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Morocco Votes in Test for Islamist Government

Moroccans voted Friday in local polls seen as a test for the ruling Islamists, who swept to power nearly four years ago after Arab Spring protests prompted reforms by the monarchy.

About 15 million Moroccans were eligible to vote in the municipal and regional polls, considered a gauge of the popularity of Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane and his government, a year ahead of a general election.

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14 Suspected IS Recruiters Arrested in Spain, Morocco

Spain and Morocco on Tuesday arrested 14 people on suspicion of belonging to a network that recruited and sent fighters to the Islamic State group.

One suspect was detained in Spain while the other 13 were arrested in cities across Morocco, a Spanish interior ministry statement said, describing it as a "joint anti-terrorist operation".

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Morocco Jails Two over Anti-Gay Beating

A Moroccan court sentenced two men to four months in jail Thursday for beating up a presumed homosexual because of his appearance, a rights group said.

The verdict was delivered by a court in the central city of Fez where a crowd of angry youths assaulted a man in July, accusing him of being a homosexual.

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Three Dead after Morocco Flash Flood

A woman and two girls have been found dead after they went missing in a flash flood caused by torrential rain in central Morocco, authorities said Thursday.

They were found Tuesday and Wednesday several kilometers from the course of the flood in a valley known as Wadi Alfet, near Azilal.   

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Police: Moroccan Suffocates Trying to Enter Spain in Suitcase

A 27-year-old Moroccan man suffocated to death while trying to illegally enter Spain hidden inside a suitcase in the trunk of a car, police said Monday.

The man's older brother appears to have tried to smuggle him into Spain by ferry.

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Four Migrants Drown Off Moroccan Coast

Four migrants died on Sunday after trying to swim to Spain's north African enclave of Ceuta from northern Morocco, the government in Rabat said.

"The interior ministry deplores the deaths on Sunday of four illegal sub-Saharan immigrants off the town of Belyounech," said a statement carried by the official MAP news agency. 

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Morocco Arrests Women Linked to 'IS Terrorist' Cell

Two women suspected of belonging to a cell linked to the Islamic State group that planned to carry out attacks in Morocco have been arrested, the interior ministry said Friday.

"Two women extremists from the terrorist cell that was recently dismantled and whose members had pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State were arrested Thursday in Tangiers," a ministry statement cited by the official MAP news agency reported.

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Morocco Says 8 Arrested over Jihadist Attack Plots

Morocco said eight people were arrested on Tuesday over alleged plots to carry out attacks mainly targeting security officials on behalf of the Islamic State jihadist group.

The newly formed Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation, dubbed Morocco's FBI by the media, said an eight-member "terrorist cell" was dismantled across the country in the towns of Tangiers, Bouznika, Khouribga and Taounate.

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Arrests after Suspected Thief Lynched in Morocco Market

Four more people were arrested on Tuesday over the lynching of a suspected thief in a marketplace of central Morocco, local authorities said.

Officials and media had reported that a crowd fatally injured a man and seriously hurt his alleged accomplice Thursday in the town of Midelt after accusing them of theft.

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Crowd Lynches 'Robber' in Morocco Market

A crowd has lynched and fatally injured a man and seriously hurt his alleged accomplice after accusing them of robbery near a weekly market in central Morocco, local officials and media reported Friday.

The man was caught "red-handed" Thursday near the town of Midelt and another suspected robber also attacked, the officials told state news agency MAP. 

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