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Morocco's Energy Ministry delivered permits to Voltalia to build two hydropower plants of respectively 9.8 MW and 7.2 MW in the Middle-Atlas region. "These permits follow positive technical approvals delivered by the National Bureau for Electricity and Drinking Water regarding the connection of the plants ...
Paris: Couscous may be the signature dish of North Africa, but steaming plates of the stew-topped semolina are also served up in West Africa and around the Mediterranean. Since 1998 the Italian island of Sicily has been the unlikely host of the couscous-making world championship known as Cous Cous ...

This Star wars Tour will take you to visit unforgettable Star Wars film locations throughout Tunisia. This includes visiting the Cantina, seeing Obi-Wan Kenobi's home on Djerba Island, taking a hike in 'Star Wars Canyon, walking through the streets of Mos Espa, visiting Luke Skywalker's home, plus more!
But the countries of North Africa's Maghreb region may be about to put their differences aside with a joint bid to have the dish added to Unesco's Intangible cultural Heritage list. The list showcases the world's most precious cultural treasures, with the UN cultural body sometimes offering funding to ...
Marrakech looks like it has been coloured-in using a child's paint box. The winding medina streets are a dusky pink, and jasmine, cactus and bougainvillea-filled courtyards shimmer under the deep blue sky. But while the Moroccan city has been attracting and inspiring artists for centuries, it is only now ...
The North Africa and Middle East training efforts were recently launched with a memorandum of understanding and initial funding from the U.S. Department of State. It will support a regional training center in Tunisia focused on stimulating feed industry growth in one of the areas of the world with the most ...

Houston, Texas -- U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney addressed the delegates and members of the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) on Feb. 12, updating them on ongoing trade negotiations that will affect grains market access and ...
But the countries of North Africa's Maghreb region may be about to put their differences aside with a joint bid to have the dish added to Unesco's Intangible cultural Heritage list. The list showcases the world's most precious cultural treasures, with the UN cultural body sometimes offering funding to ...
Morocco's international cooperation agency (AMCI) and Spain's International cooperation for development agency (AECID) vowed to coordinate efforts to set up joint projects in Africa. In this regard, AECID director general Luis Tejada Chacon held talks in Rabat with his Moroccan counterpart Mohamed ...
The Egyptian Army said it launched a massive operation in northern Sinai against terrorist groups and killed 16 fighters while imprisoning more than 30 others. The operation seeks to end a bloody conflict that has killed hundreds of civilians and soldiers in recent years. In November 2017, militants attacked ...
Lieutenant-General Carlos Humberto Loitey, military adviser for UN Peacekeeping Operations, is currently on a working visit to Morocco for talks with Moroccan military officials on the Kingdom's contribution to these peacekeeping operations. In this connection and upon the instructions of King Mohammed ...
Over the past decade the flow of cocaine from South America to West Africa, and subsequently through North Africa to Europe and the Middle East, has expanded rapidly. The UN Office on Drugs and crime estimates that between 20 and 40 MT of cocaine transits the region annually in route to Europe.
With this week's special series, we seek to unpack the 'racial issue' in different post-slavery contexts in West Africa, North Africa and the Middle East by interrogating its connections with local histories of slavery and their contemporary legacies. Drawing on fresh case studies from Senegal, Mauritania, ...
The Algerian army has launched a manhunt operation to arrest IS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi who is said to be hiding in Algeria's southern desert. Late in January, intelligence leaks cited by the media said that Al Baghdadi fled Iraq seeking a hideout in Africa. To reassure local population, Chief of Staff ...
Feb. 9, 2011: Saudi Arabian city view with the 'Kingdom Tower' Citigroup expects 2018 to be its best year for Investment Banking in the Middle East and Africa in at least a decade, likely led by Saudi Arabia, a senior executive at the U.S. bank said. Nigeria, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates would also be ...
intelligence services and the U.S. military worry rightly about cleaning up ISIS and al-Qaida remnants and other terrorist offshoots in the Middle East and monitoring their movement to neighboring regions. None is more worrisome or riper for terrorist exploitation than the nearby region of North Africa (the ...
Algeria was ranked among the ten worst performing countries in the 2018 Economic Freedom Index, established by The Heritage Foundation, an American public policy think tank based in Washington, DC. Algeria scored 44.7/100 taking the 172 place in a ranking of 186 countries. Algeria came ahead of ...

Egyptians have criticized an interior ministry's cartoon in which the police urges children to report suspicious activities and 'bad guys' without referring to parents. A cartoon launched by the interior ministry late last month has drawn criticism from the public that deemed the content dangerous. The call on ...
Marriott International opened a Protea Hotels by Marriott property in Constantine, Algeria. The Protea Hotel by Marriott Constantine marks the brand's first step into the North African market. The 72-room hotel is near the airport, major city attractions, including the Cirta Museum, the Ahmed Bey Castle, ...
Morocco's FBI, the Central Bureau for Judicial Investigations (BCIJ), has dismantled 49 terrorist cells, including 44 groups loyal to ISIS, and arrested 772 people on terrorism charges since its creation in 2015. Head of the BCIJ Abdelhak Khiame told French paper Le Monde that 97 Moroccan foreign fighters ...
Morocco is making its fifth bid to host the 2026 World Cup, the first edition to involve 48 teams and 80 games packed into 32 competition days. The North African nation's bid to host the World Cup will yet be an up-hill battle as it runs up against the joint might of the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Describing January as "a dark month" in crisis-torn Middle East and North Africa, the United Nations children's Fund (UNICEF) director for the region said Monday that the violence has had a devastating toll on children, who were being killed in ongoing conflicts or suicide attacks, or freezing to death as ...
Extended Middle East and northern Africa News Composition Briefing: Regional Low Intensity Conflicts, January 30th to February 4th - Current as of February 5, 2018. This week's report covers Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan and Libya. | Suggested reading: "Bahrain courts continue to strip ...
German conglomerate and largest industrial manufacturing company in Europe, Siemens, has categorically rejected the blackmail orchestrated by the Algeria-backed Polisario to slur the group's investments in the Moroccan Sahara, saying that its investment policy in the region will be maintained.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) confirmed that the Algerian army has killed one of its senior officials, Adel Seghiri also known as Abu Ruwaha al-Qasantini. The al Qaeda official was among those running the group's Al-Andalus media wing, responsible for publishing propaganda videos and ...
Protea Hotels by Marriott, part of Marriott International opened a 72 room hotel in Constantine, Algeria. Strategically located in close proximity to the airport, the hotel is within walking distance of most major city attractions such as the Cirta Museum, the Ahmed Bey Castle, Le Monument Aux Morts, and the ...
At least 83 children were killed in conflict zones throughout the Middle East and North Africa last month, according to the United Nations children's agency. The victims died as a result of fighting throughout January in Iraq, Libya, Palestine, Syria and Yemen, UNICEF said in a statement released on Monday.
The Central Bank of Malta has struck an agreement to establish closer co-operation with the Bank of Algeria, the first move in a broader push to link up with central banks along the shores of the Mediterranean. "We intend to strengthen our ties with all the central banks of North Africa and the Middle East," ...
Morocco and Nigeria, the finalist teams in the African nations Championship hosted by Morocco, resulted in a clear victory for the Moroccan football team of local players with a final score of 4 to null over Nigeria. The final match took place this Sunday (February 4) at the Mohammed V complex in ...
France is planning to host in 2018 a meeting between the countries of the Maghreb and Europe to examine the means of reinvigorating the Union for the Mediterranean. The goal was announced by French President Emmanuel Macron in a speech at the Tunisian Parliament last week. He said that the UfM ...
... Essaouira Basin, central Morocco. Several drillings for oil and gas operations are being conducted in Morocco, which imports about 95 percent of its energy needs. For foreign firms, the country represents a stable frontier in North Africa that is poised to be on the international gas map in the years to come.
As it seeks to diversify its tourist emitting markets, Morocco sees enormous opportunities in the Chinese market, which has 130 million tourists traveling abroad annually and spending generously. Morocco has therefore taken a series of incentives to attract 500,000 Chinese tourists by 2020 up from 10,000 ...
Moroccan Coast Guard patrols recovered the bodies of 20 Sub-Saharan migrants off the northern coasts near the Spanish-occupied enclave of Melillia, Moroccan media said. The intervention of the Moroccan coast guard came after a Spanish ship crew noticed floating bodies of migrants whose boat was ...
Egypt will host, for the first time, the financial technology (fintech) conference titled Seamless North Africa on Tuesday and Wednesday, in partnership with the Council of Arab Economic Unity, the League of Arab States, and the Arab Federation for e-commerce. The conference will be held under the ...
The surge of the terrorist threat in Egypt's Sinai has brought Cairo and Tel Aviv closer into a secret alliance with reports citing secret Israeli air strikes against terrorist groups in Sinai in support of the Egyptian Army. As Egypt appears unable to stop the terrorists loyal to ISIS in Sinai, which have taken many ...
Civic protests look set to become the theme of this year in a number of Middle Eastern and North African (Mena) states. The year began with the Iranian protests in full swing. Then, for the first two weeks of January, thousands of people took part in sporadic protests across a number of Tunisian towns and ...
The two-day visit -- Macron's third to North Africa since taking office -- was seen as both an attempt to lend support to Tunisia, a former French colony, and bolster his regional profile, which has been on the rise following the United States' disengagement from the Middle East and North Africa. "Macron is ...
The Italian parliament approved measures to increase the number of troops in North Africa earlier this month in an effort to combat migration and terrorism in the region. After the approval Jan. 17, Italian officials said troops would focus on countering terrorism and ensuring security. Doubts, however, remain ...
Algeria will receive more doctors from Cuba in return for suppling the communist run island with crude oil, which seeks to offset a steep decline in oil shipments from its key ally Venezuela. An agreement was signed between the two countries providing for three years of Algerian oil supplies, the Cuban ...
Morocco's counterterrorism agency, the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ), dismantled a terror cell made up of seven extremists loyal to IS group. The IS members were arrested in the cities of Tangier and Meknes, the Interior ministry said in a statement. Initial investigations reveal that the cell ...
Dinosaurs in North Africa were much more closely related to dinosaurs in Europe and Asia than those in southern part of the continent, according to a recent discovery of dinosaur fossil in the Sahara desert of Egypt. It is the first substantial dinosaur skeleton discovery from continental Africa for the time ...
The recent death of three Moroccan women in a stampede at the Ceuta border crossing, has cast light on an unsustainable situation in the Spanish-occupied city in northern Morocco. From smuggling to illegal immigration and extremism, the northern city -called Sebta by Moroccans- has become a tinder ...
Extended Middle East and northern Africa News Composition Briefing: Regional Low Intensity Conflicts, January 23rd to January 29th - Current as of January 30, 2018. This week's report covers Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iraq and Iran. | For information about the ongoing widespread ...
International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde warned on Jan. 30 that "public dissatisfaction is bubbling up" in the Middle East and North Africa, calling for reforms that "respond faster to the expectations and sometimes to the frustration of the people. "Speaking at a conference in Morocco's Marrakesh, ...
Opel will find itself in two new markets come April 2018. The brand announced export agreements for the North African countries of Morocco and Tunisia. The export agreements are part of Opel's long-term plans to double export sales by 2020. PSA Groupe and Opel selected the two North African countries ...
Opposition outstanding figures in Egypt on Sunday called for a boycott of the country's upcoming presidential election scheduled in March, citing a wave of repression that has cleared the ground from challengers to incumbent President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The opposition figures, including former ...
The Souss-Massa region, which attracted more than 18 billion dirham-investments in 2017, is poised to become a platform of exports towards Africa. This new vocation of the region was stressed at a ceremony held Sunday in Agadir under the chairmanship of King Mohammed VI and during which the ...
There's been a decades-long push for the U.S. Census Bureau to collect more detailed data on people with roots in the Middle East or North Africa, also known as Mena. Advocates of that campaign hit another roadblock Friday, when the Census Bureau announced it is not planning to add a MENA ...
Rabat, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- A visiting British official said on Friday that his country seeks to strengthen ties with North Africa particularly following the imminent exit from the European Union. Speaking at the press briefing after a meeting with Moroccan Foreign Secretary of State Mounia Boucetta, Alastair ...
women after prayer in Al Azhar mosque, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Dec An Egyptian game developer has created interactive video games to approach social issues such as female genital mutilation and to raise awareness among youth. One of the games developed by Castling Studios, is called 'Bara'a' or ...


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