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Israel flight marking normalisation lands in Morocco

Rabat - The first Israel-Morocco direct commercial flight landed in Rabat Tuesday to mark the latest US-brokered diplomatic normalisation deal between the Jewish state and an Arab country.

Morocco, Israel to seal normalisation with first direct flight

Rabat - Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and advisor, is due to arrive Tuesday in Morocco from Israel on the first direct commercial flight between the two countries since they normalised ties.

Morocco, Israel to seal normalisation with first direct flight

Rabat - Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and advisor, is due to arrive Tuesday in Morocco from Israel on the first direct commercial flight between the two countries since they normalised ties.

Moroccan schools to teach Jewish history and culture

Rabat - Jewish history and culture in Morocco will soon be part of the school curriculum -- a "first" in the region and in the North African country, where Islam is the state religion.

US adopts map of Morocco that includes Western Sahara

Rabat - The United States adopted Saturday a "new official" map of Morocco that includes the disputed territory of Western Sahara, the ambassador to Rabat said.

Morocco savours W.Sahara breakthrough in Israel deal

Rabat - Morocco basked in US recognition of its sovereignty over the Western Sahara Friday after outgoing President Donald Trump changed policy on the decades-old dispute in return for Rabat agreeing to normalise relations with Israel.

Polisario says W.Sahara ceasefire over as Rabat launches operation

Rabat - The pro-independence Polisario Front declared a three-decade-old ceasefire in disputed Western Sahara was over on Friday after Morocco launched an operation to reopen the road to neighbouring Mauritania.

Drought casts shadow over prime Moroccan farming land

Agadir - Parched fields stretch as far as the eye can see on plains overlooking Agadir in southwestern Morocco, as precious water resources are diverted from the drought-hit agricultural heartland to households.

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.
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