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Morocco Arrests Eight from 'IS Recruitment Cell'

Morocco said Thursday it had arrested eight people suspected of operating a recruitment cell for the Islamic State group in the North African kingdom.

Cell members "secured the transfer of dozens of fighters... in coordination with elements operating on the border between Turkey and Syria," said an interior ministry statement carried by the official MAP news agency. 

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Morocco Won't Sanction TV over 'Scantily Dressed' J-Lo

A Moroccan regulator said Tuesday it rejected a request to sanction a television channel for broadcasting a "scantily dressed" American pop star Jennifer Lopez at a concert in the highly conservative Muslim country.

The request from Islamist Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane came after Lopez sparked controversy over her performance before record crowds at the annual Mawazine music festival in May.

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Morocco Says Reporter on Hunger Strike in Geneva Should Return Home

A Moroccan journalist on hunger strike in Geneva, who was previously jailed for insulting the Moroccan king and is now being denied a passport, was told Sunday to return home to plead his case.

"Morocco is a state of law," said Mohamed Aujjar, Morocco's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, insisting the journalist had "every right to contest the administrative decision" not to provide him with a certificate needed to renew his passport.

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Morocco Arrests Nine over IS Propaganda, Recruitment

Morocco said Thursday it arrested nine suspects for spreading Islamic State group propaganda and trying to recruit people to join the jihadist organization.

The arrests were carried out in a number of cities and towns in the North African country, the interior ministry said in a statement.

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Morocco Arrests Denmark-bound Afghans as Jihadist Suspects

Moroccan police have arrested three Afghans suspected of links with jihadists as they prepared to board a plane to Denmark, officials said Wednesday.

They said the three men were detained on Saturday at Marrakesh airport holding fake Pakistani passports.

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Anti-Gay Beating Sparks New Row in Morocco

Videos showing a crowd attacking a presumed homosexual in public in Morocco because of his appearance triggered fresh controversy Tuesday over social intolerance in the conservative Muslim country.

The website Goud posted a three-minute video of the man trying in vain to take shelter in a taxi to escape angry youths in the central city of Fez.

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Libya Rivals Back in Morocco for Fresh Peace Talks

Libya's warring factions arrived Thursday in Morocco for a fresh round of U.N.-brokered peace talks aimed at putting an end to months of fighting in the stricken North African state.

The talks involving rival parliaments are expected to begin on Friday, as U.N. envoy Bernardino Leon struggles to bring Libya's rival factions to agree steps aimed at forming a national unity government.

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Two Moroccan Women Facing 'Indecency' Charges over Dresses

Two Moroccan women who walked through a market wearing dresses are facing charges of "gross indecency", a rights group and media reported Thursday, sparking an outcry in the kingdom.

The women were arrested on June 16 as they strolled through the open-air market in Inezgane, a suburb of the southern city of Agadir, on their way to work, said Fouzia Assouli, head of women's rights organization LDDF.

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Morocco Website Fined for Defaming King's Private Secretary

A Casablanca court ordered a Moroccan website on Monday to pay 46,000 euros in damages for defaming the king's private secretary, Mounir El Majidi, media reports said.

The H24 and TelQuel.ma sites reported that Goud.ma was prosecuted for reprinting in a press review allegations about Majidi, cited in his capacity as a businessman.

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Morocco Students Jailed for Killing Islamist Fellow in Brawl

A Moroccan court has jailed nine leftist university students for killing an Islamist student in a brawl at the University of Fez last year, an official said Saturday.

Abderrahim al-Hasnaoui, 21, died of injuries received in campus clashes involving swords and knives between Islamist and radical leftist students in April 2014.

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