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    By Neaman Lerhmari Rabat – The Court of Auditors revealed the under-spending of the Fund for Social Cohesion in a report delivered at the House of Representatives on Tuesday. The fund totaled MAD 15 billion in cash flows from 2012 to 2016, but it spent less than half that amount on the four projects it […]

    The post Finance Ministry’s ‘Social Cohesion’ Fund Grossly Underspent MAD 15 Billion Budget appeared first on Morocco World News.


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    Rabat – It was a warm and windy morning in the middle of September 1982. I can’t recall that many of the details, except how my mom was holding my hands in full celebration of the moment and how my heart was melting from a mix of fear and joy. I had heard of all […]

    The post Unless Politicians Act, Violence Will Kill Joy in Moroccan Schools appeared first on Morocco World News.


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    By Sana Elouazi Rabat – Ahmed Toufiq, Minister of Endowment and Islamic Affairs, revealed on the eve of Eid Mawlid celebration, that Morocco is home to more than 14,000 Quranic schools, which teach the Holy Quran to 450,000 beneficiaries, 40 percent of whom are women. During his presentation on the annual report on the balance […]

    The post Morocco’s 14,000 Quranic Schools Teach 450,000 Students: Ahmed Toufiq appeared first on Morocco World News.


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    Rabat – The standing committee on Arab culture has unanimously appointed the city of Oujda as the capital of Arab culture for 2018, following its meeting held on Thursday, November 30 in Casablanca, reported the state news agency MAP. During the meeting, the Minister of Culture and Communication, Mohamed Laâraj, expressed to the organizers his […]

    The post Oujda Named Capital of Arab Culture for 2018 appeared first on Morocco World News.


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    Rabat – Taxpayers are the bread and the butter of the government. In a developing economy like Morocco, they provide the resources to run the social programs and to ensure the smooth working of administrations and government facilities. However, a large, growing category of lucky taxpayers are dispensed from paying, leaving the less fortunate compensate […]

    The post MAD 33.4 Billion Tax Waivers Granted Mostly to the Wealthy, IMF Says appeared first on Morocco World News.


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    By Sana Elouazi Rabat – Royal Air Maroc (RAM) is considering filing a complaint against Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel after accusing Morocco’s national airline on October 20, of “transporting something other than passengers,” referring to hashish. The news outlet M6info reported Saturday that a meeting took place at the beginning of November in the […]

    The post Royal Air Maroc Will Sue Algerian FM Messahel in Paris appeared first on Morocco World News.


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    Rabat – Policemen at the Casablanca Mohammed V Airport arrested, Saturday, a Brazilian national for his alleged involvement in an attempt of cocaine trafficking. A statement by the police (DGSN) said that the search operation helped to seize 1.445 kg of cocaine in plastic bags hidden in the underwear of the suspect, aged 33, adding […]

    The post Brazilian Arrested in Casablanca for Alleged Cocaine Trafficking appeared first on Morocco World News.


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    Rabat – Princess Lalla Meryem chaired, Sunday at the Mohammed V National Theatre in Rabat, the inauguration ceremony of the Diplomatic Circle Charity Bazaar, held under the high patronage of King Mohammed VI. In a speech on the occasion, president of the diplomatic circle and spouse of Hungary’s ambassador in Rabat Szilvia Tomler Visihanyo thanked […]

    The post Princess Lalla Meryem Chairs in Rabat Inauguration Ceremony of Diplomatic Circle Charity Bazaar appeared first on Morocco World News.


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    Rabat – The police prefecture of Fez arrested a 19-year-old man on Thursday, November 30, accused of stabbing an 18-year-old student to death in Al Massira high school . The suspect, who studies in the same school, allegedly him the victim in his face and heart, leaving him upon arrival in the emergency room. The […]

    The post High School Student Arrested for ‘Murdering Classmate’ in Fes appeared first on Morocco World News.


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    Rabat – Fodor’s Travel Guide, the world’s largest and professional travel guide book, has ranked Marrakech on the top of its “Travel Go List for 2018.” Based on its romantic charm, reflecting both authenticity and modernity, Marrakech made it to the top of the list ahead of 51 other renowned touristic destinations all over the […]

    The post Marrakech Tops Fodor’s Best Places to Visit in 2018 appeared first on Morocco World News.


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    Rabat – With no more than 21 cases for every 1,000 citizens per year, Morocco’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the world, alleged the Minister Delegate to the Minister of the Interior, Noureddine Boutayeb, on Monday. This rate has generally stabilized since 2015, Boutayeb said, responding to a question in the House […]

    The post Interior Minister Delegate Says Morocco Has ‘One of the Lowest Crime Rates in the World’ appeared first on Morocco World News.


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    Rabat – Taskiwine, a martial dance of the western Moroccan High Atlas, has just been included in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) 2017 Urgent Safeguarding List for intangible cultural heritage. Practiced by all the tribes of this area of the Moroccan Atlas, the Taskiwine dance takes its name from “Tiskt,” the […]

    The post Taskiwine, an Amazigh Martial Dance, Named UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage appeared first on Morocco World News.


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    Rabat – African media outlet site Afrika News has ranked the Moroccan Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou in Ouarzazate as one of the top four most distinguished UNESCO heritage sites across Africa. The famous Kasbah made it to the top of the list ahead of Victoria Falls located between Zimbabwe and Zambia, Kenya’s lake system, […]

    The post Ouarzazate’s Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah ‘Most Distinguished’ African UNESCO Heritage Site: Afrika News appeared first on Morocco World News.


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    Rabat – A total of 3.2 kg of cocaine was removed from the stomach of four foreigners at the Ibn Rochd University Hospital Centre in Casablanca, said on Wednesday the national police (DGSN). Policemen at the Mohammed V airport in Casablanca had arrested, on Nov. 30, four people from Brazil, Venezuela and Nigeria suspected of […]

    The post Moroccan Police Arrest 4 Foreigners Hiding Cocaine in Stomach appeared first on Morocco World News.


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    Rabat – In an effort to fight poverty, one of the most challenging issues in the kingdom, Morocco’s government council has just passed a bill to broaden the list of the Family Mutual Assistance Fund’s beneficiaries. The amount of an annual assistance aid has increased from MAD 160 million to MAD 500 million, according to […]

    The post Moroccan Govt. Pledges MAD 500 Million to Support Low-Income Families appeared first on Morocco World News.


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    Abidjan – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved US$ 265 million in loan support to a renewable energy project in Morocco. The AfDB’s commitment of US$ 265 million will help develop two solar power plants (NOORM I and NOORM II) at a total cost of €2.048 billion with a cumulative capacity of 800 MW, […]

    The post AfDB Loans Morocco $ 265 mln to Support Renewable Energy Project appeared first on Morocco World News.


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    Rabat – Barely a month after Morocco launched its first satellite, Algeria is following suit with its first telecommunications satellite propelled into orbit from China this Sunday. China’s Long March 3B rocket launched the Alcomsat-1 on Sunday. The satellite will reach its destination orbit in six days, announced the Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) in a […]

    The post Algeria’s First Telecom Satellite Launched From China appeared first on Morocco World News.


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    By Neaman Lerhmari Rabat – Winters in Morocco can be cold. While the country undergoes it coldest periods of the year, the rural population struggles to access firewood, a commodity whose prices have skyrocketed due to speculation.  According to the Moroccan daily Almassae, the prices of firewood rose to MAD 1,250 per ton (approximately 907 […]

    The post In Deadly Cold, Rural Moroccans Choose Between Food or Firewood appeared first on Morocco World News.


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    Rabat – Morocco is the best travel destination for Spaniards who preferred “warmth and the beach” for the coming Christmas and New Year holidays, according to a report released Monday by the online travel agency “Rumbo”. As the holidays get closer, many Spaniards “have planned Christmas holidays well in advance” the study said. While others are likely […]

    The post Morocco Best Destination For Spaniards to Spend Christmas Holiday appeared first on Morocco World News.


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    Rabat – To know a land requires one to understand the nuances within it: how natives interact with their locale, how natives interact with one another, and how natives interact with outsiders. These three facets of interaction shape an environment by shaping individual perceptions of their own position within their land.  “Insiders” – those who […]

    The post Morocco, Magnificent Land of Contrasts appeared first on Morocco World News.


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