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Morocco legalizes cannabis production for medical use

– – Morocco‘s government has legalized the production of cannabis for medicinal and industrial purposes. With the approval, farmers would now be allowed to farm so the cannabis can be exported and used domestically. The government is hopeful this move will lift up impoverished farmers in the Rif mountains amid a growing legal global market for the drug. Cannabis is mostly grown in the northern Rif mountains of Morocco. Until this approval growing the plant was illegal although the production has been overlooked by authorities with Morocco among the top…

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Morocco recalls ambassador to Germany over territorial dispute

– – Morocco has recalled its ambassador in Berlin over the disputed Western Sahara territory. The North African country is accusing Germany of being involved in hostile actions that would harm the interests of the country. In a statement, Morocco cited Germany’s “destructive attitude” and “antagonistic activism” regarding its actions that followed the US decision to recognise Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara. Last year, Germany called a UN Security Council meeting to discuss the issue after former US President Donald Trump said Washington recognised Moroccan control on the disputed territory. Morocco has…

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Africa Mali West Africa World 

25-year-old Malian woman gives birth to nine babies

– – Malians have been thrown into a state of shock following news of a woman giving birth to nine babies at a go. The rare case of Halima Cisse, 25, giving birth to five girls and four boys has surprised many and attracted attention. Mali’s health minister said in a statement that the woman gave birth to the babies in a Moroccan hospital where she was admitted. Health Minister Fanta Siby said in a statement that the deliveries were done through Caesarean section. She congratulated the medical teams in Mali…

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Morocco cuts all ties with German embassy

– – Morocco has suspended all ties with the German embassy in the country over its stance on Western Sahara. The suspension of relations was announced by Morocco’s foreign affairs ministry who cited “deep disagreements concerning crucial issues.” In December, 2020 Germany criticized then-US President Donald Trump for recognizing Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara. A senior diplomat said Morocco’s decision to suspend ties with Germany was also a response to not receiving an invitation to an international meeting about Libya last year. When Berlin hosted a conference in January 2020…

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Morocco to legalise cannabis production for medical use

– – Morocco‘s government has announced that it will soon be legalizing the production of cannabis for medicinal and industrial purposes. Once the approval is secured farmers would then be allowed to farm so the cannabis can be exported and used domestically. The government is hopeful this move will lift up impoverished farmers in the Rif mountains amid a growing legal global market for the drug. Cannabis is mostly grown in the northern Rif mountains of Morocco. Growing the plant is currently illegal but the production has been overlooked by…

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Africa Mali Sports World 

Morocco retain CHAN title with a 2-0 win over Mali

– – Morocco became the first team to successfully defend the African Nation Championship (CHAN) trophy with a 2-0 win over Mali in Cameroon. The Moroccans were made to work hard for their win and both of their goals came from second-half corners in front of around 6,700 fans at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde. Soufiane Bouftini headed home the first and that was followed up by another from Ayoub El Kaabi, who scored nine goals in 2018 to help Morocco win the title on home soil. To make…

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CHAN: Morocco and Mali to fight for the title

– – Sunday’s delayed 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) final between holders Morocco and Mali will see history made whoever lifts the trophy. While Morocco could become the first nation to successfully defend the title, after winning on home soil in 2018, Mali are seeking a first success in the tournament for players based in their own domestic leagues. “There is no team that has retained the CHAN title,” said Morocco coach Houcine Ammouta. “We want to become the first team to achieve this and we remain positive, taking one step…

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CHAN: Holders Morocco through to meet Mali in final

– – Morocco will defend their African Nations Championship (CHAN) title against Mali in Sunday’s final in Yaounde after the holders thrashed Cameroon 4-0 in Wednesday’s semi-final. The Moroccans were simply too good for the hosts, as a double from Soufiane Rahimi either side of goals from Soufiane Bouftini and Mohammed Ali Bemammer secured a comprehensive win. “It was a little difficult for us from the start, but things got better when we scored the first goal,” said Morocco coach Houcine Ammouta, whose side are the first to reach successive…

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Israel and Morocco begin historic first regular flight

– – Morocco and Israel have started historic first scheduled flight between the two nations effective Tuesday. Israel and Morocco less than a month ago agreed to normalise relations between them. Passengers on the El Al plane for the first flight included White House senior advisor Jared Kushner, who reportedly played a key role in brokering the peace agreement. The US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman was also on board the flight. The plane for the flight is emblazoned with the word “peace” in Arabic, Hebrew and English. – –…

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North Africa 

Morocco: Youth Entrepreneurship in Community

by Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir – Marrakech, Morocco Moroccan youth today, whether urban or rural based, face enormous obstacles in achieving their self-development and in creating the improvements they seek for their families, communities, country, and even for the world. As they know all too well, they are confronted with the statistical reality which confirms the more educational credits they have, the more their income expectation is proportionately diminished. The higher the level of education results in fewer employment options available for them to consider. The backdrop of having little faith…

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