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Populist Dutch Lawmaker Guilty of Hate Speech

Geert Wilders convicted for inciting discrimination

(Newser) - A populist and anti-Islam Dutch lawmaker was found guilty Friday of insulting and inciting discrimination against Moroccans, a conviction that Geert Wilders slammed as a "shameful" attack on free speech and an attempt to "neutralize" him. Judge Hendrik Steenhuis said the court wouldn't impose a sentence because... More »

Outrage Brews Over Domestic Abuse Makeup Tips

'Do not cover domestic violence with makeup, condemn the aggressor!': petition

(Newser) - Human Rights Watch says Morocco has had a "tepid response" to domestic violence over the years, and the country's latest attempt at dealing with the issue is unlikely to score any new points. A state TV tutorial on Channel 2M's Sabahiyat show last week featured a... More »

Teen Girls Face Prison Over a Stolen Kiss

2 men also arrested in Morocco after having sex in parked taxi

(Newser) - Two teenage Moroccan girls face between six months and three years in prison after being caught hugging and kissing on the roof of a house in Marrakech last Thursday. Someone took a picture of the girls, showed their families, and a family member informed police, a human rights group says,... More »

Fishmonger's Gruesome Death Unleashes Rage in Morocco

He was crushed in a garbage compactor as police confiscated his catch

(Newser) - A 31-year-old fish vendor in Morocco died an awful death last week, and protests demanding a full accounting of police actions are only gaining steam. While some key details remain unclear, this much is known: Police stopped Mouhcine Fikri and two companions in a vehicle on Friday with about $11,... More »

World's Oldest Library to Share Its 'Magical Aura' Again

Morocco's Khizanat al-Qarawiyyin is reopening to the public

(Newser) - What is believed to be the world's oldest library is set to reopen to the public in the coming months, and the architect behind its restoration can't wait to share its "magical aura," the Guardian reports. “One of the startling aspects about restoring a building... More »

Boxer Blows Olympic Chances With Arrest in Rio

Morocco's Hassan Saada is accused of sexually assaulting 2 women

(Newser) - Morocco's Hassan Saada was set to square off in the boxing ring against a Turkish competitor at the Olympics on Saturday, but instead he'll be in a Rio jail. The 22-year-old athlete was arrested Friday morning at the Olympic Village on charges that he sexually assaulted two maids... More »

Rock-Throwing Elephant Kills Young Zoogoer

She was hit in the head while posing for a photo

(Newser) - A 7-year-old girl is dead after an elephant threw a rock at her Tuesday at a Moroccan zoo, the Telegraph reports. The unnamed girl was posing for a photo when she was struck in the head with a large rock. She suffered severe injuries and died at the hospital. According... More »

Only African Country Not in African Union Wants Back In

Morocco's return depends on AU vote

(Newser) - Morocco left the African Union in 1984 in protest of the organization recognizing Western Sahara's independence, though Morocco viewed the territory as its "southern provinces." Now it wants back in—but it's not about to give up the fight, reports the BBC . "For a long... More »

Tourist Shatters Historic Statue in 'Boneheaded' Selfie Attempt

24-year-old awaits trial

(Newser) - Portugal's revered King Sebastiao, also known as the child king, was crowned as a 3-year-old when his grandfather died in 1557. His father, having died two weeks before his birth, never got to meet the near-mythical figure. And now, reports the International Business Times , tourists are being denied a... More »

Ancient, Secret Library Gets a Facelift

University of al-Qarawiyyin library undergoing repairs

(Newser) - The settling dust from renovations and the banging of tools aren't ideal sights and sounds for a library—but this is no ordinary library. Founded 12 centuries ago in Fez, Morocco's University of al-Qarawiyyin library is one of the world's oldest, home to unique Islamic manuscripts treasured... More »

Man's 'Dead Wife' Shows Up on TV: Report

Abragh Mohammed thought his wife died 2 years ago

(Newser) - Hope you're sitting down, man—because your supposedly dead wife was on TV last night. That's pretty much what friends of Abragh Mohammed told him after hearing his wife call in to a Moroccan TV show that helps people reunite with lost loved ones, the Independent reports. According... More »

Prisoner Leaves Gitmo, but Freedom Eludes Him

Inside the case of Younis Shokuri

(Newser) - Younis Shokuri spent 14 years imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay. He got out in September only to be held again, and the New York Times reports on his "legal limbo." Repatriated to his native Morocco, Shokuri now is in the custody of that country's government, despite its assurances... More »

J.Lo Sued for 'Tarnishing Women's Honor'

Morocco gig does not go over well

(Newser) - Jennifer Lopez's May 29 concert has gotten her hit with a lawsuit. The problem: The performance in question was at a Moroccan festival and also aired on Moroccan public TV, and of course it featured a scantily clad J.Lo dancing suggestively. The lawsuit, filed by an education group,... More »

Moroccan F-16 Goes MIA Ahead of Yemen Ceasefire

So far Yemen has remained relatively tight-lipped about the missing fighter jet

(Newser) - A Moroccan F-16 fighter jet taking part in a Saudi-led coalition targeting Shiite rebels in Yemen has gone missing, the North African nation's military said today, a day ahead of the start of a proposed five-day humanitarian ceasefire. It wasn't immediately clear what happened to the jet, which... More »

Morocco, Egypt Ban Christian Bale Movie Exodus

Biblical epic stirs up controversy

(Newser) - If you live in Morocco or Egypt and want to see Exodus: Gods and Kings, the biblical epic starring Christian Bale, tough luck. Both countries have banned the film, the Guardian reports. Morocco is unhappy because the Ridley Scott flick includes a scene featuring God depicted as a "child... More »

Saudi Men Need Permission to Marry Foreigners

Government cracks down, even for foreign women already in the country

(Newser) - Saudi men now need government consent to take foreign brides—and if their true love happens to be an expatriate from Myanmar, Chad, Pakistan, or Bangladesh, they're out of luck completely, reports Makkah Daily via the Al Arabiya Network . Police have informed Saudi men that they're banned from... More »

Guy Thinks Date Died, Buries Her—Alive

Moroccan man in custody, says he panicked

(Newser) - It's hard to gauge people you meet online. Are they the kind of person who, when you pass out during a diabetic episode, a) get you proper medical attention, or b) freak out and bury your unconscious-yet-very-much-alive body in their backyard? It turns out that when 25-year-old Frenchwoman Mina... More »

Solved: Mystery of Moroccan Village Built on Boulders

Formation appeared 4.5K years ago after rockfall: study

(Newser) - In the High Atlas Mountains, a tiny Moroccan village called Arroumd sits on a pile of boulders whose origins, until now, were a mystery. Turns out those boulders came from a rockfall 4,500 years ago, a new study finds. Previous theories had indicated they could have been deposited by... More »

Stealth Carbs in Paleo Diet Rotted Ancients' Mouths

Acorns, pine nuts caused pus-filled gums, rotted teeth in Morocco

(Newser) - Ancient hunter-gatherers tended to have fine sets of teeth—at least, serious tooth decay was rare since people mainly munched on meat, tubers, and berries, and laid off the carbs, NPR reports. That's why a study from London's Natural History Museum is surprising—and pretty disgusting. Of the... More »

Morocco King Revokes Pedophile Spy's Pardon

Monarch does U-turn after mass protests

(Newser) - After mass protests, the king of Morocco has decided to revoke the pardon he granted to a Spanish pedophile—but the man has already left the country. Daniel Galvan Vina, who was two years into a 30-year sentence for raping 11 children aged between 4 and 14, was among 48... More »

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