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German bill to cut asylum seekers from N.Africa, Georgia

Berlin - Germany's government launched a renewed attempt Wednesday to declare three North African states and Georgia "safe countries of origin", which would raise the hurdles for asylum requests by its citizens.

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.

Moroccan fruit pickers say they were exploited, harassed in Spain

Madrid - Ten women who left their children at home in Morocco to earn money picking strawberries in southern Spain have said that they were lied to, exploited and even sexually harassed.

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.

Spain wants to remove barbed wire from border fences at Ceuta and Melilla

Madrid - Spain's new interior minister said Thursday he will "do everything possible" to remove barbed wire from border fences that surround the Spanish territories of Ceuta and Melilla, to help reduce injuries to migrants seeking sanctuary in Europe.

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.

Spain breaks up 'main' hashish smuggling ring

Madrid - Spanish authorities said Sunday they had broken up one of the "main" gangs that smuggles hashish from Morocco to southern Spain with the arrest of 12 people.

Young migrants put European hopes in Spanish enclave

Ceuta - At 14 years old, Ismail said he is "ready for anything" as he tries to board a boat for Europe and leave his Moroccan homeland behind.

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.

UN council expected to vote Friday on Western Sahara talks

New York - The UN Security Council is expected to vote Friday on a contentious US-drafted measure that would lay the groundwork for talks on settling the decades-old dispute over Western Sahara, diplomats said.

Trolleys bring relief for Moroccan 'mule women'

Ceuta - It's a form of hard labour that has provoked an outcry -- Moroccan women bent double, overburdened by goods approaching or exceeding their own bodyweight.

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.

Macron meets Moroccan king,still in Paris after heart op

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday hosted Morocco's King Mohammed VI, yet to return home following heart surgery in Paris, for unscheduled talks notably on the Middle East, royal sources said.

Morocco demands UN, Algerian action on Polisario

New York - Morocco on Wednesday hinted it could act unilaterally if the United Nations and Algeria fail to stop Polisario Front fighters it accuses of carrying out incursions into a buffer zone.

UN disputes Morocco's claims of incursions in W. Sahara

New York - The United Nations on Monday disputed claims by Morocco that the Polisario Front had carried out incursions in a buffer zone of Western Sahara, where a UN mission is monitoring a ceasefire.

Four migrants found dead off Spain, others missing: rescuers

Madrid - At least four migrants were found dead off Spain on Sunday, with others who had been on board a make-shift boat missing, rescuers said.The bodies were recovered in the waters of the Strait of Gibraltar between Morocco and southern Spain.

Eni rig sails for Morocco after Turkey blocks Cyprus search

Nicosia - An Italian drillship blocked by the Turkish navy from exploring for gas off Cyprus was on Tuesday headed for Morocco, a website monitoring sea traffic showed.

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.

Moroccan held in Paris over 2015 train attack

Paris - A Moroccan man was arrested in Paris Wednesday on suspicion of helping a jihadist who staged an attack on a high-speed train in 2015, a source close to the inquiry told AFP.

Moroccan arrested in Paris over 2015 train attack

Paris - A Moroccan man was arrested in Paris Wednesday on suspicion of helping a jihadist who tried to massacre passengers on a Paris-bound train from Amsterdam in 2015, a source close to the inquiry told AFP.

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.

Spain sounds alarm over fighter influx from Sahel

Madrid - Spain is worried about security on its southern border due to the possible influx of Islamist fighters to West Africa's Sahel region, Spain's foreign minister told AFP in an interview Thursday.

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.

French railway loses discrimination appeal against Moroccan workers

Paris - France's national rail operator on Wednesday lost its appeal against a finding that it discriminated against hundreds of Moroccan workers arriving in the post-colonial era, damaging their careers.

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.

UN's Western Sahara envoy to hold talks in Berlin

New York - The UN envoy on Western Sahara talks between Morocco and the Polisario Front has invited the parties and neighboring countries to Berlin for bilateral talks, a UN spokesperson said Tuesday.

Concern as Spanish activist probed for saving drowning migrants

Madrid - For years Helena Maleno made calls to the Spanish coastguards about migrant boats, potentially saving the lives of thousands of people attempting the treacherous crossing to Europe.
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The library of the al-Qarawiyyin University in Fez will reopen for public use.
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artifacts found at the Jebel Irhoud site.
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The world’s largest solar power plant in Morocco will eventually provide 1.1 million people with electricity.
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