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Hafid El Fassy is the business Editor & Comumnist . A Financial Engineer from Paris-Jussieu & Dauphine Universities, he started in Project & Trade Finance in 1993 before being a Global Emerging Markets Speculative and ALM Trader .Since 2004, he has provided business development/financing advisory for Moroccan Real Estate, Banking, Trade and Tourism projects to top tier Institutions.

Freedom of Press Index: Tunisia leading country in Maghreb

Tunisia with its fragile democracy has ranked the first Maghreb country favorable for journalists, on Reporters Without Borders (RSF) 2019 index released Thursday. The North African country stands at the 72nd position over 180 countries featuring into the ranking. Tunisia with this new rating leapfrogged its ranking as it came in the 97th place on […]

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Death toll exceeds 200 in Tripoli fighting with Khalifa Haftar’s forces

Death toll exceeds 200 in Tripoli fighting with Khalifa Haftar’s forces

In Libya, about 205 people have been killed, including 18 civilians, and 913 wounded in two weeks of fighting near the capital city Tripoli. About two weeks ago, Eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar ordered his troops to march on the capital Tripoli, taking his conflict with the internationally recognized government to a dangerous new level. […]

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Morocco’s King outlines guidelines for enhancing Cen-Sad role

King Mohammed VI has outlined the guidelines that are likely to enhance the role of the Cen-Sad grouping as a preferred interlocutor for the resolution of the crises plaguing the Sahel-Sahara region, through a coordinated approach with the other Regional Economic Communities, the African Union, the United Nations, the European Union and other stakeholders. In […]

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Tindouf camps in turmoil

The Tindouf camps are in turmoil following bloody clashes Saturday between factions of the Rguibat tribe over ownership of a plot of land at the intersection of the Farcia and Jdayria circles, in the so-called “Smara” camp. The clashes caused serious material damage, according to concordant sources and videos relayed on social networks. Three people […]

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Morocco’s prison administration transfers Rif detainees closer to their families

Morocco’s prison administration said that inmates who were convicted on charges relating to Rif protests will be moved to jails north of the country for humanitarian reasons. The decision was taken after an appeals court in Rabat confirmed the prison sentences against the activists of the Hirak who were convicted of threatening public order among […]

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Jewish-Muslim cohabitation, the Moroccan Exception in the Arab World – NYT

Morocco boasts a rich history of Jewish-Muslim cohabitation, and in the past several years, the kingdom has taken significant steps to strengthen it, while King Mohammed VI is carrying out a wide-ranging effort to revive his country’s Jewish heritage, in gestures of openness to remind Moroccan citizens, and the world, that the country’s Jewish history […]

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Libyan Parties urged to show restraint, deescalate tensions

The governments of France, Italy, the United States, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates have expressed deep concern over fighting in Libya and urged all parties to immediately de-escalate tensions, which are hindering prospects for UN political mediation. n a joint statement issued Thursday, the five countries said at this sensitive moment in […]

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Pope Francis Pays Historic Visit to Morocco

Pope Francis paid Saturday and Sunday a historic visit to Morocco that he concluded with the celebration of a papal Mass at the Prince Moulay Abdellah sporting complex in Rabat. The Mass, which was aired worldwide, was attended by nearly 10,000 members of Morocco’s Catholic community. In his homily, the spiritual leader of the Catholic […]

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Pope Francis says he is coming to Morocco as “a pilgrim of peace and fraternity”

On the eve of his visit to Morocco this Saturday and Sunday at the invitation of King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, Pope Francis addressed a video message of greetings to the Moroccan people. In his message, the Pope, who expressed his thanks to King Mohammed VI for his gracious invitation, said he was […]

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Moroccan Diplomat Appointed AU Special Representative in Sudan

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, announced on Friday the appointment of Moroccan diplomat Mohamed Belaich as the new Special Representative of the African Union in Sudan. An AU statement also said Angolan ambassador Matias Bertino Matondo was appointed as the new Special Representative and Head of Office for the African […]

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