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Morocco probes dinosaur tail sold in Mexico auction

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Moroccan authorities have opened an inquiry into the origins of a dinosaur tail from the North African country sold at auction in Mexico, the culture ministry said Saturday. The four-metre-long (13-foot) fragment of an “Atlasaurus tail from the Jurassic period” was sold on Tuesday for 1.8 million pesos ($96,000), according to Mexican auctions website Morton. It said the fossil came from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco after which the dinosaur is named. Abdellah Alaoui, the head of ...

Shocking images of abused maid sparks calls for labor law overhaul in Morocco

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Morocco’s Public Prosecutor’s office has ordered an investigation after shocking images emerged of the abuse inflicted on a domestic worker on the hands of her employer in Casablanca, state news agency MAP on Wednesday.Amina Khalid, a local activist and member of the human rights NGO INSAF, told Morocco World News website that the 22-year-old maid was subjected to “abominable aggression by her employer, resulting in burns and bruises all over the body”.The maid, ...

Dinosaur skeleton found in Morocco put on sale to rebuild Mexican schools

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

A fragment believed to be from a dinosaur’s tail found in Morocco and dating from the Jurassic period is among the objects on sale this Thursday through the Morton House catalog in Mexico City.Part of the profits from the sale of the skeleton of four meters and weighing 180 kilos will go to the project of Fundación Bancomer, aimed at rebuilding schools damaged by the earthquake that occurred in the Mexican capital on Sept. 19.The dinosaur is believed to have belonged to the ...

Morocco sentences man to death over MP killing

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

A Moroccan court sentenced to death a man over the murder of a member of parliament and jailed his widow, in a case involving sex and money, the government said Tuesday.Abdellatif Merdas, who was a member of the liberal Constitutional Union party, was gunned down near his house in Casablanca in March last year.A local councillor, Hicham Mouchtari, was sentenced to death on Monday after he was convicted of “premeditated murder”, the justice ministry said.Merdas’s widow, Ouafae ...

Morocco looks for smooth transition to more flexible exchange-rate system

Monday, 15 January 2018

Morocco’s introduction of a more flexible exchange-rate system from Monday could result in only a slight depreciation in the short term, analysts and bankers said, but the dirham could become more vulnerable if commodity prices rise.The move is aimed at giving the economy greater protection from external shocks, with central bank officials saying it will preserve competitiveness and that it has sufficient foreign exchange reserves -- covering 5 months and 24 days of imports -- to allow a ...

Morocco repatriates its last migrants from Libya

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Morocco on Saturday said it has started the third and final operation to repatriate its nationals stranded in Libya, a stepping stone to illegal migration to Europe.The ministry of expatriates and migration said the operation was launched on Friday and aimed at bringing home 338 Moroccan migrants stuck in Libya.The migrants were to be flown to Casablanca on the Libyan airline Afriqiyah and then transported by bus to their home towns, the ministry said in a statement.It did not say when the ...

Morocco to begin gradual liberalization of dirham

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Morocco will start a gradual and controlled liberalization of its currency the dirham from Monday, Prime Minister Saad-Eddine Al-Othmani said after a cabinet meeting.The North African country has had a fixed exchange rate regime for the dirham since the 1970s. It is pegged to the euro and the dollar. Othmani spoke to AFP on Friday after a cabinet meeting during which the long-expected decision was taken.The process of moving towards what the authorities call a “flexible exchange rate&rdquo ...

Blue Whale game kills teenager in Morocco, five in Algeria

Friday, 5 January 2018

A teenager committed suicide by throwing himself off of a building rooftop in Aghadir, south of Morocco, to complete the final challenge of a game called Blue Whale which has caused five other child suicides in Algeria by means of hanging. The young man was an undergraduate student who was known to be an introvert, local media reported on Thursday. He was addicted to video games, and quickly got into the Blue Whale game which gives players orders that they need to execute, the last of which is ...

Thousands take part in Morocco mass protest after coal mine deaths

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Thousands of protesters in northeastern Morocco on Wednesday called for “jobs and development” in the fourth day of mass protests since two miners died in a shuttered coal pit. “No to marginalization,” cried the mostly young demonstrators in the main square of the impoverished city of Jerada. On Friday, two brothers died in a tunnel accident 85 meters below ground, sparking the fury of residents over what they view as state neglect. ALSO READ: World War II vet to get ...

Moroccan youth give Berber twist to Game of Thrones theme song

Monday, 4 December 2017

A YouTube clip showing Moroccan youth giving a Berber twist to the famous opening title song of Game of Thrones is gaining traction online. The video was only posted four days ago on YouTube but has so far gained more than 40,000 views. The young Moroccans paid tribute to their Berber heritage by using tradition North African musical instruments such as the Rabab guitar and the kamenjah violin. The video clip was reportedly filmed in the outskirts of Agadir, south of Morocco.

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