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Morocco draws on IMF credit line to support virus-hit economy

Apr 09, 2020 - 8:45 AM

Morocco says the credit line from the International Monetary Fund would help 'soften the impact' of the coronavirus crisis

A Moroccan military armoured personnel carrier (APC) drives along a street in Sale, north of the capital Rabat, on March 24, 2020, instructing people to return to and remain at home as a measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP)

LIST: Countries releasing prisoners over coronavirus fears

Apr 07, 2020 - 6:39 PM

(2nd UPDATE) This is in line with the recommendation of United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet to release low-risk offenders and the sick as the world combats the coronavirus pandemic

Morocco to free over 5,000 prisoners to slow virus spread

Apr 05, 2020 - 8:52 PM

The justice ministry says the 5,654 detainees that would be freed were selected based in their age, health, good conduct and length of detention

Mighty averts late AS Sale scare, clinches Dubai finals debut

Feb 01, 2020 - 1:27 AM

Mighty Sports Philippines survives a late challenge from Morocco's AS Sale to nail the first championship berth

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Moroccan King pardons thousands, including 'Hirak' protesters

Jul 30, 2019 - 2:08 PM

An official statement announces 4,764 people are to be pardoned, including some detained during the months of protests in the long-marginalized northern Rif region

KING MOHAMMED VI. In this file photo taken on July 31, 2000 Morocco's King Mohammed VI salutes in his capacity as army chief of staff at an official oath-taking ceremony of soldiers at the Royal Palace in Rabat. File photo by Joelle Vassort/AFP

'Many injured' in Morocco migrant camp blaze

Jun 30, 2019 - 10:38 PM

'There was a fight between a hundred migrants over a stolen phone, and one of them started the fire and called the police,' says the community leader of the migrant camp

Moroccans protest against U.S.-led Mideast economic plan

Jun 23, 2019 - 9:41 PM

Demonstrators burn Israeli flag near Morocco's parliament and shouted 'Death to Israel!' and 'Death to the United States!'

Pope Francis in Morocco warns Catholics off converting others

Mar 31, 2019 - 11:44 PM

Christians are a tiny minority in Morocco where 99% of the population is Muslim

Pope Francis opposes fanaticism, pushes dialogue in Morocco trip

Mar 31, 2019 - 12:06 AM

Improving relations with other religions has been a priority for the Argentine pontiff, whose papacy has been marred by a wave of child sex abuse allegations against clergy

FANATICISM. Pope Francis defends "freedom of conscience" and "religious freedom" in his trip to Morocco. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Moroccan police disperse protesting teachers with water cannons

Mar 24, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Several thousand young teachers who joined the protest call for permanent work contracts

Harry and Meghan meet Moroccan girls during official tour

Feb 25, 2019 - 12:35 AM

On a visit to Morocco, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are promoting girls' education, women's empowerment, and the inclusion of people with disabilities

Prince Harry (L) , Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, greet children from the ‘Education For All’ boarding house on February 24, 2019, in the town of Asni on the foothills of the High Atlas mountains. - Prince Harry and his wife Meghan arrived in Morocco for their last official trip abroad before the birth of their first child, which is due in spring. (Photo by FADEL SENNA / AFP)

Morocco eyes 'terror' link as it makes new arrests in hikers murder

Dec 20, 2018 - 8:27 PM

The killings spark fears of a hit to Morocco's crucial tourist sector as the kingdom's relative security has always been a major selling point

The week in photos: August 18-24, 2018

Aug 25, 2018 - 7:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

INNOCENCE. Young Rohingya refugees enjoy ride in a traditional wooden ferris wheel during Eid Al-Adha festival celebrations at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia district near Cox's Bazar on August 23, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Uruguay, Russia reach World Cup knockout phase

Jun 21, 2018 - 10:43 AM

Luis Suarez scores the winner on his 100th international appearance to send Uruguay into last 16 with host Russia

BACK AT IT. Luis Suarez (left) and Uruguay secure a berth in the knockout stage after downing Yasser Al-Shahrani and Saudi Arabia in their Group A match. Photo by Pascal Guyot/AFP

Ronaldo delivers again as Portugal boots out Morocco

Jun 20, 2018 - 10:30 PM

The football superstar scores in the 4th minute as Portugal tears apart Morocco's early game plan

FLYING HIGH. Cristiano Ronaldo leads all scorers in the 2018 World Cup as the Portugal star nets his 4th goal of the tournament. Photo by Francisco Leong/AFP

Ronaldo seeks encore against 'battle-hardened' Morocco

Jun 19, 2018 - 4:45 PM

It will be just the second meeting between the two countries, after Morocco beat Portugal 3-1 in the group stage in 1986

MOMENTUM. Cristiano Ronaldo is looking to continue his scoring momentum to reach the round of 16. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

5 potential breakout World Cup stars

Jun 15, 2018 - 3:15 AM

The new generation of football talents look to impress in the sport's biggest stage

YOUNG SENSATIONS. Expect spectacular outings from rising stars (from left) Mexico’s Hirving Lozano, Portugal’s Goncalo Guedes, Germany’s Timo Werner, Iran’s Sardar Azmoun, and Morocco’s Hakim Ziyech. Photos by AFP (Lozano, Werner) and Shutterstock (Gueddes, Azmoun, Ziyech)

Morocco tackling jihadist returnees – anti-terror chief

May 05, 2018 - 5:42 PM

Abdelhak Khiam, director of the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations also warns that the vast Sahel region on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert has become a 'fertile ground' for jihadist groups and was 'a time bomb'

North America or North Africa – 2026 World Cup host to be revealed June 13

Mar 27, 2018 - 11:52 AM

There are speculations that the evaluation process in unfair on Morocco's part

JOINT BID. The United States, Mexico and Canada announced a joint bid to stage the 2026 World Cup on Monday, aiming to become the first 3-way co-hosts in the history of FIFA's showpiece tournament. Photo by Alfredo Estrella/AFP

Blocked from Europe, migrants settle in Morocco

Dec 26, 2017 - 7:27 PM

Morocco has turned from a transit country into a host country for immigrants, according to the government's High Commission for Planning

STAYING IN MOROCCO. African migrants opt to settle in Morocco amid difficulty to enter Europe.

Naples pizza-making wins UNESCO heritage status

Dec 07, 2017 - 9:45 PM

The art of the 'pizzaiuolo' joins UNESCO's list of 'intangible heritage,' securing the coveted status alongside a host of cultural treasures

WORLD HERITAGE. Members of the Pizzaioli Acrobats Coldiretti perform 'twirling' pizza to celebrate the Unesco decision to make the art of Neapolitan 'Pizzaiuolo' an 'intangible heritage,' on December 7, 2017 in Naples.  Tiziana Fabi/AFP

LOOK: John Lloyd Cruz, Ellen Adarna spend time in Morocco

Oct 10, 2017 - 12:53 PM

The rumored couple vacations in Casablanca

Spain rescues close to 600 migrants at sea in one day

Aug 17, 2017 - 6:38 AM

At least 35 minors including a baby are among the flow of migrants crossing the Strait of Gibraltar and the Alboran Sea as they fled unrest or poverty in their countries

RESCUED. Would-be immigrants rest after being rescued in the waters of the Strait of Gibraltar, in the port of Tarifa, on August 16, 2017. Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Morocco accused over coverage of Rif protests

Jul 22, 2017 - 11:57 PM

The Moroccan authorities are gradually turning this region into a no go zone for independent media says Reporters Without Borders

PROTESTS. Demonstrators shout slogans in front of Moroccan security forces during a march in defiance of a government ban in the northern Moroccan city of al-Hoceima on July 20, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Police fire tear gas to halt Morocco 'million-man march'

Jul 21, 2017 - 10:45 AM

This year has seen waves of protests and bouts of violence in the Rif where residents have long complained of neglect and marginalization

Moroccan security forces take up positions against protestors from the al-Hirak al-Shaabi movement during a demonstration in defiance of a government ban in the northern Moroccan city of al-Hoceima on July 20, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Police start to withdraw from restive Morocco cities

Jul 05, 2017 - 8:33 AM

Demands for justice and anger over the region s perceived marginalization snowballed into a grassroots movement centered on Al Hoceima province but protests also spread to neighboring cities

UNREST. In this file photo, protesters from the Rif movement 'Hirak' chant during a demonstration against corruption, repression and unemployment in the northern Moroccan town of Imzouren early in the morning of June 11, 2017.  Fadel Senna/AFP

Morocco minister defends crackdown on protest movement

Jun 07, 2017 - 7:40 AM

The state had no choice but to enforce the law Interior Minister Abdelouafi Laftit says after more than a week of protests in the northern city of Al Hoceima and dozens of arrests

UNREST. Protestors march May 31, 2017 in Al-Hoceima during a demonstration demanding the release of Nasser Zefzafi, head of the grassroots Al-Hirak al-Shaabi, or 'Popular Movement.' Fadel Senna/AFP

Sixth night of protests in Morocco's north

Jun 01, 2017 - 12:47 PM

Thousands demonstrated for the sixth straight night as protestors demanded the release of the leader of a popular movement in the neglected Rif region

UNREST. Protestors march May 31, 2017 in Al-Hoceima during a demonstration demanding the release of Nasser Zefzafi, head of the grassroots Al-Hirak al-Shaabi, or 'Popular Movement.' Fadel Senna/AFP

Morocco protest leader arrested

May 29, 2017 - 5:27 PM

Nasser Zefzafi who had been on the run since Friday is detained on Monday says a government source and another official from the interior ministry

U.S., Britain ban laptops on flights from Turkey, Arab world

Mar 21, 2017 - 8:57 AM

3rd UPDATE Laptops tablets and portable game consoles are affected by the ban but they may still be stowed in the hold in checked baggage

LAX ARRIVAL. An Emirates Airlines aircraft, flight 215 from Dubai, comes in for a landing at Los Angeles International Airport on March 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Morocco king to replace PM to end political impasse

Mar 16, 2017 - 1:09 PM

This comes after an unprecedented 5 months of talks on forming a coalition government ends in failure

SACKED. This file photo taken on October 22, 2016 shows Moroccan Prime Minister and Secretary General of the ruling Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD), Abdelilah Benkirane in Sale. Fadel Senna/AFP

Hundreds of migrants rush border at Spain's Ceuta

Feb 20, 2017 - 6:52 PM

The young migrants force their way through the high border fence into the Spanish North African territory ecstatic to have finally crossed into a European Union state

MIGRANTS. Migrants walk near the forest of the Moroccan city of Fnidek on February 18, 2016 after forcing their way through a fence between Morocco and the tiny Spanish enclave of Ceuta. Photo by Fadel Senna /AFP

African Union re-admits Morocco after 33-year absence

Jan 31, 2017 - 8:55 AM

This despite stiff resistance from some member states over the status of Western Sahara

Delegates arriving to attend the 28th African Union (AU) Heads of State Summit are pictured against a background of the AU headquarters prior to the opening ceremony on January 30, 2017 in Addis Ababa.  Zacharias Abubeker/AFP

Lopez: PH has access to $3M from Green Climate Fund

Nov 21, 2016 - 7:30 PM

We are a good investment for climate change says Environment Secretary Gina Lopez

UN climate meeting closes under Trump shadow

Nov 18, 2016 - 12:29 PM

On the eve of the conference s closure nearly 200 parties to the UN s climate convention make a rare united appeal for the highest political commitment to combat climate change

COP22. Delegates walk outside the COP22 Climate Change Conference in Marrakech on November 14, 2016. File photo by Stephane De Sakutin/AFP

UN chief calls for 'elimination' of fossil fuel subsidies

Nov 16, 2016 - 10:04 AM

Countries and businesses must do more to curtail global warming caused by fossil fuel emissions Ban Ki moon said in Marrakesh which is hosting the annual UN climate conference

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers a speech during the UN climate conference in Marrakesh on November 15, 2016. Fadel Senna/AFP

UN seeks more climate finance from rich nations

Nov 16, 2016 - 9:35 AM

Rich nations pledged back in 2009 to mobilize 100 billion 93 billion euros per year from 2020 for climate aid to the developing world but poor nations are insisting on a clear roadmap for reaching the goal

A man walks past the logo of the COP22 international climate conference on November 9, 2016, in Marrakesh. Fadel Senna/AFP

CO2 emissions level off, still too high to save climate – report

Nov 14, 2016 - 8:15 AM

Emissions of planet warming carbon dioxide stayed level in 2015 at 36 3 billion tons GtCO2 and are projected to rise only slightly by 0 2 in 2016

This file photo taken February 14 2013 shows shows smokes rising from stacks of a thermal power station in Sofia, Bulgaria. AFP / Dimitar Dilkoff

Climate rescue: UN talks get down to business

Nov 07, 2016 - 12:52 PM

As 15 000 negotiators CEOs and activists from 196 nations gathered in Marrakesh settle in for the 12 day UN talks all eyes are on the United States where voting Tuesday November 8 could thrust climate denier Donald Trump into the White House

READY FOR THE NEGOTIATORS. A general view taken on October 31, 2016 shows part of the site of the COP22 international climate conference in Marrakesh a week before the start of the talks. AFP/Stringer

Palace: Gina Lopez to attend Morocco climate talks

Nov 04, 2016 - 11:11 PM

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says she still has to clarify things and get more clarity on what the President wants

NOT YET FINAL. Environment Secretary Gina Lopez says plans for her to join the Philippine delegation in Morroco climate talks are not yet final. Screenshot from Rappler

Paris Agreement enters into force: Celebration and reality check

Nov 04, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Its early entry into force is a clear political signal that all the nations of the world are devoted to decisive global action on climate change

Ramos to gov't: Ratify climate deal or Filipinos will suffer

Oct 30, 2016 - 2:13 PM

Former president Fidel V Ramos wants President Rodrigo Duterte to approve the climate deal so the Senate may ratify it because it would advance the interests of Filipinos

In this file picture taken on November 25, 2013, a ship is washed ashore crushing houses in Tacloban, Leyte Province, after Super Typhoon Haiyan swept over the central Philippines. Noel Celis/File/AFP

La Viña: Paris climate deal aligns with Duterte's 10-point agenda

Oct 30, 2016 - 12:30 PM

In time for the upcoming Morocco climate talks the Ateneo School of Government and the SSG Advisors present the reasons why the Paris Agreement on Climate Change should be ratified by the Philippines

A picture taken on November 25, 2015 in Le Bourget near Paris shows the entrance of the venue that hosted Paris' climate summit, also known as Cop21. Dominique Faget/AFP

PH to sit as observer in Morocco meeting on Paris deal

Oct 30, 2016 - 8:56 AM

3rd UPDATE Antonio La Viña a veteran of international climate talks also advises the Philippine delegation not to emphasize human rights in the next round of negotiations

Done deal: Paris climate pact to enter into force

Oct 06, 2016 - 8:01 AM

Seventy two 72 countries accounting for more than 56 of emissions had submitted ratification documents the UNFCCC says meaning the pact will take binding legal effect in 30 days

This file photo taken on December 11, 2015 shows The Eiffel Tower displayING the message 'No plan B' within the United Nations Climate Conference on Climate Change in Paris. Patrick Kovarick/AFP/Fle

COP22 host Morocco's mosques are going green

Sep 06, 2016 - 11:44 AM

As Morocco counts down to COP22 its people are being exposed more and more to events and initiatives showcasing the country s involvement in protecting the planet

GOING GREEN. A general view taken on September 5, 2016 shows the As-Sounna mosque in the Moroccan capital Rabat. Fadel Senna/AFP

Greece expels second wave of migrants to Turkey under EU deal

Apr 09, 2016 - 8:54 AM

Greek officials say two boats carrying 124 migrants – most of them Pakistani men – had been sent back across the Aegean Sea where hundreds have lost their lives in a quest to reach Europe

EU DEAL. A migrant (C-R) is escorted by a Frontex officer (C-L), boarding a Turkish-flagged passenger boat, to be returned to Turkey, at the port of Mytilene, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, April 8, 2016. Photo by Stratis Balaskas/EPA

Brussels victims from around the world

Mar 26, 2016 - 1:26 PM

Victims come from as far afield as Morocco Peru China and the United States as well as neighboring France and the Netherlands

DEADLY ATTACKS. Members of the public attend a vigil for the victims of the Brussels attacks in Trafalgar Square, London, Britain, March 24, 2016. File photo by EPA/Will Oliver

'Radicalized' Frenchman flew to Morocco with suitcase of knives

Mar 09, 2016 - 9:59 PM

Local government officials identify him as Manuel Broustail a former soldier who converted to Islam

EU chief sees first consensus on migrant crisis

Mar 05, 2016 - 11:15 AM

New official figures show that a record 1 2 million asylum seekers arrived in the EU in 2015 – more than double the figure from the year before

CONSENSUS? Migrants and refugees from Pakistan who arrived at the Greek island of Lesvos, wait at the port of Mytilini, Lesvos island, March 2, 2016. File photo by Panagiotis Balaskas/EPA