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Africa’s top arms-buyer alarmed by Morocco’s recent arms purchases

Moroccan CH-47 Chinook helicopter

Special to WorldTribune.com Algeria, the number one arms purchaser on the African continent, has voiced concerns that the number two arms purchaser, Morocco, is purchasing too many arms. After reports that Morocco had acquired Russian-made missile batteries, the Algerian newspaper […]

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Morocco petitions Google to remove Polisario Front from map


Special to WorldTribune.com A petition recently launched in Morocco calls on Google to correct its map of the kingdom by removing the so-called “Polisario Front.” The current Google map shows Morocco divided by a line that separates the kingdom from […]

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Moroccan king set to seal submarine deal during Moscow visit

Russian Amur 1650 submarine

Special to WorldTribune.com Morocco is expected to conclude negotiations to obtain the country’s first submarine from Russia during King Mohammed VI’s upcoming visit to Moscow. According to reports, Morocco and Russia are close to reaching a deal on the price […]

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Morocco denies Iranian accusation it follows ‘Israeli agenda’

Mustapha El Khalfi

Special to WorldTribune.com Morocco has condemned an Iranian report that accused the North African kingdom of engaging in an “Israeli agenda.” Mustapha El Khalfi, a Moroccan government spokesman, said “Rabat strongly rejects any abuse directed at the kingdom, regardless of […]

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Report: ‘Deliberately miscounted’ votes cost Morocco 2010 World Cup

South Africa (yellow) plays Mexico in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Special to WorldTribune.com World soccer body FIFA was dragged deeper into controversy on June 7 when a report claimed Morocco won the vote to host the 2010 World Cup but was denied the tournament when “deliberately miscounted” votes awarded it […]

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Nine alleged ISIL recruiters arrested in Morocco

ISIL training camp.  /Islamic State/YouTube

Special to WorldTribune.com Morocco on June 3 announced the arrests of nine alleged Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) recruiters who were said to be operating in cities throughout the country. “According to accurate data, the terrorist cell members […]

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Jennifer Lopez slammed for ‘suggestive’ performance in Morocco

Jennifer Lopez performs at the Mawazine music festival on May 30.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com Moroccan Islamist leaders and media outlets were outraged by a “suggestive” performance by “scantily” dressed pop star Jennifer Lopez at the Mawazine music festival on May 30. Mustapha Khalfi, a member of the Islamist Justice and Development […]

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U.S. starts combat phase of Africa Lion exercise in Morocco

F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 480th Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, and the Royal Moroccan air force prepare for take-off May 15 at Ben Guerir Air Base, Morocco. / U.S. Air Force

Special to WorldTribune.com As the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, Al Qaida and other jihadist groups with combat experience filter back into north African, the second phase of the U.S. military’s largest annual joint exercise in Africa got underway […]

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Morocco’s king eases restrictions on abortion

King Mohammed of Morocco.

Special to WorldTribune.com Moroccan King Mohammed has decided to loosen the nation’s strict abortion laws. Mohammed’s decision will allow abortion in cases of rape, incest, danger to the mother’s health and fetal deformities. With the exception of Tunisia, where abortion […]

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Moroccan F-16 in Saudi-led mission said shot down over Yemen

Moroccan F-16.

Special to WorldTribune.com Houthi rebels claim tribesman shot down a Moroccan F-16 fighter that was part of a Saudi-led airstrike over Yemen on May 11. The F-16 reportedly went down during a strike on Houthi-controlled positions in Sanaa and was […]

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