Morocco

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.

May 3, 2013

Jannat Mahid. Via her facebook fan page.
06:59 GMT

Moroccan superstar Jannat Mahid is releasing her first album in the past three years next week and will shortly begin working on a music video for the album's most popular song.

April 28, 2013

Tamer feels the love in Morocco
10:06 GMT

Tamer Hosny is preparing a thank you gift to Moroccan fans - a song in their own dialect to be performed at the Moroccan Mawazeen Music festival.

Another one bites the X Factor dust
09:16 GMT

Episode 6 left Marwa Ahmad in the X Factor Arabia dust after losing to fellow bottom-dweller contestant Eman Karakebo from Elissa's team.

April 25, 2013

Samira Saeed to perform live on Arab Idol
12:07 GMT

A fan of the show, Morocco's diva Samira Saeed is in Beirut gearing up for her live performance on Arab Idol this weekend.

April 23, 2013

Spanish police outside the courthouse during the trial of the Madrid bombing suspects in 2005 (Getty)
13:29 GMT

An Algerian and a Moroccan were arrested by Spanish police on Tuesday