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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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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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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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Morocco pulls out as host of African Para Games in 2020

Morocco has pulled out of hosting the maiden African Para Games slated for 26 to 31 January 2020. The country’s capital city of Rabat was to host the first ever African Para Games to develop the game. According to a letter from the African Paralympic Committee (APC) sent to the National Paralympic Committee of the various countries, the decision was made due to unresolved issues between the APC and Moroccan authorities. Morocco accepted to host the African Para Multi-Sport Competition after a protocol agreement was signed in the presence of…

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Morocco’s king pardons journalist jailed for ‘having abortion’

Morocco’s king Mohammed VI has pardoned a female journalist jailed for allegedly having an “illegal” abortion. Hajar Raissouni, 28 was also accused of having sexual relations outside of her marriage and jailed for a year in September. Her Sudanese fiance and gynaecologist have also been jailed one and two-years, respectively over the issue. But an anaesthetist and medical assistance who were allegedly involved in carrying out the abortion were given suspended sentences of a year and eight months, respectively. The justice ministry said on Wednesday that the king’s intervention in…

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The Moroccan journalist jailed for ‘having abortion’

A Moroccan journalist Hajar Raissouni has been jailed for a year by a court for allegedly having an “illegal” abortion. Raissouni, 28 was also accused of having sexual relations outside of her marriage, Al Jazeera reported. Her Sudanese fiance and gynaecologist have also been jailed one and two-years, respectively over the issue. But an anaesthetist and medical assistance who were allegedly involved in carrying out the abortion were given suspended sentences of a year and eight months, respectively. The journalist was arrested on August 31 this year while leaving a…

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