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In-depth: Cannabis legalisation in Morocco could provide economic opportunity, dependant upon Europe, party politics, and upcoming elections.

Syrian activists and their supporters have met the Danish ambassador to the UK to protest threatened deportations of refugees to areas around Damascus where they could face torture and detention.

Imprisoned leader of Moroccan <em>Rif</em> protest movement 'steps down'

The New Arab Staff

Imprisoned leader of Moroccan Rif protest movement 'steps down'

Nasser Zefzafi, the imprisoned leader of a protest movement in Morocco's Berber-majority Rif region, has stepped down, saying that the area had missed a "historic opportunity".

Morocco called for release of jailed journalists

The New Arab Staff

Morocco called for release of jailed journalists

Moroccan journalists have called on authorities to release Suleiman Raissouni and Omar Al-Radi, who have been held for several month on ...

Rights group slams Denmark's designation of Syria as 'safe'

The New Arab Staff

Rights group slams Denmark's designation of Syria as 'safe'

Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor has called on Denmark to rethink its decision to return Syrian refugees to Damascus.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Morocco government backs legalising hashish for medical use

Moroccan authorities approved a draft bill to legalise the medical use of cannabis on Thursday.

The New Arab Staff

Denmark withdraws residency permits from 94 Syrian refugees

Denmark has withdrawn residency permits from 94 Syrian refugees, saying that conditions in the war-ravaged area around Damascus are safe.

Khadija Mohsen-Finan

Morocco's normalisation trade-off: Western Sahara for Palestine

Comment: In exchange for recognition of Israel, the US has provided Morocco the opportunity to realize two of its longstanding ambitions. But ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

14 due verdicts over links to 2015 Paris attackers

Three of the 14 fled to Syria just ahead of the Jan. 7-9, 2015 attacks in Paris, which left 17 dead along with the three gunmen.

Normalisation with Israel: The view from the Arab Maghreb

Abdelkader Cheref

Normalisation with Israel: The view from the Arab Maghreb

In-depth: Despite UAE-Bahrain's normalisation agreement with Israel, and their unofficial relations with Tel Aviv, North African countries are ...

The New Arab

Hundreds test positive for coronavirus in Morocco prison

Morocco's prison authorities confirmed 270 cases of the virus among detainees and staff in Ouarzazate, on top of cases in at least three other ...

Algeria, Morocco using coronavirus to curb freedoms, activists say

The New Arab

Algeria, Morocco using coronavirus to curb freedoms, activists say

Algeria and Morocco appear to be using the coronavirus pandemic to quietly silence dissent and arrest journalists who are reporting on the ...

Syria quarantines town known to house pro-regime foreign fighters

The New Arab

Syria quarantines town known to house pro-regime foreign fighters

The Syrian regime has sealed off the town of Sayyida Zeinab as a Covid-19 'precaution' without acknowledging the town is a hub of foreign Shia ...

Morocco: Silencing the last dissenting voices

Omar Brouksy

Morocco: Silencing the last dissenting voices

Comment: A wave of repression has rained down on Moroccans who criticise King Mohamed VI on social media, writes Omar Brousky.

Jailed Morocco protest leader decries 'torture', prison chief sacked

The New Arab & agencies

Jailed Morocco protest leader decries 'torture', prison chief sacked

Nasser Zefzafi said in a taped message that he "suffered the worst forms of torture" following his arrest in June 2017.

The New Arab

Morocco detains journalist for 'illegal sex, abortion'

Amnesty International has called on the Moroccan government to release journalist Hajar Raissouni for 'pre-marital sex and illegal abortion', while many believe she was arrested for her journalism instead.

James Reinl

Thousands of children killed by Assad's forces in Syria

Assad's forces and pro-government militias killed and injured over a thousand children in 2018, according to a report from UN Secretary-General ...

The New Arab

Moroccan King pardons thousands, including 'Hirak' protesters

An official statement announced 4,764 people were to be pardoned, including some detained during the months of protests in the long-marginalised ...

The New Arab & agencies

Morocco adopts law confirming Berber as official language

Moroccan lawmakers have unanimously approved a bill that confirms the Berber language's official status, eight years after it was preliminarily ...

Bahrain levels headquarters of banned independent newspaper

The New Arab

Bahrain levels headquarters of banned independent newspaper

Bahraini authorities have demolished the headquarters of the independent newspaper Al-Wasat which was shut down in 2017.

The New Arab

Thousands protest in Morocco for release of Rif activists

The Al-Hirak al-Shaabi, or 'Popular Movement', protests took hold in the country's marginalised Rif region in October 2016.

Jailed Morocco protest leader 'sews lips together'

The New Arab & agencies

Jailed Morocco protest leader 'sews lips together'

Nasser Zefzafi has sewn his lips together after losing an appeal against a 20-year prison term for leading the Hirak protest movement, which ...

Morocco upholds sentences against Hirak protesters

The New Arab & agencies

Morocco upholds sentences against Hirak protesters

The Al-Hirak al-Shaabi, or "Popular Movement", protests took hold in the country's marginalised Rif region in October 2016.

Agroforestry empowers Morocco's mountain women

Monica Pelliccia

Agroforestry empowers Morocco's mountain women

Feature: The Femmes du Rif have boosted the value of their 329 members' olive oil, leading to remarkable social impacts ranging from ...

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