Morocco

Country Morocco
Capital Rabat
Continent Africa
Currency Moroccan dirham(MAD)
Languages Arabic, Tamazight & Moroccan Arabic

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Introduction

In 788, about a century after the Arab conquest of North Africa, successive Moorish dynasties began to rule in Morocco. In the 16th century, the Sa'adi monarchy, particularly under Ahmad AL-MANSUR (1578-1603), repelled foreign invaders and inaugurated a golden age. In 1860, Spain occupied northern Morocco and ushered in a half century of trade rivalry among European powers that saw Morocco's sovereignty steadily erode; in 1912, the French imposed a protectorate over the country. A protracted independence struggle with France ended successfully in 1956. The internationalized city of Tangier and most Spanish possessions were turned over to the new country that same year. Morocco virtually annexed Western Sahara during the late 1970s, but final resolution on the status of the territory remains unresolved. Gradual political reforms in the 1990s resulted in the establishment of a bicameral legislature, which first met in 1997. The country has made improvements in human rights under King MOHAMMED VI and its press is moderately free, but the government occasionally takes action against journalists who report on three broad subjects considered to be taboo: the monarchy, Islam, and the status of Western Sahara. Despite the continuing reforms, ultimate authority remains in the hands of the monarch.

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Mehdi Boujrada's flourishing Villa Jerada brings the best of authentic Morocco to Seattle - The Seattle Times

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Mehdi Boujrada's flourishing Villa Jerada brings the best of authentic Morocco to Seattle
The Seattle Times
MOROCCO HAS GREAT surfing, according to Mehdi Boujrada. He was born in Casablanca, and when he was a teenager, he'd head out to the coast around Agadir to join people from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, France I mean, you name it.



10 meths drinkers die in Morocco: report - News24

10 meths drinkers die in Morocco: report
News24
Rabat - Ten people have died and six are in a serious condition in hospital after drinking methylated spirits in central Morocco, the official MAP news agency reported on Tuesday. It said some of those affected were homeless but all were from the town ...



Hannah Bronfman Wears Vera Wang to Wed Brendan Fallis in ... - Vogue.com

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Hannah Bronfman Wears Vera Wang to Wed Brendan Fallis in ...
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Over the weekend, Hannah Bronfman, the DJ and founder of HBFit, married Brendan Fallis in Marrakech.

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Morocco opens first Islamic bank branch months after approval - Times of India

Morocco opens first Islamic bank branch months after approval
Times of India
Islamic banks and insurers are setting up in Morocco after new legislation allowed them into the market, and the central bank has set up a central sharia board, a body of Islamic scholars, to oversee the sector. The North African country long rejected ...

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Morocco: Sub-Saharan Africans Trade Europe for Morocco - AllAfrica.com

Morocco: Sub-Saharan Africans Trade Europe for Morocco
AllAfrica.com
Morocco is a transit country for many sub-Saharan Africans on their way to Europe. But some now prefer not to risk their lives crossing the Mediterranean Sea, opting instead for a new life in Morocco itself. In Casablanca's bustling central souk there ...



Morocco fishermen decry 'El Negro' dolphin attacks | News24 - News24

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Morocco fishermen decry 'El Negro' dolphin attacks | News24
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In Morocco's northern port city of Al-Hoceima, fishermen are clamouring for state support for a struggling sector which they say is under attack from dolphins.

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McCutcheon Visits Morocco for FIVB Meetings - Gophersports.com

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McCutcheon Visits Morocco for FIVB Meetings
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As the president of the commission, McCutcheon presented a detailed report of proposals and recommendations to the FIVB Board of Administration meeting, May 4-5 in Marrakesh, Morocco. These proposals and recommendations came during the ...



Hannah Bronfman Gets Married In Morocco - People - PEOPLE.com

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Hannah Bronfman Gets Married In Morocco - People
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Turns out Pippa Middleton wasn't the only person to have her long-awaited wedding this weekend. It's been nearly two years since DJ, entrepreneur, and fitness ...
Hannah Bronfman's Moroccan Nuptials Is Destination Wedding GoalsMadameNoire

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China to build Africa's tallest tower, in Morocco - GCR

GCR

China to build Africa's tallest tower, in Morocco
GCR
Construction firms from China and Morocco will build Africa's tallest high-rise tower in Morocco's capital Rabat. The joint venture will be set up by China Railway Construction Corp and Morocco's leading construction company Travaux Generaux de ...



What's behind Morocco's street protests? | Morocco | Al Jazeera - Aljazeera.com

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What's behind Morocco's street protests? | Morocco | Al Jazeera
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Thousands take to the streets in Morocco's northern Rif region to demand jobs and end to injustice.
What Morocco's monarchy should do instead of repressing protestersMiddle East Eye

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