In a joint press briefing with the spokesperson for the MINUSCA, a Moroccan MINUSCA official said that the attack took place on June 21 when a group of armed Anti-balaka rebels opened fire on the Moroccan peacekeepers guarding the site where 200 Muslims including women and children sought refuge. He added that the Moroccan contingent successfully repelled the attack and averted casualties among MINUSCA peacekeepers and civilians. Violence have flared in the area of Bangasso, about 700km away from the capital Bangi, after the Anti-Balaka rebels perpetrated deadly attacks on Muslim civilians and UN peacekeepers alike. Last May, a Moroccan peacekeeper was killed in a fire exchange after an attack by the anti-Balaka group on a Moroccan checkpoint in downtown Bangassou. Ten peacekeepers, 9 Moroccan and a Cambodian, were injured in this attack.
June 24, 2017 02:26 UTC
Morocco finalized an equity investment deal worth €10 billion with the Development Bank of Central African States, a move that further strengthens Morocco’s financial footprint on the continent. The deal was signed in Rabat this week by Morocco’s economy Minister Mohamed Boussaid and the vice president of the Development Bank of Central African States Zounguere Sokambi Armand Guy. The deal will also help Morocco strengthen ties with Central African states in keeping with King Mohammed VI’s south-south cooperation vision. Known by its French acronym, BDEAC, the Development Bank of the Central African States was founded in 1975 in Bangi by the heads of state of Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo and Gabon. Based in Brazzaville, the bank started operating in 1977 as an international financial institution in charge of financing the development of the member states of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC).
June 24, 2017 02:03 UTC
Agencies/DohaQatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera said yesterday any move to shut it down was an attack on media freedom, following demands by Gulf neighbours for the channel to be taken off air. “We in the network believe that any call for closing down Al Jazeera is nothing but an attempt to silence the freedom of expression in the region and to suppress people’s right to information,” the broadcaster said in a statement. Al Jazeera added that it “deplores” calls for its closure. A leading British publication, The Guardian, published an editorial yesterday, referring in the headline to the demand to shut Al Jazeera as “muzzling journalism”. Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director of Human Rights Watch, has said on Twitter: “The UAE and Saudi demand that Qatar shut down Al Jazeera doesn’t just punish Qatar; it punishes the millions of Arabs in the region from important news coverage.
June 24, 2017 00:11 UTC
The capacity increase to the largest city in the Kingdom’s Eastern Province will raise frequency on the route to four daily services year-round. With the Amman route already upgraded to a Boeing 787 on each of the current daily services, an additional daily early morning flight serving the Jordanian capital will operate between June 25 and September 30. Origin Departs Destination Arrives Frequency AircraftEY511 Abu Dhabi 00:55 Amman03:05 Daily Airbus 320EY512 Amman 04:10 Abu Dhabi08:10Daily Airbus 320Note: All departures and arrivals are listed in local time. Origin Departs Destination Arrives Frequency AircraftEY647 Abu Dhabi 11:50 Cairo13:40 Daily Airbus 320EY648 Cairo 14:50 Abu Dhabi 20:30 Daily Airbus 320Note: All departures and arrivals are listed in local time. Origin Departs Destination Arrives Frequency AircraftEY615 Abu Dhabi 10:40 Rabat16:15 Sun Airbus 330-300EY616 Rabat 19:10 Abu Dhabi 05:50 * Sun Airbus 330-300Note: All departures and arrivals are listed in local time.
June 23, 2017 21:11 UTC
Battling multiple terrorist groups, Turkey pays a heavy price, with the 2017 Global Peace Index finding that terrorism costs the country nearly $200 billion every year, putting it in 146th place out of 163 countries. Meanwhile, the index said: "The world slightly improved in peace last year, but has become less peaceful over the last decade." Iceland topped the list of countrie,s followed by New Zealand, Portugal, Austria, and Denmark, all of which rank highly in the 2016 Global Peace Index as well. The Global Peace Index is "produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), ranks 163 countries covering 99.7 percent of the world's population. The index gauges global peace using the three domains of the level of safety and security in society, the extent of domestic or international conflict, and the degree of militarization."
June 23, 2017 21:00 UTC
But even the foregoing did not prepare me for its application to join the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) when it knows, it is not a ‘West African State’. Or will our leaders redraw the world map to relocate Morocco to West Africa? Of its two neigbours, it is illegally occupying Western Sahara to the south and has no friendly relations with Algeria, on its eastern border. For 42 years, it has defied the ruling of the International Court of Justice (IJC) recognising the right of Western Sahara to independence. For 35 years, it has blocked the United Nations decision to hold a referendum in Western Sahara.
June 23, 2017 20:15 UTC
Contrary to this news, 2016 also brought slightly improved worldwide peace. The index is put together annually by the Institute for Economics and Peace to measure relative peace worldwide. Long-term trends from these reports note growing inequality in peace between countries whose status is improving and countries diving into deeper instability and violence. The Middle East and North Africa region, home to all those countries, remains the most violent, but not the region most affected by terrorism. Political instability dragged down some European countries, whose populist political parties gained support in 2016.
June 23, 2017 19:06 UTC
Oneonta, NY (13820)TodayShowers early, then partly cloudy for the afternoon. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%..TonightRain showers this evening with mostly clear conditions overnight. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
June 23, 2017 19:03 UTC
Engineering firm Dodsal Group has won a US$1.1 billion engineering, procurement and construction contract for a gas-oil separation and compression center on the periphery of Hassi Messaoud, Algeria. The large-scale project will involve extensive breakbulk transportation and was awarded by Sonatrach, Algeria’s largest state energy producer. “This order further strengthens our long-term relationship with Sonatrach, and also reinforces our presence in Algeria, which is a strategic market for Dodsal,” said Rajen A Kilachand, chairman and president of Dodsal Group. Emirati group Dodsal is headquartered in Dubai and provides EPC, transportation, exploration, and production activities across the the Middle East, North Africa, East Africa, and India. Photo: Dodsal will transport equipment to the Hassi Messaoud oilfield.
June 23, 2017 18:56 UTC
Although every company is different from a culture and risk tolerance perspective, this White Paper contains a checklist for every corporate compliance function to follow. Avoid Social Media Risks in 2017The use of social media by individuals in and outside of the workplace is widespread and continues to grow. Create a Social Media policy that protects your company. The use of social media by individuals in and outside of the workplace is widespread and continues to grow. Create a Social Media policy that protects your company.
June 23, 2017 17:15 UTC
This is the first green bond issuance in foreign currency in Morocco, as well as IFC and Proparco’s first green bond investment in the region. The 10-year maturity bond will be used to provide long-term funding for BCP, one of Morocco’s largest banking groups, to refinance investments in selected renewable energy projects in the Kingdom. Climate is also central to Proparco’s priorities, with the institution earmarking €2 billion by 2020 for green projects. IFC’s green bond program helps funnel private investment into low-carbon projects. As of June 2017, IFC had issued $5.8 billion in green bonds in 12 currencies.
June 23, 2017 17:10 UTC
FILE PHOTOBy Khaled MajdoubRABAT, MoroccoPopular protests resumed Thursday night in the northern city of Al-Hoceima -- and in several other Moroccan cities -- following Taraweeh (nighttime Ramadan prayers) as two prominent human rights groups criticized the government’s heavy-handed response to the demonstrations. “Police arrested and severely beat the de facto leader of ongoing social protests in Morocco’s Rif region… based on an account the protest leader gave his lawyer,” Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International both said in a joint statement. “Authorities are investigating Nasser Zefzafi, the protest leader, on grave charges, including one that carries the death penalty and some that appear political in nature,” the statement read. For the last nine months, Al-Hoceima -- located in Morocco’s northern Al-Rif region -- has been roiled by protests by local youth demanding job opportunities and an end of perceived government corruption. Last week, Moroccan Justice Minister Mohamed Aujjar said that more than 100 people had been arrested to date for taking part in the ongoing protests.
June 23, 2017 17:03 UTC
French President Emmanuel Macron Thursday told media in an interview that the removal of Bashar al-Assad was no longer a priority for France, adding that the embattled Syrian President represents an important pillar in the fight against terrorists. The comments of the French President mark a shift in France’s policy in the Syrian crisis. His predecessor Francois Holland robustly insisted on the removal of Assad considered as the major roadblock to peace recovery in Syria. The new French President insisted that the fight against terrorist groups; the Islamic State, al Qaeda and the like; is the key objective in Syria for the international coalition, which encompasses France, the US and several western countries. “Shame on France, whose leader Emmanuel Macron does not see Bashar as its enemy or an enemy to humanity,” tweeted Ahmed Ramadan, a member of the Syrian National Coalition, the main umbrella organization of opposition groups.
June 23, 2017 17:03 UTC
Tubelight, which is estimated to be worth Rs 100 crore, stands at ninth position in terms of pre-release collections at the box office. Indian distributors for the film NH Studioz acquired the rights for Rs 132 crore and Sony Music spent Rs 20 crore for the music rights, as per a Forbes report. This makes the movie’s release restricted to traditional overseas markets. The proof of this is Bajrangi Bhaijaan’s business in the country, which earned Rs 66 crore in 2015. Chennai-based analyst Ramesh Bala expects an ultimate total of at least Rs 300 crore.
June 23, 2017 15:22 UTC
Etihad Airways is increasing capacity between its Abu Dhabi hub and key markets of Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Casablanca and Rabat to cater to the peak June – September travel period, while additional services to Dammam will be year-round. Extra flights and the deployment of bigger aircraft in the Middle East and North Africa will provide local guests with more choice and greater convenience travelling during the holiday season. The capacity increase to the largest city in the Kingdom’s Eastern Province will raise frequency on the route to four daily services year-round. Egypt’s capital Cairo, one of Etihad Airways’ most popular North African destinations, will have an additional seven midday flights a week, taking frequency up to five daily services between August 1 and September 1. In Morocco, the daily Casablanca services will be upgraded from an Airbus A330-300 to A340-600 aircraft between August 1 and September 10.
June 23, 2017 14:15 UTC