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Morocco jails brother of presumed Paris attacks ringleader

Rabat - A Moroccan court has sentenced the younger brother of suspected Paris attacks ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud to two years in prison on charges including justifying terrorism, state media reported.

Divided Libya proposes new national unity government

Skhirat - Libya's UN-backed council announced the formation of a revised national unity government on Sunday, with the internationally-recognised parliament to vote on the line-up early this week.

Strong 6.1 quake hits Mediterranean between Morocco and Spain

Rabat - A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck early Monday in the Mediterranean between Morocco and Spain, the US Geological Survey said.

Morocco arrests Belgian with 'direct links' to Paris attackers

Rabat - Morocco said Monday it had arrested a Belgian man of Moroccan descent who it said was directly linked with some of those behind the jihadist attacks in Paris in November.

Moroccan Prince avoids hand kiss in funny viral video

A video featuring the current heir to the Moroccan throne,12-year-old Prince Moulay Hassan of Morocco, is going viral on the Internet.

Libyan rivals sign disputed unity government deal

Skhirat - Rival Libyan politicians signed a deal Thursday to form a unity government despite opposition on both sides, in what the United Nations described as a "first step" towards ending the country's crisis.

Morocco king in rare visit to disputed Western Sahara

Tarfaya - Morocco's King Mohammed VI has vowed that revenues from the mineral-rich Western Sahara will continue to be invested locally, on a rare visit to the disputed territory.

Morocco trash pickers help fight climate change

Rabat - Pulling carts piled high with plastic bottles or rummaging through unofficial dumpsites, informal trash collectors abound on the streets of Morocco.

No European country 'can be exempt' from taking in refugees: Hollande

Tanger - No European country can get out of taking in refugees who have the right to asylum, French President Francois Hollande said Sunday, amid a growing row over how to fairly distribute a massive influx of migrants across the continent.

Morocco's ruling Islamists trailing in local polls

Rabat - Morocco's ruling Islamists were on course Saturday to finish second behind the liberal opposition in local polls seen as a gauge of the political climate ahead of next year's general election, partial results showed.

Morocco votes in test for Islamist government

Rabat - Moroccans began voting Friday in local elections seen as a test for the ruling Islamists, who swept to power nearly four years ago after Arab Spring protests that prompted reforms by the monarchy.

Scores injured as mouse sparks Casablanca mosque crush

Rabat - A mouse triggered panic and a crush in a Casablanca mosque has left more than 80 injured, mostly women, the Moroccan news agency MAP reported.

Libya groups agree peace deal without Tripoli parliament

Rabat - Libyan political parties and members of civil society initialled a UN-proposed peace accord in Morocco, despite the absence of a rival parliament not recognised by the international community.

Hundreds of lawyers back Moroccan women on trial over outfits

Rabat - Hundreds of lawyers have registered to defend two women who went on trial in Morocco on Monday accused of "gross indecency" for wearing dresses considered provocative, an activist said.

Libya parliament 'very unhappy' over draft peace proposal

Skhirat - Libya's internationally recognised parliament is "very unhappy" over a proposed peace deal for the conflict-wracked country, its spokesman said Tuesday, throwing a damper on enthusiasm expressed by the UN envoy.

Libya rivals 'positive' on peace draft

Skhirat - Libya's warring factions have reacted positively to a draft peace agreement, the UN envoy said Tuesday, as they head for talks in Berlin with world powers anxious for an end to the conflict.

Libya rivals begin peace talks as G7 urges 'bold' decisions

Skhirat - Libya's warring factions began crunch talks Monday as world leaders called for "bold political decisions" to prevent the oil-rich nation crumbling into a failed state.

LGBT activists arrested in Morocco for kiss protests

Rabat - Two female LGBT activists were arrested in Morocco this morning, after staging a protest at the famed Hassan Tower, located in Rabat. The protesters stripped to their waists and kissed in protest of Morocco's outlawing of homosexuality.

UN says 'differences' emerge in Libya peace talks

Skhirat - The UN said it was trying to narrow differences between Libya's rival parliaments over an agreement aimed at forming a unity government to end unrest tearing the country apart, as fresh fighting broke out near the capital Tripoli.

One detained after gyrocopter lands at the U.S. Capitol

The U.S. capitol remains of high alert after a small gyrocopter lands outside the west end of the Capitol building. The pilot has been detained at this time.
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