News of the Day: October 14, 2019

by N’Kaela Webster Burkina Faso Mosque Attack: Death Toll Rises to 16 by Morocco World News

Lede: Gunmen attacked worshippers at the Grand Mosque in the northern village of Salmossi in Burkina Faso on Friday, October 11.

Nut Graf: The BBC said that many locals fled to the Malian border after the attack. Quoting the UN, the news outlet added that more than 250,000 people in Burkina Faso have been forced to flee their homes over the past three months.

The deadly attack against worshippers comes a few weeks after an ISIS attack against soldiers in August in the north eastern village of Koudougou.

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News of the Day: October 10, 2019

by Stella Shi, photo by Mimi Miyamoto

AU Commission President Praises Morocco’s Efforts on Climate Change, Role in Continental Stability

by Morocco World News

Lede: Moussa Faki Mahamat, the president of the AU Commission, has highlighted Morocco’s environment-friendly policies, as well the country’s front-seat role in the AU’s fight to promote peace and stability on the continent.

Nut Graph: From promoting intra-African exchanges to making tangible efforts to help fellow African countries’ socio-economic prosperity through expertise sharing and reliable partnership, Mahamat argued, Morocco is quickly becoming an assertive African voice and an inspiration for many countries on the continent.

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News of the Day: October 3rd

Morocco’s King Calls on Islamic Countries to Take Joint Action against Climate Change

By North Africa Post

Lede: King Mohammed VI has called on Islamic countries to adopt a common action to counter the challenges of climate change, saying no single country, whatever its capabilities, can effectively address the pressing environmental problems and their negative effects which go beyond geographic borders.

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Newsworthy: The story is timely because the king gave the message the day before this article was published.

130,000 descendants of expelled Spanish Jews submit citizenship applications

By Yabiladi

Lede: A total of 130,000 Sephardi Jews have submitted applications for the Spanish citizenship for believing that they are descendants of Spanish Jews expelled from Al Andalus in the fifteenth century, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.

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News of the Day: October 9th

Cuba to Open Embassy in Morocco

By Morocco World News

Lede: Cuba’s ambassador to Morocco, Elio Eduardo Rodriguez Perdomo, announced yesterday, October 7, that Cuba plans to open an embassy in Rabat. The Cuban ambassador made the announcement during his meeting with Morocco’s Habib El Malki, President of the House of Representatives.

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This is newsworthy because Cuba and Morocco have had a rocky relationship since the 1960’s because of Cuba’s support for Algeria during the “Sand War.” This event will hopefully reestablish ties between the two countries

Raja Casablanca first Morocco football team to play in Palestinian territories

by Yahoo News

Lede: The first Moroccan football team played in the occupied Palestinian territories on Thursday, as the head of the Palestinian football association announced the Saudi national team would also visit.

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News of the Day October 8

Moroccan Man Dies and Ceuta Crossing Point

By Morocco World News

Lede: Youssef Sedrawi, a 20-year-old porter, or human mule, died while trying to cross the Ceuta border.

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This is newsworthy because a similar event happened only a month ago when a Moroccan woman died at the same crossing. Both deaths occurred while waiting to cross the boarder to sell goods on the Spanish side.

Western Sahara : Morocco eyes rapprochement with pro-Polisario southern Africa countries

By: Yabiladi

Lede: During the last couple of months, Morocco reinforced its attempts to maintain diplomatic ties with Latin American and African countries. 

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