by Safaa Kasraoui for Morocco World News
Lede: “Police seized 6.4 tons of cannabis resin in Guelmim in southern Morocco on Monday, September 30.”
Nut Graph: “Police seized 3.1 tons of cannabis resign during a search operation of a truck at the entrance of the city of Guelmim, the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said in a statement.”
Newsworthiness: This drug bust is part of a national crackdown on drugs and drug trafficking in Morocco. It demonstrates the fruits of government effort to bust drug dealers in Morocco.
by Tim Vernimmen for National Geographic Science
Lede: “SHARK TEETH ARE among the most commonly found fossils around the world, yet the cartilage-based skeletons of their owners were rarely preserved. As a result, researchers have no idea what many early sharks looked like, even if they were once very abundant.”
Nut Graph: “That’s why paleontologists working in the eastern Anti-Atlas Mountains of Morocco were stunned to find several skulls and an almost complete skeleton from two species of Phoebodus, a primitive shark genus that, until now, was known only from its three-cusped teeth.”
Newsworthiness: This skeleton found in Morocco is the most complete one ever found, adding immensely to existing knowledge on this specific shark species. This is especially newsworthy for scientists.
by Pierre-Olivier Rouaud for The Africa Report
Lede: “The arrival of the PSA Peugeot Citroën plant in Kenitra, northern Morocco, has led to a wave of investments by automotive equipment manufacturers, particularly Chinese ones, in the North African kingdom.”
Nut Graph: “The massive investment — €350m ($383m) — by the Chinese group CITIC Dicastal, testifies to the dynamism of the automotive industry in Morocco and the emergence of the Middle Kingdom’s equipment manufacturers in this country.”
Newsworthiness: This article shows that Morocco could become the top producer of autocrats in Africa, an industry that is rapidly expanding in the country. It is newsworthy because a recent investment by CITIC Dicastal recently built one of two factories here.