• FIFA’s Rulebook Subject to Some Potentially Big Changes
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    FIFA’s Rulebook Subject to Some Potentially Big Changes

    By Lery Hiciano Rabat - The International Football Association Board (IFAB), has outlined a broad swath of potential new changes for the world’s most popular sport. The document, called “Play Fair!” was unveiled this past weekend. FIFA’s “Laws of the Game” were created by IFAB have been in use since 1886. For a game which...

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  • Jose Mourinho Accused of Tax Fraud Worth USD 3.7 Million
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    Jose Mourinho Accused of Tax Fraud Worth USD 3.7 Million

    Rabat - Manchester United's coach Jose Mourinho was charged with tax fraud on June 20 by Spanish authorities. The 54-year-old Portuguese coach, who was Real Madrid's coach from 2010 to 2013, was accused of two crimes against the Spanish public treasury. Spanish prosecutors claimed that the coach has failed to pay taxes worth USD 3.7...

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  • Ronaldo to Appear Before Judge in July for Tax Fraud
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    Ronaldo to Appear Before Judge in July for Tax Fraud

    By Safaa Kasraoui Rabat - Real Madrid's key footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to appear before a judge on July 31, following accusations of tax fraud by the Spanish authorities. Ronaldo is currently facing four charges against the Spanish public treasury dated between 2011 and 2014, including a case of tax fraud worth USD 65.5...

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  • FC Barcelona Eyes Italian Footballer Marco Verrati
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    FC Barcelona Eyes Italian Footballer Marco Verrati

    Rabat - Paris Saint German key midfielder Marco Veratti has expressed his desire to join Spanish superclub Barcelona this summer. According to British news outlet The Independent, Veratti has requested his current's club executives to set him free by the summer in order to join Barcelona, as the Spanish club is ready to offer a...

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  • Perez to Remain Real Madrid Chairman Due to Lack of Eligible Candidates
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    Perez to Remain Real Madrid Chairman Due to Lack of Eligible Candidates

    Rabat - Real Madrid president Florentino Perez Rodríguez will stay chairperson of the club for another four years, after no other candidates were eligible to compete him over the presidency. The 70-year-old businessman called for an election earlier this month, but no one could run against him. To run for Real Madrid's presidency, candidates must...

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  • Marco Asensio and Lionel Messi
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    Asensio: " Messi Won't Fit in Real Madrid"

    Rabat - Real Madrid midfielder, Marco Asensio, has predicted that Barcelona's key forward, Lionel Messi, would not fit in at the Bernabeu. After being asked about whether Messi would fit in Real Madrid, Asensio told Spanish sports platform, Marca, that his team is already as perfect as it gets at the moment " If we...

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  • Saudi Arabia to Launch Largest Sports Network
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    Saudi Arabia to Launch Largest Sports Network

    Rabat - Amid current political tensions between Gulf countries, Saudi Arabia is expected to launch the largest sports network, " PBS Sports," intended to compete directly with Qatari's sports network, beIN Sports.  Chairman of the board of directors of Saudi media, Muflih Al Haftaa, affirmed that one channel would be launched initially to promote the network's platform "With...

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  • Hicham El Guerrouj
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    18 Moroccan Olympic Medalists Honored by Mohammed VI Foundation of Sports Champions

    By Chaymaa Benallouch Rabat - The Mohammed VI Foundation of Sports Champions Morocco has paid tribute to all 18 Moroccan Summer Olympics medalists during the Foundation’s 2017 general assembly held in Rabat on Monday. The 18 Olympic medalists were welcomed for their achievements as gold medal winners. During this ceremony, the foundation also paid tribute...

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  • Football Rumors: Barcelona Keen to Sign Nelson Semedo
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    Football Rumors: Barcelona Keen to Sign Nelson Semedo

    Rabat - Portuguese footballer, Nelson Semedo, is the subject of heavy rumors that he is leaving his current team, Sport Lisboa e Benfica, for Barcelona this summer. According to Portuguese sports platform, A Bola, Barcelona and Benfica have already held talk regarding the youngster. The 23-year-old footballer's release clause with his current team stipulates 60 million euros. Interestingly, the...

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  • Ronaldo May Leave Real Madrid Following Tax Fraud Complaint
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    Ronaldo May Leave Real Madrid Following Tax Fraud Complaint

    Rabat - Portuguese sports outlet A Bola has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo may leave Real Madrid this summer following an accusation of tax fraud by Spanish authorities. The newspaper claimed that Ronaldo “desires to leave Spain and Real Madrid” after prosecutors in Madrid filed a tax fraud complaint against him,The news went viral, making the...

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo Did Not Try to Evade Taxes, Says Footballer's Agents
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    Cristiano Ronaldo Did Not Try to Evade Taxes, Says Footballer's Agents

    Rabat - Spanish superclub Real Madrid is convinced that its key forward Cristiano Ronaldo is innocent following accusations of tax fraud by Spanish authorities. According to sports outlet Goal, the club showed complete confidence in Ronaldo after prosecutors in Madrid filed a complaint against him. The footballer is accused of four crimes against the public...

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  • Football Transfer Market Heating Up
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    Football Transfer Market Heating Up

    By Lery Hiciano Rabat - The usual rounds of summer transfer rumors have officially hit and it seems that this year might be one of the most expensive on record – even after football’s most expensive ever purchase by Manchester United of Paul Pogba for GBP 89.3 million (EUR 105 million) last year. Here is...

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  • Morocco’s OCP to Give MAD 10 Million to Oued Zem Football Club
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    Morocco’s OCP to Give MAD 10 Million to Oued Zem Football Club

    By Chaymaa Benallouch Rabat - Morocco’s state-owned phosphate company, OCP, has signed an agreement in Khouribga to give a grant of MAD 10 million to support the football club Rapid Oued Zem. The agreement was initialed by the Regional Director of OCP Group, Brahim Ramdani, and the President of Rapid Oued Zem, Amine Nouara, in the...

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo Did Not Try to Evade Taxes, Says Footballer's Agents
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    Cristiano Ronaldo Faces Charges of 14.7 Million Euro Tax Evasion

    Toronto - Real Madrid superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, has joined the growing ranks of Spanish-based footballers facing charges of tax evasion in Spain. In a statement released Tuesday by public treasury officials, Ronaldo is accused of “four crimes against the public treasury between 2011-2014… which involves tax fraud of 14,768,897 euros (USD $65.5 million/GBP 12.9 million).”...

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  • Gianluigi Buffon: I Am Proud To Be Nothing Like Juventus Haters
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    Gianluigi Buffon: I Am Proud To Be Nothing Like Juventus Haters

    Rabat - Following a bitter defeat at the Champions League final game against Spanish rival Real Madrid, Juventus' goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has criticized Italian football fans who celebrated the loss. Earlier this month, Real Madrid and Juventus faced each other at the Champions League final. After Real Madrid's 4-1 win, fans of other Italian clubs...

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    Boxer Hassan Saada, Released From Custody in Brazil Pending Trial, Returns Home

    Rabat - Hassan Saada, the Moroccan boxer charged with having committed sexual assault in the Olympic village of Rio de Janeiro, was able to leave Brazil Friday after Brazilian authorities returned his passport. He arrived in Casablanca on Saturday morning. After rejecting several previous requests, the Brazilian court has allowed boxer Hassan Saada to return...

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo Becomes Father to Twins
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    Cristiano Ronaldo Becomes Father to Twins

    Rabat - Real Madrid superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, has reportedly become the father of baby twins from a surrogate mother, according to Portuguese media. Portuguese TV channel, SIC, has declared Ronaldo is the father of twin babies, one boy and one girl. According to the outlet the names of the newborns are Mateo and Eva. The same...

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  • Rafael Nadal Wins Record 10th French Open
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    Rafael Nadal Wins Record 10th French Open

    Rabat - Falling back against the red clay at the end of the men’s French Open final, Rafael Nadal celebrated his win in front of cheering fans Sunday. Fresh from #10 victories in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, Nadal met a determined opponent, 32-year-old, Stan Wawrinka, in France. He defeated the Swiss tennis ace 6-2, 6-3 and...

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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...