It may be a far cry from the millions of blogs active in the West, but Morocco's blogosphere has taken off as the liveliest free-speech zone in largely conservative Muslim North Africa. The Moroccan "Blogoma", as it is called, is home to at least 30 000 sites.
More than 20 aftershocks rattled northwestern Morocco through the night and into Wednesday morning in the wake of the killer earthquake on Tuesday that claimed more than 560 lives in the region of Al Hoceima. One of the aftershocks measured 4,2 on the Richter scale, after the primary quake that registered 6,3.
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A parliamentary commission in Morocco has unanimously recommended a new family code putting wives on a more equal footing with their husbands, officials said on Thursday. The legal age at which girls can marry will be raised from 15 to 18 and polygamy will be permitted only under highly restrictive conditions.