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The tahr is a frame drum from Morocco.
    (NH, 6/97, p.66)
The Berbers were Morocco~ez_rsquo~s 1st inhabitants and their native language is called Tamazight.
    (SFC, 3/16/01, p.A14)

95Mil BC    Fossils of Carcharodontosaurus iguidensis, a meat-eating dinosaur from this time, was first found in Morocco in the 1920s. Better fossils were found in Niger in 1997. The upright-walking creature grinned with a mouth full of banana-sized teeth, stood taller than a double-decker bus and weighed more than two standard-sized cars. "It seems that shallow seas divided Morocco and Niger, promoting evolutionary separation of the species living in the two regions."
    (www.livescience.com/animals/071211-big-dinosaur.html)

49BC        Mauretania (now northern Morocco and Algeria) became a client kingdom of Rome.
    (AM, May/Jun 97 p.22)

40AD        Mauretania was divided into the provinces of Tingitana and Caesariensis.
    (AM, May/Jun 97 p.22)

439AD        The Vandals took Carthage and quickly conquered all the coastal lands of Algeria and Tunisia. Egypt and the Libyan coast remained in Roman hands.
    (Enc. of Africa, 1976, p.168)

c439        In Mauretania (now northern Morocco and Algeria) Roman rule ceased in the mid 5th century when barbarian incursions forced the legions to withdraw.
    (AM, May/Jun 97 p.)

c600-700    Muslims began a wave of invasions. Arabic was imposed on the local Berbers after the Muslims conquered Morocco.
    (SFC, 3/16/01, p.A14)

1062        Marrakech [Marrakesh], the Arab name for Morocco, was built as a fortified city by the first Berber dynasty, the Almoravids. It was the terminus of a trade route running southward to the Niger River and of another running eastward to Cairo.
    (NH, 5/96, p.40)(SFEC, 7/25/99, p.T10)

1070        The 8 gates of Marrakech, Morocco, were built.
    (SSFC, 12/18/05, p.F5)

1100-1200    The Almohad dynasty replaced the Almoravids and destroyed many of their royal buildings. Marrakesh was rebuilt by Spanish artisans and the next 2 centuries became known as the golden age of Marrakesh.
    (SFEC, 7/25/99, p.T11)

1184-1199    In Morocco the Koutoubia Mosque was built during this period in the heart of Marrakesh.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koutoubia_Mosque)

1269        The capital was moved north to Fez after the Almohad dynasty fell.
    (SFEC, 7/25/99, p.T11)

1325        Ibn Battuta (20), a Muslim, left his home in Tangier to journey to Mecca. He traveled in Arabia, Asia, Africa, and Spain and recorded many exciting adventures. His travels lasted some 29 years were described in his book ~ez_ldquo~The Rihla.~ez_rdquo~ In 1986 Ross E. Dunn authored ~ez_ldquo~The Adventures of Ibn Battuta~ez_rdquo~ based on The Rihla.
    (ATC, p.13)(SSFC, 11/13/05, p.F3)

1492        Jews began arriving in Morocco, Syria and elsewhere in the Arab world after their expulsion from Spain.
    (SFEC, 7/25/99, p.T11)(SSFC, 6/28/09, p.A8)

1513        Magellan, who served for the Portuguese on many expeditions, was wounded in a campaign against the Moroccan stronghold of Azamor. The wound caused him to limp for the rest of his life.
    (HNQ, 10/9/00)

1541        The Portuguese abandoned their sea defense settlement at Mogador, later Essaouira. Mogador had originally been named by the Phoenicians.
    (SFEC, 1/2/00, p.T4)

1578        Aug 4, A crusade against the Moors of Morocco was routed at the Battle of Alcazar-el-Kebir. King Sebastian of Portugal and 8,000 of his soldiers were killed. Sebastian was killed along with the King of Fez and the Moorish Pretender in the Battle of Alcazar. He was succeeded by Cardinal Henry.
    (TL-MB, 1988, p.22)(HN, 8/4/98)

1585        The ruler of Morocco captured the Songhai~ez_rsquo~s salt mines in Taghaza and puts his eye on the Songhai source of gold.
    (ATC, p.122)

1590        Apr 25, The Sultan of Morocco launched his successful attack to capture Timbuktu. Morocco sent 4,000 soldiers under the Muslim Spaniard Judar Pasha to conquer Songhai. After a five month journey across the Shara, Pasha arrived with only 1,000 men, but his soldiers carried guns. The 25,000 men of the Songhai were no match for the guns and Gao, Timbuktu and most of Songhai fall.
    (ATC, p.122)(HN, 4/25/98)

c1590        Ahmed al-Mansour, a Saadian sultan, built El Badi Palace in Marrakesh. It was cannibalized in less than 100 years by Moulay Ismail for his own capital at Meknes.
    (SFEC, 7/25/99, p.T11)

1591        Moroccan invaders sacked Timbuktu (Mali).
    (AM, 7/04, p.36)

1680        Oct, King Charles II of England was forced to recall Parliament in order to ask for money to fortify the port of Tangier, Morocco, which was under assault by Moorish forces.
    (ON, 7/06, p.9)

1716        In the summer of 1716, a Cornish cabin boy named Thomas Pellow (11) and fifty-one of his comrades were captured at sea by Barbary corsairs. Ali Hakem and his network of Islamic slave traders had declared war on the whole of Christendom. Thousands of Europeans had been snatched from their homes and taken in chains to the great slave markets of Algiers, Tunis, and Salé in Morocco, where they were sold at auction to the highest bidder. Pellow and his shipmates were bought by the sultan of Morocco, Moulay Ismail, who was constructing an imperial palace of such scale and grandeur that it would surpass every other building in the world.  In 2005 Giles Milton authored ~ez_ldquo~White Gold,~ez_rdquo~ an account of the trade in white slaves.
    (SSFC, 6/19/05, p.C3)(http://tinyurl.com/7wv2s)

1727        Moulay Ismail the Bloodthirsty (b.~1645), Moroccan ruler, died. The Alaouite sultan is said to have fathered 888 children through a harem of 500 women. He ruled from 1672 to 1727 succeeding his half-brother Moulay Al-Rashid who died after a fall from his horse.
    (Econ, 12/20/08, p.128)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moulay_Ismail)

1755        Nov 1, An 8.7 earthquake hit Lisbon, Portugal, and killed some 70,000 people. Heavy damage resulted from ensuing fires and tsunami flooding in Morocco and nearly a quarter of a million people were killed. In 2008 Nicholas Shrady authored ~ez_ldquo~The Last Day: Wrath, Ruin and Reason in the Great Lisbon Earthquake.~ez_rdquo~
    (HN, 11/1/98)(http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/eqlists/eqsmosde.html)(Econ, 4/5/08, p.86)

1769        The Sea Gate (Porte de la Marine) was built in Mogador, later renamed Essaouira, to link the harbor to the medina. About this time Sultan Sidi Mohammad Ibn Abdelah transformed Mogador into an open city and encouraged its growth as a commercial port.
    (SFEC, 1/2/00, p.T4)

1786        Jul 11, Morocco agreed to stop attacking American ships in the Mediterranean for a payment of $10,000.
    (HN, 7/11/98)

1787        Morocco became the first country to recognize the US as a sovereign nation. Pres. Washington acknowledged Morocco~ez_rsquo~s recognition in 1789.
    (SFC, 8/15/98, p.E4)(SFCM, 3/27/05, p.19)

1816        Robert Adams, the 1st Westerner to reach Timbuktu, transcribed an account of his experiences there as an enslaved American sailor.
    (Econ, 12/20/03, p.126)

1832        Delacroix painted the Moroccan scene ~ez_ldquo~A Street in Meknes.~ez_rdquo~
    (WSJ, 9/27/00, p.A24)

1859        Oct 22, Spain declared war on the Moors in Morocco.
    (HN, 10/22/98)

1884        Spain annexed the coastal area of Western Sahara.
    (SFC, 11/27/00, p.A12)

1904        May 8, U.S. Marines landed in Tangier to protect the Belgian legation.
    (HN, 5/8/98)

1904        May 18, Brigand Raizuli kidnapped American Ion H. Perdicaris in Morocco.
    (HN, 5/18/98)

1904        Jun 8, U.S. Marines landed in Tangiers, Morocco.
    (HN, 6/8/98)

1905        Feb 1, Germany contested French rule in Morocco.
    (HN, 2/1/99)

1905        Feb 21, France violated the 1880 Treaty of Madrid by demanding control in Morocco of the Sultan's army and police. These demands were made without consulting Germany. In the ~ez_ldquo~Morocco Crisis~ez_rdquo~ German Chancellor Bernhard von Bulow sent the Kaiser to visit Tangier on March 31 to see if France would mobilize.
    (http://www.worldwar1.com/tlmorcri.htm)

1906        Apr 7, A general act was issued by the international conference of Algeciras, Spain. Thirteen powers participated in the deliberations on the Moroccan question, and despite strong German objections, agreed to entrust to France and Spain the management of the Moroccan police. The powers also made arrangements regarding Morocco's state bank, system of taxation, customs administration, and public works.
    (www.bartleby.com/67/1378.html)

1906        Apr 16, It was reported that a formidable revolt against Fez was maturing in the City of Morocco.
    (SSFC, 4/16/06, p.A13)

1906        May 31, France and Germany signed an accord in which France agreed to yield control of the Moroccan police, but otherwise retained effective control of Moroccan political and financial affairs.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Moroccan_Crisis)

1907        Dec 2, Spain and France agreed to enforce Moroccan measures adopted in 1906.
    (HN, 12/2/98)

1908        Jun 21, Mulai Hafid again proclaimed himself the true sultan of Morocco.
    (HN, 6/21/98)

1909        Jan 21-22, An earthquake in Morocco's northern region, near Tetouan, killed up to 100.
    (AP, 2/25/04)

1909        Feb 9, France agreed to recognize German economic interests in Morocco in exchange for political supremacy.
    (HN, 2/9/97)

1911        Apr, The Agadir Crisis, also called the Second Moroccan Crisis, or the Panthersprung, was the international tension sparked by the deployment of a substantial force of French troops in the interior of Morocco. France thus broke both with the Act of Algeciras that had ended the First Moroccan Crisis, and the Franco-German Accord of 1909. Germany reacted by sending the gunboat Panther to the Moroccan port of Agadir on July 1, 1911.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agadir_Crisis)

1912        Mar 30, The Treaty of Fez was signed. Sultan Abdelhafid made Morocco a French protectorate, resolving the Agadir Crisis of July 1, 1911.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Fez)

1912        Aug 11, Moroccan Sultan Mulai Hafid abdicated his throne in the face of internal dissent. Most of the country became a French protectorate with Spain taking the northern fifth.
    (HN, 8/10/98)(SFEC, 7/25/99, p.T11)(AP, 5/17/03)

1912        France chose Casablanca as the capital of its ~ez_ldquo~protectorate~ez_rdquo~ over Morocco.
    (SSFC, 11/18/12, p.G5)

1912-1956    The French ruled Morocco.
    (SFC, 3/16/01, p.A18)

1925        Jun 22, France and Spain agreed to join forces against Abd el Krim in Morocco.
    (HN, 6/22/98)

1929        Jan 24, An earthquake in northern Morocco did material damage in Fez.
    (AP, 2/25/04)

1934        Spain annexed the interior area of Western Sahara.
    (SFC, 11/27/00, p.A12)

1936        Jul 17, Gen. Francisco Franco was flown from the Canary Islands, where he served as military governor, to Spanish Morocco where he led a rebellion against the elected Popular Front. This began the Spanish civil war. The first word of the rebellion was reported by Lester Ziffren (1906-2007) of the United Press. The rebel Nationalist movement under Francisco Franco gained support from the fascist regimes in Italy and Germany in opposition.
    (SFC, 11/12/96, p.A12)(SFC, 7/13/01, WBb p.3)(WSJ, 11/24/07, p.A8)

1941        The 1942 film Casablanca was set in 1941. In 1998 Richard E. Osborne published his book ~ez_ldquo~The Casablanca Companion: The Movie Classic and Its Place in History,~ez_rdquo~ in which the events of the movie are tied to the actual events of history.
    (SFEC, 1/25/98, Par p.6)

1943        Jan 14, Roosevelt, Churchill, and DeGaulle met at Casablanca to discuss the direction of the war. The Casablanca Conference, a pivotal 10-day meeting during WWII between U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, determined unconditional surrender would be the only basis of negotiations with the Axis. Roosevelt and Churchill also pledged maximum aid to the Soviet Union and China in the war
    (AP, 1/14/98)(HN, 1/14/99)(HNQ, 1/7/00)

1943        Jan 24, President Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Churchill concluded a wartime conference in Casablanca, Morocco.
    (AP, 1/24/98)

1943        Mar 18, American forces took Gafsa in Tunisia. In the crucible of Operation Torch, the men of Sub-Task Force Goalpost received their baptism of fire capturing the Moroccan town of Port Lyautey.
    (HN, 3/18/98)

1943        Oct 4, Some 6,600 Moroccans accounted for the bulk of the fighting force that freed Corsica. In 2013 France honored the Moroccan veterans and fallen soldiers who freed Corsica.
    (AP, 10/4/13)

1947        American writer Paul Bowles settled in Tangiers with his wife, Jane Auer, author of "Two Serious Ladies."
    (SFC, 11/19/99, p.D8)(WSJ, 11/23/99, p.A22)

1952        Dec 8, French troops shot on demonstrators at Casablanca and 50 people were killed.
    (MC, 12/8/01)

1952        Moroccan dissident Abraham Serfaty (b.1926), one of a tiny minority of Jews, was imprisoned and exiled by French colonial rulers. In the 9170s he was again imprisoned by Morocco's independent government for plotting against the state. The Rabat government forced him into exile in France in 1991. He returned home 10 years later.
    (Reuters, 11/18/10)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Serfaty)

1955        Aug 20, Hundreds of people were killed in anti-French rioting in Morocco and Algeria.
    (AP, 8/20/97)

1956        Mar 2, Morocco tore up the Treaty of Féz and declared independence from France. A protocol on Moroccan independence was signed in Paris.
    (HN, 3/2/99)(EWH, 1968, p.1244)(SC, 3/2/02)

1956        Oct 20, Tangier became part of independent Morocco.
    (EWH, 1968, p.1228)

1956        Oct 22, France intercepted a Moroccan plane and arrested Ben Bella, an Algerian statesman.
    (MC, 10/22/01)

1956        Oct 29, International zone of Tangier was returned to Morocco.
    (MC, 10/29/01)

1956        In Morocco following independence the northern region of the Riff mountains retained a dispensation to grow cannabis, which was turned into hashish, but not to sell it on a large scale.
    (Econ, 7/15/06, p.46)

1957        Mar 30, Tunisia and Morocco signed a friendship treaty in Rabat.
    (HN, 3/30/98)

1957        Dec 25, Ramdane Abane (b.1920), Algerian Berber revolutionary leader, was assassinated in Morocco.
    (www.amazighworld.org/history/personalities/ramdane_abane.php)(SFC, 6/28/08, p.E2)

1958        Morocco~ez_rsquo~s crown prince and army chief Hassan II crushed a rebellion in the Riff mountains.
    (Econ, 7/15/06, p.46)(www.oefre.unibe.ch/law/icl/mo__indx.html)

1958        France exited from Morocco.
    (G&M, 7/31/97, p.A18)

1960        Feb 29, An 5.7 earthquake in Morocco's southwest Atlantic coast killed as many as 12,000. The town of Agadir destroyed.
    (AP, 2/25/04)

1961        Feb 26, Mohammed V ibn Yusuf (51), sultan, King of Morocco, died.
    (SC, 2/26/02)

1961        Mar 3, King Hassan II, the 17th of the Alawite dynasty, ascended to throne of Morocco. He succeeded his father Mohamed V.
    (SFEC,11/16/97, p.A21)(SFC, 7/24/99, p.A9)(SC, 3/3/02)

1962        The first constitution of Morocco was ratified. It guaranteed freedom of the press and religion and created an elected legislature. Article 19 of the constitution enshrined the king~ez_rsquo~s role as Commander of the Faithful.
    (SFC, 7/24/99, p.A9)(Econ, 6/18/11, p.52)

1962-1979    This period is covered by John Hopkins in his book "The Tangier Diaries."
    (SFEC, 2/21/99, BR p.9)

1963        Mar 27, John F. Kennedy met with King Hassan II of Morocco.
    (HN, 3/27/98)

1965        Mar 23, Police in Casablanca cracked down on students and workers campaigning for social justice and about 100 were killed. In the 1970s the ~ez_ldquo~March 23 movement~ez_rdquo~ for social rights was named for this day.
    (SFC, 4/13/01, p.A14)(SS, 3/23/02)

1965        Oct 29, Mehdi Ben Barka (b.1920), a leading opposition figure to Morocco~ez_rsquo~s King Hassan II (d.1999), disappeared in front of the famous Left Bank Lipp Cafe. His body has never been found.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehdi_Ben_Barka)(AP, 10/11/09)   

1965-1980    Abderrahman Youssoufi went into exile. During this period he helped create the Arab organization of Human Rights, SOS Torture, and the Morocco Organization for Human Rights.
    (SFC, 4/13/01, p.A14)

1969        Jan 4, Spain returned the Ifni province to Morocco.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ifni)

1969        Feb 28, An earthquake in Morocco's Atlantic coast killed about a dozen people and injured 200.
    (AP, 2/25/04)

1969        May 25, Thor Heyerdahl (1914-2002), Norwegian ethnographer and adventurer, departed with his crew on the reed raft Ra for from Morocco. They abandoned their trip 1 week shy of Barbados. Heyerdahl sailed across the Atlantic in his Egyptian reed boat, Ra, and reported on garbage floating everywhere in the sea. On 16 July the crew was saved by the American yacht Shenandoah. In just 56 days they had sailed a distance of 2,700 nautical miles.
    (V.D.-H.K.p.343)(www.shipsonstamps.org/Topics/html/kontiki.htm)

1969        In Morocco a silver mine began operating at Imiter, a Berber village nestled in the High Atlas mountains. It was operated by the Metallurgical Society of Imiter, a sister group of Managem, which is indirectly controlled by a holding belonging to Morocco's royal family. By 2004 villagers noted local water levels dropping. In 2011 local women began turning out by the hundreds, along with their kids and men of all ages, to block some of the main wells supplying water for mining operations.
    (AFP, 3/15/12)

1971        Jul 10, A coup against King Hassan at the Skhirat palace failed. Nearly 100 guests were killed. The coup leaders were publicly executed three days later. The army officers were angered by Hassan's abandonment of thousands of square miles in an Algerian border war.
    (WUD, 1994, p. 1688)(SFC, 7/24/99, p.A9)(SFEC, 7/25/99, p.A19)(SFC, 4/13/01, p.A14)

1971        Jul 13, The Army of Morocco executed ten leaders accused of leading a revolt.
    (HN, 7/13/99)

1972        Aug 16, The Moroccan Air Force attempted to shoot down a Boeing 727 carrying King Hassan II. The attempt failed and the coup leaders were arrested. Gen. Mohammad Oufkir was shot to death for the attack. In 2000 a letter was produced that implicated Abderrahmane Youssoufi, the prime minister, in conspiracy with Oufkir.
    (SFC, 7/24/99, p.A9)(SFC, 12/15/00, p.D2)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hassan_II_of_Morocco)

1973        Robert Neumann (d.1999 at 83), an Austrian born scholar, was assigned as US ambassador to Morocco.
    (SFC, 6/24/99, p.A25)

1973        There were some 74,000 native Sahrawi in Western Sahara and 60 of them were in college.
    (WSJ, 6/7/00, p.A8)

1974        Students staged a strike for rights and equal education for women.
    (SFC, 4/13/01, p.A14)

1975        May, Spain moved out of Spanish Sahara and the native Sahrawi called for independence. Both Morocco and Mauritania laid claim to Spanish Sahara (Western Sahara) following Spain~ez_rsquo~s withdrawal. The Polisario Front, an armed nationalist movement, sought to turn Western Sahara into an independent state for its largely nomadic people.
    (www.africaaction.org/docs02/wsah0205.htm)(WSJ, 6/7/00, p.A1)(Econ, 9/24/05, p.56)

1975        Nov 6, Morocco occupied Western Sahara. King Hassan dispatched 350,000 unarmed Moroccans on a "Green March" to the former Spanish Sahara. This began a long war with the Polisario Front guerrilla group, tribal Bedouin who sought independence.
    (SFC, 5/7/97, p.C2)(SFC, 7/24/99, p.A9)(WSJ, 6/7/00, p.A1)(SFC, 11/27/00, p.A8)

1976        Apr 13, In Morocco Abdennaceur Bnouhachem's work as a left-wing student activist came to an abrupt when plain clothed security officers cornered him in the street and bundled him into an unmarked van. He was tortured and spent 9 years in prison. Years later he was awarded 1 million dirhams ($114,500) for his ordeal, but says the money will not erase his memories.
    (Reuters, 7/13/06)

1976        Paul Bowles (1910-1999), American-born composer and writer who lived in Tangier, Morocco, wrote his short story Allal. In 1996 three of Bowles~ez_rsquo~ stories were made into a film titled "Halfmoon" by Frieder Schlaich and Irene von Alberti. Bertolucci had earlier transferred his novel "The Sheltering Sky" into film. A biography of Bowles by Millicint Dillon, "You Are Not I: A Portrait of Paul Bowles" was published in 1998.
    (SFC, 6/14/96, p. C3)(SFEC, 4/5/98, BR p.3)(www.paulbowles.org/bowlesbiography.html)

1976        Sahrawis of Western Sahara proclaimed the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.
    (Econ, 8/28/04, p.76)

1981        Jun 20, In Casablanca, Morocco, riots left some 100 dead. In 2005 authorities exhumed the remains of about 100 people killed during riots from a mass grave and reburied them individually in a nearby lot.
    (AP, 12/14/05)

1985        Pope John Paul II visited the country and issued his first major plea for Christian-Islamic solidarity against secular materialism.
    (SFC, 4/15/96,A-8)

1986        King Hassan II used a bulldozer battalion to complete a massive earthworks down the 750-mile center of Western Sahara.
    (WSJ, 6/7/00, p.A8)

1987        The UN coaxed Morocco and the Polisario into peace talks.
    (WSJ, 6/7/00, p.A8)

1988        Dec 19, Polisario Front fighters opened fire on two DC-7s chartered by USAID to spray for locusts over Morocco. One crashed, killing all five crew onboard.
    (AP, 6/11/13)

1989        The Arab Maghreb Union was created to encourage free trade between Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia. It failed to hold summit meetings after 1994.
    (Econ, 5/29/10, p.50)

1990        King Hassan II formed the (CCDH) Royal Advisory Council on Human Rights to address compensation owed to prisoners.
    (SFC, 4/13/01, p.A14)

1991        Aug 3, US Secretary of State James A. Baker III met with King Hassan the Second of Morocco. Baker asked the monarch for his help in gaining Palestinian participation in a Middle East peace conference.
    (AP, 8/3/01)

1991        Morocco and the Polisario of Western Sahara stopped fighting to let the United Nations hold a referendum. It was still pending in 2000.
    (WSJ, 6/7/00, p.A1)

1992        Oct 23, A 5.3 earthquake in Morocco's Southeast Erfoud region killed two people.
    (AP, 2/25/04)

1993        Aug 9, Mohamed M. Tabet (54), commissar of Casablanca, was executed by firing squad. He had committed violent acts against some 16000 women.
    (http://tinyurl.com/7lwt4)

1993        King Hassan II published his book "Memory of a King."
    (SFEC, 7/25/99, p.A19)

1993        Morocco ratified the UN Convention Against Torture.
    (SFC, 4/13/01, p.A14)

1993        A new Human Rights Ministry was created.
    (SFC, 4/13/01, p.A14)

1993        Morocco~ez_rsquo~s King Hassan II set up a commission to review the legal status of women.
    (WSJ, 8/10/04, p.B1)

1994        Apr 15, Ministers from 109 countries signed a 26,000-page world trade agreement known as the "Uruguay Round" accords in Marrakesh, Morocco. The TRIPS agreement (Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights), negotiated in the 1986-1994 Uruguay Round of the WTO, enabled governments to allow generic drugmakers to produce patented medicines.
    (AP, 4/15/99)(http://tinyurl.com/kmr22ya)(Econ, 1/4/14, p.10)

1994        Aug, In Morocco a guerrilla attack by members of the Fez cell on the Atlas Asni Hotel in Marrakech left two Spanish tourists dead.
    (www.start.umd.edu/start/data/tops/terrorist_organization_profile.asp?id=4330)

1994        Aug 21, An Air Morocco regional jet crashed and killed all 44 onboard. It was suspected that the pilot steered the plane into the ground.
    (WSJ, 3/10/98, p.A1)(www.planecrashinfo.com/1994/1994-43.htm)

1994        Sep 1, Morocco established low-level diplomatic relations with Israel.
    (AP, 9/1/99)

1994        Algeria closed its common border with Morocco after Morocco claimed Algerian secret service agents were behind an Islamist extremist attack in Marrakech. Algiers later set a global settlement of the conflict in Western Sahara as a precondition for reopening the border.
    (AFP, 7/30/08)

1995         Mar, King Hassan II visited the US to enhance economic ties.
    (WSJ, 12/18/95, p.A-10)

1995        Spain and Morocco agreed to build a channel tunnel under the Strait of Gibraltar. The plan was for 3 tunnels at a cost of $4 bil.
    (WSJ, 6/18/96, p.A10)

1996        May 15, The UN closed its offices in Western Sahara due to a deadlock over election registration. 4/5 of Western Sahara is under Moroccan administration. The Polisario Front claims that Morocco is packing the electoral rolls with supporters having only tenuous links with the territory. Polisario has declared an independent republic and said this is recognized by more than 70 countries.
    (SFC, 5/15/96, p.A-10)

1996        Morocco~ez_rsquo~s government began a series of reforms.
    (SFCM, 3/27/05, p.13)

1996        The new Code of Penal Procedure limited incommunicado detention to 48 hours.
    (SFC, 4/13/01, p.A14)

1997        Nov 15, Elections results split the new legislature into 3 near identical blocks after a voter turnout of only 58.3 %. King Hassan II was expected to pick a prime minister in consultation with the parties in Jan.
    (SFEC,11/16/97, p.A21)

1998        Jan 4, King Hassan II appointed Abderrahmane El Toussoufi (Abderrahman Youssoufi), opposition leader of the Socialist Union of People~ez_rsquo~s Forces, as prime minister.
    (SFC, 2/5/98, p.A13)(SFC, 4/13/01, p.A14)

1998        Sep 25, A chartered Spanish airliner crashed in Morocco and killed all 38 people onboard.
    (SFC, 9/26/98, p.A11)

1998        Oct 30, The UN extended its 460-member peacekeeping force in the Western Sahara over land contested between Morocco and the Algerian-based Polisario Front.
    (SFC, 10/31/98, p.A15)

1998        Nov 11, It was reported that Pfizer and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation initiated a $66 million effort to attack trachoma, a disease of the eye caused by chlamydia. A one-gram dose of zithromax given once a year would treat the disease. Focus was to be on Ghana, Mali, Morocco, Tanzania and Vietnam.
    (SFC, 11/11/98, p.D6)

1998        Dec 18, The ICO Challenger balloon with Richard Branson, Steve Fossett and Per Lindstrand left Marrakesh, Morocco, in an attempt to circumnavigate the globe.
    (SFC, 12/19/98, p.B3)

1998        The film ~ez_ldquo~In My Father~ez_rsquo~s House~ez_rdquo~ was about sexual politics in Morocco and showed at the SF Film Fest.
    (SFEC, 4/12/98, DB p.55)

1998        Autopsies were made standard for any detention-related death.
    (SFC, 4/13/01, p.A14)

1999        May 11, Moroccan police reported that at least 13 migrants drowned after smugglers told them to jump and swim to the Spanish shore while still off the coast of Morocco. 21 others were still missing.
    (SFC, 5/12/99, p.C10)

1999        Jul 23, In Morocco King Hassan II died at age 70. He was succeeded by his son, Crown Prince Sidi Mohamed (36), who became King Mohammed VI.
    (SFC, 7/24/99, p.A1)(AP, 7/23/00)

1999        Nov 10, King Mohamed VI (Mohammed VI) dismissed Driss Basri, the minister of interior and communications.
    (SFC, 11/17/99, p.B3)(SFC, 4/13/01, p.A14)

1999        Nov 18, Paul Bowles, author and composer, died in Tangiers at age 88. His written work included the novel "The Sheltering Sky," which was made into a 1990 film. He also wrote "Let It Come Down," "The Spider's House" and "Up Above the World." His music included a "Sonata for Oboe and Clarinet."
    (SFC, 11/19/99, p.D8)(WSJ, 11/23/99, p.A22)

1999        Dec 8, A shoddily constructed building collapsed in Fez and at least 47 people were killed.
    (SFC, 12/11/99, p.C2)

1999        The CCDH released information on 112 ~ez_ldquo~disappearances.~ez_rdquo~ Other claimed that the real number was between 600 and several thousand.
    (SFC, 4/13/01, p.A14)

2000        Mar 12, Some 500,000 Muslim fundamentalist marched in Casablanca in opposition to the government's plan to extend women's rights. In Rabat another 200-300,000 people marched in support of the plan.
    (SFC, 3/13/00, p.A11)

2000        Mar, Berbers submitted the ~ez_ldquo~Berber Manifesto,~ez_rdquo~ which called on the state to recognize Tamazight as a national language.
    (SFC, 3/16/01, p.A18)

2000        Jun 7, The Polisario Front held some 3,000 Moroccan prisoners of war. Morocco held some 300. Tribal Bedouin called Sahrawi were mostly settled at the Smara Camp in Western Algeria.
    (WSJ, 6/7/00, p.A1)

2000        Nov 5, Abdelkhader el-Mouaziz of Morocco won the NYC Marathon in 2:10:9.
    (WSJ, 11/6/00, p.A1)

2000        Dec, Prime Minister Abederrhmane Youssoufi used Article 77 to shut down 3 weekly newspapers after they published a letter that implicated him in the 1982 assassination attempt on King Hassan II.
    (SFC, 12/15/00, p.D2)

2000        Morocco passed a landmark education law aimed at employing graduates, but by 2006 it had still not been implemented.
    (Econ, 4/8/06, p.45)

2001        Jan, The Polisario Front threatened to end the 9-year cease-fire if the 23rd annual Dakar Rally from Paris to Dakar was allowed to cross their territory.
    (SSFC, 1/7/01, p.D1)

2001        Nov 9, In Morocco negotiators of over 160 countries reached agreement on a climate control treaty and set mandatory targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
    (SFC, 11/10/01, p.A12)

2001        Morocco~ez_rsquo~s King Mohammed VI launched an initiative to ready the country to receive 10 million tourists by 2010.
    (SSFC, 12/18/05, p.F5)

2002        Apr 8, US Sec. of State Colin Powell arrived in Morocco as a large pro-Palestinian paralyzed the capital.
    (WSJ, 4/8/02, p.A1)

2002        Jun 11, Moroccan police arrested three Saudi nationals who were allegedly planning attacks against U.S. and British war ships in the Strait of Gibraltar. They were identified as: Hilal Jaber al-Assiri, Abdellah Ali al-Ghamdi and Zuher al-Tbaiti.
    (AP, 6/11/02)(WSJ, 6/12/02, p.A14)

2002        Jun 12, Horace Roye (97), British fashion photographer, was stabbed to death at his home in Rabat.
    (SFC, 6/13/02, p.A30)

2002        Jun 25, In Morocco authorities have arrested three more people in a widening investigation into the Moroccan tendrils of al-Qaida, bringing the number of suspects held here to 10, including three Saudis.
    (AP, 6/25/02)

2002        Jul 11, Moroccan soldiers planted a national flag on Perejil Island (parsley in Spanish), 200 yards off the coast near Ceuta. Spain had claimed control since the 17th century. Moroccans called the 0.58-square mile rocky outcrop Leila (night in Arabic). Spanish troops swiftly dislodged the Moroccans without a shot being fired. Under a diplomatic resolution, both sides agreed to leave it as a no man's land.
    (SSFC, 7/14/02, p.A20)(SFC, 7/20/02, p.A10)(AP, 11/3/07)

2002        Jul 13,  Morocco's King Mohammed VI publicly celebrated his marriage to a 24-year-old computer engineer during two days of festivities that showed the 38-year-old king's desire to modernize the monarchy.
    (AP, 7/13/02)

2002        Jul 17, Spanish troops reclaimed the island of Perejil off the coast of Morocco, a week after it was occupied by Moroccan troops.
    (WSJ, 7/18/02, p.A1)(SFC, 7/18/02, p.A17)

2002        Jul 22, Morocco and Spain, prodded by the US, agreed to leave Perjil Island empty and free of symbols of sovereignty and planned for future talks on the issue.
    (SFC, 7/23/02, p.A8)

2002        Sep 27,  In Morocco 26 parties, nearly a dozen of them formed in the past two years, contested parliamentary in elections.
    (AP, 9/26/02)

2002        Sep 25, Explosives (pentrite) were discovered on a Moroccan jet after passengers left the flight at an airport in eastern France. There was no detonator attached to the 3 1/2 ounces of explosives discovered in the passenger section of a Royal Air Maroc airplane after it landed at the Metz-Nancy-Lorraine airport.
    (AP, 9/26/02)

2002        Sep 27, In Morocco 26 parties, nearly a dozen of them formed in the past two years, contested parliamentary in elections. A fundamentalist party that wants to apply Islamic law, performed strongly in elections. The socialists of Prime Minister Abderrahmane Youssoufi finished first with 50 seats, Jettou said. The conservative Istiqlal Party, the socialists' coalition partner in the previous parliament, won 48 seats.
    (AP, 9/26/02)(AP, 9/28/02)(AP, 9/29/02)(AP, 10/2/02)

2002        Oct 9, Morocco's king appointed former Interior Minister Driss Jettou as prime minister, directing him to move quickly on economic and social reforms.
    (AP, 10/9/02)

2002        Nov 1, In Morocco a fire erupted at an overcrowded Sidi Moussa jail in coastal El Jadida, killing 50 inmates and injuring dozens of other people. Authorities blamed electrical short circuit for Morocco's worst prison fire.
    (AP, 11/1/02)(AP, 2/16/12)

2002        Nov 6, In Morocco King Mohammed VI said the call for a referendum in Western Sahara to determine whether the people want independence is "null" and "inapplicable," his first public dismissal of the plan first put forward in 1991.
    (AP, 11/6/02)

2002        Nov 25, Floods caused by 2 days of heavy rains in Morocco killed at least 37 people, collapsed homes, shut down rail travel and damaged the country's huge oil refinery.
    (AP, 11/26/02)

2003        Jan 18, Moroccan rescue workers found the bodies of 16 people who drowned while trying to illegally enter Spain by crossing the Strait of Gibraltar in an inflatable boat.
    (AP, 1/19/03)

2003        May 16, In Morocco suicide attackers set 5 nearly simultaneous explosions in the heart of Casablanca, killing 33 people and a dozen suicide bombers at a Jewish community center, the Belgian consulate, a Spanish social club and a major hotel. The attackers all came from the shantytown of Carriere Thomas. In 2007 a Paris court convicted eight people of supporting the suicide bombers.
    (AP, 5/17/04)(SFCM, 3/27/05, p.10)(AP, 7/12/07)

2003        Jun, Moroccan authorities warned Spain that Jamal Zougan, a radical Islamist with suspected links to terrorists, had returned to Madrid.
    (WSJ, 3/19/04, p.A11)

2003        Jul 12, Western Sahara's rebels unexpectedly accepted a peace plan for the mineral-rich region, but Morocco remained opposed.
    (AP, 7/12/03)

2003        Aug 11, Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah flew to Morocco for talks with King Mohammed VI about Iraq and the Palestinian territories.
    (AP, 8/11/03)

2003        Aug 19, Morocco sentenced four men to death and 83 others to prison in a trial centered on deadly terror attacks that raised fears Islamic extremism is spreading.
    (AP, 8/19/03)

2003        Sep 1, A rebel group trying to win independence for the Western Sahara has released 243 Moroccan prisoners, some of whom have been held for nearly three decades. It was the first prisoner release since the UN Security Council voted in July to urge Morocco and the Polisario to accept a new plan to settle the long-running dispute over the Western Sahara.
    (AP, 9/3/03)

2003        Sep, Amazigh, the Berber language, began to be taught for the 1st time in Moroccan schools. The Royal Institute for Amazigh Culture was recently set up.
    (WSJ, 9/10/03, p.A1)

2003        Oct 10, Morocco's king announced plans to grant new rights to women regarding marriage and divorce, reforms aimed at modernizing Moroccan society.
    (AP, 10/10/03)

2003        Nov 15, Mohamed Choukri (68), a Moroccan writer whose tales about his experiences with drugs and homosexuality were banned at home, died in Tangiers. His best-known work, "For Bread Alone" (1981),  was published in Paris and told of his difficult adolescence.
    (AP, 11/16/03)

2003        In Morocco Swiss investor Jean Victor Lovat filed a complaint against Abdelaziz Laafoura and Abdelmoughit Slimani. Slimani, a former mayor of Casablanca, was sentenced on appeal to 16 years in prison. In 2008 Laafoura, a former Casablanca governor, was acquitted by the Supreme Court of corruption. The court released assets it had frozen.
    (AFP, 3/16/08)

2004        Jan 7, Morocco pardoned 33 prisoners, including a prominent journalist.
    (AP, 1/7/04)

2004        Jan, Morocco launched the Arab world's 1st "truth commission." Mohammad VI appointed Driss Benzekri (1950-2007), a former political prisoner, as head. Benzekri was arrested for his left-wing student activities in 1974, and spent 17 years as a political prisoner until his release by Hassan II.
    (WSJ, 1/29/04, p.A1)(SFC, 5/22/07, p.B5)
2004        Jan, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s parliament passed legislation on women~ez_rsquo~s rights.
    (WSJ, 8/10/04, p.B1)

2004        Feb 24, A 5.1 earthquake struck northern Morocco near Al Hoceima, toppling houses and killing 629 people.
    (AP, 2/25/04)(SFC, 2/25/04, p.A3)(AP, 3/5/04)

2004        Jun 7, Pilots at Royal Air Maroc, Morocco's national carrier, have decided to end their strike, which began May 26 in response to the firing of 6 colleagues.
    (AFP, 6/7/04)

2004        Jun 17, Tahar Ben Jelloun (59), a Moroccan-born novelist and poet, won the Int~ez_rsquo~l. IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for the best work of English fiction for 2002. Linda Coverdale, translator of ~ez_ldquo~This Blinding Absence of Light,~ez_rdquo~ received a quarter of the $120,000 prize.
    (SFC, 6/18/04, p.E2)

2004        Jul 22, The U.S. House of Representatives gave final approval to a new free trade agreement with Morocco.
    (Reuters, 7/22/04)

2004        Jul 25, A Spanish newspaper reported that Morocco had warned Spain earlier this month that it lost track of 400 Moroccan Islamist militants who trained in al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan, Bosnia or Chechnya.
    (AP, 7/25/04)

2004        Aug 28, In Morocco a bus trying to pass another vehicle on a winding mountain highway collided with an oncoming truck and taxi, killing 29 people and injuring 30.
    (AP, 8/29/04)

2004        Sep 15, South Africa formally recognized the pro-independence government in the annexed Moroccan territory of Western Sahara (Sahrawi statehood), prompting Rabat to recall its ambassador from Pretoria in protest.
    (AP, 9/16/04)(Econ, 10/30/04, p.53)

2004        Dec 21, Morocco tried to blot out stains of past human rights abuses with public testimony about tortures and disappearances in the Muslim kingdom.
    (Reuters, 12/21/04)

2004        Dec 30, King Mohammed VI of Morocco met with Canadian PM Paul Martin and ambassador Carmen Sylvain for talks about cooperation between their two countries.
    (AFP, 12/30/04)

2004        Morocco banned cultivation of cannabis. This pushed cultivation of the plant into the hinterlands of the Rif Mountains.
    (Econ, 7/15/06, p.46)

2005        Jan, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s parliament approved a free trade agreement with the US.
    (SFCM, 3/27/05, p.14)

2005        Mar, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s free-trade agreement with the US was scheduled to go into effect.
    (SFC, 2/23/05, p.C1)

2005        Mar 27, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s per capita income was reported to be about $1,200 per year. One of 5 urban Moroccans was unemployed.
    (SFCM, 3/27/05, p.11)

2005        May 10, A Moroccan jailed for involvement in the Casablanca bombings two years ago died during a hunger strike by some 1,000 predominantly Islamist inmates.
    (Reuters, 5/10/05)

2005        May 23, Morocco's king pulled out of the first North African summit in more than a decade, over Algeria's latest comments in a long-running dispute over independence for Western Sahara. Moroccan King Mohammed VI will be represented at the two-day summit in Tripoli, Libya, by Morocco's foreign minister, Mohamed Benaissa.
    (AP, 5/23/05)

2005        Jun 13, Moroccan officials said at least 12 people, six of them children, drowned when a rubber dinghy carrying would-be immigrants to Europe capsized off Africa's northern coast.
    (AP, 6/13/05)

2005        Jun, In Morocco Nadia Yassine (47), leader of the underground Justice and Charity Islamic movement, was charged with publicly criticizing the monarchy after she stated in a newspaper interview that the country would be better off as a republic than as a kingdom. She demanded the abolition of Article 19 of the constitution enshrining the king~ez_rsquo~s role as Commander of the Faithful.
    (www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/11/AR2006021101472.html)
2005        Jun, The Trans-Sahara Counter-Terrorism Initiative began operations. The US funded plan intended to provide military equipment and development aid to 9 north-east African countries considered fertile ground for Muslim militant groups. Participating countries included Algeria, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Tunisia.
    (SFC, 12/27/05, p.A1)

2005        Jul 4, A Moroccan court convicted and sentenced Taoufik Hanouichi and Mohcine Bouarfa to death. They were among those arrested in a sweep to dismantle militant Islamic networks following suicide bombings in Casablanca. Dozens of others were jailed. The two men were unlikely to be executed, as Morocco has had a de facto moratorium on the death penalty since 1993.
    (AP, 7/5/05)

2005        Aug 16, Several new computer worms hit systems running MS Windows 2000. On Aug 25 authorities in Morocco arrested Farid Essebar (18) for writing the Zotob worm. Atilla Ekici (21) was arrested in Turkey for paying Essebar to write the worm. In 2006 Morocco sentenced Farid Essebar (19) to 2 years in prison and Achraf Bahlouo (21) to one year for their role in unleashing the Zotob worm. Ekici~ez_rsquo~s trial continued in Turkey.
    (SFC, 8/27/05, p.A2)(WSJ, 9/14/06, p.B3)(WSJ, 11/21/06, p.A1)

2005        Aug 18, Western Sahara guerrillas released their last Moroccan prisoners, 404 soldiers held for up to 20 years from a long-ended war over the barren but phosphate-rich region.
    (AP, 8/18/05)

2005        Sep 29, Hundreds of African migrants charged a razor-wire border fence at a Spanish enclave in northern Morocco before dawn, and five people were killed and 50 injured, prompting Spain to send troops to secure the frontier.
    (AP, 9/29/05)

2005        Oct 2, Moroccan police began rounding up African refugees. Doctors Without Borders soon reported that Morocco had dropped about 1,000 people in the desert and left them there to walk for nearly a week. As a result, the government established the two holding centers at Touizgue and Berden for those people to find refuge.
    (AP, 10/18/05)   

2005        Oct 3, More than 300 Africans tore through a razor-wire fence separating Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Melilla, clashing with police in the latest wave of undocumented immigrants seeking a foothold in Europe.
    (AP, 10/3/05)

2005        Oct 4, Spain said it will build a third high-security fence between its Melilla enclave and Morocco after undocumented immigrants repeatedly stormed two existing barriers.
    (AP, 10/4/05)

2005        Oct 5, Some 500 African immigrants defied increased security and tried to surge across razor-wire fences separating Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, the 5th such rush in a week.
    (AP, 10/5/05)

2005        Oct 10, Morocco began deporting would-be immigrants, with a flight carrying 140 Senegalese taking off for Dakar after hundreds of Africans stormed razor-wire border fences in recent weeks.
    (AP, 10/10/05)

2005        Oct 15, Moroccan authorities flew 435 illegal immigrants home to Senegal and Mali, starting a second wave of mass deportations of sub-Saharan Africans who have tried to slip into Europe through the North African kingdom.
    (AP, 10/16/05)

2005        Nov 7, Thousands of Moroccans marched through central Casablanca to demand the release of 2 Moroccan Embassy employees in Iraq who al-Qaida has threatened to kill.
    (AP, 11/7/05)

2005        Nov 8, The EU said Morocco will join its Galileo satellite navigation program, becoming the first African nation to participate in the project that aims to rival the US' GPS system.
    (AP, 11/8/05)

2005        Nov 11, In Morocco police arrested 17 members of a terrorist network, including two former prisoners at the U.S. base in Guantanamo, Cuba. At least some of the suspects were linked to al-Qaida in Iraq.
    (AP, 11/20/05)

2005        Dec 6, Morocco's national airline completed an order for four Boeing Co. 787 jets and took out an option for one more.
    (AP, 12/06/05)

2005        Dec 16, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s state news agency reported that a truth commission tasked with investigating more than four decades (1956-1999) of human rights abuses uncovered nearly 600 disappearances and the deaths of about 500 people during street riots or while in police custody.
    (AP, 12/16/05)

2006        Jan 6, Morocco's King Mohammed, under pressure from human rights groups to apologize for more than four decades of past repression by the state, offered his sympathy for the victims.
    (Reuters, 1/6/06)

2006        Jan 8, In Morocco a senior official said Royal Air Maroc (RAM), encouraged by its majority shareholdings in the national airlines of Senegal and Gabon, is planning a major expansion of routes in Africa.
    (AFP, 1/8/06)

2006        Jan 10, Spanish police arrested 20 people, mostly Moroccans, linked to Islamic terrorism and violence in Iraq in raids across Spain.
    (AFP, 1/10/06)

2006        Jan 12, Spanish police detained Omar Nakcha (23), a Moroccan whom they suspect of being the leader of two extremist groups recruiting volunteers to fight in Iraq.
    (AP, 1/12/06)

2006        Jan, A free trade agreement between the Morocco and the US came into force and covered industrial and agricultural goods, intellectual property, services, customs, employment, the environment and telecommunications.
    (AFP, 6/28/06)

2006        Feb 6, In Morocco police broke up an international network helping Indians migrate illegally to Europe with 70 arrests.
    (AFP, 2/6/06)

2006        Feb 9, Moroccan state media reported that the US has handed over three suspected Islamic militants held at the Guantanamo Bay prison.
    (Reuters, 2/9/06)

2006        Feb 13, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and his Moroccan counterpart, Mohamed Benaissa, agreed to boost economic ties between the two countries and hold an annual business forum to this end.
    (AFP, 2/13/06)

2006        Mar 25, Morocco's King Mohammed VI wrapped up a 6-day visit to Western Sahara with talks on a plan to give the territory greater autonomy which will be submitted soon to the UN.
    (AFP, 3/25/06)

2006        Apr 3, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s state news agency MAP said security forces were holding nine suspected al Qaeda activists. Local newspapers said they were part of a ring that plotted bomb attacks in France, Italy and Morocco.
    (AP, 4/3/06)

2006        Apr 18, In Morocco an appeals court upheld record damages imposed on a weekly newsmagazine in a defamation suit that some rights groups say the government is using to intimidate independent media.
    (AP, 4/18/06)

2006        Apr 22, Morocco's King Mohammed VI pardoned all prisoners from the disputed territory of Western Sahara currently being held in jails in the kingdom.
    (AFP, 4/22/06)

2006        Apr 28, It was reported that Morocco has just graduated its first team of women preachers to be deployed as a vanguard in the kingdom's fight against any slide towards Islamic extremism. A pioneer group of 50 Morchidat, or guides, finished a 12-month course in early April. They were trained to "accompany and orient" Muslim faithful, notably in prisons, hospitals and schools.
    (AFP, 4/28/06)

2006        May 19, In Morocco the prime ministers of Morocco and Pakistan expressed hopes for closer bilateral ties, especially economically, after inking several agreements during a visit by Pakistan's Shaukat Aziz.
    (AP, 5/19/06)

2006        Jun 2, The 12th edition of the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music opened in Fez, Morocco. It brought together spiritual and religious music from Syria, Iran, India, Mali, Latin America, Japan, Tibet, Azerbaijan and the Mediterranean under the theme of "harmonies."
    (AFP, 6/4/06)

2006        Jun 25, In Morocco police reported that 4 men were arrested in Rabat in connection with the February 22 theft of more than 53 million pounds from a Kent cash depot, considered Britain's biggest ever bank robbery.
    (AFP, 6/26/06)

2006        Jun 28, Morocco and the US agreed to give the African country's exports to North America a boost.
    (AFP, 6/28/06)

2006        Jul 10, In Morocco ministers from 57 European and African countries gathered in Rabat to seek ways to combat illegal immigration to Europe "with dignity but firmness", from tightening border controls to stimulating African development.
    (AFP, 7/10/06)

2006        Aug 7, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s state news agency reported that security services have arrested 44 suspected terrorists and dismantled a network allegedly planning attacks.
    (AP, 8/7/06)

2006        Sep 1, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s Interior Ministry said security agents broke up a group planning terrorist attacks on tourist sites and government facilities, arresting 56 people who included soldiers and the wives of two pilots at the state airline.
    (AP, 9/1/06)

2006        Sep 7, Russia's state-owned nuclear power company said it was seeking to build Morocco's first nuclear plant, as Russian President Vladimir Putin signed cooperation deals with the Moroccan king as part of an economic mission to expand Russia's African reach.
    (AP, 9/8/06)

2006        Oct 24, Moroccan King Mohamed VI pardoned 617 prisoners in honor of Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
    (AP, 10/24/06)

2006        Oct 30, In Morocco the world's five leading nuclear powers and eight other nations kicked off a new program aimed at keeping nuclear weapons beyond the reach of terrorists. Morocco became the first Arab state to join a global initiative led by Russia and the United States to combat nuclear terrorism.
    (AP, 10/31/06)(Reuters, 10/31/06)

2006        Nov 10, in Morocco 3 former detainees at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were convicted for creating a criminal group and forging documents.
    (AP, 11/11/06)

2006        Dec 5, Pro-Moroccan leaders in the Western Sahara presented a self-rule plan for a government, parliament and legal system in the territory, while acknowledging Rabat's sovereignty.
    (AFP, 12/6/06)

2006        Dec 8, The MAP news agency said Qatar will invest 335 million dollars in tourist development schemes in the northern Moroccan city of Tangiers.
    (AFP, 12/8/06)

2006        Dec 18, A senior government official said money sent home by Moroccans overseas amounted to 40.7 billion dirhams (3.6 billion euros) last year, or roughly 9 percent of Morocco's gross domestic product.
    (AFP, 12/18/06)

2007        Jan 15, The editor and a journalist at a Moroccan news weekly that published jokes relating to Islam were convicted of insulting the religion. The court gave three-year suspended sentences to Driss Ksikes, editor of Nichane, and to journalist Sanaa al-Aji. Both were barred from journalistic activity with Nichane for two months and the independent Arab-language magazine was suspended for two months. They were fined $9,280 each.
    (AP, 1/15/07)(AP, 1/30/07)

2007        Jan 16, King Mohammed VI of Morocco launched work on a major road linking Fez to the Algerian border as part of construction on a north African highway stretching from Mauritania to Libya. Construction of the 328-kilometer road (204-mile) from Fez to the eastern city of Oudja, on the border with Algeria, is expected to cost 820 million euros (one billion dollars).
    (AFP, 1/17/07)

2007        Jan 19, Five Moroccans sent home from the Guantanamo US military camp in 2004 were acquitted of terrorism charges leveled at them on their return.
    (Reuters, 1/19/07)

2007        Mar 1, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s King Mohammed VI pardoned 8,836 prisoners to celebrate the birth of his baby girl. Princess Lalla Salma gave birth to a baby girl a day earlier. The king also reduced the sentences of 24,218 other prisoners.
    (AP, 3/3/07)

2007        Mar 2, In Morocco 12 Islamic militants were convicted of terrorism-related charges, including eight with alleged ties to al-Qaida who had volunteered to fight in Iraq.
    (AP, 3/3/07)

2007        Mar 3, In northern Morocco a bus skidded off a treacherous mountain road, killing nine people and injuring 45 others.
    (AP, 3/3/07)

2007        Mar 6, Moroccan officials arrested Saad Houssaini, an alleged member of a terrorist group that is believed linked to the 2004 Madrid bombings and 2003 attacks in Casablanca.
    (AFP, 3/9/07)

2007        Mar 11, In Morocco a man with explosives hidden under his clothes had a dispute with the owner of an Internet café in Casablanca and a blast occurred as the two men were coming to blows. Another man at the scene who attempted to flee was arrested by police and found to be carrying explosives.
    (Reuters, 3/12/07)

2007        Apr 10, Moroccan police surrounded a building in Casablanca where four terrorism suspects were holed, causing three to flee and blow themselves up with explosives. The fourth was shot dead by a police sharpshooter as he apparently tried to detonate his bomb.
    (AP, 4/10/07)

2007        Apr 11, Morocco presented its plan to grant self-rule to the disputed Western Sahara territory to United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon.
    (AP, 4/11/07)

2007        Apr 12, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s police detained two men near the scene of three suicide bombings in Casablanca, and a police official said one was carrying explosives.
    (AP, 4/12/07)

2007        Apr 14, In Morocco 2 brothers strapped with explosives blew themselves up near the US consulate. Moroccan officials said they had discovered a broader suicide bombing conspiracy.
    (AP, 4/14/07)

2007        May 2, Ahmed Errachidi (41) a Moroccan man sent home from the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay last week, was released by local authorities after terrorism-related charges were dropped.
    (Reuters, 5/3/07)

2007        May 8, The Moroccan Association of Human Rights, formed in 1979) announced that it had chosen Khadija Ryadi (47) as its first woman president.
    (AFP, 5/8/07)

2007        May 17, Moroccan police clashed with student protestors from Western Sahara demanding an end to Rabat's control over the disputed region.
    (AP, 5/17/07)

2007        May 20, Police in Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara arrested three leading human rights campaigners following weeks of crackdowns against students and activists in the territory.
    (AP, 5/21/07)

2007        May 30, Moroccans were able to access the video sharing Web site YouTube for the first time since access was blocked last week.
    (AP, 5/30/07)

2007        Jun 6, Morocco said scientists from Morocco, Britain, France and Germany had dated perforated shells in a limestone cave in eastern Morocco to 82,000 years ago, the oldest adornments ever found.
    (AP, 6/6/07)

2007        Jul 2, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reissued a report on the Western Sahara that eliminated controversial recommendations on the future of the disputed region.
    (AP, 7/2/07)

2007        Jul 4, The foreign ministers of Israel and Morocco held their first publicly disclosed talks in years, with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the heart of the discussion.
    (AP, 7/4/07)

2007        Jul 6, EU officials said they have asked Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia to join patrols of Europe's border control agency in a bid to stop massive clandestine immigration.
    (AFP, 7/6/07)

2007        Jul 21, Italian police arrested three Moroccans, an imam and two of his aids, they accuse of being part of a militant cell that allegedly used a mosque in a central Italian city as a terror training camp.
    (AP, 7/21/07)

2007        Jul, Tanger Med, a new seaport on northern Morocco, opened its frist docks. Over the next 8 years it was expected to become the largest container port in the Mediterranean.
    (Econ, 7/12/08, p.78)

2007        Aug 7, Ahmed Benchemsi, the publisher of two Moroccan weeklies charged with showing disrespect to the monarchy, defended himself, reserving the right to criticize his country's political system. A day earlier magistrates in Casablanca charged Benchemsi, the publisher of the Nishan and TelQuel weeklies, and ordered him to stand trial.
    (AFP, 8/7/07)

2007        Aug 27, Morocco's former interior minister, Driss Basri (69), died in a Paris hospital, to be mourned in some circles as a loyal servant of the crown and condemned by others as a ruthless axeman.
    (AFP, 8/27/07)

2007        Sep 1, In Morocco Renault-Nissan head Carlos Ghosn signed a deal to build an assembly plant in Tangiers, with a planned investment of one billion euros (1.36 billion dollars) and final capacity of 400,000 vehicles.
    (AFP, 9/1/07)

2007        Sep 7, Moroccans began voting in parliamentary elections likely to make the country's leading political force an Islamist party that has tapped into people's mounting disillusionment with the parties in power. The main opposition Islamist party failed to make its hoped-for breakthrough in legislative elections, marked by an historic low turnout of only 41 percent. Voters handed power to a secular conservative party that is a member of the ruling coalition.
    (AP, 9/7/07)(AFP, 9/8/07)

2007        Sep 9, Moroccan nationalist party Istiqlal vowed to keep an alliance with socialists after emerging as the surprise winner in elections marred by the lowest turnout ever in the north African nation.
    (AP, 9/9/07)

2007        Sep 10, Final election results showed that Morocco's conservative Istiqlal party won the most seats in parliamentary elections, allowing it to form the next government with its current ruling coalition allies.
    (AP, 9/10/07)

2007        Sep 19, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s King Mohammed VI named Abbas El Fassi (67), a longtime government minister and the leader of a secular political party, as prime minister. He replaced Driss Jettou, a longtime businessman who had served since 2002.
    (AP, 9/19/07)

2007        Oct 15, Moroccan leaders, after nearly a month of tough negotiations, formed a new government that includes seven women but no one from the Islamic party that placed second in September's parliamentary elections.
    (AP, 10/16/07)

2007        Oct 22,     French President Nicolas Sarkozy met with Morocco's King Mohammed XVI and signed a string of deals aimed at fostering closer cooperation between the two countries and economic development projects.
    (AP, 10/22/07)

2007        Nov 7, Moroccan PM Abbas El Fassi condemned Spain's "occupation" of two disputed enclaves, in the wake of a visit by Spain's King Juan Carlos which prompted Rabat to recall its ambassador to Madrid.
    (AFP, 11/7/07)

2007        Nov 18, German prosecutors filed terrorism charges against a Moroccan man, identified as Abdelali M. (25), was accused of helping recruit foreign fighters for al-Qaida in Iraq. He was arrested in Sweden in March and handed over to Germany in May.
    (AP, 12/20/07)

2008        Jan 4, A Moroccan court sentenced 51 Islamists of the Ansar El Mahdi group to between two and 25 years in jail for plotting to overthrow the government here and install an Islamist regime.
    (AFP, 1/4/08)

2008        Jan 8, A human rights campaign group called on Morocco to stop "muzzling" independence campaigners in the vast disputed region of Western Sahara, as UN-brokered peace talks on the 32-year row got underway in New York.
    (AP, 1/8/08)

2008        Jan 9, The latest round of UN-led peace talks between Morocco and the pro-independence Polisario Front ended in stalemate, with the two sides agreeing to try again in March to resolve a 32-year dispute for control of Western Sahara.
    (AP, 1/9/08)

2008        Jan 13, King Abdullah II of Jordan arrived on a three-day official visit to Morocco for talks on boosting cooperation between the Arab allies.
    (AP, 1/13/08)

2008        Jan 16, In Morocco 16 people were killed and 30 injured when an apartment block being built in Kenitra collapsed.
    (AFP, 1/17/08)

2008        Jan 18, Renault-Nissan signed an accord with the Moroccan government for what it says will be one of its largest automobile-making operations in the world, set to be constructed near Tangiers.
    (AFP, 1/18/08)

2008        Feb 12, A boat was wrecked off southern Morocco leaving 24 African migrants missing, but 11 others were rescued.
    (AFP, 2/13/08)

2008        Mar 9, Moroccan security forces arrested 19 members of the country's largest Islamic opposition group. Another 25 were arrested as day earlier after they tried to hold marches in solidarity with the Palestinians.
    (Reuters, 3/10/08)

2008        Apr 7, In Morocco 9 Islamists serving long sentences for the deadly 2003 Casablanca bombings escaped from Kenitra prison, north of Rabat. In January, 2009, Hicham Alami one of the escapees who had been sentenced to life, was captured in Algeria and returned to Morocco.
    (AFP, 4/7/08)(AP, 1/9/09)

2008        Apr 18, In Morocco French PM Francois Fillon announced the signing of economic tie-ups with Morocco, alongside the sale of a naval warship to aid defense coordination.
    (AP, 4/18/08)

2008        Apr 26, In Morocco fire broke out at a mattress factory in Casablanca, killing at least 55 people, and fire-fighters were still searching the smoldering building for more bodies.
    (Reuters, 4/26/08)(AFP, 4/27/08)

2008        Apr 27, A summit aimed at kick-starting Maghreb economic integration was disrupted when Moroccan and Algerian government ministers clashed over the disputed Western Sahara region.
    (AFP, 4/28/08)

2008        Jun 7, In Morocco violent clashes between unemployed youths and the police left 44 people including 27 police officers injured in the southwestern port of Sidi Ifni.
    (AFP, 6/7/08)

2008        Jun 10, A Moroccan court convicted 29 people of planning terrorism attacks and supporting combatants in Iraq.
    (AP, 6/12/08)

2008        Jun 19, A Moroccan court ordered a newspaper to stop publishing testimony given by victims of years of repression under late king Hassan II to a royal truth commission.
    (AFP, 6/19/08)

2008        Jun 30, The Socialist International (SI), meeting in Lagonissi, Greece, granted observer status to the Polisario Front, a group fighting for full independence in Western Sahara. The disputed Western Sahara region is largely controlled by Morocco, but the Algerian-backed Polisario Front is committed to securing independence.
    (AFP, 7/2/08)

2008        Jul 2, The Moroccan news agency said 35 alleged recruiters for Al-Qaeda operations in Algeria and Iraq were arrested by police in Morocco, where they were also accused of planning attacks. The suspects allegedly belong to a Salafist group, Salafiya Jihadiya.
    (AFP, 7/3/08)

2008        Jul 19, Morocco's police seized more than 10 tons of drugs during raids in the north of the country and along its coasts.
    (AP, 7/21/08)

2008        Jul 30, Morocco's King Mohammed VI condemned Algeria's continuing closure of their common border, despite repeated calls by Rabat for it to be reopened. Algiers has set a global settlement of the conflict in Western Sahara as a precondition for reopening the border, which it closed in 1994 after Morocco claimed Algerian secret service agents were behind an Islamist extremist attack in Marrakesh.
    (AFP, 7/30/08)

2008        Sep 9, Morocco said it would start vaccinating all livestock after the outbreak of Peste des Petits Ruminants, a deadly viral disease, ahead of the Eid festival when millions of animals are sacrificed.
    (AFP, 9/9/08)

2008        Sep 24, In Morocco at least 12 people were killed and 43 injured when a bus overturned in the southern province of Taroudannt.
    (AFP, 9/25/08)

2008        Oct 30, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s  Interior Minister Chakib Benmoussa said flooding over the last week has killed 28 people and caused major damage in various parts of the country.
    (AFP, 10/30/08)
2008        Oct 30, Scientists reported that 1 in 17 men living on the coasts of North Africa and southern europe may have a Phoenician direct male line ancestor. Evidence was based on Y-chromosomes collected in Cyprus, Malta, Morocco, the West Bank, Syria and Tunisia.
    (SFC, 10/31/08, p.A14)

2008        Nov 2, The Moroccan government banned an issue of the French magazine L'Express International, claiming it insults Islam in articles exploring the relationship between that religion and Christianity.
    (AP, 11/3/08)

2009        Jan 5, Ahmed Aboutaleb (47), a Moroccan immigrant, was installed as mayor of Rotterdam, the Netherlands' second largest city, in a move hailed as a significant step for the integration of minorities in the European Union nation.
    (AP, 1/5/09)

2009        Feb 7, Officials in Morocco said heavy rains have claimed 24 lives and forced 2,000 people to be evacuated over the past week.
    (AFP, 2/7/09)

2009        Feb 15, A rickety boat carrying illegal migrants from Morocco capsized in rough seas just off Spain's Canary Islands and 19 of them drowned. At least three were missing.
    (AP, 2/16/09)

2009        Feb 18, In Morocco Abdelkader Belliraj (50) was arrested together with a number of other people, allegedly in possession of a large arsenal of firearms. The Belgian-Moroccan national was suspected of spearheading a presumed 35-member terrorist ring.
    (AFP, 4/3/09)

2009        Mar 2, In Morocco Hassan Al Haski (41), a Moroccan man already convicted over the 2004 Madrid bombings, was sentenced on appeal to 10 years in jail for his role in suicide attacks the year before in Casablanca that killed 45 people.
    (AFP, 3/3/09)

2009        Mar 6, Morocco cut diplomatic links with Iran after an outcry in the Sunni Muslim world over a statement by an Iranian official questioning Sunni-ruled Bahrain's sovereignty.
    (Reuters, 3/6/09)

2009        Mar 17, Portuguese police said they have captured more than 7.7 tons (7 metric tons) of hashish from Morocco with an estimated street value of more than euro70 million (US$91 million). Police said they netted the drug in a series of coordinated operations over three days beginning last weekend.
    (AP, 3/17/09)

2009        Mar 24, It was reported that the Moroccan government has begun a clampdown on what it sees as threats to the kingdom's religious and moral foundations, with Shiite Islam and gays particularly targeted.
    (AFP, 3/24/09)

2009        Apr 2, Morocco transferred to Spain Hassan Al Haski, an Islamist convicted in both countries for terrorist acts, apparently to resume serving time behind bars there.
    (AFP, 4/3/09)

2009        Apr 11, Morocco blamed Algeria for a "serious and blatant" violation by the Polisario Front of an 18-year-long ceasefire in the disputed Western Sahara and urged the UN to intervene.
    (Reuters, 4/11/09)

2009        May 12, Moroccan authorities announced the arrest of a group of alleged Islamists, who planned to attack Jewish interests in the country. The suspects, alleged to be members of a cell that was part of the radical Islamist movement Salafia Jihadia, were also said to be preparing attacks against Moroccan security services.
    (AFP, 5/21/09)

2009        May 22, Police in Morocco uncovered more than 20 tons of cannabis resin, one of the country's largest ever hash hauls, hidden in steel crates destined for France.
    (AFP, 5/23/09)

2009        May 24, In Morocco 11 people were killed in a stampede at a stadium in the capital, Rabat, overnight when thousands of spectators hurried to leave at the end of a concert wrapping up the city's landmark music festival.
    (AP, 5/24/09)

2009        Jun 3, Moroccan customs officers seized 19.5 tons of cannabis resin worth about 17.3 million euros (24.5 million dollars) at the northern port of Nadir. The drugs were concealed in a lorry transporting frozen octopus from a seafood processing plant in the southern town of Agadir and the Italian driver and his Spanish companion were arrested.
    (AFP, 6/4/09)

2009        Jun 12, Moroccans voted in a local election that opposition Islamists hope will extend their influence in big cities.
    (AP, 6/12/09)

2009        Jun 13, In Morocco with more than 80% of seats counted, the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) had 4,854 seats, ahead of the governing Istiqlal (Independence) party with 4,246. PAM, founded by Fouad Ali El Himma, was created last year by lawmakers from five parties. It has positioned itself as an alternative to both opposition Islamists and Istiqlal, and has sought to combat voter apathy with promises to follow through on policy commitments. Provisional figures put the turnout at 51%.
    (Reuters, 6/13/09)(Econ, 7/4/09, p.42)

2009        Jun 15, Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi sued three Moroccan newspapers for defamation, seeking eight million euros in damages for "attacks on the dignity of a head of state."
    (AFP, 6/15/09)

2009        Jun 26, In Morocco a security official said security forces have arrested five suspected members of a militant cell that operated in Morocco and Spain. The five alleged members of the Salafiya Jihadia group, whose leader uses the pseudonym Abou Yacine, were picked up during the course of the week.
    (AFP, 6/26/09)

2009        Jun 29, Three Moroccan newspapers were ordered to pay a total of three million dirhams (270,000 euros) to Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, who had sued them for writing critical articles.
    (AFP, 6/29/09)

2009        Jul 28, In Morocco a man accused of leading a terrorist network was sentenced to life in prison for terror attacks in Morocco, holdups in Europe, large-scale money laundering projects and arms trafficking. Abdelkader Belliraj (51), a dual Moroccan-Belgian national, had faced the death penalty. 34 co-defendants were handed sentences ranging from 30 years in prison to one-year suspended sentences.
    (AP, 7/28/09)

2009        Jul 29, Morocco's King Mohammed VI (45), on the eve of commemorations of his 10th anniversary on the throne, granted pardons to 24,865 prisoners, and commuted 32 death sentences.
    (AFP, 7/29/09)

2009        Aug 1, Two Moroccan magazines were taken off news stands after they published an opinion poll on the 10 years under the reign of King Mohammed VI. The poll revealed that 91% of Moroccans who were interviewed say that the performance of the reign of King Mohammed VI is positive or very positive.
    (AFP, 8/1/09)

2009        Sep 19, Off the Moroccan coast an inflatable dinghy sank before dawn off Perejil, a rocky Spanish-owned islet in the Mediterranean Sea. Some 42 would-be illegal immigrants were crammed onto the boat. 11 migrants from Niger and Senegal survived and 8 bodies were recovered. The next day the 11 migrants were expelled from Morocco.
    (AFP, 9/21/09)(AFP, 9/22/09)

2009        Sep 23, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s interior ministry said security services have arrested 24 members of a "terrorist network" linked to Al-Qaeda that recruited volunteers for suicide bombings in Iraq.
    (AFP, 9/23/09)

2009        Sep 26, In Morocco Akhbar Al Youm published a caricature of a member of the royal family, Prince Moulay Ismail, cousin of King Mohammed VI. On Dec 29 an appeal court in Casablanca upheld a four-year suspended jail term for the chief editor of Akhbar Al Youm, Taoufiq Bouachrine, and cartoonist Khalid Gueddar.
    (AFP, 12/29/09)

2009        Oct 6, Moroccan police began rounding up 276 young people and continued with an overnight crackdown on juvenile delinquency in Sale, the twin town of the capital Rabat.
    (AFP, 10/7/09)

2009        Nov 1, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Morocco for a series of meetings with Arab leaders to discuss Middle East peace and other issues.
    (AP, 11/1/09)

2009        Nov 3, In Morocco US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a package of measures designed to help businesses and non-governmental groups around the Muslim world. Clinton made the announcement at the sixth Forum for the Future conference in Marrakech, which she attended for two days.
    (AFP, 11/3/09)

2009        Nov 4, Morocco ordered the immediate departure of a Swedish diplomat accused of handing official Moroccan documents to Western Sahara-linked "separatists."
    (AFP, 11/4/09)

2009        Nov 13, Moroccan authorities detained a Western Sahara activist close to the Polisario Front rebels, Aminatou Haidar, in the disputed territory's main city. Haidar, the winner of several human rights awards, was arrested on her arrival in Laayoune from Spain's Canary Islands. Immigration officials immediately sent her back to Spain~ez_rsquo~s Canary Islands after confiscating her passport. She used her Spanish residency permit to re-enter the country and began a hunger strike in Laayoune at midnight on Nov 15.
    (AFP, 11/13/09)(AFP, 11/21/09)
2009        Nov 13, In Morocco journalists Rachid Nini and Said Laajal were sentenced  to 3 months and 2 months in prison for publishing "false information" about a drug trafficking ring. Their newspaper report concerned the dismantling on August 17 of a major drug smuggling ring, named "Triha" after its alleged boss, who was part of a group of 15 drug barons arrested in 2008 in a crackdown across Morocco. Both journalists were released on Dec 5, 2009.
    (AFP, 1/5/10)

2009        Dec 5, Morocco expelled five foreign Christian missionaries for holding "undeclared meetings" in the mainly Muslim north African kingdom. Two of the foreigners came from South Africa, two from Switzerland and one from Guatemala. They were part of a group that also included 12 Moroccans, who were freed the same day.
    (AFP, 12/8/09)

2009        Dec 14, Morocco charged that Aminatou Haidar, a Sahrawi activist on hunger strike in Spain's Canary Islands, is part of a "systematic, methodical plot devised by Algeria." Haidar (42) has been on hunger strike for almost a month on Lanzarote, after being refused entry to the Western Sahara, which is territory occupied by and claimed by Morocco.
    (AFP, 12/14/09)

2009        Dec 18, Aminatou Haidar, a Western Sahara independence activist, returned home after a 32-day hunger strike at a Spanish airport, defusing a diplomatic spat between Spain and Morocco and potentially strengthening separatist campaigners.
    (Reuters, 12/18/09)

2009        Dec 24, In Morocco heavy rains and gale force winds battered parts of the country, killing at least five people and flooding large parts of the northern city of Tangiers.
    (AFP, 12/24/09)

2010        Jan 6, In Morocco the first Berber TV channel in the ancient but marginalized tongue of Amazigh was launched after a decades-long struggle.
    (AFP, 1/18/10)(http://tinyurl.com/yfl4jpp)

2010        Jan 7, A Moroccan court sentenced 14 members of a suspected terror cell to prison terms of four to 15 years for planning attacks against tourist and government targets. Prosecutors had alleged that the group known as Fath Al Andalous (Conquest of Andalusia) was well advanced in planning attacks on tourist sites in the southern city of Agadir and a military barracks in Laayoune.
    (AFP, 1/8/10)

2010        Feb 19, In Morocco the minaret of the 18th century Bab Berdieyinne mosque collapsed in the city of Meknes, killing 41 people and injuring 76 others.
    (AFP, 2/21/10)

2010        Mar 2, The Moroccan state security service announced that police have dismantled a terrorist network ~ez_ldquo~of six people imbued with Takfirist ideology,~ez_rdquo~ that was active in several towns in the northeast. Takfiris, a tiny minority of Muslims in Morocco, believe that society and its leaders have turned away from the narrow path of what they see as true Islam.
    (AFP, 3/2/10)

2010        Mar 10, The Moroccan government expelled 20 foreign Christian missionaries after religious authorities accused them of proselytism. The expelled missionaries included couples from Britain and The Netherlands who had adopted Moroccan children.
    (AFP, 3/12/10)

2010        Mar 26, The head of Abu Dhabi's sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, went missing after his glider crashed in Morocco. Ahmed bin Zayed Al Nahyan's glider went down in a lake in Morocco. The pilot of the aircraft was rescued in good condition. The body of al-Nahayan was found on March 30.
    (AP, 3/27/10)(AFP, 3/30/10)

2010        Apr 26, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s government said security forces have broken up a militant cell with links to al Qaeda that was planning assassinations and acts of sabotage targeting the security services and foreign interests.
    (Reuters, 4/26/10)

2010        May 3, Mohamed Abed Al-Jabri (b.1935), Moroccan Islamic philosopher, critic and political ideologue for a socialist opposition party, died in Casablanca.
    (AFP, 5/5/10)(http://tinyurl.com/2ahph72)

2010        May 11, Volcanic ash from Iceland wound its way down to North Africa and curled over to Turkey, forcing authorities to shut down Casablanca airport in Morocco as well as airports in Spain and airspace over Turkey.
    (AP, 5/11/10)

2010        May 26, In Morocco Islamists were outraged by the visit of gay pop star Elton John, while the royal palace, government and his many fans backed his appearance in Rabat.
    (AP, 5/27/10)

2010        Jun 1, A court in Morocco sentenced Ibrahim Lee Murray (32), a cage fighter with British and Moroccan nationality, to 10 years in jail for Britain's biggest cash robbery carried out on Feb 22, 2006.
    (AFP, 6/2/10)

2010        Jun 21, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s official MAP news agency said security forces have broken up a Palestinian-led radical Islamist cell that was planning attacks in the north African country.
    (Reuters, 6/21/10)

2010        Jun 25, In Morocco a 5-day meeting of the International Whaling Commission ended. Native people of Greenland won a long battle to extend their annual whale hunt to humpbacks, overriding objections from conservation-minded members of the IWC. A 2008 investigation showed about one-fourth of the whales the Greenlanders caught were sold on the market in violation of the commission's rules.
    (AP, 6/26/10)

2010        Jul 29, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s King Mohammed VI granted pardons or reduced sentences to nearly 1,000 people to mark his 11 years on the throne.
    (AFP, 7/29/10)

2010        Aug 11, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s official media said security forces have broken up a radical Islamist cell that was planning attacks in Morocco and foreign assets there.
    (Reuters, 8/11/10)

2010        Aug 12, Demonstrators in Morocco slapped a commercial blockade on Melilla, a Spanish enclave, allowing in only some trucks in a dispute over alleged police violence and racism against Moroccans entering the city. Besides a bustling commercial flow, about 35,000 Moroccans cross daily into Melilla, population 70,000, to work or shop.
    (AP, 8/12/10)

2010        Sep 8, In northern Morocco 9 Portuguese tourists were killed and 14 injured when their tour bus plunged into a ravine.
    (AFP, 9/8/10)

2010        Sep 30, Doctors Without Borders said Morocco has expelled hundreds of illegal immigrants, including women and children, to a no-man's-land without food or water after violent raids in several cities. The humanitarian group claimed 600 to 700 people were arrested during raids from Aug. 19 to Sept. 10 and abandoned near the Morocco-Algeria border.
    (AP, 9/30/10)

2010        Oct 2, In Moroccan publisher Ahmed Benshemsi said his Arab-language weekly magazine Nichane has gone bankrupt and been forced to close because "the highest circles of power" had organized a boycott of advertisers. The boycott was launched in August last year after Nichane, its French-language stablemate Telquel and France's prestigious Le Monde conducted an opinion poll on the monarchy.
    (AFP, 10/2/10)

2010        Oct 17, In Morocco world leaders at the World Policy Conference (WPC) in Marrakech examined frameworks for global governance ahead of a G20 summit in Seoul, with UN chief Ban Ki-Moon stressing no single power could tackle key issues alone.
    (AFP, 10/17/10)

2010        Oct 25, Humans Rights Watch said in a new report that suspects detained under Morocco's counterterrorism laws are routinely subjected to human rights violations.
    (AP, 10/26/10)

2010        Oct 29, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s communications ministry said it has suspended the operations of the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television news channel in Rabat and withdrawn the accreditations of its staff. A government official who declined to be named said the authorities took exception to the way Al-Jazeera handles the issues of Islamists and Western Sahara.
    (AFP, 10/29/10)
2010        Oct 29, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s interior ministry said two Al-Qaeda linked cells have been broken up and that 9 people have been arrested including a Yemeni national and a former Italian resident.
    (AFP, 10/29/10)

2010        Nov 1, In Morocco IMF director general Dominique Strauss-Kahn said world leaders gathering at the Group of 20 summit must take action to fix the financial sector.
    (AFP, 11/2/10)

2010        Nov 8, In Western Sahara a paramilitary gendarme and a fireman were killed and almost 70 people badly injured when Moroccan forces raided a camp outside Laayoune. A Moroccan raid to clear a refugee camp in the Western Sahara left at least 12 refugees dead and more than 700 wounded, while another 159 are missing. Moroccan authorities announced 11 deaths on their side after the clash.
    (AFP, 11/8/10)(AFP, 11/9/10)(AFP, 11/11/10)(AFP, 11/13/10)

2010        Nov 13, In Western Sahara a statement from the prosecution services in the territory's main town of Laayoune said 67 people accused of crimes against the security forces and destruction of public and private property had been arrested, seven of whom had been cleared. Moroccan authorities said they had arrested 96 people accused of inciting violence during the controversial police raid on a squatter camp near Laayoune.
    (AP, 11/13/10)(AFP, 11/13/10)

2010        Nov 18, Moroccan dissident Abraham Serfaty (b.1926), one of a tiny minority of Jews in predominantly Muslim Morocco, died. He was imprisoned and exiled by French colonial rulers in 1952 and again by Morocco's independent government in the 1970s for plotting against the state. The Rabat government forced him into exile in France in 1991. He returned home 10 years later.
    (Reuters, 11/18/10)

2010        Nov 27, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s foreign minister in a published interview rejected a probe into violent clashes between its security forces and residents of Western Sahara by the UN. A day earlier, Human Rights Watch said Moroccan security forces repeatedly beat and abused people they detained during disturbances in Western Sahara earlier this month.
    (AFP, 11/27/10)(AFP, 11/26/10)

2010        Nov 28, Hundreds of thousands of Moroccans demonstrated against a Spanish political party's criticism of their country's raid on a protest camp in Western Sahara.
    (AP, 11/28/10)

2010        Nov 30, In Morocco a bus carrying workers plunged off a road into a ravine during heavy rain, killing at least 20 passengers and injuring three others.
    (AFP, 11/30/10)

2010        Dec 27, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s interior ministry said security forces have arrested six Moroccans suspected of planning attacks in the country and abroad.
    (Reuters, 12/27/10)

2010        Morocco~ez_rsquo~s population stood at about 32 million; almost all Sunni Muslims.
    (Econ, 7/31/10, p.36)

2011        Jan 5, Morocco said it had arrested a member of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) among 26 others who planned to attack security services and rob banks using weapons they hid in an area of the disputed Western Sahara.
    (Reuters, 1/5/11)

2011        Jan 12, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s interior minister said soldiers had turned a blind eye to the smuggling of weapons that were seized in the recent dismantlement of a terrorist cell with links to Qaida's North African branch. 5 Moroccan soldiers stationed in disputed Western Sahara were arrested for accepting kickbacks and allowing smuggled goods into the occupied territory.
    (AP, 1/12/11)(AFP, 1/13/11)

2011        Feb 14, Moroccan PM Abbas El Fassi met with the opposition to discuss parliamentary polls. The impact of the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia weighed on the talks.
    (AFP, 2/14/11)

2011        Feb 15, Morocco, ahead of a planned pro-reform rally, announced it would inject 1.4 billion euros in subsidies to soften price hikes for staples, a key factor behind the spreading unrest in the Arab world.
    (AFP, 2/15/11)

2011        Feb 20, In Morocco thousands of people marched in cities across the country, demanding a new constitution to bring more democracy and limits on the powers of King Mohammed VI. Leaders of the 2 biggest opposition forces boycotted the movement. 
    (AP, 2/20/11)(AFP, 2/20/11)(Econ, 2/26/11, p.28)

2011        Feb 21, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s King Mohammed VI announced the creation of a new Social and Economic Council tasked with carrying out reforms. Interior Minister Taib Cherkaoui said 5 burned bodies were found in a bank set ablaze in the north Moroccan city of Al Hoceima in unrest that erupted after weekend demonstrations for change. Thousands of young Moroccans have joined the "February 20" movement on the social networking site Facebook, calling for peaceful demonstrations demanding a new constitution limiting the king's powers and more social justice.
    (Econ, 2/26/11, p.28)(AFP, 2/21/11)

2011        Feb 24, In Morocco one of the biggest parties in the ruling coalition, the Socialist Union of Popular Forces, called for a timetable for implementing political reforms to meet popular demand.
    (AFP, 2/24/11)

2011        Feb 25, Italian police arrested six Moroccan men suspected of inciting hatred against Pope Benedict XVI for converting a Muslim journalist in Italy to Catholicism.
    (AP, 2/25/11)

2011        Mar 9, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s King Mohammed VI said the constitution will be revised for the first time in 15 years to strengthen democracy. He said voters will get to vote on the project in a referendum.
    (SFC, 3/10/11, p.A2)

2011        Mar 13, In Morocco security forces prevented about 100 people from holding a pro-reform demonstration in Casablanca, leaving several people wounded.
    (AFP, 3/13/11)

2011        Mar 14, The 4th $50 thousand International Prize for Arabic Fiction was split between Mohammed Achaari of Morocco, author of ~ez_ldquo~The Arch and the Butterfly,~ez_rdquo~ and Raja Alem of Saudi Arabia, author of ~ez_ldquo~The Dove~ez_rsquo~s Necklace.~ez_rdquo~ Alem was the first women winner.
    (Econ, 3/26/11, p.95)

2011        Mar 20, Thousands of Moroccans demonstrated in Casablanca, Rabat and other cities calling for more democracy and social justice despite recent promises of deep political reform.
    (AFP, 3/20/11)

2011        Apr 14, Morocco's Justice Ministry says the king has granted pardons or lightened sentences for 190 prisoners in response to a request from an official human rights body.
    (AP, 4/14/11)

2011        Apr 22, In Morocco masked students with sticks and knives went on the rampage in a university campus in Rabat after a student from the disputed Western Sahara territory was stabbed to death. The clashes followed the deadly stabbing of student Abbad Hammad (25), from the Western Sahara, in a brawl the previous evening near the campus when Hammad got drunk and harassed a woman.
    (Reuters, 4/22/11)

2011        Apr 24, In Morocco thousands of demonstrators marched peacefully in several cities to demand more democracy and social justice despite King Mohammed VI's concessions, including the release of political prisoners.
    (AFP, 4/24/11)

2011        Apr 26, The Transparency-Maroc (Morocco) Association called on all public institutions in the north African country to account for their spending and to accept inspections.
    (AP, 4/26/11)

2011        Apr 28, In Morocco a massive explosion ripped through the Argana café, popular among tourists in Marrakech, killing 16 people including 2 Canadians, 8 French citizens, 3 Moroccans, a Dutchman, a Portuguese, a Swiss and a British national. More than 20 people were wounded. The Al-Qaeda terror network was suspected of involvement. Another Swiss national died a week later raising the death toll to 17. In 2012 a court confirmed the death sentence for the ringleader, Adel al-Othmani, and changed the life sentence of his associate Hakim Dah into capital punishment. Six other defendants convicted of being associated with the bombing had their prison sentences of two and four years increased to 10 years. Only one defendant, Abdel-Fattah Dehaj, kept his two-year sentence.
    (AP, 4/29/11)(AP, 5/2/11)(AP, 5/6/11)(AP, 10/2/11)(AP, 3/10/12)

2011        May 1, In Morocco thousands marched in an umber of cities demanding a faster transition toward democracy and decrying terrorism.
    (SFC, 5/2/11, p.A2)

2011        May 5, Morocco said 3 nationals have been arrested in the April 28 deadly bombing at the Argana café in Marrakech, including the main suspect Adel Othmani, a man with loyalties to al-Qaida who had attempted to travel to Iraq and Chechnya.
    (AP, 5/6/11)(AP, 8/18/11)

2011        May 8, In Morocco thousands of protesters marched to demand reform in the Arab world's longest-serving dynasty and to oppose militant violence after a deadly bomb attack.
    (Reuters, 5/8/11)

2011        May 10, The Gulf Co-operation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE) said it welcomed Jordan~ez_rsquo~s request to join the 6-member group. Jordan had first applied for membership in the mid-1980s. The GCC said it would encourage Morocco to also join.
    (Econ, 5/21/11, p.54)(http://abcnews.go.com/Business/wireStory?id=13586238)

2011        May 15, Moroccan security services used truncheons to disperse a pro-democracy protest on the southern outskirts of the capital Rabat, injuring several people.
    (Reuters, 5/15/11)

2011        May 22, Moroccan police beat protesters who defied a ban on demonstrations across the country, leading to arrests and dozens of injuries, some of them life threatening.
    (Reuters, 5/22/11)

2011        May 29, Moroccan police used truncheons to break up a new pro-reform demonstration in Casablanca, leaving around two dozen people wounded.
    (AFP, 5/29/11)

2011        Jun 2, In Morocco Khaled al-Amari (30), a member of the main opposition Islamist group, died from wounds sustained during a pro-reform demonstration several days earlier.
    (AP, 6/3/11)

2011        Jun 5, Hundreds of young Moroccans flouted a government ban and held a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Rabat. The protesters expressed their anger at the beating death of Kamal Al-Amri, a leader of the opposition, as authorities promised not to crack down on protesters.
    (AFP, 6/5/11)(AP, 6/5/11)

2011        Jun 17, Morocco's King Mohammed VI announced a series of constitutional reforms in a speech that he said will turn the North African country into a constitutional monarchy, though pro-democracy activists remain skeptical.
    (AFP, 6/17/11)

2011        Jun 18, Morocco's youth-based February 20 Movement rejected constitutional reforms proposed by King Mohammed VI, calling for nationwide protests.
    (AFP, 6/18/11)

2011        Jun 19, In Morocco several thousand rallied in Casablanca to answer a call from the youth-based February 20 Movement that has rejected constitutional reforms proposed by King Mohammed VI. Pro-government demonstrators attacked democracy activists protesting constitutional reforms recently unveiled by the king.
    (AFP, 6/19/11)(AP, 6/19/11)

2011        Jun 22, Morocco's pro-reform February 20 Movement urged a boycott of the constitutional referendum proposed by King Mohammed VI and called for peaceful nationwide protests.
    (AFP, 6/22/11)

2011        Jul 1, Moroccans voted on whether to adopt a new constitution that the king has championed as an answer to demands for greater freedoms, but that protesters say will still leave the monarch firmly in control. The preliminary results showed a 98.94 percent approval rating and 72.56 percent turnout.
    (AP, 7/1/11)
2011        Jul 1, Moroccan constitutional reforms made Tamazight, a form of Berber, an official language. Its written tradition extended to at least 200BC. The Tuareg traditionally use their own alphabet, called Tifinagh, to write it.
    (SSFC, 7/17/11, p.N3)

2011        Jul 3, In Morocco thousands of pro-democracy activists protested across the country to demand more reforms two days after voters overwhelmingly approved a new constitution the king said will expand freedoms.
    (AP, 7/3/11)

2011        Jul 10, In Morocco thousands of demonstrators, including Islamists, held rallies in Rabat and Casablanca to demand greater political reform and social justice.
    (AFP, 7/10/11)

2011        Jul 17, In Morocco thousands of demonstrators, including Islamists, held peaceful rallies in Rabat, Casablanca and Tangiers to demand greater political reforms and social justice.
    (AFP, 7/17/11)

2011        Jul 22, A clash between Moroccan border guards and armed men coming from Algeria left one soldier dead.
    (AFP, 7/22/11)

2011        Jul 26, In Morocco a C-130 military transport plane crashed into a mountain in Western Sahara in bad weather, killing 78 people. There were three survivors.
    (AP, 7/26/11)

2011        Jul 29, Morocco's King Mohammed VI pardoned 14 prisoners and commuted the sentences of 954 others, on the eve of his coronation's 12th anniversary.
    (AFP, 7/29/11)

2011        Jul 30, Morocco's King Mohammed VI called for parliamentary elections to be held soon, in his first speech since a July 1 referendum overwhelmingly approved curbing some of his prerogatives.
    (AFP, 7/30/11)

2011        Jul, A meteor shower dropped rocks from Mars on the ground in Morocco. 15 pounds of the rocks were found in December.
    (SFC, 1/18/12, p.A7)

2011        Aug 4, Morocco took delivery of the first of 4 of 24 F-16 fighter jets from the United States as part of its air force modernization program.
    (AFP, 8/4/11)

2011        Sep 18, Thousands of Moroccans demonstrated calling for greater political freedoms, as the country's pro-democracy movement attempted to regain momentum lost over the summer.
    (AP, 9/18/11)

2011        Sep 23, Morocco announced that an Al-Qaida-linked militant cell planning attacks inside the country has been dismantled. The 3-man cell was based in Casablanca.
    (SFC, 9/24/11, p.A2)(AP, 10/2/11)

2011        Sep 25, In Morocco thousands of protesters turned out in Casablanca to demand deep political reform, unappeased by a recently-agreed package limiting the powers of King Mohammed VI.
    (AFP, 9/25/11)

2011        Sep 29, French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived in Morocco to kick off work on Africa's fastest rail line, in a bid to highlight France's role in the project.
    (AFP, 9/29/11)

2011        Sep, Mouad Belghouat (24), a rapper nicknamed "Al-Haqed" (the Vengeful One, in Arabic), was arrested after a brawl with a monarchist. He served four months in a Casablanca prison for assault but was acquitted of another charge.
    (AFP, 1/12/12)

2011        Oct 1, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s national intelligence agency said a five-man militant group, operating in the cities of Casablanca and Sale, has been dismantled. An agency report said one of the members was related to a high-ranking al-Qaida operative in Iraq.
    (AP, 10/2/11)

2011        Oct 10, In Morocco some 50 imams protested in the capital over tight controls on their preaching, the first time such a demonstration has been allowed to go forward.
    (AP, 10/10/11)

2011        Oct 28, A Moroccan court convicted all defendants for their role in the April 28 cafe bombing that killed 17 people, mostly tourists, sentencing Adel al-Othmani, the chief suspect, to death. All the defendants protested their innocence.
    (AP, 10/28/11)

2011        Nov 25, Moroccans voted for a new parliament in Arab Spring-inspired elections that are facing a boycott by democracy campaigners who say the ruling monarchy isn't committed to real change. Under the new constitution, the largest party must form the government. The moderate Justice and Development Party (PJD) captured 107 seats in the 395-seat assembly.
    (AP, 11/25/11)(AFP, 11/26/11)(AP, 11/28/11)

2011        Nov 29, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s King Mohammed VI received Abdelilah Benkirane, the secretary general of the Justice and Development Party, in the mountain town of Midelt and named him head of government with the task of forming a governing coalition.
    (AP, 11/29/11)

2011        Dec 4, Morocco's main leftwing party said it had decided not to take part in a government coalition led by the country's moderate Islamists.
    (AFP, 12/4/11)

2011        Dec 14, European Parliament lawmakers blocked a deal allowing special access for EU fishermen to Moroccan waters, prompting Rabat to issue an immediate ban on European fishing boats. European lawmakers said they wanted to wanted to wait until the interests of Western Sahara trawlers were taken on board before agreeing to a 12-month extension.
    (AFP, 12/14/11)

2012        Jan 19, Five unemployed Moroccan men set themselves on fire in the capital Rabat as part of widespread demonstrations in the country over the lack of jobs, especially for university graduates. Three were burned badly enough to be hospitalized. Abdelwahab Zaydoun (27), who held a master's degree in law, died of his burns on Jan 24.
    (AP, 1/19/12)(AP, 1/24/12)

2012        Jan 27, A retired Moroccan died in a Marrakech hospital after pouring gasoline on himself and lighting himself on fire in a nearby town's courthouse the day before. State news said the man lived alone and had serious social and personal problems.
    (AP, 1/27/12)

2012        Jan, Morocco banned French the weekly Le Nouvel Observateur when a cover story on the Arab world included the supposed face of the Prophet Mohammed. The French weekly l'Express was also banned for publishing a 95-page dossier on Islam including a face meant to represent Mohammed's.
    (AFP, 2/18/12)

2012        Feb 4, Morocco freed a former world kickboxing champion, Zakaria Moumni, jailed 17 months ago on charges of racketeering, after he was pardoned by King Mohamed VI.
    (AFP, 2/4/12)

2012        Feb 8, Tunisia's new President Moncef Marzouki arrived in Morocco to push for a revival of a dormant project to unify the Maghreb region on his first foreign tour since taking office.
    (AFP, 2/8/12)

2012        Feb 9, In Morocco Renault inaugurated a giant factory to build low-cost cars, sparking controversy at home in France where a loss of industrial competitiveness has rankled.
    (AFP, 2/9/12)

2012        Feb 16, The European Parliament approved a divisive new fishing and farming accord with Morocco that will reduce customs costs and boost trade across the Mediterranean.
    (AP, 2/16/12)

2012        Feb 18, Morocco said it has banned the distribution of the Feb 16 edition of Spain's influential El Pais, as a cartoon published by the newspaper allegedly tarnished King Mohammed VI's name. Earlier this month French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur was banned after printing an image of God.
    (AFP, 2/18/12)

2012        Feb 26, Authorities in Morocco banned the Spanish-language daily newspaper El País from distributing its February 26 issue because of an excerpt it featured from the French book ~ez_ldquo~Le Roi Predateur~ez_rdquo~ (The Predator King) by Catherine Graciet and Eric Laurent. The book described how the king has quintupled his wealth in his 11 years on the throne.
    (Econ, 3/17/12, p.58)(http://tinyurl.com/7jwkfnm)

2012        Mar 15, In Morocco a minister in the Islamist government called for a change to a law allowing a rapist to marry his victim after a teenager forced into such a union committed suicide. Amina al-Filali (16) drank rat poison last week in Larache, near Tangiers in the north, after being forced to marry the man who raped her.
    (AFP, 3/15/12)

2012        Mar, Moroccan security forces began demolishing some of an estimated 44,000 homes built illegally over the past year.
    (Econ, 3/17/12, p.57)

2012        Apr 11, In Morocco 2 US Marines were killed and two severely injured in the crash of an MV-22 Osprey.
    (AP, 4/11/12)

2012        May 5, Morocco said it had broken up a "terrorist network" active in several cities in the country and that had links to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
    (AFP, 5/5/12)

2012        May 11, A Moroccan court sentenced Mouad Belghouat (24), one of the country's most famous rappers, to one year in prison over a video critical of the police.
    (AFP, 5/11/12)

2012        May 17, Morocco's said that it had lost confidence in veteran US diplomat Christopher Ross, the UN envoy on Western Sahara. Ross was forced to call off plans to carry out his first official trip to the disputed territory.
    (AFP, 5/18/12)

2012        May 19, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development approved investment of 1.0 billion euros for expansion into north Africa and the Middle East under its first British president, Suma Chakrabarti, who a day earlier replaced Thomas Mirow from Germany. The EBRD is planning to invest specifically in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Jordan.
    (AFP, 5/19/12)

2012        May 27, In Morocco tens of thousands took to the streets of Casablanca in the largest opposition protest since an Islamist-led government took office in January. The protest was organized by trade unions which accuse PM Abdelilah Benkirane of failing to deliver on the pledges of social justice.
    (AFP, 5/27/12)

2012        Jun 21, In Morocco the Swiss-made solar-powered plane, Solar Impulse, took off from Rabat airport in a fresh bid to cross the Moroccan desert, after being foiled by rough conditions last week.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)

2012        Jul 9, In Morocco a bus speeding on a mountainous road along the Mediterranean crashed outside the city of Nador, killing 10 people and injuring 33 others. Another bus flipped over on the highway as it traveled between the Atlantic coast tourist destinations of Essaouira and Agadir, killing 17 people including those of a German and a Dutch tourist.
    (AFP, 7/10/12)

2012        Jul 30, Morocco's King Mohammed VI vowed to press ahead with reforms, including strengthening the independence of the judiciary and battling corruption, in a speech to mark 13 years on the throne.
    (AFP, 7/30/12)

2012        Jul 31, In central Morocco a collision between a bus and a lorry killed at least 12 people and left one critically injured.
    (AFP, 8/1/12)

2012        Aug 10, Moroccan government sources said an unspecified number of security officials accused of corruption on its northern coast have been arrested as part of a judicial inquiry ordered by the king.
    (AFP, 8/10/12)

2012        Aug 11, In Morocco hundreds of activists took to the streets of the main cities to protest against corruption, the high cost of living and other causes of discontent.
    (AFP, 8/11/12)

2012        Aug 19, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s King Mohammed VI granted partial or full pardons to 562 prisoners to mark the Muslim feast of Eid which follows the Ramadan holy month.
    (AFP, 8/19/12)

2012        Aug 22, Moroccan police violently broke up a protest demanding more political freedoms and denouncing an annual ceremony honoring the king.
    (AP, 8/23/12)

2012        Sep 4, In Morocco 42 people were killed when the bus overturned between the desert cities of Marrakesh and Ouarzazate and plunged down a 500-foot (150-meter) ravine. Another 24 people were injured, four of them seriously.
    (AP, 9/4/12)

2012        Oct 4, Moroccan protesters targeting a Dutch abortion-rights activist scuffled with police in a port where a ship promoting safe abortion had been due to land. The "Women on Waves" boat was aiming for its first landfall in a Muslim country. It was invited to Morocco by a local women's rights organization seeking the legalization of abortion.
    (AP, 10/4/12)

2012        Oct 6, In Morocco some 1,000 judges held an unprecedented sit-in in front of the Supreme Court in Rabat calling for greated independence for the judiciary.
    (SSFC, 10/7/12, p.A3)

2012        Oct 29, German police arrested a French citizen (37) wanted by Moroccan authorities in connection with the May 16, 2003, bombings in Casablanca that killed 45 people including a dozen suicide bombers.
    (SFC, 10/31/12, p.A2)

2012        Nov 7, Morocco's Interior Ministry said it has expelled 15 Spanish and four Norwegian journalists from the annexed territory of the Western Sahara for entering without permission.
    (AP, 11/8/12)

2012        Nov 19, In Morocco the 48-member int~ez_rsquo~l. organization of fishing countries voted to keep strict limits on catching Atlantic blue fin tuna.
    (SFC, 11/20/12, p.A7)

2012        Dec 12, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said more than 100 countries have recognized a new Syrian opposition coalition. Fabius called the "Friends of the Syrian People" conference meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, "extraordinary progress." US and NATO said President Bashar Assad's forces had fired Scud missiles at rebel areas.
    (AP, 12/12/12)(AP, 12/13/12)

2012        Dec 13, In Morocco Sheikh Abdessalam Yassine (84) died. He was the charismatic religious leader of the country~ez_rsquo~s largest opposition movement and longtime opponent of two Moroccan kings.
    (AP, 12/13/12)

2013        Jan 5, A Moroccan family of 5 returning home died when their plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Grenoble airport near the French Alps.
    (AP, 1/5/13)

2013        Jan 23, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s government announced plans to change the penal code to outlaw the traditional practice of allowing those convicted of "corruption" or "kidnapping" of a minor to go free if they marry their victim.
    (AP, 1/23/13)

2013        Feb 17, A Moroccan military court convicted 24 Western Saharan activists for their roles in the killing of 11 soldiers at a protest camp in 2010, and gave nine of the defendants life sentences.
    (AP, 2/17/13)

2013        Mar 31, In Morocco several thousand members of the country~ez_rsquo~s two largest labor unions marched through Rabat to protest the Islamist-led governments planned economic and labor reforms and its failure to stem unemployment and inflation.
    (SFC, 4/1/13, p.A2)

2013        Apr 11, In Morocco soccer hooligans rampaged through Casablanca, mugging pedestrians and smashing up carriages of the city's new tram system, cars and public buses. 193 people were arrested.
    (AP, 4/13/13)

2013        May 12, In Morocco the Istiqlal party said it has withdrawn from the ruling coalition due to efforts by the Islamist Justice and Development Party to cut spending and reduce subsidies.
    (SFC, 5/13/13, p.A2)

2013        May 20, A Moroccan court convicted two men of homosexuality and public indecency, and sentenced each to four months in prison, in the latest case against gays in this North African nation.
    (AP, 5/21/13)

2013        Jun 27, In Morocco delegates at the World Intellectual Property Organization produced a draft treaty text showing consensus. 600 negotiators in Marrakech agreed to an international treaty to overcome ~ez_ldquo~book famine~ez_rdquo~ for world~ez_rsquo~s 285M visually impaired.
    (Econ, 7/20/13, p.54)

2013        Jul 10, The junior party in Morocco's governing coalition confirmed that it had quit over planned cuts in food and energy subsidies, raising the prospect of political instability and possibly an early election.
    (Reuters, 7/10/13)

2013        Jul 30, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s King Mohamed VI pardoned 48 jailed Spaniards at the request of Spain's King Juan Carlos, who visited Morocco last month. Included in the pardon was Spanish pedophile Daniel Fino Galvan, convicted 18 months ago by criminal courts in Kenitra, near Rabat, of raping and filming children aged between 4 and 15. He was serving a 30-year sentence for raping 11 children.
    (Reuters, 8/1/13)

2013        Aug 2, Moroccan riot police broke up a protest by hundreds of people late today against a royal pardon for a Spanish pedophile serving a 30-year sentence for raping and filming children as young as four.
    (Reuters, 8/3/13)

2013        Aug 3, Morocco~ez_rsquo~s King Mohamed VI revoked a pardon granted on July 30 to Spanish pedophile Daniel Fino Galvan. Galvan, already back in Spain, was soon arrested by Spanish authorities.
    (Reuters, 8/6/13)

2013        Sep 17, Hundreds of Africans seeking to enter Europe made a coordinated assault on the triple wall that divides Spanish enclave Melilla from Morocco, with about a hundred of them getting over.
    (Reuters, 9/17/13)

2013        Sep 25, The United Arab Emirates announced $100 million to Morocco in "financial support" to build solar and wind power farms.
    (AFP, 9/25/13)

2013        Oct 3, Moroccan police arrested a teenage boy and girl for posting a photo on Facebook of them kissing, with the incident provoking a slew of copycats .
    (AFP, 10/4/13)

2013        Oct 6, In Morocco thousands of unemployed graduates marched through Rabat demanding jobs in the public sector, weeks before parliament is due to debate planned budget cuts.
    (Reuters, 10/6/13)

2013        Oct 17, Moroccan police drove back 400 African migrants who tried to rush across the country's border into the Spanish territory of Ceuta.
    (AFP, 10/17/13)

2013        Nov 13, The Afrobarometer survey, a poll of Africans in 34 countries across the continent, found that nearly one-third of people have been forced to pay bribes including for medical treatment. Sierra Leone fared the worst overall when it came to bribes, with 63 percent of respondents saying they'd paid up at least once in the previous year. Morocco and Guinea came next, each with 57 percent.
    (AP, 11/13/13)

2013        Nov 14, In Morocco foreign ministers from countries across the Sahel and Maghreb gathered in Rabat to look for ways to boost border security and confront Islamist linked-violence plaguing the vast desert region.
    (AFP, 11/14/13)

2013        Nov 22, President Barack Obama praised the "leadership" of Morocco's King Mohammed VI after holding wide-ranging talks with the North African monarch for the first time at the White House.
    (AFP, 11/22/13)

2013        Dec 4, In Morocco a Cameroonian immigrant plunged to his death when police raided his fourth-floor apartment in Tangiers, raising tensions in the city after a similar death in October.
    (AFP, 12/5/13)

2013        Dec 7, Moroccan police violently suppressed a peaceful protest in the Western Sahara against a planned EU fishing accord with Rabat that covers the disputed territory's waters.
    (AFP, 12/8/13)

2013        Dec 18, In Morocco a visiting group of UN experts said Morocco must put an end to the practice of convicting detainees on the basis of confessions obtained through torture.
    (AFP, 12/18/13)

2013        Dec 23, The Moroccan-flagged fuel tanker "Silver" hit rocks near the Atlantic port of Tan Tan during a storm, and there were fears of an ecological disaster. Over the next two weeks the cargo was offloaded to fuel trucks.
    (AP, 1/5/14)

2013        Dec 27, Morocco and Qatar signed an aid deal worth $1.25 billion, part of a five-year package of financial assistance extended by wealthy Gulf states to the North African kingdom to help it weather 'Arab Spring' protests.
    (Reuters, 12/28/13)

2014        Jan 2, Morocco launched an operation to give residency permits to tens of thousands of immigrants living in the country illegally, after the king expressed concern about their harsh treatment by the police.
    (AFP, 1/2/14)

2014        Jan 15, Roughly 60 migrants entered Spain's north African territory of Melilla after charging a barbed-wire border fence bordering Morocco.
    (AFP, 1/15/14)

2014        Jan 18, In Morocco the Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Committee of Muslim nations ended talks and urged the international community to put pressure on Israel to stop building Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.
    (AFP, 1/19/14)

2014        Jan 26, Italian police and campaigners said 13 Moroccan migrants held in a reception center in Rome for more than two months have sewed their mouths shut in protest at the length of their detention. They sewed their mouths shut the previous evening, repeating a protest they staged at the end of last year.
    (Reuters, 1/26/14)

2014        Feb 6, At least 7 migrants, including a woman, drowned while trying to swim to the Spanish enclave of Ceuta from a beach in neighboring Morocco. Authorities said "around 400 sub-Saharans" had taken part in the desperate bid to reach EU territory. On Feb 13 Spain said border police had fired rubber bullets in an attempt to turn back around 200 migrants who tried to cross the frontier.
    (AFP, 2/6/14)(Reuters, 2/13/14)

2014        Feb 8, Moroccan authorities banned a sit-in by hundreds of judges who want greater independence for the judiciary, deploying dozens of riot police to central Rabat and closing off streets around the Justice Ministry.
    (Reuters, 2/8/14)

2014        Feb 17, A wave of around 250 African migrants managed to breach the high defenses of the Spanish enclave of Melilla in Morocco, with more than half making it into the EU territory.
    (AFP, 2/17/14)

2014        Feb 24, In Morocco hundreds of sub-Saharan migrants armed with sticks and stones stormed the six-meter (20-foot) high double barbed wire border fence in a bid to enter Spain's northwest African enclave of Melilla, with about 100 of them making it across.
    (AP, 2/24/14)

2014        Mar 4, Moroccan forces turned back some 700 sub-Saharan African migrants who attempted to cross into the Spanish enclave of Ceuta.
    (AP, 3/4/14)

2014        Mar 14, Moroccan and Spanish authorities arrested seven suspected members of an al-Qaida-linked extremist cell allegedly recruiting members to fight in Syria and other hotspots.
    (AP, 3/14/14)

2014        Mar 18, In Morocco hundreds of migrants tried to force their way into Spain's North African enclave of Melilla in two attempted mass crossings, throwing stones at police who tried to stop them. 500 people made it over.
    (Reuters, 3/18/14)(SFC, 4/10/14, p.A5)

2014        Mar 28, In Morocco some 800 African migrants tried to climb barbed-wire fences to enter the Spanish enclave of Melilla. Most were turned back by security forces from both sides.
    (AP, 3/28/14)

2014        Apr 6, In Morocco thousands of workers, teachers and civil servants marched through downtown Casablanca to protest austerity plans put in place by the government to control runaway spending.
    (AP, 4/6/14)

2014        Apr 7, Morocco police in a crackdown on violent crime began arresting so-called ~ez_ldquo~Tchermil~ez_rdquo~ (a slang Moroccan term for marinated meat) hooligans. By April 25 police arrested 83 men in Casablanca alone and dramatically reduced muggings.
    (SFC, 5/3/14, p.A4)

2014        May 1, In Morocco some 700 African migrants charged Spain's barbed-wire border fences in the North African enclave of Melilla, clashing with Spanish and Moroccan border police. 140 of the migrants managed to enter Spanish territory despite the efforts of the border police.
    (AP, 5/1/14)

2014        May 14, United Arab Emirates telecommunications firm Etisalat said it has completed a deal to buy French entertainment company Vivendi's majority stake in Morocco's Maroc Telecom.
    (AP, 5/14/14)

2014        May 17, In Morocco some 700 African migrants charged barbed wire fenses in two waves at the Spanish enclave of Melilla. Moroccan and Spanish border guards repulsed the charges.
    (SSFC, 5/18/14, p.A4)

2014        May 26, Moroccan authorities said three militants have been arrested for recruiting fighters and funding groups linked to al-Qaida that are fighting against the government in Syria.
    (AP, 5/26/14)

2014        May 28, In Morocco more than 1,000 would-be immigrants tried to forced their way over razor-wire barriers into Spain's North African enclave of Melilla, with about half succeeding. Around 2,000 have breached the 12-km. barriers so far this year, up from just over 1,000 for the whole of 2013.
    (Reuters, 5/28/14)

2014        Jun 7, Moroccan police raided a warehouse in Casablanca and seized 12 tons of hashish, known locally as "chira." The raid followed the discovery a day earlier of 16.7 tons of hashish hidden inside plastic rollers and tubing in a 40 foot (12 meter) container at the port.
    (AFP, 6/9/14)

2014        Jun 14, Spanish and Moroccan security forces drove back 1,000 African migrants who tried to scramble over a border fence from Morocco into the Spanish territory of Melilla.
    (AFP, 6/14/14)

2014        Jun 18, The Moroccan Association of Human Rights (AMDH) said  the repression of peaceful protests in in the country is growing.
    (AFP, 6/18/14)
2014        Jun 18, In Morocco some 400 sub-Saharan migrants stormed Spain's multiple-barbed-wire border fences separating its North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco, but failed in their bid to enter Europe.
    (AP, 6/18/14)

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