Morocco: Journalist’s abortion sentence stirs rights protest
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Prominent activists and journalists have rallied in Morocco’s capital for the release of a journalist sentenced to prison for having premarital sex and an abortion, which are...
Moroccan journalist denies charges of illegal abortion
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A judge ruled that a Moroccan journalist remain in custody after she appeared Monday in a packed courtroom on charges that she had an illegal abortion after becoming pregnant...
Morocco claims success in slowing migrant voyages to Europe
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco is claiming new success in lowering the number of migrant crossings into Europe as the country works with its northern neighbor, Spain, in securing more European...
Moroccans protest prison sentences of anti-poverty activists
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators marched in Morocco's capital Sunday to condemn lengthy prison sentences given to dozens of activists, including the leader of the Hirak Rif...
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to Morocco: (all times local):
Pope Francis is warning that political leaders who want to build walls to keep out...
Pope tells Moroccans “we are brothers and sisters”
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Pope Francis sought Sunday to encourage greater fraternity between Christians and Muslims in Morocco, telling his flock that showing the country's Muslim majority they are...
The Latest: Muslim students talk to pope about tolerance
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The Latest on the Pope's trip to Morocco (all times local):
Students at a school for Muslim preachers have told Pope Francis and Morocco's king that...
Pope in Morocco: Walls, fear-mongering won’t stop migration
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Pope Francis praised Morocco as a model of religious moderation and migrant welcome as he kicked off a trip to the kingdom Saturday, warning that border walls and...
Pope seeks to build on Muslim outreach with Morocco trip
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is forging ahead with promoting moderate Islam during a weekend trip to Morocco, seeking to build on warming ties with the Sunni world while also ministering to a...
Moroccan teachers protest low wages, temporary contracts
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Several thousand Moroccan teachers have staged a protest in the capital Rabat, in the latest outbreak of anger at low-wage, temporary teaching contracts that do not cover...
Prince Harry and wife Meghan visit equine center in Morocco
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, have traveled to one of Morocco's most prestigious equestrian clubs to learn about how therapy using horses can...
Morocco: Arab Spring anniversary brings reflection, beatings
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan police fired water cannons at protesting teachers who were marching toward a royal palace and beat people with truncheons amid demonstrations around the capital...
Morocco, Spain sign economic deals during royal visit
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco and Spain have signed agreements about the fight against crime, energy, trade and other partnerships during a visit of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia to Rabat.
The Spanish royals are visiting Morocco for the second time since Felipe's ascension to the throne in 2014.
The two countries also launched an economic council to further reinforce cooperation and agreed to facilitate trade and passenger flows at the Strait of Gibraltar.
Spain’s royal couple kicks off two-day visit in Morocco
PARIS (AP) — King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain have started a two-day official visit in Morocco.
The couple, guests of King Mohammed VI, arrived late Wednesday afternoon at Rabat airport, where they have been greeted by the Moroccan royal family before heading to the royal palace for an official ceremony.
Moroccan authorities said the two kings would use the visit to sign bilateral agreements.
Pope to visit Moroccan imam school to boost moderate Islam
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will meet with migrants in Morocco and visit a training institute for imams that seeks to be a bulwark against Islamic extremism during his March 30-31 visit to the North African nation.
The Vatican on Saturday released the schedule for the pope's trip to Rabat, the capital of Morocco.
Morocco re-evaluates role in Saudi-led Yemen war coalition
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Government officials say Morocco has stopped taking part in military action with the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen's war, and has recalled its ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
Tensions have been mounting between Morocco and Saudi Arabia, amid international concerns about Saudi actions in the Yemen war and other issues.
Morocco is not currently taking part in military interventions or ministerial meetings in the Saudi-led coalition, according to a Moroccan government official.
Moroccans hold anti-terror vigil for slain Nordic hikers
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccans gathered Saturday in front of the Norwegian and Danish embassies in Rabat in a candlelight vigil to honor two Scandinavian university students killed in a terrorist attack in the Atlas Mountains.
Morocco: Terrorist ties to Scandinavian hiker slaying
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The lone suspect arrested in the killing of two Scandinavian tourists in Morocco's Atlas Mountains is connected to a terrorist group, and three other suspects are on the run, Moroccan authorities said Wednesday.
State television 2M reported on its website that authorities consider the two women's slayings a terrorist act. Local media reported that the suspects had links to the Islamic State group.
Gabon’s president makes 1st public appearance since illness
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's government has released a video showing President Ali Bongo Ondimba meeting with Morocco's king in his first public appearance since Bongo fell ill in October.
The video shared late Monday shows the men sitting and chatting in front of their national flags as King Mohammed VI visited Bongo, who is recovering at a Rabat hospital.
Spain wants 2030 World Cup bid with Morocco and Portugal
MADRID (AP) — Spain wants Morocco to join a three-country bid with Portugal to host the 2030 World Cup.
A government spokeswoman says Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez conveyed the offer to Moroccan counterpart Saad Eddine El Othmani during a brief visit to the north African country. The spokeswoman, as is custom, spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
There was no immediate response from the government in Rabat.
Morocco unveils Africa’s first ever high speed train line
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron and Morocco's King Mohammed VI have inaugurated Morocco's first high-speed rail line, the first ever such line in Africa.
Known as the LGV, it will connect the economic hubs of Tangier and Casablanca in 2 hours 10 minutes at a speed of up to 320 kph (199 mph) instead of almost 5 hours on a regular train.
Pope to visit Morocco in March in big year for foreign trips
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is going to Morocco in March in what is expected to be a heavy year of foreign travel for the 81-year-old pontiff.
The Vatican on Tuesday confirmed the March 30-31 visit to Rabat and Casablanca.
Previously, there were rumors that Francis would travel to Marrakesh next month to participate in the adoption of a new U.N. global compact on migration.
Morocco: Speed cited as cause of derailment, driver detained
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A royal prosecutor in Morocco says excessive speed caused the fatal derailment of a passenger train last week and he put the blame on the shuttle's driver.
Eight people died and more than 80 were injured after the train derailed halfway between Rabat and the town of Kenitra, near the city of Sale.
In a statement, Sale Prosecutor Abderrahim Zidi said the driver is in custody and faces homicide and other charges.
7 killed, almost 80 injured in Morocco train derailment
SIDI BOUKNADEL, Morocco (AP) — At least seven people died and nearly 80 were injured after a shuttle train linking the Moroccan capital to a town farther north on the Atlantic coast derailed Tuesday, authorities at the accident site said.
The train derailed about halfway between Rabat and the town of Kenitra, near the city of Sale. Tangled in the wreckage were doors and seats that had been gouged out of place, while passengers' belongings and glass from broken windows littered the accident site.
The Latest: 7 reported dead in Morocco train derailment
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The Latest on a train derailment in Morocco (all times local):
The Moroccan state news agency is reporting that at least 7 people have been killed in the derailment of a shuttle train on Tuesday.
The MAP news agency cited a regional health official, Abdelmoula Boulamizat, as its source for the provisional death toll.
Migrant buried a day after Morocco’s navy fires on boat
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A Moroccan woman killed after the North African kingdom's navy opened fire on a boat carrying her and two dozen other migrants was buried on Wednesday, a day after she was shot.
The victim, who had been studying law, died before reaching a hospital, said Mohamed Benaissa, the head of Morocco's Northern Observatory for Human Rights. Three other migrants were wounded in Tuesday's confrontation, he said.
Morocco shaken by harrowing account of tortured teen
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A lawyer for a 17-year-old Moroccan girl who told police she was gang-raped, forcibly tattooed and held against her will for two months says authorities have arrested 12 suspects in a case that's sparking fresh public outcry over women's rights and sexual abuse in the North African kingdom.
Moroccan feminist activist arrested amid abortion campaign
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A prominent Moroccan feminist activist has been arrested for alleged public drinking and disturbance of order, in what her association called an attempt to quash its campaigning for abortion access and LGBT rights.
An online campaign was launched soon after Ibtissam Lachgar's arrest Friday in Rabat, demanding her release.
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Caster Semenya produced the fastest time in the world this year for the women's 1,000 meters (yards) at a Diamond League meeting on Friday.
The South African athlete opened up a big lead from the start and eventually clocked 2 minutes, 31.01 seconds.
The previous best time this year was also set by Semenya when she clocked 2:35.43 in Pretoria in March.
Moroccan protest leader’s 20-year sentence sets off marches
TANGIERS, Morocco (AP) — Hundreds of protesters marched in Morocco's capital Wednesday to denounce the convictions of a charismatic protest movement leader and three other activists, all given the maximum prison sentence of 20 years over mass demonstrations touched off by the death of a fish seller.
The show of public anger over the convictions signaled anew that the discontent among Moroccans, originally anchored in the northern Rif region, was shared around the North African kingdom.
Moroccans break Ramadan fast on beach with song, dance, food
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — In Morocco's capital, the beach is a favorite place during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Waves lap in a steady rhythm, marking time, as hundreds of Moroccans wait for sunset to break their day-long fast.
Stocked with food and drinks, families and friends swarm to the beach to enjoy the Atlantic breeze and, when the fasting is declared over, share in the iftar meal.
Moroccans rattle leaders with mass boycott over high prices
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Buying yogurt in a small grocery store in Rabat, Morocco, 24-year-old Chaima Lahsini has a request: "Nothing from Central Danone please," she asks the clerk, who looks back mournfully at the unwanted dairy products piled in his fridge.
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A birdie on the last hole gave Alvaro Quiros a one-shot lead to take into the final round of the Trophee Hassan II.
Quiros' birdie four on No. 18 allowed the Spanish golfer to sign for a level-par 72 on Saturday to stay at 7-under par overall and clear of four players queued up in second place.
Morocco women struggle against marital violence, stereotypes
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — For 23 years, Khadija says her husband raped her, nearly every day.
And her case is far from unique, according to counselors at the Annajda Center in Rabat, one of over 1,000 associations in Morocco working to advance women's rights in the Muslim majority kingdom.
World War II vet to get Moroccan award he earned decades ago
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — A 90-year-old World War II veteran is finally getting the military decoration he earned fighting a large blaze in Morocco more than 70 years ago.
Kenneth F. Lincoln will receive a Moroccan award for meritorious conduct Sunday in North Attleborough, Massachusetts.
The U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, is sending one of its leaders and a Moroccan officer studying at the college to make the presentation.
French prime minister in Morocco to boost trade, cooperation
MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — The French prime minister is in Morocco to try to reinvigorate trade and cooperation with the kingdom, which has been steadily positioning itself as a regional economic powerhouse focused on Africa instead of its former colonial ruler.
Edouard Philippe arrived Wednesday in Rabat, Morocco's capital, for a two-day visit and met with his Moroccan counterpart Saadeddine El Othmani.
New UN envoy pays first visit to disputed Western Sahara
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The United Nations' new special envoy for the disputed Western Sahara has met with Morocco's King Mohammed VI and government ministers as part of his first tour of the region.
Horst Kohler, A former president of Germany, is also expected to visit refugee camps in Algeria for Saharawi refugees who fled the territory.
Disabled chefs serve as model for change in Morocco
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A remarkable restaurant in Morocco's capital offers its guests the opportunity to enjoy a full, fresh meal for just $6. But what's most remarkable are its chefs: all are developmentally disabled.
Moroccan salad, grilled meat, Basque rice and lemon mousse are on the menu of the day at the restaurant, part of broader efforts by the Hadaf association that runs it to integrate disabled youth into Moroccan society and the job market, and change perspectives on disability.
Morocco to elaborate a strategy ensuring water security
MARRAKESH, Morocco (AP) — The Moroccan government has set up a ministerial commission to elaborate a strategy ensuring the country's water security.
Prime Minister Saadeddine El Othmani said Thursday during a government meeting in Rabat "the issue of water is now a strategic issue for the government."
The commission, created at the request of Morocco's King Mohammed VI, will start working next week.
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The African soccer confederation's member countries agreed on Friday to introduce an age limit of 70 for top officials and expand ethics checks to all members of the executive committee, not just those seeking FIFA positions.
The Confederation of African Football also decided at a special general assembly in Rabat, Morocco, to rescind the membership of the semi-autonomous island of Zanzibar, which was accepted as a full member of CAF just four months ago.
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Clashes between police and Moroccan protesters Thursday left at least 83 injured in clouds of tear gas and running battles at an unauthorized demonstration over inequality and corruption.
Moroccans have in recent days demonstrated in Rabat and as far away as Amsterdam to show their support for the protesters who gathered Thursday in El Hoceima, a city that has become a symbol for rising public anger.
French president, in Morocco, urges dialogue over Qatar
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is urging Qatar and its rival neighbors to talk directly, to defuse their tensions over alleged terrorism financing, and said Wednesday he will step up diplomatic discussions with Gulf leaders in the coming days.
Macron spoke after meeting with Moroccan King Mohammed VI, who is also trying to mediate the escalating Qatar standoff.
Thousands protest in Morocco against corruption
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of the Moroccan capital to protest against corruption and abuse of power.
The demonstration in Rabat on Sunday was one of the largest of its kind for several years.
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Morocco names new government, ending 6-month deadlock
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan King Mohammed VI appointed a new coalition government Wednesday, ending six months of deadlock that had stalled the economy.
The government, named in a ceremony in the Rabat royal palace, consists of 39 ministers, state ministers and state secretaries, and includes nine women.
Moroccan premier forms government, ending 5-month crisis
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco's Prime Minister Saadeddine El Othmani succeeded in building a governing coalition Saturday, ending a damaging five-month political deadlock just eight days after taking office.
El Othmani, 61, of the Islamist Party for Justice and Development, or PJD, announced in a press conference in Rabat that an agreement had been reached with six political parties to form a coalition government.
New Moroccan prime minister revives hope for end to deadlock
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco's new prime minister is determined to succeed where his predecessor failed, and swiftly began negotiations this week with rivals to build a government and end a crisis threatening the economy and Morocco's reputation for stability.
The nomination of Saadeddine El Othmani as prime minister, after a surprise political intervention by Moroccan King Mohammed VI, has revived hopes for a solution to five months of political deadlock.
Moroccan vault protects seeds from climate change and war
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Should a doomsday agricultural crisis hit the world's driest environments, scientists and farmers will turn to an up-and-coming research center and seed bank in Morocco to restock their harvests.
Tucked away in the university hub of Irfane in Rabat, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, or ICARDA, hosts the largest collection of seeds in North Africa.
Moroccan fish vendor’s death sparks protests against police
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccans staged protests across the country Sunday against police abuse after a fisherman was crushed to death in a garbage truck — an incident some are comparing to the death of a Tunisian vendor in 2010 that sparked the Arab Spring uprisings.
UN peacekeeping chief to visit disputed Western Sahara
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. peacekeeping chief said Tuesday he is heading to the disputed Western Sahara later this week to visit U.N. troops for the first time since Morocco expelled more than 70 U.N. civilian staffers in March to protest comments by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.