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[HRW] Beirut -Moroccan authorities should free an entrepreneur who was sentenced to two years in prison in violation of his right to free speech and review his conviction given its abusive nature, Human Rights Watch said today. An appeal of Soufian al-Nguad's conviction is underway and continues on February 11, 2019. (AllAfrica)

Morocco - Marching to a Different Beat

[Daily Maverick] Casablanca is just a four-hour flight from Lagos. But it's a world away. (AllAfrica)

AU Summit 32 - Maghreb's Changing Politics of Migration

[ISS] Irregular migration by people from the Maghreb is rising. Countries of the region that were previously transit spaces, have become zones of departure for tens of thousands of young Moroccans, Algerians, Tunisians and Libyans. This is changing the politics around irregular migration in the region. (AllAfrica)

America Shines Through the Amideast Lens

[Moroccan American Center] Despite the tumult in Washington, DC and the declining emphasis on the US presence in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), America still maintains strong links to the region through a network of NGOs and service organizations that promote bilateral educational, cultural, and program ties. (AllAfrica)

Congress of French Communist Youth Endorses Motion in Support of Sahrawi People's Struggle

[SPS] Paris (France) -The participants in the 42nd Congress of the French Communist Youth Movement unanimously endorsed a motion on Western Sahara calling for support of the struggle of the Sahrawi people to exercise their right to self-determination, as provided for in international law, the resolutions of the UN General Assembly and Security Council. (AllAfrica)

OOTT and Abroad Communities Ministry Slams Moroccan Authorities Repression Against Sahrawi Masses in the Occupied Parts of Western Sahara

[SPS] Chahid El Hafed -The Ministry of the Occupied Territories and Abroad Communities has strongly criticized of the Moroccan authorities' repression and harassment against the Sahrawi people the occupied parts of Western Sahara, in communiqué issued by it on the horizon of theThe King of Spain's upcoming visit to Morocco, a copy of which obtained by SPS (AllAfrica)

Rwanda, Morocco to Partner in Digital Court Programme

[New Times] Rwanda and Morocco will today sign a raft of agreements for partnership in the justice sector, including collaboration on the latter's implementation of the digital court project. (AllAfrica)

Contradictions Continue to Plague Morocco's Development Goals

[Moroccan American Center] Unrest in many regions of Morocco during 2018 and the ongoing strikes in 2019, called by the labor unions and joined by Moroccans of all classes, are emblematic of the contradictions at the core of the country's uneven development. Among issues raised by the unions are the need to restart the country's national social dialogue, the government's alleged failure to exercise sufficient efforts to address unemployment and labor rights, and the growing disparity between classes. (AllAfrica)

Abandon Attempts to Dissolve Cultural Group

[HRW] Tunis -Moroccan authorities should immediately abandon attempts to dissolve the cultural group Racines, over critical comments made by guests on an online talk show it hosted, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. (AllAfrica)

Group Empowers Women to Fight Partner Abuse, Rape

[Deutsche Welle] Victims of domestic violence are often unaware of resources available to them and are too afraid to ask. In Morocco, a new initiative aims to change that by helping women take legal action against their violent husbands. (AllAfrica)

National Speaker to Visit Morocco

[ANGOP] Luanda -The National Speaker, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, is expected to visit the Kingdom of Morocco, in the first quarter of this year, to boost the parliamentary relations between the two states. (AllAfrica)

Assured Stars Head to Morocco

[Namibian] African Stars leave for Marrakesh in Morocco today, quietly confident ahead of their Caf Confederations Cup second-leg match against Raja Casablanca on Sunday. (AllAfrica)

Chaouch Stunner Gives Husa First Leg Advantage

[CAF] Moroccan outfit Hassania Agadir emerged victorious against Ethiopian champions Jimma Aba Jifar in Total CAF Confederation Cup playoff round first leg encounter Saturday in Addis Ababa. (AllAfrica)

Badri Rescues African Champions Esperance, Wydad Fire Five Goals

[CAF] Trophy-holders Esperance snatched a lucky last-gasp draw and Wydad Casablanca went on a five-goal romp Friday as the CAF Champions League group stage kicked off. (AllAfrica)

USA Congress Does Not Recognize the Pretended Sovereignty of Morocco Over Western Sahara

[SPS] Washington -The House of Representatives of the United States approved a bill that excludes Western Sahara from financial aid for the year 2019 destined for Morocco in the budget of public expenditure, unlike In recent years, particularly in 2018, an American position confirms that Morocco has no sovereignty over Western Sahara. (AllAfrica)

Morocco Dismantles Criminal Network in Tangier Involved in Organizing Illegal Immigration Operations

[MAP] Rabat -Policemen in Tangier dismantled, on Thursday morning, a criminal network involved in organizing illegal emigration operations and human trafficking activities, national police said in a statement. (AllAfrica)

Morocco Arrests Swiss-Spaniard Over Beheaded Tourists

[Deutsche Welle] Authorities have detained a Swiss-Spanish man over suspected links with the group responsible for beheading two Scandinavian tourists. The resident of Morocco holds "extremist and violent" views, officials said. (AllAfrica)

Invasive 'Virginity Tests' is Rape, Women Say

[Deutsche Welle] Invasively checking vaginal tightness and whether hymens are intact is common in rural Morocco. But women are increasingly publicly opposing this practice. They say the examination constitutes rape. (AllAfrica)

Lower House to Hold Monday Plenary Session On Government's General Policy

[MAP] Rabat -The House of Representatives (lower house) will hold, on Monday, a plenary session on the answers of the head of government regarding the government's general policy. (AllAfrica)

Gambia Dream Team to Face Morocco

[Foroyaa] Gambia National U-23/Olympic Team is bracing up to its friendly International at home to their counterparts from Morroco slated for Sunday 6th and Wednesday 9th January 2018 at the Independence Stadium in Bakau. (AllAfrica)

Isesco Proclaims 2019 Year of Islamic Cultural Heritage

[MAP] Rabat -The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), proclaimed 2019 year of heritage in the Islamic world in application of the resolution of the Tenth Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers. (AllAfrica)

Cocaine Removed From Stomachs of South African and Namibian at Casablanca Airport - Police

[MAP] Rabat -A quantity of 3,700 grams of cocaine was removed from the stomachs of a South African and a Namibian nationals arrested at the Mohammed V airport, said Tuesday the Casablanca police department. (AllAfrica)

Brazilian MPs Commend Friendship Relations With Morocco

[MAP] Brasilia -Brazilian MPs representing different political movements commended the quality of the long-standing friendship relations between Brazil and Morocco, expressing their wish to see them further developed under the new administration of president Jair Bolsonaro, who will take office on Tuesday. (AllAfrica)

Head of Gvt. Represents HM the King At Inauguration Ceremony of New Brazilian Pres.

[MAP] Brasilia -Head of Government, Saad Dine El Otmani, represented, on Tuesday in Brasilia, HM King Mohammed VI at the inauguration ceremony of the new Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro. (AllAfrica)

1st African Vocational Training Forum in Dakhla, 'Resounding Success' (Ministry)

[MAP] Rabat -The 1st African Vocational Training Forum held in Dakhla on Dec. 21-22, 2018, was a "resounding success", the ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research pointed out. (AllAfrica)

Morocco Backpacker Murders - Hundreds Hold Vigil Across Country

[Deutsche Welle] Across Morocco, hundreds of people held vigils in memory of the murdered Scandinavian backpackers. The two Norwegian and Danish students were killed by suspected jihadis in the Atlas Mountains. (AllAfrica)

Imlil's Murder Suspects Arrestation Conducted in Professional Manner Through Security and Investigative Work - Security Officer

[MAP] Rabat -The arrest of the four suspects of the murder of two foreign tourists in Imlil (Province of Al Haouz) was conducted in a professional manner thanks to a pure security and investigative work, spokesman for national security, Boubker Sabik, pointed out. (AllAfrica)

Morocco's Net International Reserves Down 5.3%

[MAP] Rabat -Morocco's net international reserves amounted to 226.5 billion dirhams until December 14, 2018, recording a 5.3% year-on-year decrease, Morocco's central bank (Bank Al-Maghrib) said. (AllAfrica)

Morocco Backpacker Murder Video 'Authentic' Says Norway

[Deutsche Welle] Police in Norway say a video purporting to show the murder of two female tourists -- from Denmark and Norway -- is likely authentic. The backpackers' bodies were discovered in Morocco's High Atlas mountain range. (AllAfrica)

Murder of Hiking Tourists - Video Recorded 'Before Their Killing'

[MAP] Rabat -Public prosecutor at the Rabat Court of appeal announces that the inquiry carried out, supported by technical expertise, have revealed that the broadcast video showing the individuals arrested, as part of the investigation into the murder of two foreign tourists, swearing allegiance to "Daesh" was recorded last week, before the commission of the criminal acts under investigation. (AllAfrica)

HM the King Offers Dinner in Honor of South Korean PM

[MAP] Rabat -HM King Mohammed VI offered, on Thursday in Rabat, a dinner in honor of South Korean Prime minister Lee Nak-yeon, chaired by head of government, Saâd Dine El Otmani. (AllAfrica)