Morocco: Latest News
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.
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.
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