RABAT (Reuters) – An 8,000-year-old rock engraving depicting the Sun as a divinity has been destroyed in the south of Morocco, local residents said, blaming Salafists seeking to impose their fundamentalist view of Islam.
Ahmed Assid, a prominent activist for the indigenous Amazigh people and member of the Royal Institute for Amazigh Culture (IRCAM), said the pagan rock engraving, known as a petroglyph — was destroyed this week in the Toubkal National Park.
RABAT (Reuters) – Morocco, looking to boost tourism and without the financial clout to buy aircraft that can bring holidaymakers from around the world, may sell a stake in Royal Air Maroc RAM.UL to a major Gulf Arab airline.
A government source said a proposal for a partnership with flag carrier RAM will be made during a tour by King Mohammed to Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates that starts on Tuesday.
KUWAIT/RABAT (Reuters) – Morocco’s King Mohammed is to make a rare official tour of Gulf Arab countries later this year as his cash-strapped government seeks alternatives to its crisis-hit European trade partners.
Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Khaled al-Jarallah told Reuters the monarch would discuss investment and bilateral relations. “He is going on a tour in the Gulf countries,” said Jarallah, noting that the king was expected to visit Kuwait in October or November.
RABAT, Oct 5 (Reuters) – The Moroccan government said on
Friday it was withdrawing the accreditation of an Agence
France-Presse (AFP) correspondent, accusing him of casting doubt
on the monarchy’s neutrality in an election.
In a statement carried by state media, the government
accused Omar Brouksy of “unprofessional” reporting on Thursday’s
vote in Tangier, a re-run after a parliamentary election last
RABAT/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Morocco on Thursday barred Dutch abortion rights activists from docking their campaign ship to spread awareness about safe abortion methods in a Muslim country that bans the practice.
Women on Waves announced last week its intention to send their ship into the Moroccan port of Smir after visits to traditionally Roman Catholic countries Spain, Portugal and Ireland at the invitation of local women’s groups.
RABAT (Reuters) – Morocco blocked a Dutch “abortion ship” from entering one of its harbours on Thursday during a campaign group’s first attempt to visit to a Muslim country to raise awareness about safe methods of abortion.
The Women on Waves ship, which already has visited traditionally Roman Catholic countries Spain, Portugal and Ireland at the invitation of local women’s groups, had planned to arrive at Smir, northern Morocco, but was denied entry.
RABAT, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Morocco is to delay a plan to cap
sugar import needs at 45 percent its annual demand by end-2013
after bad weather hit farming this year and as an investment
vehicle controlled by the ruling monarchy seeks to divest the
sugar industry’s monopoly.
In a statement carried by the official MAP news agency, the
agriculture ministry said the government would draft a new
development plan for the sugar industry that aims to have 53
percent of domestic sugar demand produced locally by 2020.
RABAT (Reuters) – An international human rights group urged Morocco on Monday to investigate accusations that police tortured pro-democracy activists to force false confessions.
Coinciding with the visit of a U.N. torture investigator for a rare fact-finding mission in Morocco, U.S.-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said five activists convicted last week may have been forced by violence to confess to crimes.
RABAT (Reuters) – Morocco indicted a cleric on Tuesday for calling for the murder on religious grounds of a local newspaper editor who urged greater sexual freedoms in the conservative Muslim country.
In a YouTube video posted last month, Abdallah Nahari berated Mokhtar Leghzioui, editor of secular-leaning Al-Ahdath al-Maghribia newspaper, after he told an Arab television channel that he would not stand in the way of his mother and sister if they wished to have sexual relationships outside of marriage.
RABAT (Reuters) – Morocco ordered the Syrian ambassador on Monday to leave the North African kingdom and called for a transition to democracy in Syria, and Damascus retaliated by declaring the Moroccan ambassador there persona non grata.
Rabat’s move followed the defection last week of Syria’s ambassador to Iraq and the flight the week before of a prominent general once close to Assad – developments that Western officials said showed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was losing his grip on power as the rebellion against him drags on.