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Reluctant Algeria invites rival Morocco to Arab League meet

Sep. 27, 2022 11:51 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Under apparent pressure from other Arab powers, Algeria on Tuesday invited its neighbor and rival Morocco to an Arab League summit it's hosting in Algiers in November. Algeria severed diplomatic ties with Morocco last year, citing hostile actions from its...

Spanish police seize 15 tons of Moroccan hashish, arrest 49

Sep. 23, 2022 05:19 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s Civil Guard said Friday it seized 14 metric tons (15.4 tons) of hashish from Morocco and arrested 49 people as it smashed a major drug-smuggling ring. The gang was believed to be the biggest operating in Spain, regularly bringing up to 20 metric tons (19.7...

Tunisia hosts Japanese-African economic cooperation meeting

Aug. 27, 2022 07:03 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — African heads of state, representatives of international organizations and private business leaders gathered in Tunisia on Saturday for the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, a triennial event launched by Japan to promote growth and security in Africa. ...

Morocco: 13 migrants sent to prison for Spain crossing bid

Aug. 18, 2022 07:27 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A Moroccan court has sentenced 13 migrants, mostly from Sudan, to 2½ years in prison over a mass attempt to scale the border fence separating Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Melilla. The decision Wednesday in the northern Moroccan city of Nador was the...

Morocco fires coach Halilhodžić 3 months before World Cup

Aug. 11, 2022 09:33 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The coach who helped Morocco qualify for the World Cup was fired Thursday, barely three months before the start of the tournament in Qatar. The Moroccan soccer federation said the decision to fire Vahid Halilhodžić was because of disagreements in preparing...

Moroccan court jails 14 migrants for 8 months over crossing

Aug. 04, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A Moroccan court imposed 8-month prison sentences Thursday on 14 migrants for attempting, along with hundreds of others, to scale a border fence separating the north African country from the autonomous Spanish enclave of Melilla in June. Nador’s Court of...

Bodies of 8 migrants wash ashore in southern Morocco

Jul. 26, 2022 04:30 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan authorities say the bodies of eight migrants have washed ashore in southern Morocco after their dinghy capsized. The bodies were found early Monday in the coastal town of Akhfennir, on Morocco's Atlantic coast facing the Spanish Canary Islands,...

Morocco watchdog: 27 migrants killed in June border storming

Jul. 20, 2022 13:44 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The Moroccan Association for Human Rights released a report Wednesday putting the death toll from last month’s attempt by hundreds of migrants to storm the border between the North African kingdom and the Spanish enclave of Melilla higher than the official government...

Mali's government asking UN mission spokesman to leave

Jul. 20, 2022 12:59 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Mali’s government has given the United Nations mission in Mali spokesman 72 hours to leave the country following a standoff between the West African country and Ivory Coast over the detention of 49 soldiers who came to Mali to support a security group contracted by the...

Moroccan court sentences 33 migrants to jail over crossing

Jul. 19, 2022 11:14 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Nearly three dozen migrants were sentenced in Morocco on Tuesday for attempting to scale a border wall last month separating the north African country from the Spanish enclave of Melilla. The court in Nador sentenced 33 people to 11 months in prison, in a...