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Israel flight marking normalisation lands in Morocco

Rabat - The first Israel-Morocco direct commercial flight landed in Rabat Tuesday to mark the latest US-brokered diplomatic normalisation deal between the Jewish state and an Arab country.

Morocco, Israel to seal normalisation with first direct flight

Rabat - Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and advisor, is due to arrive Tuesday in Morocco from Israel on the first direct commercial flight between the two countries since they normalised ties.

Morocco, Israel to seal normalisation with first direct flight

Rabat - Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and advisor, is due to arrive Tuesday in Morocco from Israel on the first direct commercial flight between the two countries since they normalised ties.

What next for Western Sahara after Morocco-Israel deal?

Nicosia - US President Donald Trump's surprise backing of Morocco's claim to sovereignty over disputed Western Sahara upended years of international consensus, but will this break a deadlock or inflame a conflict?

Trump aide Kushner heads to Israel, Morocco after deal on ties

Washington - Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and advisor, will visit Israel and Morocco next week to discuss the normalization of ties between the two countries, a US official told AFP Tuesday.

Breaking norms, Jared Kushner scores late-term wins for Israel

Washington - The United Arab Emirates is getting top-of-the-line fighter jets. Morocco is winning recognition for decades-old territorial claims. And Sudan is coming off the US terrorism blacklist.

Moroccan schools to teach Jewish history and culture

Rabat - Jewish history and culture in Morocco will soon be part of the school curriculum -- a "first" in the region and in the North African country, where Islam is the state religion.

US adopts map of Morocco that includes Western Sahara

Rabat - The United States adopted Saturday a "new official" map of Morocco that includes the disputed territory of Western Sahara, the ambassador to Rabat said.

Morocco savours W.Sahara breakthrough in Israel deal

Rabat - Morocco basked in US recognition of its sovereignty over the Western Sahara Friday after outgoing President Donald Trump changed policy on the decades-old dispute in return for Rabat agreeing to normalise relations with Israel.

Israeli PM hails 'historic' Morocco normalisation agreement

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday hailed as "historic" a normalisation agreement with Morocco and anticipated direct flights between the two countries soon.

Morocco normalizes ties with Israel and wins Trump nod on Sahara dispute

Washington - Morocco on Thursday became the fourth Arab nation this year to normalize relations with Israel as President Donald Trump in turn fulfilled a decades-old goal of Morocco by backing its contested sovereignty in Western Sahara.

Trump announces Morocco latest Arab state to recognize Israel

Washington - US President Donald Trump announced Thursday that Morocco is now the fourth Arab state this year to recognize Israel in a diplomatic breakthrough that also sees Washington backing Moroccan rule over the disputed Western Sahara region.

Jihadism in Spain: a silent but real threat

Madrid - Europe's latest jihadist attacks may have targeted France and Austria, but Spain, like the rest of the continent, remains within the sights of extremists and the threat level is still "severe", experts say.

Spain to set up camps for 7,000 migrants in Canaries

Madrid - Spain will set up emergency camps for up to 7,000 migrants as part of a plan to tackle the huge influx of arrivals in the Canary Islands, the government said Friday.

Polisario says W.Sahara ceasefire over as Rabat launches operation

Rabat - The pro-independence Polisario Front declared a three-decade-old ceasefire in disputed Western Sahara was over on Friday after Morocco launched an operation to reopen the road to neighbouring Mauritania.

Western Sahara: war looms in Africa's contested desert land

Paris - Disputedand divided Western Sahara -- where a 29-year ceasefire ended Friday -- is a former Spanish colony mostly under Morocco's control.

Drought casts shadow over prime Moroccan farming land

Agadir - Parched fields stretch as far as the eye can see on plains overlooking Agadir in southwestern Morocco, as precious water resources are diverted from the drought-hit agricultural heartland to households.

Moroccan village riffs on Hendrix legends and myths

Essaouira - Some claim to have seen him, others to have spoken with him -- 50 years after guitar legend Jimi Hendrix's untimely death, a village on Morocco's Atlantic coast pulsates with his memory."I saw him here.

Morocco's blocked border with Spain brings suffering

Fnideq - Thousands of Moroccans who once crossed into Spanish enclaves on the North African coast to work every day are struggling after six months of border closures due to coronavirus restrictions.

Morocco artisans fear 'knockout punch' from virus

Rabat - Pottery, basketwork and wrought-iron furniture pile up in the deserted stalls of the Oulja arts and crafts complex in Sale near the Moroccan capital Rabat.Artisans have been starved of income for almost three months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Morocco launches fleet of drones to tackle virus from the sky

Rabat - Morocco has rapidly expanded its fleet of drones as it battles the coronavirus pandemic, deploying them for aerial surveillance, public service announcements and sanitisation."This is a real craze.

Pandemic worsens plight of Middle East prisoners

Apo - As governments in the Middle East isolate their populations to prevent the spread of coronavirus, attention is turning to the region's jails, where detainees face a more punishing form of lockdown.

Morocco NGO delivers emergency supplies to single mums in lockdown

Casablanca - A small van zips through the streets of Casablanca to deliver food to single mothers, as economic paralysis caused by the coronavirus crisis puts pressure on Morocco's poor.

Morocco fortress village hopes to draw 'Game of Thrones' fans

Aguilal - Millions worldwide may have seen the desert fortress in the hit fantasy series "Game of Thrones", but fewer know they can visit the Moroccan village of Ait-Ben-Haddou.

Morocco border clampdown thwarts Europe-bound migrants

Fnideq - Mustapha left his home in Guinea two years ago to make the arduous journey to Morocco, hoping to cross the fence separating the kingdom from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta.

Morocco's long-burdened 'mule women' face new struggle

Fnideq - After years of back-breaking toil, Fatima el Hanani now fears being reduced to begging in the street because of Morocco's closure of its border with a Spanish enclave to thousands of "mule women".

Rabat kept Belgian-Moroccan for years in 'abusive solitary': HRW

Rabat - Human Rights Watch on Friday accused Morocco of holding a dual Belgian-Moroccan citizen in "inhuman" and "abusive solitary detention" for more than three years following his 2009 life sentence on terrorism charges.

Police bust ring smuggling Moroccans to Spain via Gibraltar

Madrid - Police in Spain and Gibraltar have smashed an unusual migrant-smuggling network which flew Moroccans into the tiny British territory then sneaked them over the border to Spain, arresting 47 people.

'Gandhi of Western Sahara' warns time running out to avoid war

Geneva - Aminatou Haidar, a champion of peaceful resistance to Morocco's annexation of Western Sahara, is demanding urgent international action to prevent the frozen conflict from devolving into war.

Moroccan journalist jailed for abortion freed after royal pardon

Rabat - Moroccan journalist Hajar Raissouni who was sentenced to one year in jail for an "illegal abortion" and sexual relations outside marriage walked free on Wednesday, shortly after being granted a royal pardon.
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