Morocco court condemns 3 to death for decapitation of Scandinavian hikers

19 July 2019; DW: Three men have been sentenced to death in Morocco for beheading two Scandinavian women in December. Twenty other defendants were sentenced to various terms in prison.

Three men have been convicted of terrorism and sentenced to death by a court in Morocco for the murder of two Scandinavian women on a hiking trip in the High Atlas Mountains.

AU Peace and Security Council to gather in Morocco on Monday

RABAT, June 22 (Xinhua) -- The Peace and Security Council of African Union (AU) will gather in the Moroccan seaside town of Skhirat on Monday, the Moroccan Foreign Affairs Ministry announced Saturday.

This three-day gathering, held ahead of Morocco's upcoming presidency of the Council, will examine the peace-building actions in Africa, the working methods of the Council and the challenges of crisis management and conflict resolution in Africa, a ministry statement said.

Morocco's Younes M'Jahed elected IFJ president

RABAT, June. 14 (Xinhua) -- Moroccan Younes M'Jahed was elected on Thursday as the new president of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), said a report by Asharq al-Awsat news webstie on Friday.

The vote took place at the 30th Congress of IFJ in Tunis from June 11 to 14.

This is the first time that an Arab and African journalist is elected to this position.

M'Jahed was recently elected as President of the National Press Council in Morocco.

3 Morocco bodies call for protests against US’ ‘deal of the century’

Three Moroccan associations today called for a sit-in in front of parliament on Friday to protest efforts to pass the US’ “deal of the century” on the settlement of the Palestinian issue.

In a joint statement, the National Action Group for Palestine, the Moroccan Association for the Support of the Palestinian Struggle and the Moroccan Commission for the Support of the Nation’s Issues said that the stand will be organised under the slogan “the option of resistance and confrontation of normalisation”.

Kushner meets Moroccan king on trip to press US peace plan

29 May 2019; AFP: US President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner met Morocco's King Mohammed VI on Tuesday in Rabat as part of a fresh push on a long-promised but yet-to-be-delivered peace plan for the region.

The trip -- which will also include stops in Amman and Jerusalem -- comes amid a flurry of other administration moves to shore up alliances with Arab allies against Iran and the deployment of warships and bombers to the region.

Thousands march in Morocco to demand release of Rif protesters

RABAT, April 21 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of Moroccans rallied in the capital Rabat on Sunday to demand the immediate release of jailed activists in Rif protests.

Organized by several opposition political parties and rights associations, the demonstrators strongly denounced the upholding of the sentence of dozens of protesters, which is up to 20 years in prison over the protest that rocked the north-eastern region of the kingdom in late 2016 and 2017.

Walls, fear-mongering won’t stop migration: Pope

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 fear-mongering won’t stop people from exercising their rights to seek a better life elsewhere.

King Mohamed VI welcomed Francis as he arrived during an unusual rainstorm and began a visit aimed at boosting Christian-Muslim ties and showing solidarity with Morocco’s growing migrant community.

Morocco to buy 3.78-bln-USD arms from U.S.

RABAT, March 25 (Xinhua) -- Morocco will buy 3.787 billion U.S. dollars' worth of arms from the United States, the Moroccan financial news site reported Monday.

According to a press release by the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency earlier in the day, the deal includes the purchase of 25 F-16/D Block 72 aircraft and related equipment.

Morocco currently has 23 F-16 aircraft.

Thousands march in Morocco's capital to defend free education

RABAT, March 24 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of people marched on Sunday in the Moroccan capital Rabat to defend free education and show solidarity with protesting teachers.

Organized by the Moroccan Coalition for the Defense of Public Education, the march criticizes the government's "scheme to terminate all public services."

The march, joined by several leaders of leftist opposition parties, denounced a bill under discussion in parliament which calls for the gradual introduction of registration fees in public institutions of higher education and then in high schools.

China grants Morocco 14.9 mln USD to finance pub projects

RABAT, March 19 (Xinhua) -- China on Tuesday signed an agreement with Morocco to provide 100 million yuan (about 14.9 million U.S. dollars) to finance public projects in the north African kingdom.

This deal was inked by Morocco's Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Benchaaboun and Chinese Ambassador to Morocco Li Li.

Benchaaboun thanked the Chinese government for its continuous support for Morocco's economic and social development, while expressing his satisfaction with the quality of the projects undertaken in Morocco with the financial support of China.

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