Morocco

July 1, 2013

Talk to the hand - Frenemies Yousra and Salma (Image: Facebook)
05:00 GMT

What do you get when you cross two Moroccans with a Palestinian?

June 29, 2013

A Polisario refugee camp in the Western Sahara (Source: Wikimedia)
07:48 GMT

Rakiya Eddarhem is a Sahrawi and a Member of Morocco’s Parliament. Here she tells her story about what has been called "Africa's last colony". A fundamental misconception, she argues.

June 24, 2013

 Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gesturing during a press conference following a ministers’ council. An Italian court on June 30, 2013 sentenced Silvio Berlusconi to seven years in jail and also banned the former prime minister from holding public office. (Photo AFP)
17:49 GMT

A Milan court has handed down a seven-year jail sentence for former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, who was accused of having sex with an underage prostitute and abusing his powers to cover it up.

Belhanda covets to join English Premier League
13:55 GMT

Moroccan forward Younes Belhanda, who currently plays for France's Montpellier Football Club, said he is interested to move to the English Premier League, Al Ahram Online reported on Saturday.

June 23, 2013

Last August, the IMF approved a $6.2 billion precautionary line of credit for Morocco over two years while urging reforms of its subsidy and pension systems
13:19 GMT

Morocco will begin deregulating prices for some basic goods in the next two weeks, its first step towards reducing subsidies, its general affairs minister told Reuters.

June 16, 2013

The board of the subsidy fund said subsidies burned up 53.36 billion dirhams in 2012
13:01 GMT

Morocco will cut subsidy spending by 20 percent to 42 billion dirhams ($5 billion) or less in 2013 - depending on international commodities prices, the general affairs minister said on Friday.

June 5, 2013

David Guetta always brings a hot show.
10:20 GMT

French DJ David Guetta and Lebanese singer Assi El Helani were just two of the superstars that shined the super successful Moroccan festival stage last week.

June 3, 2013

Moroccan Islamist Abdel Bari Zamzami wants Jessie J to hit the road jack.
09:35 GMT

A Moroccan Islamist slams Jessie J’s daring outfit during her gig at the 12th Mawazine World Rhythms International Music Festival in Rabat.

June 2, 2013

Majida makes a splash.
09:55 GMT

Majida Al Roumi makes it into the all-star lineup of Morocco's Timitar Festival at the end of June.

May 29, 2013

Mawazine will love Tamer Hosny's treat this weekend.
12:48 GMT

The region’s fave Egyptian boy is headed to the Mawazine Music Festival this weekend with a special treat for Morocco.

Tsk, tsk, Sherine, for wearing jeans, some say.
05:00 GMT

Haters gonna hate, we suppose. While her outfit may not have been as scandalous as those of other performers, superstar Sherine’s decision to rock jeans at the concert still led to controversy.

May 27, 2013

Mawazine Festival

Mawazine Festival (photo by sabir el mouakil)
08:50 GMT

The International music extravaganza of Rabat's Mawazine Festival is underway with big, big names from all over the world.

Dr. Rihanna? Mad scientist? What is the superstar wearing?
08:26 GMT

Rihanna usually flaunts what her momma gave her, but the superstar actually attempted to cover up a little for the conservatives at the Mawazine Festival in Rabat on Friday by wearing a Doctor-like coat. Whether or not she was actually successful in her efforts, you be the judge.

May 26, 2013

Walid Tawfiq (right) has begun a war of words with Ragheb Alama (left) by not saying anything at all.
15:16 GMT

By refusing even to acknowledge Ragheb Alama's name, Walid Tawfiq has just opened a huge can of worms and rumors.

May 5, 2013

Arab Idol contestants
10:07 GMT

After a week away, Ragheb Alama returns to the judging bench of Arab Idol and clears the water about rumors of conflict between him and last week's guest star.