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  • $85,000 for each member of Egypt's World Cup qualification team

    EGYPT, 2017/10/15 The Egyptian national team have qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, their initial since 1990. For that feat, the Pharaohs have been handed a presidential bonus of $85,000 each. The team beat Congo Brazzaville by 2 – 1 last Sunday to seal the qualification. They paid a visit to president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi on Monday during which event the bonus was announced.
  • Archaeologists find goldsmith's tomb near Egyptian city of Luxor

    EGYPT, 2017/09/10 Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a tomb of a prominent goldsmith who lived additional than 3,000 years ago, unearthing statues, mummies and jewellery in the new major find near the Nile city of Luxor. Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Khaled Al-Anani said on Saturday the tomb dated back to Egypt’s 18th dynasty New Kingdom era — around 15th century B.C.
  • Roman "underwater ruins" discovered in Tunisia

    TUNISIA, 2017/09/10 Twenty hectares of the remains of Roman ruins under the sea have been discovered in Nabeul, Tunisia by a joint team of experts from the National Heritage Institute of Tunisia and the University of Sassari-Oristano in Italy. “We started working in Tunisia and Italy in 2010. We were searching for a port and a sub-marine that can allow us to find other remains and particularly to have the certainty that the earthquake in Neapolis really occured,” one of the mission experts said.
  • Illicit antiquities trade threatening cultural heritage

    IRAQ, 2017/09/03 Besides the illicit trade of weapons and drugs, smugglers in the Mid­dle East and North Africa have found a lucrative business in trafficking antiquities.Lost treasures. A fragment of an Assyrian-era relief is seen at the ancient site of Nimrud that was destroyed by the Islamic National fighters near Mosul. The smuggling of ancient arte­facts to wealthy clients around the world has spiked in the last decade, with experts warning that the re­gion’s archaeological heritage is in peril.
  • Ibn Battuta International Festival to be held in November

    CASABLANCA, 2017/09/02 The Moroccan Association of Ibn Battuta will organize November on 9-12 the second edition of the Ibn Battuta International Festival in Tangier. Themed "Travelers, the of Ambassadors of Peace", the second edition of the festival, which highlights the legacy of renowned traveler Ibn Battuta, seeks to celebrate Morocco’s cultural heritage and promote travel and meetings between peoples.
  • Casablanca makes spectacular comeback to international festival scene

    CASABLANCA, 2017/09/02 Morocco’s economic capital, Casablanca, has returned to the international festival scene in a spectacular way. Ten arts were honoured throughout Casa Festival, which ran for ten days in July, during which national and international artists performed. Dance, readings, film screenings, children’s shows and street art took place in Casablanca’s 16 boroughs. Festival organisers said the new concept was to make Casa Festival free for the people of Casablanca.
  • Roman ruins discovered underwater off Tunisia

    TUNISIA, 2017/09/02 Vast underwater Roman ruins have been discovered off northeast Tunisia, apparently confirming a theory that the city of Neapolis was half submerged by a tsunami in the 4th century AD.Underwater expedition has found streets, monuments and around 100 tanks used to produce fermented fish-based condiment popular in ancient Rome. "It's a major discovery," Mounir Fantar, the chief of a Tunisian-Italian archaeological mission which made the find off the coast of Nabeul, said. He said an underwater expedition had found streets, monuments and around 100 tanks used to produce garum, a fermented fish-based condiment that was a favourite of ancient Rome.
  • Africa: Crafting an African Victory for the World

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/12 On May 25, 1963, Africans gathered in Addis Ababa to create the Organisation of African Unity, the precursor to today’s African Union. It stood tall in the minds of Africans who decided to unite for a common cause. It demonstrated our ability to set aside differences in order to make the world a better place. Presently, on 1 July 2017, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia will stand at the helm of the the World Health Organisation with the ambition to reform, transform and make world health and agile partner of economic transformation for the world.
  • Tunisia: 27th Carthage film festival

    TUNISIA, 2016/10/30 It is the opening ceremony of the 27 th Carthage Film Festival (JCC) in Tunisia, a warm festive that always speaks of its time. The festival which as well marks its 15th anniversary is reserved for Arab filmmakers and Africans, a period of showcasing major culture in Tunisia. “It is the twenty-seventh edition, but we are as well celebrating the 15th anniversary. And the number is as well a return of memory. A return on how the Carthage Film Festival have seen better and worse days in term of cinematography in the Arab African region’” said Brahim letaief, Director Carthage film festival.
  • Morocco and China are urged to strengthen their centuries-old cultural relations,

    CHINA, 2016/05/12 As two major civilizations, Morocco and China are urged to strengthen their centuries-old cultural relations, as a growing number of Moroccans are seeking to learn Mandarin and discover the great Chinese civilization, said Liu Hui, Chinese Director of Confucius Institute at Mohammed V University in Rabat. Today, all teaching staff at the Confucius Institute is Chinese, but it will any minute at this time be reinforced next delivering Mandarin diplomas to Moroccan students and enabling them to teach the language in Morocco, Hui added. The Chinese academic said that Moroccan students show a particular aptitude for learning foreign languages, noting that learning Mandarin is not easy given that this language is based on symbols, not letters.