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Morocco's king returns home after weeks-long absence

Rabat - King Mohammed VI has returned to Morocco after an absence of several weeks during which he underwent a heart operation in a Paris clinic, sources close to the palace said Tuesday.

Morocco publisher accused of 'sexual assault': lawyer

Rabat - A prominent Moroccan newspaper publisher and journalist arrested last week has been referred to the prosecution for alleged "sexual assault", his lawyer said on Monday.

African migrants keep football dreams alive in Morocco camp

Casablanca - The rubbish had been cleared away and spectators emerged from makeshift tents: it was time for kick-off in the daily football game at the Oulad Ziane migrant camp in Morocco's Casablanca.

Morocco adopts law on violence against women

Rabat - The Moroccan parliament on Wednesday, after months of heated debate, adopted a law first drafted five years ago to combat violence against women."Thank God!

Morocco tops 11-million mark in record tourism year

Rabat - Morocco recorded a bumper year for tourist arrivals in 2017, breaking through the 11-million barrier for the first time, the tourism ministry announced Monday.Visitor arrivals numbered some 11.

Bodies of 16 migrants recovered off Morocco coast

Nador - Moroccan rescue services have recovered the bodies of 16 migrants off the coast of Spain's enclave of Melilla, Moroccan and Spanish officials said Sunday.

Morocco hotline struggles against graft

Rabat - After years fighting to evict tenants he believes are backed by corrupt officials, Slimane Brihmi called a much-heralded anti-graft hotline in Morocco -- but it made no difference.

Hundreds risk lives in Morocco 'mines of death'

Jerada - They call them "the mines of death". In the neglected northern Moroccan mining city of Jerada, hundreds of people risk their lives every day to scrape a meagre living from perilous abandoned coal pits.

Blocked from Europe, migrants settle in Morocco

Rabat - Unable to reach Europe in search of a better life, Aliou Ndiaye settled in Morocco instead, giving up on his original goal like thousands of other sub-Saharan African migrants.

Detained Morocco protest leader hospitalised during court hearing

Rabat - The hunger-striking leader of a Moroccan protest movement that rocked the country's north was rushed to hospital Tuesday during a hearing at a Casablanca court, one of his lawyers said.

Tourists roll up for Morocco's cannabis trail

Targuist - It may not feature in Morocco's official tourism brochures but cannabis attracts thousands of visitors a year to the North African country.

Crush near Morocco's Essaouira kills at least 15: ministry

Rabat - At least 15 people were killed and five injured Sunday in a crush as food aid was distributed near the coastal tourist town of Essaouira in western Morocco, officials said.

Historic Jewish quarter of Marrakesh sees revival

Marrakesh - The once teeming Jewish area of Moroccan tourist gem Marrakesh is seeing its fortunes revived as visitors including many from Israel flock to experience its unique culture and history.

One year on, tensions simmer in neglected Moroccan north

Al Hoceima - Tensions still simmer in Morocco's neglected north a year after a fishmonger was crushed to death in a rubbish truck, sparking a wave of protests for social justice.

Morocco recalls Algeria envoy over 'hashish money' jibe

Rabat - Morocco has recalled its ambassador after the Algerian foreign minister accused the kingdom's banks of "laundering hashish money" in Africa, in the latest diplomatic spat between the North African rivals.

Families of jailed Morocco protesters face long road

Casablanca - A 1,200-kilometre (750 mile) round bus trip taking about 22 hours: that is the weekly grind faced by families of activists arrested over a protest movement in northern Morocco if they want to see their loved ones jailed in Casablanca.

Spain attacker showed 'no sign of radicalisation': father

- Residents of Melouiya, a village high in Morocco's Atlas Mountains, are in shock at the news two of their sons were implicated in terror attacks in Spain.

Moroccan king pardons more than a thousand detainees

Rabat - King Mohammed VI of Morocco on Saturday pardoned more than a thousand detainees, some of whom were under arrest for taking part in protests in the troubled northern Rif region, the justice ministry announced.

Morocco arrests British Bitcoin dealer wanted in US

Rabat - Moroccan police have arrested a British dealer in virtual currency Bitcoin wanted on fraud charges in the United States, a source close to the investigation told AFP on Thursday.

Moroccans eye Spanish enclave across tiny border

Alhacemas - It's one of the shortest land borders in the world: a few dozen metres of plastic cord across a sandbank separate Morocco from the tiny Spanish enclave of Penon de Velez de la Gomera.
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