News of the Day: September 20, 2019

British Company Makes Significant Gas Discovery in Morocco

By Morocco World News

Lede: Rabat – Chariot Oil & Gas has made new gas discoveries in its ‘Lixus’ Offshore License in the Mohammedia-Kenitra region.

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Why it’s newsworthy: This discovery of a significant gas discovery in Morocco could increase foreign interest. This could thrust Morocco into the spotlight and decrease their autonomy.

Imlil Murder’s Main Defendant Refuses to Apologize to Victims’ Families

By Moroccan World News

Lede: Rabat – The mastermind of the Imlil murder case, who has initially been sentenced to death, revealed important new details during the case’s third appeal.

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News of the Day: September 19, 2019

Moroccan Woman Dies at ‘Tarajal II’ Ceuta Crossing

By Kawtar Ennaji A porter, also known as a human mule, died around five o’clock in the morning of September 18, while waiting on the Moroccan side of the Ceuta border. She was waiting to enter Ceuta through ‘Tarajal II’.

Thousands of Moroccan women cross Morocco-Ceuta border posts every day to sell their merchandise in Morocco and provide for themselves. Often, they carry up to 70 kilos and are forced to make several round trips during the day to be able to make a living.

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News of the Day: September 18, 2019

By Georgia Knoles

In Favor of Sensible Water Management in Morocco

by Morocco World News

Lede: If Morocco’s water resources are not managed with extraordinary care, the consequences could be devastating.

Nut Graph: Last year, hundreds of thousands of people in the Middle East and North Africa, including Morocco, faced the worst water shortages in decades. More than 60% of the population in this region is concentrated in places affected by high or very high surface water stress, which means that water resources are heavily exploited at an unsustainable rate.

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News of the Day: September 17, 2019

by Ryley Graham

Morocco Calls for Adoption of World Anti-Islamophobia Day

by Morocco World News

 Lede: Supported by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and other allies, Morocco is pushing for the adoption of a UN resolution on World Anti-Islamophobia Day.

Nut Graph: In line with the project, the Moroccan parliament is convening ambassadors from Muslim-majority countries on September 18. The meeting is set to discuss the scope and possible content of the prospective resolution. Morocco is planning to introduce the resolution at one of the coming UN general assemblies.

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News of the Day: September 16, 2019

By Ella Feldman

Moroccan Journalist on Trial for an Abortion She Says She Never Had

by Aida Alami for the New York Times

Lede: This weekend was supposed to have been a celebration of love. The invitations had been sent, the flowers and cake ordered. Family and friends were getting ready to witness the wedding of a young Moroccan political reporter and a Sudanese university professor she met at a human-rights conference.

Nut Graph: “Instead, Hajar Raissouni and Rifaat al-Amin were arrested on Aug. 31 as they were leaving a gynecologist’s office in the Moroccan capital Rabat.

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