that tramway schedules between Rabat and Salé will be extended for the eve of Laylat Al Qadr (Destiny Night)until 2 a.m. The tramway will run until 2 a.m. with a passage every half hour starting midnight, the company said in a statement, noting that the timetables will be available on the tramway's stations,...

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  • The Hassan Tower in Rabat
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    Figures of Islam, Judaism and Christianity Celebrate Tolerance and Peace in Rabat

    Rabat - On the 56th anniversary of King Mohammed V’s death, members of the three monotheistic religions met in Rabat on Thursday to celebrate the tolerance and peace that the late King encouraged. The Forum for Tolerance and Peace was organised as an initiative of the Mediterranean Centre for Peace and Dialogue Between Cultures and...

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  • Lahcen Daoudi Accuses Oil Companies of Increasing Hydrocarbon Prices
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    Lahcen Daoudi Accuses Oil Companies of Increasing Hydrocarbon Prices

    Rabat - The liberalization of the hydrocarbon sector initiated by the Benkirane government has led to a substantial increase in the margins of hydrocarbon distributors in Morocco, according Lahcen Daoudi, the Minister in charge of General Affairs and Governance. Speaking before the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 6, Daoudi stated that since the liberalization...

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  • Ministry of Urban Planning: 800,000 Housing Units Created by 2021
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    Ministry of Urban Planning: 800,000 Housing Units Created by 2021

    Rabat - Morocco is encouraging social housing with a new program initiated by the Ministry of Urban Planning to build 800,000 housing units by 2021. Fatna Lkhiyel, Secretary of State for Housing, said on Thursday in Rabat that the aim of this program is to reduce housing deficit by fifty-percent through the four upcoming years....

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    HCP Elected Co-Chair of the Euro-Mediterranean Statisticians Forum

    Rabat - The High Commission for Planning (HCP) of Morocco was elected co-chair of the Forum of Euro-Mediterranean Statisticians (EU-MED Forum). This is part of the framework of Euro-Mediterranean statistical cooperation. Established in 2013, the Forum of Euro-Mediterranean Statisticians is a high-level decision-making body in charge of the orientation, evaluation and validation of the activity...

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  • Casablanca World’s Fifth Most Crowded City World Economic Forum
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    Casablanca World’s Fifth Most Crowded City: World Economic Forum

    Rabat - Casablanca is among the world’s most crowded cities, according to a recent report released by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Based on UN Habitat data, the report lists the ten most densely populated cities in the world. With a population density of 14,200 inhabitants per square kilometer, Casablanca came fifth in the world and...

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  • Abdelhak El Khayam, the Director of the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ)
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    Europe Should Follow Morocco’s Counter-Terrorism Policy: Moroccan Security Head

    Rabat - “Cooperation in the fight against terrorism is unconditional.” In an interview with the Spanish news website “El Español”, Abdelhak Khiame, the Director of the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ), has warned about the danger posed by jihadists returning from zones of conflicts.   Dubbed the “Terrorist Hunter” by some European media, Khiame has...

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  • China Invites Moroccans to Study at Its Higher-Ed Institutions
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    China Invites Moroccans to Study at Its Higher-Ed Institutions

    Rabat - China is bent on establishing relations in Morocco. Having initiated more than 80 businesses in the Kingdom, China is now opening up its higher education system to Moroccan students. The announcement was made at the “China Higher Education Exhibition” on Thursday, May 11 at Mohammed V University in Rabat. Organized for the first...

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    2017 Nador Film Festival Invites Bollywood Star Shahrukh Khan as Guest of Honor

    Rabat - The Nador International Film Festival has chosen to celebrate Bollywood cinema during its 2017 annual event. As part of the celebration, internationally acclaimed Indian film star Shahrukh Khan has been invited by festival organizers to participate in the event.  The actor has not yet responded. Scheduled for July 3-8, the sixth Annual Nador...

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  • 2017 Marrakech du Rire: "Prepare to laugh… Very Hard"
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    2017 Marrakech du Rire: "Prepare to laugh… Very Hard"

    Rabat - The 7th Annual International Humor Festival, "Marrakech du Rire," will kick off June 28 and go until July 2. With several well known comedians participating in the event, laughter is guaranteed. The 7th Annual "Marrakech du Rire" will be marked by the participation of a variety of talented French and Arabic speaking humorists and...

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  • Brahim Bouarram
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    Macron Pays Tribute to Moroccan Killed by National Front Terrorists

    Rabat - Emmanuel Macron, Jean-Luc Melenchon and several elected officials paid tribute to the memory of Brahim Bouarram, a 29-year-old Moroccan who drowned in the Seine 22 years ago after being pushed into the river by skinheads on the fringes of the National Front's traditional May Day rally. Macron made sure to remind the National...

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  • Moroccan Professor Caught Paying for Sex with Good Grades
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    Moroccan Professor Caught Paying for Sex with Good Grades

    Rabat - A Porofessor at Abdel Malek Saadi University in Tetouan has been allegedly giving out grades in exchange of sexual favors from his students. Hundreds of screenshots containing explicit sexual conversations were plastered all over Facebook last week. The alleged protagonist of this story is an algebra professor at Tetouan’s university, who is being accused...

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  • Morocco’s Stocks Up 0.81%, Hitting All-Month High
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    Morocco’s Treasury: 70% Decrease in Financial Deficit in Q1FY17

    Rabat - Good news for Morocco’s General Treasury (TGR), whose deficit saw a significant decrease in the first months of 2017, states the TGR in its latest monthly government finance statistics bulletin. The Treasury's expenses and resources reveals a budget deficit of MAD 4.4 billion in the first quarter of 2017, compared to a deficit...

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    8.7% Increase in Moroccan Tax Revenues in 2017

    Rabat - Tax revenues rose by 8.7 percent in the first months of 2017 and Caisse de Compensation bill revenue increased by 63 percent compared to the same period of the previous year, said Mohamed Boussaïd, Minister of Economy and Finance on Thursday. According to the minister, the new draft of the 2017 Finance Bill aims...

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  • Ivorian Tourism Sector to Follow Moroccan Model
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    Ivorian Tourism Sector to Follow Moroccan Model

    Rabat - The African Development Club and the Ivorian Bank Company organized this April 20-22 a meeting under the title “Investment Opportunities in the Tourism Sector”. The meeting, attended by the Ivorian Minister of Tourism, Siandou Fofana, and the Director General of the Moroccan National Tourist Office, Abderrafie Zouiten, gathered more than 200 personalities from...

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  • World Bank Foresees Positive Outlook for Moroccan Economy
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    Moroccan Economy Resilient Amid Global Economic Crisis

    Rabat - The Moroccan economy has shown remarkable resilience throughout the 2008-2009 worldwide financial crisis and the European economic slowdown, according to a recently published report by the Mediterranean Co-Production Observatory. The report notes that the Kingdom has emerged from the recent international economic shocks practically unscathed. Good harvests and the resistance of national demand...

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  • Morocco Presents Its Investment Opportunities In London Stock Exchange
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    Morocco Presents Its Investment Opportunities In London Stock Exchange

    Rabat - Business opportunities offered in Morocco and the prospects for Moroccan-British cooperation were at the heart of the 2nd edition of the "Morocco Capital Markets Days", held on April 24-25 at the London Stock Exchange. The event, which was initiated in partnership with the Casablanca Stock Exchange, was an opportunity to promote the Moroccan...

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  • Murcian Companies to Make Economic Mission to Morocco
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    Murcian Companies to Make Economic Mission to Morocco

    Rabat - Nine companies from the Spanish region of Murcia, operating in various sectors, will visit Morocco May 7 to 14 in order to strengthen their presence in the Moroccan market, Murcia’s first exports destination in North Africa. This economic mission, organized by the Murcia Chambe Nine companies from the Spanish region of Murcia, operating in...

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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...