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Morocco implements ban on forced marriages


A new law criminalising sexual violence and harassment has come into force in Morocco.

The law – which includes a ban on forced marriage – follows growing concern in recent years about levels of abuse against women.

One survey found that six in 10 Moroccan women had suffered some kind of violence. Recent rape cases have received wide coverage on social media.

BBC Arabic’s Mouna Ba says the new law has been widely welcomed, but it has also been criticised because it does not provide a definition of domestic violence or a specific ban on marital rape.

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Fifa boss ‘sad Africa is out of the World Cup’


Fifa boss Gianni Infantino has told the BBC that he is sad no African team made it to the knock-out stages of the World Cup.

All five African teams – Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia – exited this year’s competition in the group stages.

“The World Cup is for the whole world and the African teams were very, very close at the end.

An Asian [team] made it – an African not – but I think they will be ready soon for the next one.”

With regard to criticism over fair play rulings, the Fifa president said there would be a debrief after the tournament to see if anything could be done better.

After Japan and Senegal finished level on points, goals scored and goal difference, the Africans became the first team to exit a World Cup because of their disciplinary record.

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Morocco first African team definitely on their way home


So the Atlas Lions will not be progressing in this year’s World Cup, after that loss to Portugal.

They do have one more match before heading home, next Monday against Spain.

To be fair, it seems unlikely that Egypt, who have also lost both matches so far, will be progressing either.

Next up for African football fans are Nigeria, who are facing Iceland (and their legendary chants) on Friday.

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‘Of course Senegal will win the World Cup’


It may be tears for Moroccan fans today, but we suspect the Senegalese supporters are still celebrating, if this video is anything to go by.

Fans from Dakar to Moscow could barely contain their excitement after Senegal’s victory over Poland on Tuesday.

So what do they think of their chances going forward? Watch the video below to find out…

(Spoiler alert: confidence is high…)

Morocco loses 2026 World Cup vote


It’s been another disappointing bid for Morocco: the country had been hoping to make it fifth time lucky, but that was not be.

From a neutral point of view, Morocco faced an uphill task to win this bid.

They had come in to the process late and, from early on, it was obvious that hosting a World Cup which has been expanded to 48 teams would be an uphill task for a comparatively small nation.

At least nine new stadiums would have had to be built and enormous infrastructure development would need to be undertaken.

And despite assurances from the government it could afford it, their bid was beaten by a safer bid from the US, Canada and Mexico.

There is also the fact the United bid looks set to take in more than twice the revenue that Morocco would have, with some estimates saying the winning bid could make as much as $14bn (£10.3bn) in revenue, which could well have helped sway the vote.

It’s another big blow but, as one fan told me, they have now switched their attention to their first match at the World Cup in Russia.

On Friday, Morocco’s “Atlas Lions” take on Iran in their first game in this competition in 20 years.

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Morocco write to Fifa after US territories permitted to vote


The Moroccan Football Federation has written to Fifa to complain about US territories being allowed to vote to decide the 2026 World Cup hosts.

Morocco are bidding to host the tournament, against a joint proposal from the USA, Mexico and Canada.

Guam, American Samoa, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are able to vote on 13 June, but Morocco claim that is a conflict of interests.

The 2026 World Cup finals will be the first to feature 48 teams.

It is learned that the Moroccan FA first wrote to Fifa on 26 April, explaining that residents of Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are US citizens while those of American Samoa are US nationals.

It has now asked Fifa to inform the US territories of their inability to vote in order to allow for a fair bidding procedure.

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Top 10 richest countries in Africa 2018 Edition rated


Africa is home to some of the richest countries in the world, in part due to its oil-rich soil and human capital. With GDPs going up as high as $594.257 Billion.
According to statistics provided by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), these are currently, according to the figures provided at the time, the Top 10 richest countries in Africa.

1. Nigeria: GDP: $594.257 billion

The most populous country in Africa is a major contender on this list, its manufacturing sector being the third largest in Africa while it contributes a considerable share of the world’s oil. Taking into account this country’s population of 170 million, Nigeria is on track to becoming one of the 20 largest economies in the world by 2020, make i hear.

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2. South Africa: GDP: $341.216 billion

South Africa is popularly known for its mineral resources such as gold and diamond but the Gold Rush ended back in the 19th century. There are more things to look forward to in South Africa besides its jewels. Major cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town offer a unique experiences that can offer scenic routes to mountain ranges by the ocean.

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3. Egypt: GDP: $284.860 billion

Egypt has one of the longest histories of any modern country, arising in the tenth millennium BCE as one of the world’s first nation states.

4. Algeria: GDP: $227.802 billion

Oil and gas exports have placed Algeria on this list. Much of its wealth is received from oil deposits deep within the North African soil. Also rich in natural minerals, it is suggested that the ancient Romans collected stones and marbles from quarries in what is now known as Algeria. You can find onyx, red and white marbles, iron, lead, and zinc in large quantities. It’s capital city, Algiers offers rare beauty in the intricate architecture of its most famous buildings.

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5. Morocco: GDP: $112.552 billion

Morocco was named the first most competitive economy in North Africa. Tourism, telecoms, textiles and agriculture are Morocco’s biggest biggest money pullers.

6. Sudan: GDP: $112.552 billion

More than once, we have mentioned oil and gas as the main source of income for countries on this list. Sudan also falls into that category but in a more diverse way. It depends on oil but with a third of its GDP contributed by agriculture. Cotton and peanuts constitute its major agricultural exports. You may not notice a “Made in Sudan” tag on the shirt you buy in Khartoum but cotton from Sudan has fueled the textile industry in many parts of the world.

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7. Kenya: GDP: $53.40 billion

The capital, Nairobi, is a regional commercial hub. The economy of Kenya is the largest by GDP in Southeast and Central Africa. Agriculture is a major employer; the country traditionally exports tea and coffee and has more recently begun to export fresh flowers to Europe. The service industry is also a major economic driver. Kenya is a member of the East African Community. Compared to other African countries, Kenya enjoys relatively high political and social stability.

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8. Angola: GDP: $49.857 billion

Angola has a large deposit of oil and gas resources, diamonds, and bountiful agricultural land. Still recovering from the 27-year civil war that lasted from 1975-2002, Angola has made efforts to revive its economy with heavy oil and agricultural exports. Cities like Luanda are undergoing major reconstruction to make Angola a top African destination.

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9. Libya: GDP: $49.341 billion

The Libyan economy depends primarily upon revenues from the oil sector, which accounts for 80% of GDP and 97% of exports. Libya holds the largest proven oil reserves in Africa and is an important contributor to the global supply of light, sweet crude.Apart from petroleum, the other natural resources are natural gas and gypsum.The International Monetary Fund estimated Libya’s real GDP growth at 122% in 2012 and 16.7% in 2013, after a 60% plunge in 2011.

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10. Tunisia: GDP: $49.122 billion

Oil, tourism and car manufacturing parts are the name of the game in Tunisia. It is one of the wealthiest countries in Africa so you won’t wander too far into its cities like Tunis before finding a pleasant spot to relax. The city is covered with bits of opulence from as far back as the 12th century. Year-round sunshine and the affordable Tunisian lifestyle have drawn tourists here who now call this place home.

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