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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Mixed Messages for Morocco and Tunisia - Fair ObserverMixed Messages for Morocco and Tunisia  Fair Observer

There's good and ugly economic news in Morocco and Tunisia, according to Oxfam and the IMF.



In Search of Ancient Morocco - The New York TimesIn Search of Ancient Morocco  The New York Times

South of Marrakesh, the Draa Valley still exerts an indefinable pull, retaining traces of its now almost-vanished Berber kingdom.



The 10 best family holidays in Morocco - Telegraph.co.ukThe 10 best family holidays in Morocco  Telegraph.co.uk

So close, and yet so thrillingly different from Europe, Morocco offers African adventure that's an easy escape into another world. There's plenty of scope here for ...



Morocco: Law Misused to Silence Reporters - Human Rights WatchMorocco: Law Misused to Silence Reporters  Human Rights Watch

Moroccan authorities are using a law designed to keep people from falsely claiming professional credentials to bring criminal charges against people trying to ...



Morocco Current Events, Latest News - Morocco World NewsMorocco Current Events, Latest News  Morocco World News

Comme Chat et Chien has filed a complaint against a man who intentionally burned and killed at least 25 cats in Safi, Morocco on the Atlantic ocean.



Sound Energy pushes ahead in East Morocco - Proactive Investors UKSound Energy pushes ahead in East Morocco  Proactive Investors UK

Sound Energy PLC (LON:SOU) - The group is in the middle of a three well programme to explore the A1 prospect, close to the original Tendrara discovery.



Air traffic at Morocco airports up 11.2 pct in Jan.-April - Xinhua | English.news.cn - XinhuaAir traffic at Morocco airports up 11.2 pct in Jan.-April - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

RABAT, May 21 (Xinhua) -- The number of passengers traveling through Moroccan airports reached 7.9 million in the first four months of 2019, up 11.2 percent ...



Morocco, South Africa, Rwanda, Nigeria could host Formula One races - africanewsMorocco, South Africa, Rwanda, Nigeria could host Formula One races  africanews

Morocco, South Africa, Rwanda and Nigeria have expressed interest in hosting a Formula One race, commercial managing director Sean Bratches said on ...



Geopolitics may isolate Morocco in the Arab world - TRT WorldGeopolitics may isolate Morocco in the Arab world  TRT World

A meeting between the monarchs of Morocco and Saudi Arabia in Riyadh should have cooled tempers between the two governments for the moment but it will ...



How Morocco is already living in the future - DazedHow Morocco is already living in the future  Dazed

Brilliant achievements in sustainability in Morocco show that soon, the rest of the world may be looking to Africa to learn how to survive. The media is littered with ...



Morocco says it's cutting illegal migrant crossings to Spain - Minneapolis Star TribuneMorocco says it's cutting illegal migrant crossings to Spain  Minneapolis Star Tribune

The North African kingdom of Morocco is using new tactics to cut into the surge of migrants seeking to use it as a springboard to get to Europe, stopping about ...



Formula 1: Morocco Grand Prix talks as owners look for Africa race - BBC SportFormula 1: Morocco Grand Prix talks as owners look for Africa race  BBC Sport

Formula 1 is in talks to hold a race in Morocco, according to commercial boss Sean Bratches. If the event comes off, it would be the first F1 race held in Africa ...



Morocco Radio Station Gives Unwed Mothers a Voice - CityLabMorocco Radio Station Gives Unwed Mothers a Voice  CityLab

Legal changes gave Moroccan women more rights, but unwed mothers still face prosecution and stigma. A Tangier radio station, Mères en Ligne, gives them a ...



Scandinavian hikers murder trial begins in Morocco - BBC NewsScandinavian hikers murder trial begins in Morocco  BBC News

Two dozen people go on trial accused of involvement in the killings of two tourists in Morocco.



French EDF Renewables wins tender to build 800 MW solar plant in Morocco - ETEnergyworld.comFrench EDF Renewables wins tender to build 800 MW solar plant in Morocco  ETEnergyworld.com

The consortium to build the 7.57 billion dirham ($781.5 million) plant also includes UAE's Masdar and Morocco's Green Energy of Africa, Masen said in ..



24 in Morocco face trial in Nordic hikers' slayings - Stars and Stripes24 in Morocco face trial in Nordic hikers' slayings  Stars and Stripes

Twenty-four people went on trial Thursday in Morocco on terrorism charges for the brutal slaying of two Scandinavian women hikers that was then shared on ...



In Morocco, can education stem undocumented migration? - DevexIn Morocco, can education stem undocumented migration?  Devex

MARRAKECH, Morocco — While the Moroccan government looks to Spain to provide education programs in hopes of stemming the flow of migrants and ...



Algeria and Morocco: Essential differences - The Jerusalem PostAlgeria and Morocco: Essential differences  The Jerusalem Post

Eventually, short-term desperation overwhelms long-term fears of punishment or death.



African Games: Under-20 sides to compete in Morocco - BBC SportAfrican Games: Under-20 sides to compete in Morocco  BBC Sport

The finalists from the Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations are invited to play at the African Games in Morocco rather than the under-23 sides.



Italy’s Piovan to open an office in Morocco - Yabiladi in EnglishItaly’s Piovan to open an office in Morocco  Yabiladi in English

Piovan, an Italian company that supplies ancillary equipment, engineered solutions and services to the plastics industry, is opening a commercial branch in ...



24 in Morocco face terror trial in Nordic hikers' slayings - CTV News24 in Morocco face terror trial in Nordic hikers' slayings  CTV News

Twenty-four people have gone on trial in Morocco on terrorism charges for the brutal slaying of two Scandinavian women hikers that shocked Denmark, Norway ...



Casablanca Fight Club | Morocco - Aljazeera.comCasablanca Fight Club | Morocco  Aljazeera.com

A parking attendant and former champion runs a boxing school for youngsters dreaming of being the next Rocky.



Turkish series top TV ratings in Morocco - Daily SabahTurkish series top TV ratings in Morocco  Daily Sabah

Aired around the world, wildly popular Turkish TV series, which have become the focus of interest for Arab audiences, have now earned the highest ratings...



The Arab Spring Is Not Returning to Algeria and Morocco - The National Interest OnlineThe Arab Spring Is Not Returning to Algeria and Morocco  The National Interest Online

The uprising in Algiers matters to its nation neighbors, but it does not mean the country is on a path toward a regional revolution.



Human Rights Watch Report Details New Crackdown On Journalists In Morocco - International Business TimesHuman Rights Watch Report Details New Crackdown On Journalists In Morocco  International Business Times

Morocco is using a law in its penal code to crack down on journalists, Human Rights Watch alleges.



Thousands march to demand release of activists in Morocco's Rabat - Aljazeera.comThousands march to demand release of activists in Morocco's Rabat  Aljazeera.com

Thousands of demonstrators demand the release of jailed activists linked to northern Morocco's Hirak movement.



Morocco claims success in reducing illegal migration to Spain - ReutersMorocco claims success in reducing illegal migration to Spain  Reuters

RABAT (Reuters) - Moroccan authorities have succeeded in slowing the rate of illegal migration into Spain in recent months after a crackdown on smuggling ...



It's all about family for Morocco Homecoming Grand Marshals Larry and Judy Bingham - Newsbug.infoIt's all about family for Morocco Homecoming Grand Marshals Larry and Judy Bingham  Newsbug.info

Longtime Morocco residents, Larry and Judy Bingham will be honored as Grand Marshals of this year's Morocco Homecoming Parade.



How homosexuals are being jailed and persecuted just 20 kilometers from Spain - EL PAISHow homosexuals are being jailed and persecuted just 20 kilometers from Spain  EL PAIS

The punishment in Morocco for intimate relations with someone of the same sex is up to three years behind bars, pushing many to seek asylum in the Spanish ...



Spain remains Morocco's major trade partner in Q1 - Xinhua | English.news.cn - XinhuaSpain remains Morocco's major trade partner in Q1 - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

RABAT, May 21 (Xinhua) -- Spain remained Morocco's top trade partner during the first quarter of 2019 with goods worth nearly 4 billion euros (4.4 billion U.S. ...



Morocco trains foreign students in its practice of moderate Islam - ReutersMorocco trains foreign students in its practice of moderate Islam  Reuters

RABAT (Reuters) - Naminata Koulibaly, 30, receives training in a Moroccan Muslim teaching institute, founded by King Mohammed VI in 2015, and hopes to ...



Migrant arrivals plunge in Spain after deals with Morocco - Washington PostMigrant arrivals plunge in Spain after deals with Morocco  Washington Post

Spain appears to have stemmed a surge in illegal migration that made it Europe's main entry point for sea arrivals, after boosting joint efforts with neighboring ...



Meet Morocco’s 4-Time Women’s National Champ - Surfer MagazineMeet Morocco’s 4-Time Women’s National Champ  Surfer Magazine

In the first episode of Billabong's new series, "Know the Feeling", Laura Enever tours Morocco with local surfer Meryem El Gardoum.



Morocco arrests ‘ISIS supporters’ suspected of planning ‘terrorist acts’ - The Defense PostMorocco arrests ‘ISIS supporters’ suspected of planning ‘terrorist acts’  The Defense Post

Morocco's Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) said it had arrested seven people in Sale suspected to be jihadists with links to Islamic State.



Sudan seizes Morocco plane filled with gold – Middle East Monitor - Middle East MonitorSudan seizes Morocco plane filled with gold – Middle East Monitor  Middle East Monitor

Sudan's Rapid Support Forces have seized 241 kilograms of gold from a Moroccan plane flying from the country's River Nile state, which landed in the capital ...



Jetex Ready To Build FBO Network in Morocco - Aviation International NewsJetex Ready To Build FBO Network in Morocco  Aviation International News

Diplomacy, patience, and determination are qualities Julian Pitaresi will need to display if he is to achieve his mission. Appointed Morocco stations manager in ...



Morocco ahead of schedule in aeronautical industry goals - The North Africa PostMorocco ahead of schedule in aeronautical industry goals  The North Africa Post

Morocco is moving forward posting results that have surpassed the set goals for the aviation industry 2020 plan. With 140 enterprises in 2019, the sector grew ...



USD4.4b in Morocco-Spain Q1 trade - MENAFN.COMUSD4.4b in Morocco-Spain Q1 trade  MENAFN.COM

(MENAFN) Trade between Morocco and Spain stood at USD4.4 billion from January to March 2019, maintaining Spain as the biggest trade ally for the count.



Fog-Harvesting Is Saving Villages In Morocco From The Effects of Drought - The Weather ChannelFog-Harvesting Is Saving Villages In Morocco From The Effects of Drought  The Weather Channel

Every morning while it was still dark outside, women and children from Berber villages in southwestern Morocco would get up and walk three miles to the closest ...



Morocco military helicopter crash near Tichla in Western Sahara kills two - The Defense PostMorocco military helicopter crash near Tichla in Western Sahara kills two  The Defense Post

A Moroccan military helicopter crashed near Tichla in the disputed Western Sahara, killing two crew members.



His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Iftar Campaign begins in Morocco - Africanews in EnglishHis Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Iftar Campaign begins in Morocco  Africanews in English

The 'His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Iftar Campaign 2019' has launched in Morocco. Over 150 Moroccan charitable associations will take part in the ...



Tensions Rising among Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE - LobeLogTensions Rising among Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE  LobeLog

by Cinzia Bianco. Despite recurring indications that King Mohammed VI of Morocco was due to visit King Salman of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh at the end of April, ...



If we remember Morocco for Casablanca, we must not forget Essaouira - The HinduIf we remember Morocco for Casablanca, we must not forget Essaouira  The Hindu

In a world that's getting increasingly suspicious of “outsiders”, Essaouira had felt to the author the closest to home at a time when she was far away from it.



Bombardier to be supplied by Morocco plant after sale: minister - The Globe and MailBombardier to be supplied by Morocco plant after sale: minister  The Globe and Mail

Canada's Bombardier Inc will sell its wing component plant in Morocco to a manufacturer that will continue to supply Bombardier after a sale, Moroccan Industry ...



Morocco to Collaborate with China on Water Management - Morocco World NewsMorocco to Collaborate with China on Water Management  Morocco World News

Morocco and China signed an executive program to exchange skills, experiences, and expertise, aimed at improving water management..



SAMIR Refinery: Al Amoudi Claims $1.5 Billion Compensation from Morocco - Morocco World NewsSAMIR Refinery: Al Amoudi Claims $1.5 Billion Compensation from Morocco  Morocco World News

Saudi billionaire Sheikh Al Amoudi is demanding that Morocco pay him back 14 MAD billion ($1.5) as a compensation for role in downfall of SAMIR refinery.



The scourge of counterfeiting in Morocco - LexologyThe scourge of counterfeiting in Morocco  Lexology

Many consumers love fakes. It is not unusual to find, in Morocco, a counterfeit Chanel bag at MAD2,000 (EUR185), or Gucci sneakers at MAD1,500…



Meeting the Challenges of Morocco's Industrial Hub Dream - TechCabalMeeting the Challenges of Morocco's Industrial Hub Dream  TechCabal

For centuries, Morocco has been at the intersection of commerce for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and in recent times, the country has focused on ...



Royal Guard distributes 5000 Ftour meals daily to needy families across Morocco - The North Africa PostRoyal Guard distributes 5000 Ftour meals daily to needy families across Morocco  The North Africa Post

Morocco's Royal Guard is organizing, at the instructions of King Mohammed VI, during the current holy month of Ramadan the distribution of Ftour meals to ...



India, Morocco prevent further terror strikes in Sri Lanka - Economic TimesIndia, Morocco prevent further terror strikes in Sri Lanka  Economic Times

NEW DELHI: India and its key partner in North Africa, Morocco, have collaborated to prevent further terror strikes in Sri Lanka after the Sunday Easter bombings ...



EMPAKA Z'EBIKONDE: Okuwandulamu abaneetaba mu z'e Morocco kwa - NTV UgandaEMPAKA Z'EBIKONDE: Okuwandulamu abaneetaba mu z'e Morocco kwa  NTV Uganda

Abazannyi b'ebikonde 60 abaayitibwa ku ttiimu y'eggwanga okwetegekera All Africa Games e Morocco mu August w'omwaka guno baakutandika empaka ...



Morocco: Trial for alleged Scandinavian killers adjourned - africanewsMorocco: Trial for alleged Scandinavian killers adjourned  africanews

The murder trial of two Scandinavian tourists opened in Morocco on Thursday at a court in Salé, in the north-west.



Bombardier to be supplied by Morocco plant after sale, minister says - The Irish TimesBombardier to be supplied by Morocco plant after sale, minister says  The Irish Times

Manufacturer is selling Belfast and Casablanca plants.



Geneva: Morocco Takes Part in International Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction - Morocco - ReliefWebGeneva: Morocco Takes Part in International Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction - Morocco  ReliefWeb

A major international conference called the "Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction" opened on Wednesday in Geneva with the participation of more than ...



Vehicle crash kills 16 migrants in Morocco, injures 17 more - Fox NewsVehicle crash kills 16 migrants in Morocco, injures 17 more  Fox News

RABAT, Morocco – Moroccan authorities say 16 people from countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have died in a vehicle accident between the coastal cities of Saidia ...



Morocco tourist site where goats 'climb trees' may not be all it seems - The TelegraphMorocco tourist site where goats 'climb trees' may not be all it seems  The Telegraph

It seemed too good to be true. Visitors to Morocco have long flocked to the roads outside Marrakech to take photographs of goats who climbed into the low ...



Marrakech Souvenirs and Shopping - What to Buy in Marrakech, Morocco - TownandCountrymag.comMarrakech Souvenirs and Shopping - What to Buy in Marrakech, Morocco  TownandCountrymag.com

When traveling or vacationing in Marrakech, Morocco, the best things to buy are argan oil, rugs, caftans, and more.



Morocco shared key intelligence with Sri Lanka, India on bombings (IANS Exclusive) - Business StandardMorocco shared key intelligence with Sri Lanka, India on bombings (IANS Exclusive)  Business Standard

Morocco shared sensitive intelligence with Sri Lanka that helped Colombo identify the nine bombers and their handlers in the Islamic State, informed sources ...



Geography hasn't separated Morocco from the Gulf - ARAB TIMES - KUWAIT NEWS - Arab Times Kuwait English DailyGeography hasn't separated Morocco from the Gulf - ARAB TIMES - KUWAIT NEWS  Arab Times Kuwait English Daily

A MODEL of Arab-Arab relations is worth emulating. This model can be built and worked on to cement it among Arab League nations. This model is the ...



Sex, Drugs, Jazz and the Man Who Ruled Morocco - The Daily BeastSex, Drugs, Jazz and the Man Who Ruled Morocco  The Daily Beast

TELOUET, Morocco—Not so long ago, Morocco was all about sex, drugs and jazz. And the man in charge, T'hami El Glaoui, the pasha of Marrakesh from 1912 ...



Morocco continues its push into Africa - African Business MagazineMorocco continues its push into Africa  African Business Magazine

In the last decade Morocco has entrenched its position as a 'Gateway to Africa' with a combination of diplomacy, business and infrastructure investment.



«Deal of Century» : Will Morocco be attending the Bahrain’s conference ? - Yabiladi in English«Deal of Century» : Will Morocco be attending the Bahrain’s conference ?  Yabiladi in English

The capital of Bahrain will host, on June 25 and 26, an international conference on the economic part of the US peace plan, known as the «Deal of Century», the ...



Why you should explore Morocco with this Canadian company - Canada.comWhy you should explore Morocco with this Canadian company  Canada.com

On a trip through Morocco, Jennifer Bain lets G Adventures handle the logistics. The Canadian company specializes in small-group adventures.



Morocco police use water cannon to disperse teacher protest - ReutersMorocco police use water cannon to disperse teacher protest  Reuters

RABAT (Reuters) - Moroccan police used water cannons to disperse a protest by thousands of young teachers in Rabat, the capital, on Thursday, according to ...



Drought sharpens Morocco nomads-farmers dispute - Gulf NewsDrought sharpens Morocco nomads-farmers dispute  Gulf News

18 cases of aggression by nomadic herders against farmers in Arbaa Sahel.



Uganda, Kenya, Morocco named among world's most beautiful places - africanewsUganda, Kenya, Morocco named among world's most beautiful places  africanews

The list of 'breathtakingly beautiful' places was complied in commemoration of Earth Day, and shared to tip travellers on which places they could visit this year.



A glimpse of Berber life – trekking in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains - The Irish TimesA glimpse of Berber life – trekking in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains  The Irish Times

A short drive from Marrakech lies a heavenly retreat, stunning views and . . . tough climbs.



Trial for murder of Scandinavian hikers to open in Morocco with two dozen suspects - TheJournal.ieTrial for murder of Scandinavian hikers to open in Morocco with two dozen suspects  TheJournal.ie

TWO DOZEN SUSPECTS are set to go on trial in Morocco on Thursday for offences linked to the gruesome murder of two young Scandinavian hikers in ...



Morocco to Acquire New US-made Apache Helicopters - The North Africa PostMorocco to Acquire New US-made Apache Helicopters  The North Africa Post

Morocco will acquire AH-64 Apache military helicopters from the US within the next two years. The deal to purchase the Apache helicopters has been in the ...



Morocco to send 422 imams to Europe for spread religious guidance - Middle East MonitorMorocco to send 422 imams to Europe for spread religious guidance  Middle East Monitor

Morocco's Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs is sending 422 imams to Europe for religious guidance during Ramadan. Ramadan, which starts either on ...



Morocco trains foreign students in practice of moderate Islam - Israel HayomMorocco trains foreign students in practice of moderate Islam  Israel Hayom

Naminata Koulibaly, 30, receives training in a Moroccan Muslim teaching institute, founded by King Mohammed VI in 2015, and hopes to return to her home in ...



Investing in aromatic roses in Morocco | Mohamed Alaoui - The Arab WeeklyInvesting in aromatic roses in Morocco | Mohamed Alaoui  The Arab Weekly

The production of aromatic roses rose from 2,500 tonnes annually before the introduction of the Green Plan in 2007 to about 3,350 tonnes a year the past three ...



Qatar appoints new ambassador to Morocco – Middle East Monitor - Middle East MonitorQatar appoints new ambassador to Morocco – Middle East Monitor  Middle East Monitor

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani has appointed Fahd Ibrahim Al-Mana, as the country's ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco, Qatar ...



MMC-2019 showcases Morocco mining sector - International MiningMMC-2019 showcases Morocco mining sector  International Mining

One of the largest mining events in Morocco, Marrakech Mining Convention (MMC-2019), was recently held, bringing mining ministries, international & national ...