Rabat – Released in early April, the Good Country Index ranked 153 countries based on how they contribute to the greater good of humanity. Morocco ranked 77th in the most recent edition of the index, which was developed by British independent policy advisor Simon Anholt. Morocco ranked second in North Africa, fourth in the Arab world, and eighth in Africa.South Africa topped the list of African countries, followed by Mauritius, Kenya, Uganda, Tunisia, Malawi, and Senegal. The United Arab Emirates ranked first in the Arab world, followed by Tunisia and Kuwait. Globally, Finland ranked first, the Netherlands second, and Ireland third, whereas Mauritania, Libya, and Iraq held the last three spots, respectively.The index measures what each country provides to “the common good” and what it takes, relative to its GDP and size. According to the index, a good country is “a country that serves the interests of its own people, but without harming – and preferably by advancing – the interests of people in other countries too.” The results, drawn from data provided by the UN and other international organizations, rank countries in seven categories: Science and technology, culture, planet and climate, prosperity and equality, world order, and health and wellbeing.Morocco’s rankingsAccording to the survey, Morocco ranked 37th in prosperity and equality, 47th in science and technology, and 61st in health and wellbeing. Within prosperity and equality, Morocco ranked well due to its open trading policies and the UN volunteers it sends abroad. The number of international students in Morocco, accumulated Nobel prizes, and number of articles published in international journals contributed to its ranking in science and technology.However, the kingdom ranked 82nd for culture, 100th in planet and climate, 105th in international peace and security, and 129th in world order. In international peace and security, Morocco ranked poorly due to low contributions to UN peacekeeping as well as its contribution to “international violent conflict.” With respect to world order, Morocco was rated poorly due to the low percentage of the population that gives to charities and refugees hosted.The index began in 2014, and since then Morocco’s score has fluctuated significantly. In 2014, Morocco ranked 67th, but subsequently ranked 80th in 2016, and then gained more than 30 places to rank 44th in 2017.The goal of the index is to start a global conversation about how countries can serve the needs of their own citizens, while supporting the wider world. In the end, the researcher hopes people reflect on whether their country exists “purely to serve the interests of their own politicians, businesses and citizens, or are they actively working for all of humanity and the whole planet?” read more

Earlier, Eastern Province Governor M.L.A.M Hizbullah and Western Province Governor Azath Salley had also resigned from their posts. He said that the decision was taken after discussions held between the Muslim Parliamentarians in the Government. Hakeem said that the Muslim Ministers will however continue to support the Government in Parliament and ensure it has the majority. Deputy Minister for Ports and Shipping Abdullah Mahroof had also tendered his resignation.Hashim said the Muslim Ministers who resigned will give the Government one month to ensure the authorities investigate the allegations made against some Muslims Ministers over the Easter Sunday attacks.He said that while the former Ministers will continue to support the Government they would expect the Government to protect the Muslim community. The Muslim Ministers who resigned are Rauf Hakeem, Kabir Hashim, MHA Haleem and Rishad Bathiudeen.State Ministers Ali Zahir Maulana, Faizal Cassim, H.M.M. Haris and Ameer Ali also resigned. The President’s office said that they handed over their resignation letters to President Maithripala Sirisena.President Sirisena, who had appointed the two Governors, accepted the resignation letters.  (Colombo Gazette) All Muslim Ministers, including Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, resigned from their portfolios in the Government today.Addressing the media today, Minister Rauf Hakeem said that all Muslim State and Deputy Ministers had also tendered their resignations. read more

BBC journalist Jeremy Bowen has revealed he has bowel cancer after he underwent a test despite showing no symptoms of the illness.The broadcaster’s Middle East editor declared today he was diagnosed in October after suffering “funny pains” in his leg and back.He said he underwent a test despite showing no symptoms of the illness.The 59-year-old is now receiving treatment after he underwent surgery to remove a tumour.Bowen told BBC Breakfast: “I was diagnosed with it last October. I had some funny pains in my leg and my back, when I was in Iraq. Bowen has urged people to get tested for the disease as he revealed he showed no symptoms of the illness Bowen has urged people to get tested for the disease as he revealed he showed no symptoms of the illnessCredit:Martin Pope Last year, Stephen Fry and Bill Turnbull were praised for raising awareness of prostate cancer after talking about their own experiences with the disease.Presenter Turnbull announced that he had been diagnosed with an advanced form of the disease in March last year, just weeks after Fry revealed he was recovering from prostate cancer surgery. Their decision to come forward is thought to have led to a surge in people visiting the NHS online advice pages and NHS bosses dubbed it “the Turnbull-Fry effect”.NHS England said there were 70,000 visits to the NHS website advice page on prostate cancer in March last year, a 250% increase from the monthly average of around 20,000.Appearing alongside Bowen, Deborah Alsina MBE, chief executive of Bowel Cancer UK, said: “Jeremy’s diagnosis highlights that we need to urgently deliver an optimal bowel cancer screening programme across all four nations of the UK. “Screening has been shown to be the best method of detecting bowel cancer early.”Have you had any experience either directly or indirectly with bowel cancer? We’d like to hear your stories and about how you have been affected. Send an email to yourstory@telegraph.co.uk to tell us your about your experience. Jeremy Bowen has spoken publicly about his bowel cancer diagnosis Credit:John Lawrence Jeremy Bowen has spoken publicly about his bowel cancer diagnosis  “When I came back I had to go to hospital for a couple of days, but they didn’t mention cancer. They said it was to do with some scar tissue I had from some previous surgery.“I went to my GP and I had no symptoms, none of the classic bowel cancer symptoms. I got a test and it came back positive.“From that they found that I had a tumour. I had surgery to take it away. And now I’m having chemotherapy.”He added that despite bowel cancer testing being concerned with bodily functions, people should not “die of embarrassment”.Bowen, who is now a patron of the Bowel Cancer UK charity, said: “I’ve been saying to all my friends ‘Get tested’. People I know have been queueing up at their doctor’s to get tested as a result of the diagnosis that I had.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more