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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Morocco - CIA World Fact Book
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Morocco Prepares for First Stage of Currency Flexibility - New York Times

Morocco Prepares for First Stage of Currency Flexibility
New York Times
RABAT Morocco's central bank is due to announce this week the date for the first phase of liberalising the dirham currency, an IMF-backed reform to strengthen the North African kingdom's economy. Most economists expect the currency transition to be ...

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Boy travels from Morocco to Spain under bus - News24

News24

Boy travels from Morocco to Spain under bus
News24
Madrid - A boy travelled at least 230km from Morocco to Spain hanging underneath a bus, officials said Monday, in another example of desperate measures taken by migrants to get to Europe. Emergency services in the southern Spanish city of Seville ...
Boy hangs underneath a bus as it travels 143 MILES from Morocco to Spain in a desperate bid to reach EuropeDaily Mail
Teenage migrant survives epic 140mile journey from Morocco to Spain clinging to underside of a tourist busMirror.co.uk
Boy travels from Morocco to Spain stowed away under busThe Daily Star
Al-Bawaba -The Daily Caller
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Morocco king slams development delays in restive north - eNCA

eNCA

Morocco king slams development delays in restive north
eNCA
RABAT, Morocco - Morocco's king has rebuked ministers over delays to a development programme meant to pump investment into a region rocked by months of protests over unemployment and perceived state neglect. Mohammed VI told ministers Sunday of ...

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Why Morocco Chose to Be Neutral on the Gulf Crisis - Morocco World News

Morocco World News

Why Morocco Chose to Be Neutral on the Gulf Crisis
Morocco World News
Washington Morocco's decision to send planes loaded with food to Qatar came under fire this past week as people criticized the move in light of Morocco's current problems with protests in Al Hoceima and other regions of the country. Such a critique ...
Morocco To Send Food To Qatar Amidst Gulf Diplomatic CrisisClickLancashire

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EUROPP Political turmoil in Morocco spills over into tensions with ... - EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)

EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)

EUROPP Political turmoil in Morocco spills over into tensions with ...
EUROPP - European Politics and Policy (blog)
Morocco recalled its Ambassador to the Netherlands following a row over the extradition of a former Moroccan MP who has been linked to protests in the country ...
New clashes rock Morocco's restive northNews24
Morocco King Slams Development Delays in Al-Hoceima - ASHARQ ...Asharq Al-awsat English
Rif Protests: Police Disperse Al Hoceima Protesters on Eid El FitrMorocco World News

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Morocco recalls its Netherlands ambassador over protest supporter - Reuters

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Morocco recalls its Netherlands ambassador over protest supporter
Reuters
Morocco's foreign minister named the man as Said Chaaou, a 50-year-old former parliamentarian from Morocco's northern Rif region, who has been the subject of two arrest warrants accusing him of criminal association and international drug trafficking, ...
Morocco seeks drug suspect's extradition from NetherlandsNews24
Morocco recalls ambassador in row over 'drugs dealer' linked to opposition protestsDutchNews.nl
Morocco recalls its envoy to Netherlands 'for consultation'The New Times
Al-Arabiya -The Sun Daily
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Boughaleb El Attar: Spanish-Speaking Journalist Becomes Morocco's First Ambassador to Cuba in 37 Years - Morocco World News

Morocco World News

Boughaleb El Attar: Spanish-Speaking Journalist Becomes Morocco's First Ambassador to Cuba in 37 Years
Morocco World News
While it is too early to expect a dramatic change in Cuba's position vis--vis the issue of Western Sahara, reestablishing relations is clearly a first step in Morocco's attempts to gain a diplomatic foothold in a country that has long been one of ...
A Future for Western SaharaProject Syndicate

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Nigeria, Morocco and the future of ECOWAS - Guardian (blog)

Guardian (blog)

Nigeria, Morocco and the future of ECOWAS
Guardian (blog)
It also left heavy question marks on the future of ECOWAS, because of the receptive consideration given to the Morocco's request for membership of the community by the Heads of State in Monrovia. ECOWAS has since its establishment been central to ...



Moroccan Dental Student Fatally Stabbed in Ukraine - Morocco World News

Morocco World News

Moroccan Dental Student Fatally Stabbed in Ukraine
Morocco World News
Following the tragic incident, students from Morocco and other Arab countries staged a sit-in outside a police station in Kharkov, calling for the arrest of the perpetrators. The students have also started fundraising to send the corpse of the deceased ...



Discovering the spirit of Ramadan in Morocco - Aljazeera.com

Aljazeera.com

Discovering the spirit of Ramadan in Morocco
Aljazeera.com
Morocco - With long, hot afternoons spent awaiting nighttime festivities, and the rhythm of the day ceremoniously thrown upside down, it is unmistakably Ramadan. The Muslim holy month, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, moves 11 days earlier each ...