Morocco: Latest News
Mark Rausch, 7:00 pm
The Moroccan city of Chefchaouen (called “Chaouen” for short) is a bewitchingly blue-washed dreamland. Viewing it from above is like looking at a city under water; visiting on the ground is a transcendent full-immersion experience where the color wraps around you on every winding street. And its residents are anything but “blue”– they’re relaxed, courteous, and welcoming. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Morocco’s Blue City.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:54 am AFKI Original
With 15 players of African heritage having earned the right to play in Euro 2016 final on Sunday, we take a look at each of them and which African country they could be representing if they had not decided on their European national teams, France and Portugal.
Joe Kennedy, 9:53 am
Morocco is blessed with hundreds of miles of Atlantic and Mediterranean coastline. This picturesque area of the world is also full of charming towns and gorgeous, dramatic beaches that make for great vacation getaways. Thankfully, there are plenty of resorts in or around these destinations where you can relax in modern comfort. Whether you’re staying near Tangier or all the way down in Agadir, here are the best beach resorts in Morocco.
Julia Austin, 6:31 pm AFKI Original
Nigerian TV personality Toke Makinwa married Maje Ayida in 2014. They barely knew each other a year before tying the knot, so their wedding came as a surprise to the public. They are in the throes of a divorce but nobody can deny they had a gorgeous wedding. Makinwa wore an April by Kunbi gown to the intimate ceremony. African celebrities, royalty and ultra wealthy women can never keep their wedding gowns entirely under wraps.
Julia Austin, 6:46 pm AFKI Original
Several African countries have major players in the global tennis scene. At one point, Morocco had three of the 30 best players in the world. Wayne Ferreira was born in Johannesburg and lives in Berkeley, California. He turned pro in 1989 and since then has won just shy of $10 million in prize money for singles and doubles combined. In 1992 Ferreira was the first South African to win an Olympic tennis medal in 32 years when he took home the bronze at Barcelona.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:27 pm AFKI Original
The 2018 World Cup qualifying draw for the 20 African teams who still have a chance to qualify for the tournament took place in Cairo on Friday. This will be the third round of qualifying for teams in Africa, with 54 countries on the continent originally attempting to book a place in Russia come 2018.
Julia Austin, 11:19 am AFKI Original
Traditionally, Moroccan kings were polygamous and took many wives. Princess Lalla Salma changed history when she got the King of Morocco agree to no additional wives. She has been described as one of the most beautiful first ladies in the world and caught the attention of fashion blogs for her style. Her husband, King Muḥammad VI, is the final authority in all areas of government including religious affairs, security, and strategic policy.
Dana Sanchez, 12:20 pm
Michelle Obama has joined the popular messaging app Snapchat to promote her upcoming trip to Liberia, Morocco and Spain, where she plans to talk about the educational obstacles facing women. Joining her are Sasha and Malia Obama; their grandmther Marian Robinson; actor and U.S. gender equality activist Meryl Streep; and Indian star Freida Pinto of “Slumdog Millionaire.” Michelle already has 5 million Instagram and 4.6 million Twitter followers.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:55 am AFKI Original
Friday will see the World Cup qualifying draw for the 20 African teams who still have a chance to qualify for the tournament that is set to be held in Russia during 2018. This will be the third round of qualifying from Africa, with 54 teams on the continent originally attempting to book a place amongst the sport’s elite. Only 20 African countries remain.
Dana Sanchez, 10:54 pm
Nigeria and Angola, the two African countries hit hardest by falling oil prices, have the highest number of hotels in the development pipeline this year. Zimbabwe-listed hospitality group African Sun laid off nearly 250 employees citing dwindling tourist numbers, lower room rates and the country’s deteriorating economic environment. About a third of the hotel deals signed between 2009 and 2013 haven’t materialized, mainly due to lack of financing. Carlson Rezidor is one that’s delivering.
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