Archive for April 6, 2012

MOROCCO: US MARINES' AFRICAN LION 12

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MOROCCO: US MARINES’ AFRICAN LION 12AHMED TAIBI

Washibgton/ Morocco News Board — The United States Marine Corps has deployed its “Few and Proud” to Morocco to take part in African Lion 2012, a joint and combined annual iteration sponsored by the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff (CJCS), scheduled by US Africa Command (AFRICOM), executed by Marine Force Africa (MARFORAF), and hosted by Morocco’s Royal Armed Forces (RAF). The Marine contingent is comprised of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (special ops capable) (MEU(SOC)) and the 14th Marines, a reserve unit from Fort Worth, Texas. The exercise will serve to promote military cooperation, reinforce interoperability, and consolidate the two nations’ counter-terrorism strategy and merge their vision of regional stability. (more…)

Running¹s Ultimate Test: 153 Miles in the Sahara

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The New York Times

By JACQUELINE KANTOR

OUARZAZATE, Morocco — Mohamad Ahansal might be 37 years old or 38 or even 39. Ahansal knows only that he was born in the summer, because his mother remembers it being hot, hotter than usual in the Sahara Desert.

The place where Ahansal was born is not a town, he emphasizes, and there was no need to mark the date or year of a birth. They did not settle for long. It was in the desert where he started running, out of necessity rather than sport. (more…)

Morocco: Delassus helping the community

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Fresh Plaza

The Delassus Group makes an important contribution to the communities of the regions where it operates. It launched the Sanady Foundation in order to help its workers’ children succeed at school thanks to the remedial courses that are provided to them.

“Education is the key to our future success as a country and the cornerstone of our development” says Kacem Bennani Smires, Chairman of Delassus Group and President of Sanady Foundation. 30% of the Moroccan students drop out of primary school, and only 12% graduate. Children from low-income families do not benefit from the best conditions needed to be high achievers. And those who do manage to finish school rarely enter science. Young people who don’t graduate from high school are less likely to be able to support their families and less likely to be engaged in civic society. (more…)

Jane Birkin cancels Morocco gig for health reasons

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(AFP) – April 5, 2012

RABAT — Morocco’s Mawazine music festival announced Thursday that singer and actress Jane Birkin has cancelled her scheduled appearance in May for health reasons.

“It is with regret that the Mawazine Rhythms of the World Festival informs that the Jane Birkin concert initially scheduled for May 22 in Rabat is cancelled due to the artist’s health,” the festival said in a statement. (more…)

WTCC : Next stop Morocco for World Championship

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Eurosport

After a one-year break, the FIA WTCC returns to North Africa next week, for the 5th and 6th rounds that will take place at Marrakech.

WTCC returns to Marrakech, Morocco for rounds five and six of the 2012 World Championship - 0

This is the third visit of the World Championship to Morocco’s street circuit that has been recently renamed after His Highness the Heir to the Throne, Moulay El Hassan.

The unique charm of this historical city, the enthusiasm of the promoter and a demanding street circuit make the WTCC Race of Morocco a very special event in the championship. (more…)

APNewsBreak: Mali's coup leader to return power

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By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI
Associated Press

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AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell

The announcement was made only hours after separatist rebels in the country’s north declared their independence. BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Under intense pressure from the nations bordering Mali, the junior officer who seized control of the country in a coup last month signed an accord, agreeing late Friday to return the country to constitutional rule. (more…)

Mali rebels declare independent 'Azawad'

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Reuters

Malians, who originate from the north, pump their fists in the air during a meeting at the Palace of Congress in Bamako April 4, 2012. REUTERS/Luc GnagoBy Bate Felix

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Mali’s desert Tuaregs proclaimed independence for what they call the state of Azawad on Friday, a secession bid immediately rejected by the African Union, neighbouring Algeria and the former colonial power France.

The nomadic people has nurtured the dream of a Saharan homeland since Mali’s independence in 1960 and has come closer than ever to attaining it by seizing key northern towns this week while the capital Bamako was distracted by a coup.

Neighbours fear the creation of a new state could encourage separatists elsewhere, while the presence within the rebellion of Islamists with ties to al Qaeda has sparked wider fears of the emergence of a new rogue state threatening global security. (more…)

Thousands march in Syria

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– DAMASCUS (AFP)

Tens of thousands of Syrian protesters took to the streets on Friday under fire from regime forces, who pressed their campaign to pound rebel cities into submission, activists said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 35 people were killed, including 11 in the flashpoint central province of Homs and the same number in the Aleppo region of northern Syria.

Twenty-two of those killed were civilians, it said, while nine soldiers and four deserters also lost their lives. (more…)

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