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Morocco justifies 2015 extradition of Saudi official

Rabat - Morocco confirmed Friday that in 2015 it arrested a Saudi official, wanted by Interpol, and extradited him to Riyadh, denying that this was a "disappearance".

Morocco navy fires on migrant boat, wounding one

Rabat - The Moroccan navy opened fire on a boat transporting migrants from the North African country, wounding one of them, a military source said on Wednesday.

Moroccan teen in gang-rape case urges other girls to be brave

Beni Mellal - A Moroccan teenager allegedly kidnapped and gang-raped by men from her village called Wednesday on other girls "to be brave" after meeting with the judge investigating her case, which has shaken the nation.

Morocco navy says 615 migrants saved in weekend ops

Rabat - Morocco's Royal Navy said Monday its forces rescued 615 migrants from 31 boats that ran into trouble in the Mediterranean at the weekend while trying to reach Spain.

Dozens of Moroccan migrants rescued at sea

Rabat - Morocco's navy rescued 37 of its citizens off the country's coast on Wednesday, as they were trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, the armed forces said.

Morocco probes use of speedboats by people smugglers

Rabat - Moroccan authorities are probing the phenomenon of people smugglers using high power speedboats, as favoured by drug traffickers, to transport migrants across the Mediterranean to Europe, a top official said Wednesday.

One dead as Morocco navy fires on migrant boat

Rabat - Morocco's navy on Tuesday fired on a boat carrying migrants that refused to respond to its orders, leaving a young woman dead and three other Moroccans wounded, local officials said.

Singer Lamjarred case reopens Morocco violence against women debate

Rabat - Still adored at home despite three separate rape charges in France, Moroccan pop star Saad Lamjarred's latest arrest has reignited a debate on violence against women in the North African kingdom.

Thriving trade in pirated reads vexes Moroccan bookshops

Rabat - With a backpack filled with pirated books, Khalid wanders the streets of Rabat peddling cheap reads -- part of a flourishing black market eliciting howls of protest from bookshop owners.

Convicted leader of Morocco protest movement on hunger strike

Casablanca - The jailed leader of a Moroccan protest movement began a hunger strike on Thursday to protest against prison conditions, weeks after he was sentenced to 20 years behind bars, his father said.

Morocco targets migrant smuggling 'mafia'

Rabat - Morocco has launched an operation against people-smuggling mafia and the migrants they bring in from sub-Saharan Africa, a government source said Thursday.

Moroccan hometown of 'gang-raped teen' divided over case

Rabat - The hometown of a Moroccan teenager who says she was kidnapped and gang raped is divided over her account of a case that has sparked outrage across the kingdom.

In Morocco, American football isn't a men-only affair

Rabat - Under the scorching summer sun in Rabat, coach Ichtar Zahraoui bellows directions to "The Pirates", young Moroccan men and women learning to play American football together on the gridiron.

Morocco king pardons 188 people linked to Hirak protests

Rabat - Morocco's King Mohammed VI has pardoned a total of 188 people linked to the "Hirak" protest movement on the occasion of Islam's Eid al-Adha religious feast, the National Council on Human Rights said Tuesday.

Madonna turns into 'berber queen' for 60th birthday

Marrakech - Madonna on Thursday took on the mantle of a "berber queen" to celebrate her 60th birthday, touring Morocco's former imperial city of Marrakech under the radar of the paparazzi.

Madonna celebrates turning 60 in Marrakech

Rabat - Madonna, the Queen of Pop, appears to have travelled to the former imperial city of Marrakech in western Morocco to celebrate her 60th birthday on Thursday.

Morocco authorities force hundreds of migrants out of north

Rabat - Moroccan authorities have forcefully relocated hundreds of migrants in recent days from camps and homes in the kingdom's north, a local official and a rights group said Saturday.

Morocco's ancient city of Volubilis rises again

Moulay Idriss - Situated in a fertile plain at the foot of Mount Zerhoun, the sprawling remains of Morocco's oldest Roman site -- Volubilis -- have survived pillage and long periods of neglect.

Moroccan king sacks economy minister after call for action

Rabat - Morocco's King Mohammed VI has sacked the country's economy minister, his office said Wednesday, after the monarch demanded "urgent action" on social issues in the North African nation hit by unrest over unemployment and graft.

Morocco king urges 'urgent action' on social problems

Rabat - Morocco's King Mohammed VI Sunday urged the government to take "urgent action" to address social issues, in particular health and education in the north African country which has been hit by protests over employment and corruption.
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