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Belgian of Moroccan descent, arrested in Paris attacks probe, fought in Syria

Gelel Attar

Special to WorldTribune.com Police in Morocco have arrested a Belgian national of Moroccan descent in connection with the November terror attacks in Paris. Gelel Attar was arrested on Jan. 15 in the city of Mohammedia, the Moroccan Interior Ministry said. […]

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Morocco blocks Ikea store over Sweden’s support for independent Western Sahara

Ikea had planned to open a store in Morocco's largest mall.

Special to WorldTribune.com Morocco has blocked the opening of Ikea’s first store in the kingdom. The official reason given was lack of proper permits, but most observers believe it was over Sweden’s plans to recognize the Polisario Front’s pursuit of […]

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WORLD MATTERS: Flood of Refugees exposes America’s fatal flaw: Impatience and democracy

Boat People

Special to WorldTribune.com By Uwe Siemon-Netto The flood of Middle Eastern refugees into Europe exposes a fatal flaw of the current democratic system in the United States. The defect is the innate inability of the fast-paced American system to bring […]

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Morocco battles returning jihadist, breaks up ISIL-affiliated cell

According to official figures, between 1,500 and 2,000 Moroccans are fighting or have fought alongside jihadists in Iraq and Syria as well as in Libya.  /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Moroccan security forces have broken up a terror cell said to be planning to create an Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) affiliate. On Sept. 14, Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ), part of Morocco’s […]

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Islamists dominate in Morocco’s local elections, but king still calls the shots

Abdelillah Benkirane, secretary-general of the Islamist Justice and Development party (PJD), leaves a booth before casting his ballot at a polling station in Rabat Sept. 4.
/Reuters/Youssef Boudlal

Special to WorldTribune.com Morocco’s Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) dominated elections in the country’s largest cities on Sept. 4, expanding its power four years after running on a platform of major fiscal reform. The PJD came to power in […]

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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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