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Dozens of Moroccan activists appeal jail terms

Casablanca - A group of 53 Moroccan activists involved in protests which rocked the North African country will appeal their jail terms of up to 20 years, their lawyers said Monday.

Migrants dreaming of Spain live off Moroccan dump

Fnideq - Under a blazing sun, Youssouf picks food from a Moroccan rubbish dump, one of many young people who scavages to survive while dreaming of life in nearby Spain."My mother would be sick if she saw this," said Youssouf, a 20-year-old from Guinea.

Anger in Morocco over jailing of protesters

Rabat - The jailing of demonstrators for up to 20 years over unrest in 2016 sparked anger in Morocco on Wednesday, with some warning it could threaten further instability.

Morocco jails protest leaders for up to 20 years

Casablanca - Leaders of a Moroccan protest movement were sentenced to up to 20 years in prison late Tuesday over their roles in demonstrations that rocked the north of the country in 2016.

Morocco boycott revives debate over business, politics links

Rabat - More than a month after its launch, an unprecedented boycott campaign in Morocco against three well-known brands has revived criticism against links between the country's business and political elite.

Hungary rejects Euro-African declaration on migration

Marrakesh - Hungary on Wednesday refused to sign a declaration recognising the advantages of migration, despite its adoption by more than 50 European and African countries at a Morocco conference.

Morocco cuts Iran ties over alleged Polisario arms delivery

Rabat - Morocco on Tuesday cut diplomatic ties with Iran, accusing the Islamic republic of using its ally Hezbollah to deliver weapons to the separatist Polisario Front in Western Sahara.

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.
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