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Morocco dismantles extremist recruitment cell

2014-09-12 16:06

Morocco has announced the dismantling of a cell involved in recruiting Moroccans to go fight with the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

Morocco dismantles recruitment cell for Iraq

2014-08-14 16:15

Moroccan police say they have dismantled a nine-person cell recruiting volunteers to fight with the radical Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

Morocco building collapse toll hits 23

2014-07-14 10:46

The death toll after three buildings collapsed in the Moroccan city of Casablanca has reached 23, officials say, after more bodies were recovered from the rubble in the past three days.

At least 32 killed in Morocco building collapse

2014-07-11 17:14

Two buildings have collapsed in the Moroccan city of Casablanca, leaving at least three people dead and 26 wounded, medical officials say.

Morocco urged to stop jailing gays

2014-07-07 23:14

Human Rights Watch has urged Morocco to stop prosecuting and jailing people for their sexual orientation.

Morocco activists jailed over demo granted bail

2014-06-17 21:33

Nine activists from Morocco’s February 20 pro-reform movement jailed last month for violence against police have been granted bail at their appeals hearing, judicial sources say.

Morocco seizes 30 tons of hashish

2014-06-09 14:41

Moroccan police have seized nearly 30 tons of hashish in Casablanca, one of the largest busts in the major cannabis exporting country in years, reports say.

Morocco king in Tunis

2014-05-31 06:45

Moroccan King Mohamed VI has arrived in Tunis for his first official visit to the country since the January 2011 popular uprising.

100s of migrants breach Morocco-Spain border

2014-05-28 13:10

About 400 migrants have stormed across a towering, triple-layer border fence from Morocco into the tiny Spanish territory of Melilla, one of the biggest crossings in nearly a decade.

6 Moroccans jailed for 'homosexuality'

2014-05-15 07:52

A Moroccan court has jailed six men for up to three years on various charges including "homosexuality", a rights group says.

UN keeps force in Western Sahara for a year

2014-04-30 10:14

The Security Council has voted unanimously to keep a UN peacekeeping force in Morocco’s Western Sahara region for another year without a mandate to monitor human rights.

Morocco jails British paedophile for 20 years

2014-04-15 21:28

Morocco has jailed a British man, previously convicted of child sex offences, for 20 years for kidnapping and attempting to rape three young girls.

Crash! Top driver's rookie error

2014-04-14 10:52

GT Academy judge Tom Coronel started on pole for race two of the opening round of the 2014 World Touring Car Championship in Morocco. Sadly, he managed to drive about 200m before smashing into wall. Watch the video!

Ebola outbreak: Morocco steps up guard

2014-04-01 13:02

Morocco has announced extra health screening measures at entry points to the country, in particular at Casablanca airport, after the outbreak of the deadly Ebola epidemic in Guinea.

Morocco to pre-empt W Sahara debate

2014-03-18 19:50

Morocco is seeking to forestall UN Security Council debate on its rights record in Western Sahara when the mandate of the territory's peacekeepers is renewed.

Spain deports train bombing convict to Morocco

2014-03-17 09:26

Spain has deported a Moroccan man after he completed a 10-year jail sentence for obtaining the explosives used in the 2004 Madrid train bombings that killed 191 people, the government says.

Victim faints at Morocco sex trial

2014-03-12 07:38

An alleged victim of a suspected British paedophile on trial in Morocco has fainted in court as the case was adjourned for a fifth time.

Morocco suspends judicial co-operation with France

2014-02-27 14:02

Morocco says it has suspended judicial co-operation agreements with France in a growing diplomatic row with its former colonial ruler over allegations of human rights abuses.

Arab Spring turmoil mutes Morocco protesters

2014-02-20 07:17

When Arab Spring protests erupted in early 2011, Morocco's February 20 pro-reform movement mobilised mass demonstrations, but three years on its goals remain frustrated and regional turmoil has dampened demand for change.

Migrants storm Spanish border fence in Africa

2014-02-18 13:41

About 200 sub-Saharan migrants have stormed a barbed-wire border fence along Spain’s northwest African enclave on Melilla, with about 50 getting through, an official says.

HRW: Morocco still abuses migrants

2014-02-10 14:56

New York-based Human Rights Watch has criticised Morocco for the continued abuse of sub-Saharan migrants despite the announcement of a more humanitarian immigration policy.

7 migrants drown trying to reach Spain

2014-02-06 15:16

At least seven migrants, including a woman, have drowned as they tried to swim to the Spanish enclave of Ceuta from a beach in neighbouring Morocco, Moroccan authorities say.

Morocco sees more tourists, but less money

2014-01-31 17:00

Morocco welcomed 10.5 million tourists last year, a gain of 7%, but the money they spent in a country actually dipped.

 

Hard times for red gold divers

2014-09-09 16:16

Harvesting mineral-rich seaweed on Morocco's Atlantic coast, Attibari Lemkhanter worries that the plant known locally as 'red gold' is becoming increasingly scarce.

Morocco warns of terror plot from Syria, Iraq

2014-07-17 07:41

Morocco's interior minister says that Moroccan extremists fighting in Iraq and Syria are plotting terror attacks on prominent figures and sites back home.

Casablanca buildings collapse: Death toll revised

2014-07-13 21:43

The death toll after three buildings collapsed in Morocco's largest city and commercial capital Casablanca, is lower than initially thought.

Morocco tightens security over threat

2014-07-11 07:02

Morocco has announced that it is tightening security measures in response to a "serious terrorist threat" linked to the growing number of its citizens joining jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq.

Morocco arrests recruiters for Iraq-Syria fighting

2014-06-25 14:56

Morocco’s interior ministry says it has dismantled a cell recruiting Moroccans to fight for extremist groups in Iraq and Syria.

African music legends pay homage to Mandela

2014-06-16 07:50

African superstars Johnny Clegg and Youssou N'Dour have paid homage to late South African icon Nelson Mandela at the 20th edition of the World Festival of Sacred Music in Morocco.

Arabs mostly give Obama negative 2014 report card

2014-06-04 14:14

A new poll shows that Arabs believe the Obama administration has little commitment to a Palestinian state and should not intervene militarily in Syria.

UN rights chief urges Morocco to do more

2014-05-29 14:04

The UN has lauded Morocco’s 2011 constitution and various measures to better protect the citizens’ rights, and urged that they be swiftly applied.

Morocco Salafists demand release of brothers

2014-05-16 22:14

Hundreds of hardline Salafists have demonstrated outside Morocco's parliament demanding the release of fellow Islamists jailed in connection with suicide bombings in Casablanca 11 years ago, insisting on their innocence.

700 migrants rush Spain's border

2014-05-01 18:30

Seven hundred African migrants have rushed Spain's border in the North African enclave of Melilla, 140 breach it.

Morocco wind farm, Africa's biggest

2014-04-25 13:02

Africa's largest wind farm, in Morocco, has started generating electricity and will be capable of meeting the electricity needs of several hundred thousand people, officials say.

Crash! Top driver's rookie error

2014-04-14 15:14

GT Academy judge Tom Coronel started on pole for race two of the opening round of the 2014 WTC - watch the crash!

UN renews call for rights monitoring in W Sahara

2014-04-11 14:43

The UN chief has renewed his appeals for sustained human rights monitoring in the disputed territory of northern Africa’s Western Sahara.

Major Moroccan banks plan Islamic offshoots

2014-03-23 18:49

Two of Morocco's biggest banks are preparing to launch Islamic subsidiaries as the Moroccan parliament discusses a bill regulating Islamic banks, sources say.

Migrants storm Morocco-Spain border fence

2014-03-18 18:21

About 500 migrants have stormed across the border fence from Morocco into the Spanish territory of Melilla in one of the biggest such crossings in years, a government official says.

Spain nabs seven suspects of jihadist cell

2014-03-14 14:41

Madrid security forces have broken up a Spanish and Moroccan network suspected of sending jihadist fighters to battle Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, arresting seven suspects.

700 migrants fail bid to enter Spanish enclave

2014-03-04 14:01

Officials say some 700 sub-Saharan African migrants have attempted to cross into the Spanish enclave of Ceuta from Morocco but have been turned back by Moroccan forces.

Moroccan journo ready to replace banned site

2014-02-20 11:08

A prominent Moroccan editor known for his taboo-breaking coverage says he is ready to start another news website to replace the one blocked by authorities.

Morocco king weighs in on Mali peace process

2014-02-18 19:48

Morocco's King Mohammed VI is due to start a five-day tour to support Mali's peace process, with Rabat aiming to wrest the diplomatic initiative from its more dominant regional rival Algeria.

Pressure on Morocco to end child exploitation

2014-02-13 10:32

The death of a 14-year-old housemaid abused by her employer has sparked a public outcry in Morocco, giving ammunition to those demanding an end to the exploitation of child workers.

Morocco bans judges' protest

2014-02-08 19:00

Moroccan authorities have banned a sit-in by hundreds of judges who want greater independence for the judiciary, deploying dozens of riot police to Rabat.

Investors line up for $9bn Morocco project

2014-02-04 20:00

Morocco has recruited investors to fund a $9bn solar power project, even though some have balked due to the location of some plants in the disputed Western Sahara.

Morocco plans for big future

2014-01-12 12:05

With an ultramodern port, high-speed train and the biggest car plant in North Africa, Tangiers is looking to profit from its strategic location overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar and its proximity to Europe.

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