Jan 26, 2015

Morocco arrests suspected Algerian militant tied to Frenchman's beheading

Moroccan authorities said on Sunday they arrested a suspected Algerian member of the militant group responsible for kidnapping and beheading French tourist Herve Gourdel east of Algiers in September. An al-Qaida splinter group known as Caliphate Soldiers kidnapped Gourdel when he was hiking in ...

Dec 26, 2014

Morocco bans Ridley Scott's 'Exodus'

Morocco has banned cinemas from showing the biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings” just one day before the Hollywood blockbuster was due to be screened, media reports said Thursday. It was unclear why officials decided to ban the movie that had been given the ...

Nov 10, 2014

Sahara's Polisario Front threatens new armed struggle

The Western Sahara’s Polisario Front independence movement threatened Sunday to take up arms again after Morocco’s king said his country will stay there “until the end of time.” Algeria’s APS news agency cited Mohamed Salem Ould Salek, the group’s designated foreign minister, as saying ...

Oct 16, 2014

Dubai isolates traveler from Liberia over Ebola signs

Dubai health authorities quarantined Wednesday an air passenger who arrived from Liberia after he showed symptoms of Ebola, in the first suspected infection registered in the Gulf region. The United Arab Emirates health ministry said the man who traveled from Liberia through Morocco had ...

Sep 29, 2014

Suspected Islamic State recruiter held in Spanish custody

A Spanish court Sunday remanded in custody the suspected leader of a militant cell based in North Africa that recruited fighters for the Islamic State jihadists. High Court Judge Javier Gomez Bermudez in Madrid ruled that there was a “high probability” that Mohamed Said ...

Jan 23, 2014

Morocco scraps law allowing rapists to marry young victims

Morocco on Wednesday scrapped a highly controversial law allowing a child rapist to evade punishment if he marries his victim, as rights activists pressed the government to legislate to protect women from violence. The amendment to Article 475 of the penal code, first proposed ...