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Morocco Tuesday jailed a British man, previously convicted of child sex offences, for 20 years for kidnapping and attempting to rape three young girls, a rights activist at the trial said. Robert Bill, 59, a former teacher from North Wales, was found guilty by the court in Tetouan at a hearing attended by his victims, Mohammed Benaissa, who heads the Northern Observatory for Human Rights, told ...NGOs condemn Morocco 'silence' over migrant crisis warning
Activists condemned Tuesday Morocco's "total silence" over warnings about the plight of sub-Saharan migrants, accusing security forces of "barbaric acts" that contradicted the country's new migration policy. Last month, following a surge in attempted border crossings into Ceuta and Melilla, Spain's North African enclaves, Moroccan authorities relocated hundreds of illegal immigrants to the ...Morocco's economic growth slows in first quarter as agricultural output falls
Morocco's economic growth slowed sharply to 2.5 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier, and is likely to ease slightly again this quarter as agricultural output shrinks, the country's planning agency said on Tuesday. Agriculture, which accounts for about 15 percent of Morocco's gross domestic product, fell 3.4 percent in the first three months of 2014 and is expected to drop 3.9 ...Morocco expands clout in sub-Saharan Africa
King's recent tour of several African countries reflects Morocco's drive to boost economic influence in the region.Morocco jails British paedophile for 20 years
Morocco on Tuesday jailed a British man, previously convicted of child sex offences, for 20 years for kidnapping and attempting to rape three young girls, a rights activist at the trial said.Morocco 2014 Q1 trade deficit rises 10.7 pct
Morocco's†trade†deficit†jumped 10.7 percent in the first quarter of 2014 from a year earlier to 51.44 billion Moroccan dirhams ($6.33 billion), the foreign exchange regulator said on Tuesday, mainly due to increased wheat and energy imports. The north African country's wheat imports jumped 57 percent or 3.03 billion dirhams compared with the same period last year as the government suspended ...Morocco king warns UN chief over W.Sahara 'dangers'
Morocco's King Mohamed VI on Saturday warned UN chief Ban Ki-moon over "dangerous options" in the Western Sahara, ahead of a Security Council vote on the disputed territory. The UN Security Council is due to vote on April 23 to renew the mandate of its peacekeeping mission in the Western Sahara, annexed by Morocco in the 1970s.Morocco's mentally ill await deliverance from their 'demons'
Bouya Omar (Morocco) (AFP) - A thin mist hangs in the air as a handful of troubled souls wander aimlessly around the Bouya Omar mausoleum in central Morocco, the occasional chilling cry rising from behind its walls. These are Morocco's "possessed" -- from violent schizophrenics to hard drug users -- who are believed to be tormented by evil spirits and whose relatives bring them here to await ...Morocco relocation of migrants stirs 'crisis' warning
Rabat (Morocco) (AFP) - Rabat's policy of relocating sub-Saharan migrants, apparently under pressure from Spain to stem a surge in illegal border crossings, is creating a potential humanitarian crisis, according to NGOs. Within 48 hours of two massive attempts to storm the border fence into Spain's North African enclave of Melilla, six buses arrived early Saturday at the main coach station in ...Kerry hails Morocco reforms, regional security efforts
Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday pledged US support for Moroccan reforms and efforts to promote regional stability, while also highlighting the social challenges faced by Rabat. "Morocco is playing an important leadership role, and the United States will stand by this relationship every step of the way," he said at the end of a North African tour. "The 18 different agreements that Morocco ...