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Princess Lalla Salma and her , Crown Prince Moulay Hassan and Princess Khadija, appeared on Wednesday, September 18, in a photo taken in New York city. Mehdi Benkirane, the founder of the Association of King Mohammed VI Fans, shared the picture on his social media accounts. princess lallasalma newyork moroccan news moroccoworldnews

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The Ministry of Culture announced yesterday, Wednesday 18, the launch of renovation works on the Marinid medersa (Marinid school) and Chellah necropolis in Rabat. The Minister of Culture, Mohamed Laaraj, gave the renovation projects the green light in the presence of the Wali (governor) of Rabat-Sale-Kenitra region, Mohamed Yaacoubi. moroccan rabat ministry news lifestyle moroccoworldnews

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Moroccan project, Integration of energy efficiency in the building sector, has received a €20 million fund from the Nama Facility, an international climate finance program that seeks to encourage “ambitious action on climate change.” The project earned financial aid as part of an international contest. Commenting on securing the fund, Minister of National Territorial Development and Urban Planning Abdelahad Fassi Fehri said that the selection of the Moroccan project confirms Morocco’s “pioneering” role in the fight against greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. climatechange moroccan international news moroccoworldnews

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Moroccan biologist, author, and prominent Islamic feminist Asma Lamrabet announced her decision to leave Morocco for an “indefinite period.” Lamrabet announced the decision on her Facebook account on Sunday, September 15. The post, which was met with a range of different reactions reads, “I am leaving Morocco for a destination far away for an indefinite period.” news moroccan moroccoworldnews

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Former Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has died at the age of 83. Mounir Ben Salha, the lawyer of the former president confirmed his death to Euro News. Ben Ali was ousted after a popular movement erupted in Tunisia in 2011, sparking the Arab Spring. Ben Ali’s death comes on the heels of the July death of Tunisia’s first democratically elected leader, Beji Caid Essebsi. tunisian news moroccan moroccoworldnews

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Morocco’s flag carrier Royal Air Maroc (RAM) is the official carrier of the first biennial Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace, which opened in Luanda, Angola on September 18. Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported that the plan to make Royal Air Maroc the official carrier for the event is part of the 2015 partnership between the airline and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). news royal air maroc moroccan moroccoworldnews

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French police arrested Abdelfatah Jawadi on Saturday, September 15, in the city of Grenoble. Jawadi is suspected of raping a French woman. According to Moroccan news outlets, French authorities have seized Jawadi’s passport and car. The comedian is under exit restrictions and will remain in Grenoble pending his first trial in October. news moroccan france police moroccoworldnews

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We would not automatically think of banjo tunes segueing into traditional Moroccan Gnaoua music, fused with blues and jazz. But this trajectory made all the sense in the world for Majid Bekkas, an internationally renowned pioneer of Gnaoua fusion music. festival majid bekkas music moroccoworldnews

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From tomorrow, Monday, September 16, world Moroccans and tourists visiting Morocco will no longer have to fill in a police token upon their arrival in the kingdom👍🏻 The information is confirmed by the national security service DGSN to Moroccan media. Filling in a police card has been mandatory for decades for anyone visiting Morocco. The old-fashioned procedure has been denounced for years, mainly during the summer period when millions of Moroccans return to their countries of origin abroad. With the abolition of the police file, the authorities want to make traffic in ports and airports smoother. Khalid Zerouali, wali and director of border control at the Ministry of the Interior, had been given the mission to improve border crossing 🇲🇦🌴🌴 morocco moroccoborder moroccoairport crossfitmorocco marrakech casablanca fez travels moroccoworldnews morocconews lonleyplanet news moroccotours visitmorocco

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The Directorate General of National Security (DGSN) has announced that it will no longer require travelers to fill in exit and entry forms cards at Moroccan airports from Monday, September 16 onwards. The change not only applies to airports but also the land borders at Ceuta and Melilla, a source told Moroccan outlet Medias 24. No longer requiring travelers to fill in the forms will streamline the process, as well as reducing human traffic. The soon-to-be phased out forms currently require travelers to find a pen and fill out dozens of details such as profession and maiden name, among others. The form must be handed to border police before proceeding to baggage collection or customs. news moroccan DGSN moroccoworldnews

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Kahina Bahloul, the first female Imam in France, told French-Monegasque Radio Monte Carlo (RMC) that she plans to open the first liberal mosque in France. Men and women would pray side by side and lead prayers alternatively in the proposed place of worship. Bahloul also announced that she launched a crowdfunding campaign to open the mosque, which she intends to call “Fatima.” news france moroccan woman moroccoworldnews

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International Moroccan player Achraf Hakimi, who plays for Borussia Dortmund in Germany, on Loan from the Spanish Real Madrid, is on the radar of the London based team, Chelsea. Frank Lampard, Chelsea’s coach, is a fan of Hakimi and would like to recruit the Moroccan player in the upcoming winter transfer window, according to British website Caught Offside. The English team is ready to offer €35 million to sign the Atlas Lion. They also got the greenlight from Zinedine Zidane, coach of Real Madrid, the team that owns the player’s contract. achrafhakimi chelsea moroccan player news sports moroccoworldnews

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Magnus Soderlund, a professor at the Stockholm School of Economics, caused controversy after he allegedly advocated cannibalism at the Gastro Summit in Stockholm. The professor made his statement at a panel entitled “Can You Imagine Eating Human Flesh?” according to the New York Post. Magnus argued that eating human flesh from dead bodies, as an alternative to over-reliance on pastoral farming, could help with the challenges of climate change. news professor climatechange moroccoworldnews

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A Moroccan trio of acrobats performed on the 14th season of America’s Got Talent. The footage of the performance went viral. The trio, called the Messoudi Brothers, showed strength, agility, and balance in their show-stopping performance. After the three brothers finished their set, the crowd and judges applauded and cheered on the Moroccan acrobats. america got talent news moroccan moroccoworldnews

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International analytics company New Frontier Data released new data on drug trafficking on September 10. The analytics company claims that Morocco is Europe’s biggest cannabis supplier. A graphic shows that 62% of cannabis seized in Africa was from Morocco in 2016. Security services, according to the visual, seized a total of 937,414 kilograms of hashish between 2012 and 2016. New Frontier Data also say that Morocco is the world’s largest – albeit illicit – “supplier of cannabis to Europe.” cannabis europe morocco news international moroccoworldnews

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On Saturday, September 7, two female imams led a Muslim prayer, gathering both men and women. The prayer was the first Muslim prayer led by a woman and involving both genders in France. “This moment is important for Islam in France because this prayer guarantees gender equality in Islam,” said Eva Janadin, one of the two female imams in her opening speech. The room where the prayer was held was full of participants from both genders. The sermons were given in French with translations of Arabic expressions. two female paris news moroccoworldnews

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A picture shared by Hind Tazi, wife and manager of Moroccan pop singer Hatim Ammor, has gone viral on social media. The picture, which announced Tazi’s fight against cancer, shows Tazi, with a shaved head, putting her forehead against her husband’s as a sign of love and mutual support. hatimammor wife cancer moroccan news moroccoworldnews

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Security services have found the body of a woman, the victim of an accident caused by floods in the Errachidia province. On Sunday, September 8 shockwaves spread throughout Morocco when a bus overturned on a bridge in Errachidia province. Security services are still looking for possible missing people, while 18 people have been reported dead. Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) initially reported on Monday, September 10, that six people lost their lives in the accident. Search operations subsequently found 12 more bodies. errachidia kill cars news moroccan moroccoworldnews

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US President Donald Trump has fired his senior national security adviser John Bolton. The adviser’s dismissal comes a year and a half after his appointment. Trump announced his decision on Tuesday, September 9. He wrote on Twitter that he informed Bolton that his services are “no longer needed” at the White House. “I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning,” Trump wrote. donaldtrump johnbolton us news moroccoworldnews

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Four years on from the initial announcement in 2015, Indian hotel chain Oberoi has announced that it will be opening its long-awaited luxury hotel in Marrakech in December. The luxurious hotel, which is surrounded by 28-acres of gardens, combines Indian influences with traditional Moroccan style. It has 84 rooms, suites, and villas, 76 of which include swimming pools and private gardens. morocco hotel marrakech news moroccoworldnews

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Former international football player Ruud Gullit said that the Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) should reconsider its plans to invest in Moroccan-Dutch football players. Traditionally, dual nationality makes it hard for a football player, who face the dilemma of choosing between two national teams. This is the case of international football player Mohammed Ihattern, who has not yet decided whether he will represent Morocco or the Netherlands. ruud gullit moroccan football sports news moroccoworldnews

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Spanish tennis champion Rafael Nadal expressed heartwarming condolences message to former Moroccan tennis player Karim Alami, who lost his son in a road accident in Bali in August. After his big victory at the US Open final on Sunday, September 8, Nadal took a moment to express his happiness in an emotional moment over the win. nadal sports morooco españa news moroccoworldnews

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Morocco’s ultimate fighting champion Ottman Azaitar defeated Finnish fighter Teemu Packalen by a knockout on Saturday, September 7 in Abu Dhabi. Azaitar defeated his rival in a lightweight fight at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), leaving no chances for his opponent. The 29-year old champion knocked out his rival with one punch in the ear during the first round. Azaitar is a world champion in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). ottmanazaiter azaitar boxing champion knockout news sports moroccan video moroccoworldnews

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Forbes magazine has listed 5 Moroccan hotels among the 40 most anticipated hotel openings in 2020. The list of hotels in Morocco includes the Fairmont in Taghazout Bay, the Antara Al Houara Resort in Tangier, Ritz-Carlton in Rabat, Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Tamuda Bay, Also in Tamuda Bay, the list includes the St. Regis Resort. moroccan hotel taghazout news tanger moroccoworldnews

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Internations has released its 6th annual Expat Insider survey, one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive surveys on life abroad. This year, Morocco ranked as the 26th best country to be an expat. The ranking is a significant jump forward from last year when Morocco ranked 32nd. Read more about this story in the link in the bio. international news morocco moroccoworldnews

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Taarabt is on the shortlist of head coach of Morocco’s national football team Vahid Halilovic, who called him for two friendly games. Taarabt told the press on Monday, September 2, that it is “always an honor” for him to defend the colors of Morocco. Taarabt made his remarks after a training session with the national team. The football player currently plays for Benfica. sports player morocco news football moroccoworldnews

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On Tuesday, September 3, the host country for the 22nd FIFA World Cup, Qatar, unveiled the official emblem for the football tournament in Doha at 8:22 pm local time. Thousands of spectators witnessed the projection of the emblem on a number of iconic buildings in the country, including Burj Doha, Katara Cultural Village Amphitheatre, the Ministry of Interior, Souq Waqif, and Msheireb and Al Zubarah Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site. fifa worldcup qatar2022 rabat kasbah news moroccan moroccoworldnews

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The journalist, working for the Arabic-speaking newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum, is suspected of “illegal sexual relations resulting in pregnancy and illegal abortion.” Standing in court in Rabat on September 2, the defendants refuted the allegations, as reported by AlYaoum24, an online media company owned by Akhbar Al Yaoum. The gynecologist reportedly told the judge that Raissouni had had a hemorrhage that required immediate surgery. “We did not perform any abortions. I made an urgent intervention,” said the gynecologist, according to AlYaoum24. journalist moroccan alyaoum24 news police akhbar moroccoworldnews

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In the overall score, Casablanca ranked 54th globally and 5th in the Arab world among 60 cities in the 2019 list of the safest cities published by the British newspaper The Economist. The indicators relate to personal security and health safety, as well as other indicators related to digital security and safety of infrastructure. Globally, Tokyo ranked first followed by Singapore. Abu Dhabi and Dubai topped the list of the safest Arab cities, ranking 27th and 28th respectively. Casablanca scored an overall index of 53.5 compared to an average of 71.2. As for the sub-indexes, Casablanca ranked 51st in digital security (44.9), 54th in health security (50.0), 52nd in infrastructure security (49.6), and 44th in personal security (69.5). casablanca video moroccan news post moroccoworldnews

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As his first challenges loom large on Morocco’s footballing horizons in the forms of two friendly matches in quick successions, on September 6 against Burkina Faso and September 10 against Niger, Vahid Halilhodzic, the new head coach of Morocco’s Atlas Lions appears to ooze an elegant mixture of reserve and confidence. Two weeks after he was appointed to take Moroccan football to new heights in terms of trophy delivery and consistency in performance and energy levels, Coach Halilhodzic is bound to go into the upcoming friendly games with a state of mind above the traditional, not-such-a-big-deal kind of energy that friendly games usually induce. coach morocco players news moroccoworldnews

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On Friday, August 2, the Urban District of Casablanca launched a call for tenders, looking for a company to “construct reading kiosks in the public gardens of the city of Casablanca.” Once the tenders are submitted, the selected company will be responsible for the construction and layout work of the kiosks, such as masonry, electrical connections, waterproofing, plumbing, carpentry, plastering, and painting. There will be 16 of these outdoor reading spaces and kiosks, one in each area of the city. casablanca city book news moroccan video moroccoworldnews

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Moroccan international goalkeeper Yassine Bounou has joined the Spanish football club, FC Sevilla, on loan from Girona. Sports news outlet Goal reported that the football player landed in the capital of Andalusia to join Sevilla on September 2. Goal reported that a purchase option is under discussion between Girona and Sevilla. The sports news outlet also said that Bounou will be the “substitute for Sergio Rico.” news sports yassinbono goalkeeper laliga sevilla player moroccoworldnews

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Pope Francis has appointed Rabat’s archbishop Cristobal Lopez Romero as one of the new 13 cardinals. Vatican News said that the new cardinals will be promoted at a consistory that will take place on October 5 at the Vatican. “Their origin expresses the missionary vocation of the church which continues to proclaim the merciful love of God to all the men of the earth,” the Pope said. Pope Francis appointed Lopez Romero in December 2018. He was then ordained as the new archbishop of Rabat in March 2018. He succeeded former archbishop Vincent Landel, who resigned for age reasons. pope morocco news cardinal moroccoworldnews

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The subject of a tense contest between Moroccan and Dutch football federations for the past months, PSV Eindhoven attacking midfielder Mohammed Ihattaren has decided to take some time to think seriously about his options. The talent has said he wants to take the necessary time to think deeply about his international career before taking a firm decision about joining either of his two countries’ teams. Earlier this month, both the Moroccan national team and the Dutch U21 squad called up the 17-year-old for upcoming matches in September. football sports player PSV morocco news moroccoworldnews

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A video of a woman with a British accent screaming at chicken vendors and committing acts of vandalism in the souk of Sidi Bouabid in Tangier has gone viral. The footage has sparked anger over tourists visiting Morocco with the aim of imposing their own cultural and societal values on the population. In the video, the woman can be seen aggressively screaming, at the men that they “can’t read”. Still screaming, she proceeds to swear at them and stick up her middle finger, violently berating the chicken vendor for the living conditions of the chickens. video moroccan tanger news woman moroccoworldnews

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The Amazon rainforest is the world’s largest tropical forest. It’s home to 30 million people and hosts the largest concentration of biodiversity on the planet. It’s quenched by the largest river in the world. It holds upward of 140 billion metric tons of carbon. And right now, it’s burning. fire world news amazon moroccoworldnews

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The Moroccan Cinema Center (MCC) has selected Maryam Touzani’s directorial feature debut, Adam, to represent Morocco at the prestigious Oscar Awards. The film has been entered into for preselection in the category of Best International Feature Film. Although Morocco has not had great success in the Oscars so far and a Moroccan movie has not passed the shortlist stage since 1977, Adam has received wide critical acclaim since it entered the festival circuit making supporters hopeful. The movie, which will make its debut in theatres in January 2020, spotlighted the controversial topic of unwed mothers in Morocco. The story was inspired by a pregnant woman who was going door-to-door asking for work in Touzani’s hometown of Tangier. moroccan film oscars meryamtouzani cinema moroccoworldnews

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On August 28, rainstorms in several areas of Souss Region (southern Morocco) caused massive flooding with more than 11 people swept away, according to local sources.In the province of Taroudant (80 kilometers east of Agadir), floods swept away a number of victims. The floods coincided with the finals of a football league organized in the region and the presence of many citizens attending the event. taroudant moroccan news moroccoworldnews

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GQ Middle East, one of the men’s fashion & style magazines, has featured Moroccan rapper Issam on the front cover of its quarterly issue. The GQ cover is the latest addition to a series of wins this year for Issam, who signed a record deal with Universal Music in France in May. He told GQ the deal has given him a renewed sense of confidence because “they told me that I could do what I wanted musically. Even visually. The label believes in me. They give me the means to try new things,” he said. However, things haven’t always been easy for the 26-year-old rapper from Casablanca. just last year, Issam was denied a visa to visit the Arab World Institute in Paris, and the rejection left him frustrated. “I am 25 years old, I am single and Moroccan. That’s why they rejected my visa. I went through a very difficult period after that, I’ll be honest,” he told QG. “Music has no borders, but artists do.” issamhariss rapper moroccan news gq USA NEWS moroccoworldnews

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A Spanish endurance athlete has become the first man to paddleboard across the Pacific Ocean — an epic 2,900-mile solo voyage from San Francisco to Hawaii lasting 76 days. Antonio de la Rosa, 50, arrived on the shores of Honolulu on Saturday morning and described the journey as one of “absolute loneliness and self sufficiency” — using nothing but elbow grease to move the 24-foot stand-up paddleboard. De la Rosa said he barely slept the last night as strong winds threatened to strand him on the rocky coast between the islands of Molokai and Oahu, SFGate reported. Hurricane Flossie had also pushed him off course and forced him to change direction. “The last 24 hours were of concern and uncertainty,” he wrote in a translated Facebook post. spain man pacificocean beach hawaii news moroccoworldnews

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Moroccan rapper French Montana used his stage time as a presenter at the Video Music Awards (VMAs) in New York to raise awareness about the plight of immigrants in the US. While presenting the award for Best Latin video alongside American actress Alison Brie, he said he was “proud” to present the award “because as an immigrant, I feel like we are the people that make this country, and I feel like I want to be the voice.” French Montana, whose real name is Karim Kharbouch, emigrated to the US from Rabat at age 13 and has since become one of the biggest names in hip-hop. frenchmontana moroccan news rap hiphop moroccoworldnews

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A military plane crashed into the Mediterranean Sea off the southeast coast of Spain on August 26, with Spanish media reporting that the pilot was killed. Both El Pais and El Mundo cited the country’s defense ministry as saying the pilot had died. The Spanish Air Force said on Twitter that, after a recovery team was sent to the site, “everything indicated” that the pilot had died. Witnesses reported seeing the plane hit the water near La Manga at about 9:30 on Monday morning. españa plane news video moroccoworldnews

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Moroccan iconic actress Jamila Ben Omar, known as Amina Rachida, died on Monday August 26. She was 83 years old. The news was announced by the Moroccan Union of Dramatic Arts on its Facebook page. She started her television and theater career in 1955. aminarachid comedy moroccan news moroccoworldnews

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Morocco’s Princess Lalla Meryem, born to King Hassan II and his wife, Lalla Latifa Hammou, celebrates her 57th birthday Monday, August 26. The firstborn of King Hassan and Lalla Latifa, Lalla Meryem was born in Italy during the royal family’s vacation. Throughout her life, Lalla Meryem has taken on her roles in the royal family as the daughter of a King and sister of a King while pursuing her role in society as a royal advocate for women and vulnerable . Lalla Meryem has served as president of the Social Work of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) since 1981, a post King Hassan II gave her shortly after she received her Baccalaureate from Mohammed V University. morocco princess lallameryem birthday moroccan news moroccoworldnews

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Moroccan athlete Soufiane El Bakkali took home the victory from the Paris Diamond League’s 3000m steeplechase, a race which includes hurdles and water jumps, on Saturday, August 25. El Bakkali injured his foot during the race and blood could be seen seeping through his shoes, but that didn’t stop him from being the first to cross the finish line. sports run paris diamond league moroccan moroccoworldnews

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At just 17 of age, Mohammed Ihattaren is yet again at the center of a tussle between the Moroccan and Dutch football federations. Both countries are courting the services of the PSV Eindhoven prodigy. Mohammed Ihattaren, whose sustained brilliance with his club have recently earned him a solid reputation in football circles in the Netherlands, is now confirmed to be on the radars of both the Moroccan and Dutch national teams. This is in addition to being, at club level, a promising candidate for spots in some powerhouses of European football. Vahid Halilhodzic, the newly appointed Moroccan coach who is visibly in search of an effective, working formula to set afoot a refreshed, talented, and game-winning squad, has already named the PSV play-maker in his list of 49 names in consideration for a definite spot in the national squad. sports morocco netherlands PSV player moroccoworldnews

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Responding to the allegations of family members of some imprisoned activists posted on some websites and social media, the General Delegation for Prison Administration and Reintegration (DGAPR) has asserted that the behavior of some prisoners in the Ras El Maa prison in Fez was contrary to the regulations in force. According to a DGAPR corrective received by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), the prisoners allowed three fellow inmates to benefit from vouchers at the grocery store. Exchanging vouchers is not permissible under the regulations of the management of canteens and stores inside prisons. The DGAPR explained that these vouchers are usable only by each specific inmate. Prisoners are not allowed to give them to other inmates. moroccan amazigh_marorcco news moroccoworldnews

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Italian security services have expelled Salma Bencharki, the wife of Abderrahim Moutaharrik, a Moroccan ISIS fighter, for security reasons. Moutaharrik is a Moroccan kickboxer who received a six-year prison sentence in 2016 for terror charges. He is known as the “ISIS Boxer.” Italian authorities arrested the Moroccan fighter and his wife after an investigation showed they were planning to take their family from Italy to Syria. Moutaharrik and Bencharki have two , aged 5 and 7. Moutaharrik was also planning a terror attack against the Vatican. police italy moroccan news moroccoworldnews

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French President Emmanuel Macron has angered his Brazilian counterpart by calling the wildfires blazing in the Amazon rainforest an "international crisis" that should be on the agenda at the G7 summit in Biarritz. "Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest - the lungs of our planet which produces 20% of our oxygen - is on fire. It is an international crisis," Macron tweeted Thursday. "Members of the G7 Summit, let's discuss this emergency first order in two days!" he said, adding the hashtag ActForTheAmazon. international actfortheamazon news brazil amazon moroccoworldnews

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While Baghrir can be bought for one of two dirhams at most local shops, served warm, straight from the pan nothing can beat them. Considered one of the most traditional Moroccan recipes, Baghrir is an Amazigh (berber) delicacy. The almost bite-size, fluffy pancakes are characterized by the small holes that appear on the surface while cooking. Like the British crumpet, the holes allow the spongy pancakes to soak up butter, honey, Amlou, or even soft cheese with olive oil. It is Served for afternoon tea, supper, and breakfast Baghrir are comforting and warm; however, when making them precision is key. The batter should be neither too thick, not too thin. Here’s my recipe for a perfect Sunday morning. baghrir moroccan food moroccoworldnews

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Washington D.C. – The timing of the interview was a shock for viewers. That the video was aired on the day that Moroccans were celebrating the 66th anniversary of the King and the People’s Revolution, was an affront to Morocco and its people. August 20, 1953, holds a special importance in the hearts of the Moroccan people. It signaled a major shift in Moroccans’ struggle against the French protectorate, and by extension against the Spanish in northern and southern Morocco, including in Western Sahara. western sahara moroccan news moroccoworldnews

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On Wednesday, August 21, Morocco’s Bank Al Maghrib announced the release of a commemorative banknote of MAD 20. The banknote’s release celebrates the 20th anniversary of the King Mohammed VI accession to the throne. Morocco celebrated Throne Day on July 31. The central bank said that the new banknote is “characterized by a vertical design, which carries a photo of King Mohammed VI.” bank moroccan news moroccoworldnews

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Football player Luis Suarez, who plays as a striker for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Uruguayan national team, took off to Morocco for a vacation following an injury to his calf. Suarez is off from playing any matches for three weeks after sustaining the injury on Friday, August 16, during a game against Athletic Bilbao on the first day of La Liga. Hoping to put his downtime to good use, Suarez arrived in Tangier on Saturday, August 17 and spent the weekend. He was joined by his wife, Sofia Balbi, and their 3 . The family also visited Chefchaouen, and Balbi took to Instagram to show off their vacation to iconic beautiful city. “Morocco, I love you,” she captioned the photo. luissuarez moroccan chefchaouen news player moroccoworldnews

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Moroccan international football player Nabil Dirar, who currently plays for Turkish team Fenerbahçe, wowed fans with his part in Fenerbahce’s win 5-0 against Gazisehir, on Monday, August 19th. His impressive performance earned him a spot in the Turkish Super Lig’s “Team of the Week” (TOTW). TOTW is a fictional squad assembling the players that gave the best performances in each position during a particular week of a competition. According to SofaScore, a website specialized in football statistics, Dirar scored 8.5, making him the second best player of the week, behind his teammate Emre Belozoglu. sports player nabildirar turkish news moroccoworldnews

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In his speech for Revolution Day, King Mohammed VI encouraged Moroccan youth not to discount vocational training. The King recommended vocational training as a means to reduce the unemployment rate and social disparities, particularly in rural areas. The King recalled that Morocco has already put in place a national program to reduce social disparities with a budget of MAD 50 billion for the period 2016-2022. The program seeks to improve access to education, vocational training opportunities and social welfare programs in rural areas of the kingdom. kingmohammedviofmorocco moroccan news youth moroccoworldnews

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Ivanka Trump, daughter and advisor to US President Donald Trump, has praised Morocco’s efforts to ensure equality between Moroccan women and men in terms of inheritance. Trump’s daughter took to her Facebook to send a special thanks to the Moroccan government and to the Moroccan ambassador to the US, princess Lalla Joumala. On Monday, August 19, Ivanka wrote that the US applauds the “Moroccan government for this important step towards the adoption of inheritance law amendments, and look forward to supporting their full implementation.” ivankatrump morocca usa news moroccoworldnews

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King Mohammed VI has granted his royal pardon to 262 inmates sentenced in many prisons across Morocco, a statement from the Ministry of Justice said on Monday, August 19. The King granted his royal pardon to the inmates on the eve of the 66th anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People. The ministry said in a statement that 217 prisoners had their prison terms reduced. king mohammedvi moroccan news moroccoworldnews

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David Keene is at again. In an opinion article published on August 10, the Algeria-paid lobbyist vilified Morocco’s reputation and presented Algeria as the friend and savior of what he describes as Africa’s “last colony.” Keene built his case in the article on a single, sad event that occurred in the aftermath of the final of the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN), when reported clashes between the Moroccan police and pro-Polisario activists in Laayoune caused dozens of injuries and two deaths. Capitalizing on that incident, Keene presents Morocco as a “military, colonial regime” doing everything to ensure that news of its purported atrocities in the territory never reach the outside world, especially the United States. “The problem is that few Americans even know that Africa’s last colony exists,” Keene said. news westernsahara sahara moroccan moroccoworldnews

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The Royal Football Federation (FRMF) introduced Vahid Halilhodzic as the new coach of the Moroccan national football team. The president of the FRMF, Fouzi Lekjaa, announced today, August 15, that the federation reached an agreement with the Bosnian sportsman who will succeed French coach Herve Renard. The announcement comes after FRMF reviewed a three-name shortlist featuring German Gernot Rohr, tFrench Laurent Blanc, and the Bosnian coach. coach football news sports moroccan moroccoworldnews

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Controversial Moroccan pop star Saad Lamjarred announced his return to Morocco in an Instagram video yesterday, August 14, causing a stir. Lamjarred seemed in good spirits in the video despite his ongoing legal troubles, blowing a kiss for the camera. “Tomorrow, god willing, I’ll be coming back to Morocco for a visit!” he wrote. He did not say how long the visit will last. saadlmjared morocco news moroccoworldnews

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Laurent Blanc has refused Morocco’s offer to replace Herve Renard as the coach of the Moroccan national football team, reported RMC Sport. The sports news outlet reported that Blanc has informed President of Morocco’s Football Federation (FRMF) Fouzi Lekjaa of his decision to reject the offer. Lekjaa and Blanc met in Morocco on Thursday, August 8. coach moroccan laurentblanc football sports moroccoworldnews

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The Ministry of Royal palaces has announced that King Mohammed VI will no longer celebrate his birthday with the official annual ceremony at the royal palace. The celebration is traditionally held every August 21. The day is also a landmark to celebrate Youth Day which commemorates the contribution of youth in Morocco. kingmohammedvi king morocco news moroccoworldnews

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If a Moroccan friend invites you to attend Ed Al Adha celebrations, don’t you dare say no! The feast is one of two Islamic holidays celebrated across the world annually. Besides the importance of Eid Al Adha in Islam, the atmosphere of the celebration differs from one country to another. In Morocco, citizens feel the vibes of Eid Al Adha weeks before as equipment needed for the celebration inundates Moroccan souqs, including knives, barbecue grills, and skewers. eiduladha boulfaf moroccan news moroccoworldnews

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Israeli forces used tear gas to clear scores of Palestinians at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, where worshippers had gathered for Eid Al Adha prayer on Sunday. They also fired rubber bullets to drive worshippers out of the holy site, as dozens of Jewish settlers came to mark what they call the holiday of Tisha B’Av. The Jewish holiday is traditionally marked by “an increase of Jewish visitors to the site,” according to Al Jazeera. As clashes erupted on the holy site, Palestinians started chanting the famous slogan “ With our soul and blood we will redeem you, Aqsa.” pelistine alquds news moroccoworldnews

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Ajax Amsterdam football club is seeking to extend the contract of its key forward Hakim Ziyech. Dutch news outlets reported that Ajax also extended the contract of Brazilian football player David Neres to 2023. According to AD, Ajax is hoping to not lose more key football players, and wants to extend the contract of the Moroccan national football player. hakimziyech ajax football sports news morocco moroccoworldnews

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WAC is believed to be acting alone to appeal the CAF’s disciplinary board decision, without the support of the Moroccan football governing body (FRMF). The governing body of Moroccan Club Wydad of Casablanca, headed by Said Naciri has decided to appeal the disciplinary ruling made by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Wednesday, August 7. The disciplinary board declared Esperance Sportive de Tunis the winner of the 2019 African Champions League Cup. caf football sports news moroccoworldnews

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American Airlines will launch a new seasonal air route, linking Philadelphia with Casablanca. The flight will be the first of its kind for the US carrier in Africa. The flight route will also make the American Airlines the only US carrier operating a direct flight to Casablanca. According to Air Journal, American Airlines will launch the seasonal flight on June 4, 2020. The flight linking Philadelphia with Casablanca will serve passengers with three flights a week on a Boeing 757, until September 8. morocco news world moroccoworldnews

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The youngest boxing heavyweight champion ever, Mike Tyson has made a shocking revelation about the way he used to escape anti-doping checks. In an interview with ESPN on August 8, the American boxer admitted to having used to submit his wife or ’s urine in order to avoid positive results in anti-doping tests. “I used to use my wife’s urine and she would say when the results are known, they’ll tell you you’re pregnant. So I thought it would be better to use my ’s urine,” said Mike Tyson. miketyson boxing news usa moroccoworldnews

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A zebra, nine addax, eight Barbary sheep, eight servals, eight Dorcas gazelles, eight Bald ibis, and a Dama gazelle were born, amongst other animals, said the Rabat Zoo in a press release. Some of these animals are critically endangered. The Dama gazelle, the largest of all gazelles, is also one of the rarest. Once common in Chad and the Darfur and Kordofar provinces of Sudan, fewer than 400 of these gazelles remain in the wild. The Bald ibis is a migratory bird found in semi-arid habitats. The bird can be spotted in the Souss-Massa and Tamri regions in southern Morocco. Thanks to record breeding results there, the birds status was downgraded in 2018 from critically endangered status to endangered on the IUCN Red List. zoo rabat animals morocco news moroccoworldnews