Morocco: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:10 am AFKI Original
The 2016 European Championships are underway in France, and many of the players who are representing European nations have African roots. Whether born in Africa or not, some could have decided to play for an African national team. We profile 20 players and the national teams that they could be representing if they had chosen Africa rather than Europe.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:08 am AFKI Original
FIFA have announced the African seeds for teams from the continent which still remain in contention for a qualification berth at the 2018 World Cup set to take place in Russia. A total of 20 teams from Africa will be involved in the draw, which will take place in Cairo, Egypt on June 24. Of those 20 remaining teams, which have been through a previous qualification phase thus far, five will ultimately qualify for the showpiece by topping their respective groups.
Joe Kennedy, 7:00 pm
Marrakech is best known for its native Moroccan food, which can be found in the endless maze-like souks, the hectic Djemaa el-Fna, and countless rooftop restaurants. But Marrakech is blessed with another great cuisine — French — on account of its colonial history and location, so there is always that option for when your taste buds need a break from the usual (but delicious) lineup of tagines, couscous and zaalouk. From fine dining establishments to small cafes, here are our picks for the best French restaurants in Marrakech, Morocco.
Staff, 1:17 am
U.S. business mogul Bill Gates in November committed $2 billion to research and development in clean energy. South Africa-born entrepreneur Elon Musk’s latest electric car, the Tesla Model 3, has 276,000 orders worth almost $12 billion. Renewable energy is breaking through in a way traditional power utilities can no longer ignore, a stakeholder said. African countries have clean energy investment potential, but creditworthiness is a challenge.
Dana Sanchez, 2:52 pm
Gold has been the main source of income in Sudan since it became an oil importer when South Sudan seceded in 2011. Gold companies operating in Sudan must step up production, the government said. A U.S.-sponsored draft U.N. Security Council resolution extends sanctions related to Darfur. Gold from Sudan is considered conflict-ridden, high risk, and helping destabilize the country.
Karen Elowitt, 9:39 am
The allure of the Moroccan desert is hard to resist, especially for those confined to high rises in cold places. It’s an enticing prospect to spend a week as a wandering nomad under big skies with looming terracotta dunes. If you’re headed to the desert, why not sleep there and explore it? Here are 8 Morocco hotels where you can literally sleep in the dunes — or in an actual brick-and-mortar room, if that’s what you prefer.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:44 am AFKI Original
The 2017 AFCON qualification matches took place over the course of the past weekend, with a number of national teams securing their places at the Africa Cup of Nations ahead of the final qualifying matchday. The tournament is set to take place in Gabon at the beginning of next year, so the Panthers are assured of qualification as hosts, but for the rest of the continent, the qualification phase has been crucial.
Dana Sanchez, 3:37 pm
Workers in Ethiopian vehicle assembly plants put together Chinese brands using kits. Consumers are unsure about quality. Some used imports like Toyotas actually gain value with the weaker currency, unlike locally assembled models. With Ethiopia’s scant currency reserves, Ethiopian auto assemblers can’t get enough dollars to import kits. Then there’s the competition — South Africa and Morocco.
Dana Sanchez, 4:17 pm
South Africa lost its spot as No. 1 economy in Africa to Nigeria in 2014, and its No. 2 spot to Egypt in 2016. So who has best shot next at bypassing the South African economy? These are 21 of the International Monetary Fund’s top performing economies in Africa based on gross domestic product. You’ll be surprised who’s absent from this list: Rwanda.
Dana Sanchez, 10:50 am
Visitors get to experience an alternative side of South African cities with Airbnb. The tourism economy is getting spread around more evenly. In Cape Town — Airbnb’s top South African market — 27 percent of visitors said they wouldn’t have come at all or stayed as long if not for Airbnb. Many said they spent more in local shops and restaurants, often following hosts’ recommendations.
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