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IS jihadist linked to French plot arrested in Morocco

Rabat - A suspected Islamic State group jihadist who delivered instructions to a cell planning to carry out an attack in France has been arrested in Morocco, authorities said Saturday.

In Morocco's Fez, world's oldest library holds gems

Fez - Nestled in a labyrinth of streets in the heart of Morocco's ancient city of Fez, stands the world's oldest working library.

Morocco TV 'sorry' over makeup for battered women

Rabat - A public television station in Morocco apologised again after uproar on social media followed its broadcast of an item on makeup to hide the bruises of battered women.

Donald Trump looms large over future of climate action

Marrakesh - From across the Atlantic, Donald Trump eclipsed a UN conference which fought valiantly in Marrakesh to preserve momentum on curtailing climate change amid fears the mogul will fragment the global effort and starve it of cash.

UN climate conference to Trump: 'We count on your pragmatism'

Marrakesh - A UN climate conference Friday appealed to the "pragmatism" of president-elect Donald Trump, who has threatened to pull the US out of a global pact to rein in global warming.

Four nations map course to carbon-free economies

Marrakesh - When it comes to purging fossil fuels from the global economy by mid-century -- our only hope of staving off catastrophic climate change -- it turns out that you can't get there from here without a good map.

Urgent pleas to Trump at UN climate talks

Marrakesh - The leader of Fiji, whose nation is being resculpted by rising seas, pleaded Friday with Donald Trump to join the fight against global warming.

UN meeting urges 'highest political commitment' on climate change

Marrakech - Nearly 200 nations made an appeal Thursday for the "highest political commitment" to combat climate change, at a UN gathering overshadowed by Donald Trump's threats to withdraw the US from a global pact to turn back global warming.

African leaders in Morocco to unify stance on global warming

Marrakech - African leaders met in Morocco Wednesday on the sidelines of UN climate talks to agree a joint stance to fight global warming on the continent.

Kerry 'confident' US climate trend pledges can't be reversed

Marrakech - A week after climate-change denier Donald Trump's election to the White House, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he was "confident" Washington's climate commitments cannot be reversed "regardless of what policy may be chosen".

Big companies tell Trump: 'Don't quit climate pact'

Marrakesh - More than 360 mostly American companies and investors, including a dozen Fortune 500 firms, called Wednesday on Donald Trump to uphold the 196-nation Paris climate pact.

Hollande proposes to extend French state of emergency until May

Marrakech - President Francois Hollande on Tuesday proposed extending France's year-old state of emergency to May, to cover the next presidential election.

UN chief calls for 'elimination' of fossil fuel subsidies

Marrakesh - UN chief Ban Ki-moon called Tuesday for the "elimination of fossil fuel subsidies" to accelerate the transition to clean energy for the sake of the planet.

Ban 'optimistic' as leaders tackle climate change in Trump shadow

Marrakech - Donald Trump's election loomed large over climate talks on Tuesday where UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged nations to redouble their planet-rescue efforts and voiced hope the US would not pull out of its commitments.

Under Trump shadow, world leaders tackle climate change

Marrakesh - A week after climate change denier Donald Trump's election to the White House, world leaders will on Tuesday address a key UN meeting in Marrakesh to keep a climate rescue plan on track.

Natural disasters push 26 million into poverty annually: World Bank

Marrakesh - Natural disasters drive at least 26 million people into poverty each year and cause more than $500 billion in lost consumption, far exceeding the value of damage to property alone, according to a World Bank report released Monday.

Record heat in 2016 but no drop in CO2 emissions: reports

Marrakesh - The year 2016 is on track to be the hottest on record, the UN forecast Monday, while the World Bank calculated that 26 million people slip into poverty annually due to natural disasters, reflecting the risks posed by climate change.

The Trump effect: Wary climate diplomats 'wait and see'

Marrakesh - The world expects the United States to uphold commitments under the landmark Paris climate treaty despite Donald Trump's vow to pull out, the incoming head of its UN implementing body told AFP Friday.

UN climate talks to Trump: don't get left behind

Marrakesh - Stunned but defiant participants at UN climate talks in Marrakesh said Wednesday that climate change denier Donald Trump can't derail the global shift to clean energy, and that the United States would get left behind if he tried.

Turning sun into water in parched rural Morocco

Rislane - In the arid mountains of eastern Morocco, people know the value of water all too well. "Every drop is like gold. It should almost be measured by the carat," said local activist Najib Bachiri.
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