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Saad Hariri tweets picture with Saudi Crown Prince, King Mohammed of Morocco

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Lebanese PM Saad Hariri on Monday evening tweeted a picture showing him with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The picture has been doing the rounds on social media since then. Besides Hariri and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the photo also shows King Mohammad VI of Morocco.  

Morocco threatens UN buffer zones in disputed Western Sahara

Monday, 2 April 2018

Morocco's government is threatening to take control of UN-monitored buffer zones in Western Sahara amid concerns that the mission is failing to keep out Polisario Front independence fighters.The warning Sunday came as the UN is preparing a report this week on whether to extend its 27-year-old peacekeeping mission for Western Sahara, claimed by both Morocco and the Polisario.Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said Sunday that the Polisario recently moved members to the UN-controlled areas ...

Morocco calls for tighter regulation to protect personal data privacy

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Moroccan Government Spokesperson and Minister of Communications Mustapha El Khalfi is one of the speakers at the International Government Communication Forum being held in UAE’s Sharjah on March 28 and 29. The conference is focusing on the topic of digital communication and comes amid growing scrutiny on technology companies regarding data privacy. More than 3,000 delegates are attending the conference, including leading figures from the fields of technology and politics. During the ...

Rape video of minor girl sends shockwaves across Morocco

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

A video circulating on social media of a man attempting to rape a minor girl in a public street in Morocco has caused an uproar in the country. In the video, the man is seen forcibly trying to remove the girl’s clothes and touching her inappropriately as the girl yells “Don’t you have a sister? Would you want someone to do this to her?” But the man continued with the assault and can be heard laughing as his friend recorded the horrific incident. The video, which was ...

Morale-boosting win for Tunisia in football friendly against Iran

Saturday, 24 March 2018

A fortunate own goal handed Tunisia a 1-0 victory over Iran in their friendly clash on a waterlogged pitch in Tunis on Friday, in what was a morale boosting result for the World Cup-bound north Africans. Wahbi Khazri proved the talisman for the home side and it was his dribbling run that led to the 71st minute winner. Khazri’s shot was parried by Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand into the path of defender Milad Mohammadi, who could only turn the ball into his own net. Tunisia, who share ...

Thousands stage protest in Morocco's Jerada despite ban

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Thousands of Moroccans on Friday defied a government ban and demonstrated in the former mining town of Jerada demanding an "alternative economy" and the release of jailed activists. The accidental deaths in December of two brothers trapped in a mine shaft, followed by two other deaths under similar circumstances, has sparked a wave of unrest and protests in the impoverished town. An economic plan proposed by the government succeeded in briefly calming social unrest, but protesters ...

Moroccan protestors clash with police in mining town, hundreds injured

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Moroccan protestors on Wednesday clashed with security forces in a poor mining town where residents have been demanding government help to tackle poverty, officials and activists said. The town of Jerada in the remote northeast has seen protests since two artisan miners were killed in an accident in December but demonstrations calling for state aid and alternative jobs had remained peaceful until now. On Wednesday, protestors set five police cars on fire and clashed with police, a local ...

Moroccan cleaner wins beauty pageant, becomes overnight star

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Sanaa Maatat, 25-year-old, won the title of the Miss Cleaners beauty pageant in Morocco, becoming famous overnight after people shared her photos on social media. Many could not believe that Maatat cleans streets and collects trash, considering she is pretty and has beautiful skin. Although she says she believes her looks can help her land a better job, Maatat said she is proud of what she does and does not consider changing her job.Maatat, a mother for two, also said that she works to provide a ...

New song by Moroccan artist Saad Lamjarred channels Michael Jackson

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Shortly after returning to Morocco after being held in France over rape allegations, artist Saad Lamjarred released a new music video on Friday. The song, “Ghazali,” earned more than half a million views only minutes after the video went live at an average of 50 thousand views every five minutes. This is the first song Lamjarred has released in Morocco since the case began in October of 2016. At this time, the Moroccan singer is on temporary travel and is not allowed to make a press ...

Rape-accused star Saad Lamjarred to return to Morocco ‘in next few days’

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Moroccan star Saad Lamjarred, who was imprisoned in France after a French girl accused him of attempted rape in 2016, will temporarily return to Morocco. “My dears, I want to share with you the news of my temporary return to my country Morocco in the next few days. God willing,” Lamjarred said on his social media accounts, adding that he will seize the opportunity to release his new song from there. Lamjarred was temporarily released from prison in France in April 2017. He has not ...

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