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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 facilities in the country.

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

Syria quarantines town known to house pro-regime foreign fighters

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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 militiamen and potential coronavirus transmitters.

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

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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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

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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.

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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'

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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

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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 ...

Morocco's crackdown on deadly mining shafts

Habibulah Mohamed Lamin

Morocco's crackdown on deadly mining shafts

Jerada has been at the centre of international outrage since two brothers died mining in unauthorised shafts.

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Morocco trials of al-Hirak al-Shaabi activists 'flawed': Amnesty International

Amnesty International has pointed to serious errors in the trials of Moroccan activists in 2016 and 2017.

Khaled Diab

A very Muslim Christmas

Comment: While the Strasbourg mass-shooting has sparked anxiety over an anti-Christian, or anti-Christmas jihad, many ordinary Muslims share in ...

Roshan De Stone and David Suber

Saving Syrian refugee children from becoming a lost generation

The sustainability of education for displaced Syrian children is threatened, as donors hesitate to predict how much longer refugees will remain ...

Roshan De Stone and David Suber

Displaced Syrian women speak out in Lebanon

Syrian women have borne much of the consequences of war. Now with one third of refugees' households headed by females, many carry the dual ...

Morocco accused of 'regression of human rights'

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Morocco accused of 'regression of human rights'

The total number of people detained or on wanted lists because of 'critical opinions' or 'activities within protest movements' in the ...

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Morocco reinstates military service and people are not impressed

Some view the return of military conscription as gainful employment for youths with too much free time, others as a tool to blunt protest ...

Jailed Moroccan protest leader ends hunger strike

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Jailed Moroccan protest leader ends hunger strike

The leader of Morocco's main protest movement has ended a nearly week-long hunger strike.

Convicted leader of Morocco protest movement on hunger strike

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Convicted leader of Morocco protest movement on hunger strike

The jailed leader of a Moroccan protest movement began a hunger strike on Thursday to protest against prison conditions, weeks after he was ...

Morocco king pardons jailed Hirak protesters for Eid al-Adha

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Morocco king pardons jailed Hirak protesters for Eid al-Adha

Scores of Moroccan protesters were released from jail on Tuesday, as King Mohammed announced a pardon to mark the Eid al-Adha holiday.

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