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Paris Fugitive Helped More by Friends and Neighbors Than Daesh

By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS, March 20 – After the Paris attacks, security forces searched far and wide for prime suspect Salah Abdeslam, who vanished after returning to Brussels, believing Daesh could have spirited him away to Turkey, Syria or Morocco. It appears Europe’s most wanted man never left the Belgian capital. And it was family, friends

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U.N. Chief Furious With Morocco Over Western Sahara Demonstration

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, March 15 – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Morocco’s foreign minister on Monday he was angered and disappointed by a demonstration in Rabat he said was a personal attack on him over remarks he made about the disputed territory of Western Sahara. Tens of thousands of Moroccans marched though the

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Morocco Accuses U.N.’s Ban of Dropping Neutrality Over West Sahara

By Aziz El Yaakoubi and Louis Charbonneau RABAT/UNITED NATIONS, March 10 – Morocco’s government has accused U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of dropping his neutrality in the Western Sahara conflict by using the word “occupation” to describe Morocco’s presence in the region. The United Nations responded by dismissing the suggestion that Ban was anything but

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Morocco Says it Has Arrested Belgian National Tied to Paris Attacks

RABAT, Jan 18 – Moroccan authorities have arrested a Belgian national of local origin directly linked to the attackers who carried out the Paris shootings and bombings in November that killed 130 people, the government said in a statement on Monday. The interior ministry gave only the suspect’s initials in Arabic and said he fought

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Europe Turns to Morocco in Paris Attacks Investigation

By Aziz El Yaakoubi and Philip Blenkinsop AIT OURIR, Morocco, Jan 13 – A few weeks before she was killed in a raid by French special forces beside the suspected ringleader of last November’s Paris attacks, Hasna Ait Boulahcen packed her bags and said her last farewells to relatives in Morocco. The 26-year-old Parisian’s almost

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New Big Shot on the Block

A new comedy from Lebanese director reflects the country’s reality BY Roshanak Taghavi Three brothers in present day Lebanon embark on a career shift from drug dealing to movie production in Very Big Shot—the directorial debut from 26-year old Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya—and the result is a dark comedy. Much like American comedies like Wag The

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Morocco’s Celluloid Dreams

A host of filmmakers and actors gathered at the Marrakech Film Festival to celebrate cinema BY Roshanak Taghavi Art will always be a more powerful instrument of change than weapons, renowned Italian-American director Francis Ford Coppola told Newsweek Middle East on the sidelines of Marrakech’s 15th Annual Film Festival last week. Speaking at La Mamounia

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