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Al Qarawiyyin University in Fez, World’s 1st Institution to Issue Medicine Degree
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Despite the prevailing challenges in the Moroccan education sector, Moroccans cannot help but be proud of the Al Qarawiyyin University in Fez. The historic university was the first-degree granting educational institution in the world,  according to UNESCO and the Guinness World Records. The university opened in 859, issued a medical bachelor’s degree in 1207AD to a Moroccan doctor Abdellah Bensaleh El-Koutami, who practiced medicine, pharmacy, and veterinary science.  A committee of three members, including Diae-Eddine Ibn Albaytar, Ahmed Ennabti and Ahmed El-Ichbili, granted the qualification to the doctor. The diploma was written on deer parchment in Arabic-Andalusian calligraphy. The cont
THE HASSAN 2 MOSQUE
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A masterpiece of Arab-Muslim architecture, the Hassan 2 Mosque is one of the most beautiful religious buildings in the world. Hassan 2 Mosque is actually unique in its architecture and size. With its minaret that rises to 200 m in height and has a 30km laser directed towards Mecca, it is considered to be the highest religious building in the world. The idea of building a large mosque in Casablanca reflects the Royal will to provide the Casablanca metropolis with a great spiritual and civilizational monument of Morocco, giving it a harmonious urban development and allowing it to increase its radiance and influence based on faith, piety and tolerance. Building the Hassan 2 Mosque  His late Maj
Al-Andalus Mosque of Fez: Maryam al-Fihriya’s Mark on Moroccan History
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Most people interested in Islamic and Moroccan histories have heard of Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque in Fez, one of the oldest mosques in the Maghreb and home to the oldest continually-operating university in the world. However, the glory of Al-Qarawiyyin may have cast a shadow over Al-Andalus Mosque, a building also of great importance in the history of Fez, Morocco’s oldest imperial city. The story of Al-Andalus Mosque dates back to the 9th century when Fez was still a young city establishing its foundations. Built in the year 860, only one year after the completion of Al-Qarawiyyin’s foundation, Al-Andalus Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Morocco and North Africa. Sister buildings The histor
 India Gasps For Air as COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise
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India’s government is accused of extreme negligence for a lack of oxygen and vaccine shortages amid an explosion in cases and related deaths. India’s government is being accused of “crimes against humanity” for its lax approach to the COVID-19 crisis that is gripping the nation of 1.3 billion. Citizens scramble for oxygen tanks and ventilators on the black market and hospitals send patients home as one of the worst COVID-19 waves continues to increase rapidly. Funeral pyres, an important Hindu burial tradition, now burn 24-hours a day. Many cities have run out of wood to burn the ever-mounting numbers of dead bodies. According to Hindu beliefs, a body must be burned in order to allow the sou
 Western Sahara: Algeria Escalates Anti-Moroccan Maneuvers with US
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Thursday’s phone conversation between Algerian FM Boukadoum and Secretary Blinken caused concern among observers and political analysts, who urged Morocco to ramp up its lobbying against Algiers’ maneuvers. The Algerian government is expressing satisfaction regarding the conversation its foreign affairs minister Sabri Boukadoum and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held on Thursday, April 29. Boukadoum took to Twitter to announce his talk with Blinken, saying that the two discussed means to strengthen the “strategic partnership” between Algeria and Morocco. He said the discussion also covered several regional dossiers, including Western Sahara, Mali, and Libya. Meanwhile, Blinken publish
El Risitas: Man behind 'Spanish laughing guy' meme dies
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Spanish comedian Juan Joya Borja, whose information laughter brought him global fame, has passed away aged 65. Better known by his nickname El Risitas, meaning Giggles, the comedian became known on the internet as "Spanish laughing guy". Following appearances on national television, Borja went viral in 2014 when people started dubbing subtitles over him laughing recounting a story. He died on Wednesday in hospital, according to local media. Borja was admitted for health issues last year. In March he thanked fans for organising a fundraising campaign to buy him an electric mobility scooter after one of his legs was amputated. 'El Risitas' The comedian first found fame about 20 year
 ‘You’re not in the clear with vaccines’: US lawmaker says she’s Covid-positive after 2 doses of Pfizer
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A lawmaker from Arizona has officially announced that she contracted Covid-19 after being fully vaccinated. In a statement, she warned that despite taking all precautions, no one should let their guard down. Alma Hernandez said she had taken both doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine 11 weeks ago. Even then, she continued to take all precautions, wearing a mask, washing her hands, and practicing social distancing. “Yet despite those measures and being vaccinated I have come down with the Covid,” the lawmaker from Phoenix, Arizona tweeted. Hernandez shared that she tested positive for Covid-19, and that her symptoms include fever, “horrible migraine,” and loss of sense of smell and taste. “Ju
 Algerian Minister Falsely Accuses Morocco of Obstructing Arab Maghreb Union
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The Arab Maghreb Union will remain an impossible dream as long as Algeria continues to undermine Morocco’s sovereignty and support Polisario’s independence claims. Algeria’s Minister of Communication and government spokesperson, Omar Belhimer, is persistent in his hateful statements towards Morocco. After accusing Morocco of drowning Algeria with drugs and launching media warfare against Algerian interests, Belhimer is now claiming that Morocco is behind the failure of the establishment of an Arab Maghreb Union. In a statement to Algerian media, Belhimer said that the Arab Maghreb Union’s decades-long political and diplomatic stalemate is mainly due to Morocco’s undermining of regional solid
 Morocco Third Largest Tomatoes Supplier to UK in 2020
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Data shows Morocco might outperform Spain to become the largest tomato supplier to the UK. New data from Hortoinfo shows that Moroccan tomatoes sales to the UK have increased by 66.83%, from 49.84 million kilograms in 2016 to 83.15 million kilograms in 2020. The UK reduced Spanish tomato imports by 37.5%, a decrease from 144.72 million kilograms in 2016 to 90.44 million in 2020. Compared to the previous year, the UK imported 22.6% more tomatoes from Morocco. Imports of Spanish tomatoes reduced by 24.6%. Despite the increase in imported tomatoes from Morocco, the Netherlands continue to top the list with the highest number of tomatoes exported to the UK. Hortoinfo’s data shows that the Nether
SCOTLAND COULD BECOME THE WORLD’S FIRST ‘REWILDING NATION’. HOW DID THEY GET HERE?
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Over the last 50 years, two-thirds of the world’s wildlife has been lost. Around 40 per cent of plant species are threatened with extinction and scientists say we may be losing them faster than they can find, name and study them. Our world exists in a balance and, with so many species lost or disappearing, that balance is under threat. Restoring this natural mosaic of interrelated species is vital to the future health of the planet and our own, say experts. Tree planting schemes, active conservation efforts, and high tech carbon capture solutions all look to help tackle biodiversity loss and the climate crisis. But a growing number of people believe that the only way to bring back what we’ve
Morocco Has Highest Population Without Access to Banking Institutions
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Even as Morocco attempts to make strides in general modernization and the digitization of its economy, the North African country has the lowest percentage of population that has access to banking institutions. According to a study by the British research platform Merchant Machine, Morocco has proportionally-speaking the largest population of unbanked citizens, standing at 71%.  The study takes “unbanked” to mean any individual who does not have access to the services of a bank, or other similar financial institutions. By this metric, approximately 26.2 million Moroccans do not currently have access to a bank account. Other countries with extremely high numbers of unbanked citizens are Vietna
 Iranian and American ships avoid NEAR MISSES in tense Persian Gulf encounter, says US Navy
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The US Navy has claimed there were two near misses between Iranian and American vessels in the Persian Gulf earlier this month, accusing Tehran’s ships of “unsafe and unprofessional” conduct in the waters. Speaking on Tuesday, Commander Rebecca Rebarich, a spokeswoman for the US Navy’s Middle East-based Fifth Fleet, told the Associated Press that there had been two incidents of “unsafe maneuvers” by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).  In a video published by the US Navy, the Iranian Harth support ship appears to cut in front of the United States Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) ‘Monomoy’ on April 2, causing the American vessel to suddenly stop with its engines smoking.  https://twit