January 15, 1989 |
Muslim Morocco and Roman Catholic Spain are to build a bridge to link Europe and Africa across the Strait of Gibraltar, the Atlantic gateway to the Mediterranean. "I hope it will be built before 2000," Morocco's King Hassan II said in a recent interview with the Spanish newspaper ABC. He gave no estimate of the cost of the project or when work was expected to start on the link across the busy waterway, about 10 miles wide at its narrowest point and 250 to 900 yards deep.
July 22, 1986 |
Syria today accused Morocco of "black treason" and urged all Arab nations to cut ties with it as King Hassan II met with Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres on Middle East peace. Morocco's controlled news media kept silent on the visit by Peres, the first by a serving Israeli prime minister to any Arab nation other than Egypt, with which Israel signed a peace treaty in 1979.
December 6, 1986 |
U.S. Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger said Friday that President Reagan should keep trying to improve relations with Iran despite the uproar over secret arms transactions. The defense secretary addressed a news conference at the close of a NATO defense ministers meeting. Later Friday, he arrived in Rabat, Morocco, for a meeting with King Hassan II.
September 20, 1989 |
A hijacker forced a Moroccan twin-engine plane to fly from Western Sahara to Grand Canary Island on Tuesday, then surrendered after holding 10 people hostage for hours, officials said. A police officer at Gando Airport said the man, armed with a pistol, allowed the six passengers aboard the Royal Air Maroc turboprop to leave unharmed about two hours after the plane landed at this Spanish archipelago, then surrendered and released the four crew members about four hours later.
April 26, 1989 |
Hamani Diori, Niger's first president after it won independence from France in 1960 and who served until he was ousted in a coup 14 years later, has died, officials said Monday. He was 73. Moroccan government officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he died Sunday. They provided no cause of death. Diori ruled Niger, a landlocked Sahelian state, from independence from France until he was toppled in a military coup in 1974 by Lt. Col. Seyni Kountche. He spent the next 10 years in jail and was then put under house arrest.
February 19, 1991 |
The written word has wings. Some time ago, in a context since forgotten, I evidently wrote the following words of dubious wisdom: "Teen-agers are only interested in themselves, their friends and their idols." A purist might argue that the only should have followed interested , instead of preceding it, but that is not the reason the sentence has come winging back to me all the way from Morocco.
December 11, 1999 |
A 9-year-old girl was pulled alive Friday from the ruins of a shoddily constructed building that collapsed in the Moroccan city of Fez, killing at least 47 people, officials said. Rescuers retrieved 16 bodies from the wreckage Friday. Forty people were injured when the five-story building that had been home to 87 people collapsed Wednesday. The girl's mother and her eight brothers and sisters were killed in the accident. Her father, a night watchman, was not home when the building crumbled.
August 1, 1999 |
Thousands of prisoners, including foreigners held as drug smugglers, began winning their freedom Saturday after an amnesty decreed by the new king, Mohammed VI. "We began setting free detainees following the royal amnesty, which was announced on Friday," an official at the Sale prison said. Sale is the twin city of the Moroccan capital, Rabat. He said about 700 of his inmates were affected by the royal pardon.
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May 23, 2007 |
Driss Benzekri, 57, a former political prisoner who later headed a truth commission in Morocco, died Sunday in Rabat of complications from stomach cancer, said Abdelhamid Amin, a former president of the Moroccan Assn. for Human Rights. Benzekri was president of the Equity and Reconciliation Commission, founded in 2004 by Morocco's King Mohammed VI to look into past human rights abuses -- including under the monarch's father, King Hassan II.