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Location  Africa
Capital  Rabat
Area  446,550 sq km
Population  34,314,130
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  • Morocco's Wydad Athletic Club (WAC) was elected as the Club of the Year at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards in Ghanaian capital Accra on 4 January 2018.

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  • Moroccan athlete Hicham El Guerrouj won the Olympic Creative Sports Award at the 9th Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award ceremony held in Dubai on 10 January 2018.[1]

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  • Adam Lamhamedi, the only Moroccan athlete participated at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games, clinched a Gold medal after winning the Alpine Skiing Men's Super G on 14 January 2012.[2]

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  • Morocco has approved a motion allowing women in the country to become public notary officials, an occupation that has traditionally only been held by men, as King Mohammed VI on 22 January 2018 endorsed the decision through a royal decree.

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  • Morocco was admitted as the 55th member of the African Union (AU) on 30 January 2017.

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  • Morocco became the first host nation to claim the African Nations Football Championship title with a convincing 4-0 win over Nigeria on 4 February 2018.[3]
  • Morocco on 4 February 2016 switched on the first section of its new Ouarzazate solar power plant, what will become the largest concentrated solar power plant in the world. The new installation already creates 160 megawatts of power and is expected to grow to cover 6000 acres by 2018.

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  • IBM on 7 February 2014 announced it is further expanding its operations across Africa with the opening of two new IBM Innovation Centers in Casablanca, Morocco and Lagos, Nigeria. These new centers aim to spur local growth and fuel an ecosystem of development and entrepreneurship.[4]

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  • The GENIE Programme, aimed at incorporating ICT to improve the access and quality of education in schools in Morocco, received the UNESCO King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the use of ICTs in education on 7 March 2018.[5]

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  • Moroccan government and Siemens have reached an agreement to build a factory in Morocco to manufacture rotor blades for onshore wind turbines, as announced on 10 March 2016. The factory is expected to create 700 local jobs once commence operations in spring 2017.[6]

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  • Moroccan author, Mohammed Achaari, and Saudi Arabian author, Raja Alem, were announced as joint winners of the 2011 International Prize for Arabic Fiction on 14 March 2011. Mohammed was awarded for his book The Arch and the Butterfly. This is the first time the prize has been split between two novelists.

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  • The Atlas Mountains biosphere reserve in Morocco, home to 75% of the world’s majestic Atlas cedar tree population, was added to the list of UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves on 19 March 2016. The list recognizes regions that have maintained a healthy economy while hanging on to significant environmental values.
  • Moroccan professor Rajaâ Cherkaoui El Moursli won the prestigious L’Oréal-UNESCO Award 2015 from the Africa and the Arab States region for her key contribution to one of the greatest discoveries in physics: proof of the existence of the Higgs Boson, the particle responsible for the creation of mass in the universe.[7]

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  • More than 200 million years ago, volcanoes decimated a large numbers of marine and terrestrial species — including large sea reptiles and mollusks - which opened the door for the dinosaurs to take over millions of years later, according to a study published by scientists from Morocco, Canada and the USA on 21 March 2013 in the journal Science.[8]

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  • Professor Mohamed Abdalmotaleb Mostafa of Morocco was named as the winners of the 2016 King Faisal International Prize for Arabic Language and Literature in recognition of his distinguished literary effort.[9]

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  • Morocco was named as the most attractive investment destination in Africa, according to the Africa Investment Index 2018 published by Quantum Global Research Lab.[10]
  • Governments of Morocco and Gabon signed six cooperation agreements on 26 March 2013 in the field of agriculture, health and communication, among others.

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  • Scientists from Morocco and their international colleagues have discovered one of the last dinosaurs living in Africa, named Chenanisaurus barbaricus, before their extinction 66 million years ago in a phosphate mine in northern Morocco, as revealed on 4 May 2017.[11]

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  • The Moroccan initiative 475 won jury honors as the Best Social Activism campaign at the Deutsche Welle sponsored Best of the Blogs Awards 2013. The project is named after a code in Moroccan law that allows rapists to avoid punishment by marrying their victims.[12]
  • Morocco’s Ridouane Harraoufi won the 2011 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, the largest half-marathon in the United States, with a time of 1:02:45. The Marathon took place in Indianapolis on May 7, 2011.[13]

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  • Moroccan researcher Adnane Remmal was announced as the winner of the 2015 Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) in recognition of his research that provides solutions to farmers to improve livestock production whilst taking into account consumer health needs.

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  • Moroccan filmmaker Meryem Benm’Barek won the Best Screenplay prize at the 71st Cannes Film Festival on 19 May 2018 for her movie Sofia.[14]

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  • Scientists from Morocco and a team of international researchers have discovered the oldest fossils of Homo Sapiens in Morocco that show Homo sapiens emerged at least 100,000 years earlier than previously recognised. Their findings were published in the journal Nature on 7 June 2017.[15]

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  • Association Amsing from Morocco created by the villagers of Elmoudaa was honored with the 2012 Equator Prize by the United Nations for successfully regenerating degraded lands surrounding their village through a traditional land management practice called 'azzayn' which bans herders from grazing in protected lands.[16]

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  • Moroccan boxer Oumayma Belahbib won the ladies Light Welterweight (64kg) title at the 2017 African boxing championships.[17]

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  • The US First Lady Michelle Obama launched a $100 million investment package in Morocco on 28 June 2016 to promote the education of girls in the country.

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  • Morocco and Bosnia and Herzegovina signed an agreement on mutual visa exemption for holders of diplomatic, service or special passports on 3 August 2016.[18]

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  • Morocco hosted the 12th African Games from 19 to 31 August 2019 in Rabat. This was the first time that the African Games were hosted by Morocco following the country's readmission to the African Union in January 2017.

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  • Morocco’s Fathallah Oualalou won the Special Book of China Award for his book China and Us: A Response to the Second Passage on 21 August 2018.

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  • Qatar waived visa requirement for Moroccan nationals from 5 September 2017, meaning holders of Moroccan passports wishing to visit Qatar will not have to apply for a tourist visa or pay a fee to travel.

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  • Moroccan scientists along with their international colleagues unearthed a giant fossil of the first ever semiaquatic dinosaur, Spinosaurus, in the Sahara desert. Their findings were published on 11 September 2014 in the journal Science.[19]

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  • A new law in Morocco criminalising violence against women, which includes a ban on forced marriage and sexual harassment in public places, went into effect on 12 September 2018.

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  • Morocco joined the Arab League, a regional organization of Arab states for creating a closer relation among its members, on 1 October 1973.[20]

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  • A new law aimed at protecting thousands of young girls working as housemaids in Morocco took effect on 2 October 2018, the country's first such legislation. The law sets a minimum age of 18 for household work, in a bid to end the exploitation and abuse of young girls working for unscrupulous employers.
  • Morocco and Ecuador on 2 October 2014 signed a partnership agreement in the field of export promotion. The agreement aims to reinforce exchange of information and know-how between the two countries, including promotional activities, assistance, support, planning, best practices and lobbying.[21]

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  • Morocco and Spain signed a raft of cooperation accords on 3 October 2012, during Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's visit to Morocco, covering the simplification of visa procedures, cooperation in tourism, sport, education and transport.[22]

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  • Moroccan journalist Chaima Lahsini, who led a protest following the sexual assault of a young woman in Morocco, was included in the BBC global list of 100 inspirational and innovative women for 2017.

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  • The Confederation of African Football (Caf) voted Morocco as the host of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) on 14 October 2017.

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  • Moroccan, Swiss and French researchers have discovered the remains of now-extinct creatures called trilobites that were almost perfectly preserved in the Moroccan desert near the town of Zagora, as reported in the journal Scientific Reports on 17 October 2019.[23]

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  • Morocco was elected as a non-permanent member of the 15-member UN Security Council for the 2012-13 term on October 21, 2011.

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  • Moroccan researcher Karima El Azhary won the prestigious German Green Talents Award 2019 for PhD research focusing on developing new sustainable construction and insulation materials, based on alimentary and agricultural waste.[24]

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  • Morocco was elected as a council member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on 27 October 2014 for four years from the African region. ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies.

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  • The United Nations General Assembly on 12 November 2013 elected Morocco to serve on the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) for a period of three years beginning on 1 January 2014.

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  • Morocco secured the 8th position at the Climate Change Performance Index published on 16 November 2016 by Climate Action Network Europe and Germanwatch. The index ranked 58 countries according to their emissions level, the trend in emissions, the deployment of renewable energy, the energy intensity of the economy and climate policies.

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  • The General Assembly of the United Nations on 6 December 2013 appointed Morocco as a member of the world body's Economic and Social Council's Committee for Program and Coordination, to serve a three-year term beginning 1 January 2014.

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  • Khadija Ryadi from Morocco received the 2013 United Nations Human Rights Prize for her passion for full equality between men and women, self-determination and freedom of expression regardless of sexual orientation.[25]

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  • Moroccan director Essam Doukhou received an award for his film Dalto for the short film competition at the 14th Marrakech International Film Festival in Marrakech on 12 December 2014.

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  • The UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee inscribed Medina of Essaouira in Morocco as a World Heritage Site in 2001. It stands as a fine example of a late 18th fortified North African town.[26]

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