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Morocco looks to fear-free hashish farms

Mellal - After decades without legal cover, farmer Mohamed Morabet looks forward to selling his hashish this summer on the open market now that Morocco plans to legalise cannabis for medical use.

Moroccan illustrator using comics for #MeToo campaign

Casablanca - Young Moroccan cartoonist Zainab Fasiki draws on a whiteboard in a Casablanca studio where she is holding a workshop that mixes art with a homegrown illustrated #MeToo campaign.

Morocco farmers mourn loss of date palms in border standoff

- Moroccan farmers in an isolated oasis on the Algerian border are bearing the brunt of regional tensions after Algiers expelled them from date groves they have worked for generations.

Hollywood, history combine in Churchill art auction

Rabat - Hollywood's Angelina Jolie and Britain's iconic wartime prime minister Sir Winston Churchill, a keen artist who took inspiration from the Moroccan city of Marrakesh, are combining for a March 1 date at Christie's auction house in London.

Spanish enclave closure plunges Morocco town into crisis

Fnideq - Moroccans in a town bordering a Spanish enclave face a bleak future after a smuggling crackdown plus a border closure over coronavirus fears destroyed their livelihoods.

Morocco factory flood death toll rises to 28

Rabat - Morocco's premier has promised "sanctions" after 28 people died when heavy rain flooded an illegal textiles workshop in a basement, reviving a debate on work conditions in the North African country.

W. Sahara's Polisario Front attacks Guerguerat border area

Alger - Western Sahara's pro-independence Polisario Front bombarded the Guerguerat buffer zone under Moroccan control in the far south of the desert territory in an overnight attack Rabat described as part of a "propaganda war".

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.
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