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El Bakkali : ‘I Dedicate This Win to All Moroccan People’
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The Moroccan champion broke a long olympic streak of Kenyan wins this Monday, securing Morocco’s first medal since the start of the Tokyo Summer Olympics. Soufiane El Bakkali, Morocco’s greatest hope during the disappointing (for Moroccan athletes) Japanese Olympics, lived up to expectations this Monday by striking gold in the 3000m steeplechase. The Fez-born Olympic Champion interrupted Kenya’s reign over the 3000m category in 2008, and revived Moroccans’ hope for another Guerrouj-like double coronation, as it was the case in 2004.  In a statement to the press shortly after his win, the 25-year-old champion was at a loss for words, saying this was “a dream coming true, after years of hard w
King Mohammed VI Congatulates Soufiane El Bakkali on Olympic Gold Medal Win
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The athlete dedicated his win “to the King and all Moroccans.” King Mohammed VI sent today a congratulatory message to Morocco’s athlete Soufiane El Bakkali after the Moroccan athlete struck gold at the Tokyo Olympics.  El Bakkali came first in the 3000m steeplechase, a performance that made  him the first non-Kenyan athlete to win an Olympic gold medal in that category since 1980. The King expressed his warm congratulations and appreciation for El Bakkali’s achievement, saying the Moroccan athlete’s win “came to crown the tremendous efforts that the Olympic champion has been making to achieve the best achievements.”  “As we commend this well-deserved global crown, with which you raised the
Tokyo Olympics: Soufiane El Bakkali ends Kenyan run of success in steeplechase
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Kenya's phenomenal run of success in the Olympic men's 3,000m steeplechase came to an end as Soufiane El Bakkali won gold on day 10 of Tokyo 2020. The 25-year-old clocked eight minutes 8.90 seconds to beat Ethiopia's Lamecha Girma and Kenya's Benjamin Kigen and win Morocco's first medal in Tokyo. Kenyans have won the event at every Games they have competed at since 1968. "I am so used to seeing Kenyans win, it's a big accomplishment for me," said a delighted El Bakkali. "I have been aiming for this for years and this was my opportunity to show that Morocco is capable of winning this prize. "It was not easy for me to be in front of the Kenyans and Ethiopians. I know how hard it is to
Saudi Arabia opens doors for vaccinated tourists from Aug. 1
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Fully vaccinated tourists can enter Saudi Arabia without needing to enter an institutional quarantine provided if they present vaccination certificates upon arrival and proof of negative PCR tests conducted within 72 hours from the time of departure.In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency late Thursday, the Ministry of Tourism announced that the Kingdom will open its doors to tourists and lift the suspension of entry for tourist visa holders, starting from Aug. 1 (Sunday).Visitors to the Kingdom are also required to register their data related to vaccination doses on the new electronic portal https://muqeem.sa/#/vaccine-registration/home, the statement said adding that data is also
Morocco Appoints First Female Head Prosecutor to Court of First Instance
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Despite women comprising a quarter of the judiciary sector in Morocco, female prosecutors and magistrates are still underrepresented in the profession. Morocco has its first head prosecutor at a first instance court, after Rabha Fath Nour was recently appointed as head prosecutor at a Moroccan first instance court.  The appointment of Nour as the King's Prosecutor at the Mohammedia Court of First Instance is a historic first for the Moroccan judiciary system.  In spite of efforts made in the area, women remain heavily underrepresented in judicial positions.  Out of 104 appointments, validated by King Mohammed VI as head of the Supreme Council of the Judiciary, six have been granted to fema
Throne Day: World Leaders, Embassies Extend Good Wishes to King Mohammed VI
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Throne day festivities have been canceled due to the pandemic, but the King is set to address the nation this Saturday. King Mohammed VI received congratulatory messages from heads of states and governments across the world this Friday, on the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of Throne Day.   The leaders of various countries including the UAE, Bahrain, Israel , China, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and others, expressed sincere congratulations to the King and the Moroccan people, wishing them good health, happiness, and further progress and prosperity. The Chinese president was another leader that extended his sincere congratulations and best wishes for the health and success
Congressional Democrats at odds over President Biden's power to cancel student loan debt
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that President Joe Biden does not have the power to forgive student loan debt, putting her at odds with some members of her own Democratic caucus as the pressure builds on the president to cancel $50,000 in student loan debt per borrower.  "People think that the president of the United States has the power for debt forgiveness. He does not," Pelosi said in response to a question at her weekly news briefing. "He can postpone, he can delay, but he does not have that power."  The speaker said student loan forgiveness would have to be done through an act of Congress. She noted the policy debate over how much debt could be canceled and for how many people
Congressional Democrats at odds over President Biden's power to cancel student loan debt
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that President Joe Biden does not have the power to forgive student loan debt, putting her at odds with some members of her own Democratic caucus as the pressure builds on the president to cancel $50,000 in student loan debt per borrower.  "People think that the president of the United States has the power for debt forgiveness. He does not," Pelosi said in response to a question at her weekly news briefing. "He can postpone, he can delay, but he does not have that power."  The speaker said student loan forgiveness would have to be done through an act of Congress. She noted the policy debate over how much debt could be canceled and for how many people
Saudi rower Husein Alireza takes to the Sea Forest Waterway for final flourish at Tokyo 2020
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Saudi rower Husein Alireza continues his Olympic journey on Thursday morning when he takes part in the Men’s Single Scull Semifinal C/D on the Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo. The race offers him the chance to raise his ranking at Tokyo 2020 despite not being in medal contention. On Sunday, Alireza who has been competing with a damaged lung, revealed to Arab News the strategy devised by his team at Tokyo 2020 that has allowed him to manage an injury-hit games. With the 27-year-old unable to perform at full capacity in all his races, a deliberately cautious Men’s Single Sculls Semifinal A/B meant he could focus of the Semifinal C/D and a chance to improve his overall ranking. “It’s an exciting b
England to allow unquarantined travel from US and EU if jabbed: govt
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People fully vaccinated in the United States and European Union — except France — will be allowed to travel to England without having to quarantine on arrival, the UK government announced on Wednesday.“We’re helping reunite people living in the US and European countries with their family and friends,” Transport Minister Grant Shapps tweeted, adding that the policy will come into force from 4:00 am (0300 GMT) on August 2.Travelers fully jabbed with a vaccine approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration or the European Medicines Agency will be able to travel from any country on the British government’s “amber” traffic light list without having to self-isolate at home for 10 days.
Stone Age Discovery in Morocco Changes Known History
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Morocco's recent discovery of a 1.3 million year-old artifact places it chronologically closer to previous archaeological discoveries across East and South of Africa. A team of international scientists have discovered  the oldest Acheulean tool in North Africa- a type of distinct oval and pear-shaped stone tool manufacture linked with Homo erectus. According to the researchers who participated in the discovery, the artifacts were found outside of Casablanca, dating back to 1.3 million years ago, 600,000 years before Acheulean culture was properly established in the region. Other such tools discovered in the region have been dated 1 million years ago, namely the stone artifacts of Tighennif i
Under German Eyes: Unwarranted Assumptions on the Maghreb’s Geo-Strategic Relations with Sub-Saharan Africa
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Tensions between Algeria and Morocco predate the sucess of Morocco's diplomacy in sub-Saharan Africa. Isabelle Werenfels, a senior fellow in the Middle East and Africa Division of the Berlin-based Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (the German Institute for International and Security Affairs) published recently a short “study” titled “Maghrebi Rivalries Over Sub‑Saharan Africa: Algeria and Tunisia Seeking to Keep Up with Morocco.” The supposed “study” is at best a white paper, not even a policy note, although some of its parts aspire to be so.  It has no references at all and lacks scholarly rigor, not showing in any way how it’s different assumptions are warranted by facts or publications or