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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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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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