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Islamists beat liberals in Morocco elections

Rabat - The Islamist party which has headed Morocco's coalition government since Arab Spring-inspired protests five years ago has beaten liberal rivals in parliamentary elections, results showed Saturday.

Morocco vote pits Islamists against liberal party

Rabat - Moroccans voted Friday to elect a new parliament, five years after an Islamist-led government took office following Arab Spring-inspired protests that toppled regimes across the region.

Iconic natural arch collapses on Moroccan beach

Rabat - They were among Morocco's best-known natural wonders: two immense rock archways towering over Legzira beach on the Atlantic coast. But on Friday afternoon one of them collapsed.

Morocco says committed to WSahara truce

Rabat - Morocco's envoy to the United Nations has said Rabat is committed to a ceasefire in Western Sahara after the UN voiced fears of renewed hostilities in the disputed territory.

Op-Ed: House of Representatives rejects Libyan unity government

Tobruk - After many meetings which either lacked a quorum or were disrupted, today the House of Representatives (HoR) met in Tobruk and held a vote of confidence in the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).

Casablanca building collapse kills two, woman missing

Casablanca - Rescuers on Saturday searched for a woman believed trapped under a building that collapsed in Morocco's economic capital Casablanca, killing two people and injuring 24, officials and witnesses said.

Morocco wants to rejoin African Union: king

Rabat - Morocco wants to rejoin the African Union, 32 years after quitting the bloc in protest at its decision to accept Western Sahara as a member, King Mohammed VI said Sunday.

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.
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