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Morocco: Arrested Jihadists Planned 'Biological' Attacks

Morocco said Thursday that the alleged members of a jihadist cell it arrested in mid-February, including a French national, were plotting to carry out "biological" attacks in the kingdom.

"Some of the seized substances (from the suspects) are classified by international organizations which specialize in health issues as falling within the category of biological weapons dangerous for their capacity to paralyze and destroy the nervous system and cause death," the interior ministry said.

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Morocco Arrests Belgian with 'Direct Links' to Paris Attackers

Morocco said Monday it had arrested a Belgian man of Moroccan descent who it said was directly linked with some of those behind the jihadist attacks in Paris in November.

The interior ministry said in a statement that the suspect, arrested on Friday in the port city of Al-Muhammadiyah near Casablanca and Rabat, had "direct links with some" of the Paris attackers.

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Germany Wants Algeria, Morocco to Implement Expulsion Deal

Berlin wants Algeria and Morocco to take back their nationals with no residence permits in Germany after a sharp rise in asylum seekers from the two North African countries, officials said Friday.

Alarmed by the spike in North African arrivals, German authorities want their countries of origin to help in their swift repatriations, in order to free up resources to deal with asylum seekers fleeing war and violence.

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Morocco Breaks up 'IS-Linked Terrorist Cell'

Moroccan security forces have broken up a "terrorist cell" linked to the Islamic State (IS) group and arrested its three members, including a woman, the interior ministry said Thursday.

The cell, operating in the cities of Fez, Casablanca and Ouled Taima, followed "instructions from the terrorist group and was planning... attacks in the kingdom," a statement said.

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Morocco Arrests 8 Policemen over Torture Death

Morocco has arrested eight policemen for allegedly torturing to death a prisoner, newspapers reported on Monday.

The state prosecutor in the central city of Casablanca ordered the detention of the policemen on Saturday, reported Assabah and al-Ahdath newspapers.

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Spanish Police Find Migrant in Spare Wheel Well of Car

Spanish police said Thursday they found a migrant hidden inside the spare wheel well of a car that arrived at the southern port of Algeciras by ferry from Morocco.

Police said in a statement that the female driver of the car became "very nervous and evasive" when they asked her to open the trunk of vehicle after it arrived from Tangiers.

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Morocco Arrests Three over Anti-Gay Assault

Morocco has arrested three people suspected of beating up a man presumed to be homosexual and attempting to blackmail his family with a video, police said Monday.

"A suspect was arrested for assaulting a young man, who was undressed, for his assumed homosexuality, and another two were arrested for trying to blackmail the victim's family with a video," Casablanca police said.

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Hollande Visits Morocco after Torture Row

French President Francois Hollande arrived in Morocco Saturday on an official visit that takes place against a backdrop of controversy over torture lawsuits in Paris against the kingdom's intelligence chief.

Hollande, accompanied by five ministers and a delegation of business leaders, was met on the tarmac in Tangiers by King Mohammed VI at the start of the two-day visit.

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Arms Seized in Morocco 'Came from Algeria'

Arms seized during a swoop on an alleged extremist cell entered the country from Algeria, a Moroccan security official charged on Monday.

"Those arrested were awaiting the arrival of a Syrian expert to train them in making explosives they planned to use against public figures and places," Abdelhak El Khayyam, head of Morocco's Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation, told AFP. 

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Morocco's Ruling Islamists Win Regional Polls

Morocco's Islamists came first in regional elections seen as a test of their popularity after nearly four years in power, but trailed the liberal opposition in municipal polls, results showed Saturday.

Friday's double elections were viewed as a gauge of the political climate ahead of a general election next year.

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