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Moroccan village riffs on Hendrix legends and myths

Essaouira - Some claim to have seen him, others to have spoken with him -- 50 years after guitar legend Jimi Hendrix's untimely death, a village on Morocco's Atlantic coast pulsates with his memory."I saw him here.

Morocco's blocked border with Spain brings suffering

Fnideq - Thousands of Moroccans who once crossed into Spanish enclaves on the North African coast to work every day are struggling after six months of border closures due to coronavirus restrictions.

Morocco asks Amnesty for proof it used spyware on journalist

Rabat - Morocco's prime minister has demanded Amnesty International provide evidence to support its allegations that Rabat used spyware to bug a journalist's phone.

Morocco artisans fear 'knockout punch' from virus

Rabat - Pottery, basketwork and wrought-iron furniture pile up in the deserted stalls of the Oulja arts and crafts complex in Sale near the Moroccan capital Rabat.Artisans have been starved of income for almost three months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Morocco launches fleet of drones to tackle virus from the sky

Rabat - Morocco has rapidly expanded its fleet of drones as it battles the coronavirus pandemic, deploying them for aerial surveillance, public service announcements and sanitisation."This is a real craze.

Morocco NGO delivers emergency supplies to single mums in lockdown

Casablanca - A small van zips through the streets of Casablanca to deliver food to single mothers, as economic paralysis caused by the coronavirus crisis puts pressure on Morocco's poor.

Tourists stranded as Morocco links to Europe cut over virus

Fnideq - Thousands of tourists were stranded in Morocco on Saturday after the kingdom suddenly announced strict border restrictions in response to the coronavirus, leaving travellers stuck at borders, ports and airports."We are lost!

Morocco fortress village hopes to draw 'Game of Thrones' fans

Aguilal - Millions worldwide may have seen the desert fortress in the hit fantasy series "Game of Thrones", but fewer know they can visit the Moroccan village of Ait-Ben-Haddou.

Morocco border clampdown thwarts Europe-bound migrants

Fnideq - Mustapha left his home in Guinea two years ago to make the arduous journey to Morocco, hoping to cross the fence separating the kingdom from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta.

Morocco's long-burdened 'mule women' face new struggle

Fnideq - After years of back-breaking toil, Fatima el Hanani now fears being reduced to begging in the street because of Morocco's closure of its border with a Spanish enclave to thousands of "mule women".

Rabat kept Belgian-Moroccan for years in 'abusive solitary': HRW

Rabat - Human Rights Watch on Friday accused Morocco of holding a dual Belgian-Moroccan citizen in "inhuman" and "abusive solitary detention" for more than three years following his 2009 life sentence on terrorism charges.

Exiled actress Farahani decries 'massacre' in Iran

Marrakesh - Exiled Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani has condemned what she called a "massacre" in her homeland, which has been rocked by a wave of deadly protests.

Moroccan journalist jailed for abortion freed after royal pardon

Rabat - Moroccan journalist Hajar Raissouni who was sentenced to one year in jail for an "illegal abortion" and sexual relations outside marriage walked free on Wednesday, shortly after being granted a royal pardon.

In Morocco, heroin addiction sweeps cannabis corridor

Tetouan - In a filthy squat in a beach town in northern Morocco, drug users inject and smoke heroin, a relatively recent scourge plaguing a region long known for cannabis and contraband.Rachid says he does nothing with his life, except heroin.

Morocco journalist says police forced her to take medical test

Rabat - A Moroccan journalist on trial over alleged sexual relations outside marriage and an "illegal abortion" told a court Monday that police had forced her to undergo a painful medical examination in custody.

Appeal opens in case of Scandinavian hikers slain in Morocco

Tabriquet - The appeal opened Wednesday in the case of 24 men convicted over the beheadings of two young Scandinavian women on a hiking trip in Morocco's High Atlas mountains last December.

Convicts appeal in Morocco case of slain Scandinavian hikers

Tabriquet - An appeal opens Wednesday in the case of 24 men convicted over the beheadings of two young Scandinavian women on a hiking trip in Morocco's High Atlas mountains last December.

Morocco king marks 20 years with loyalty pledge

Rabat - Celebrations of King Mohammed VI's 20 years on the throne culminate Wednesday with the annual pledge of allegiance to Morocco's monarchy after a series of opulent banquets and a major speech.

Moroccan King pardons thousands, including 'Hirak' protesters

Rabat - Morocco's King Mohammed VI has marked 20 years on the throne by pardoning thousands of prisoners, including some from the "Hirak" protest movement that rocked the country in 2016.

Morocco king marks two stable decades despite economic woes

Rabat - King Mohammed VI is preparing to mark 20 years on the throne of Morocco, a North African country seen as a regional island of stability but bedevilled by economic inequality.
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