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Moroccans protest mass vaccination rules; some skirmishes

Oct. 27, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Demonstrators took to the streets in cities around Morocco on Wednesday, some clashing with police as they denounced the country’s decision to require coronavirus vaccination passes to be allowed to work and enter public venues. The decision came...

Spain presses Algeria to guarantee natural gas supply

Oct. 27, 2021 14:59 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — For the second time in a month, a Spanish minister met with Algerian officials on Wednesday to guarantee the European country’s supply of natural gas after Algeria closes a pipeline that runs through Morocco this weekend. While a leader in wind...

Facebook's language gaps weaken screening of hate, terrorism

Oct. 25, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As the Gaza war raged and tensions surged across the Middle East last May, Instagram briefly banned the hashtag #AlAqsa, a reference to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City, a flash point in the conflict. ...

AP PHOTOS: Sufi religious order finally able to gather again

Oct. 24, 2021 04:24 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Followers of a Sufi religious order convened on a Moroccan village near the city of Nador for the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad in the first such gathering since the pandemic. A few hundred faithful, known as Fuqaras, from France, Tunisia,...

Youth yearning for independence fuel Western Sahara clashes

Oct. 21, 2021 02:19 AM EDT

MAHBAS REGION, Western Sahara (AP) — As a glowing sun sank behind the sandy barrier that cuts across the disputed territory of Western Sahara, Sidati Ahmed's battalion launched two missiles that sizzled through the air and then followed with an artillery attack. Within...

Virus: Morocco suspending UK, Germany, Netherlands flights

Oct. 20, 2021 10:20 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco is suspending until further notice all flights to and from the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands amid rising coronavirus infections in those countries. The new restriction will come into force just before midnight Wednesday, the North African...

Israel, Sudanese officials hold rare public meeting

Oct. 13, 2021 14:51 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Senior Israeli and Sudanese officials held a rare public meeting on Wednesday, pledging to strengthen the nascent ties between the former adversaries, the Israeli participants said. The meeting between Sudan's justice minister, Nasredeen Abdulbari, and...

Independence leader: Wall won't stop Western Sahara fight

Oct. 12, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

DAJLA REFUGEE CAMP, Algeria (AP) — The leader of the Western Sahara independence movement says that fighting with Morocco will continue across a long wall cutting through Africa’s vast desert until the international community delivers on an unfulfilled promise of self-determination for...

Moroccan king seeks to secure key stocks after pandemic woes

Oct. 08, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Inaugurating Morocco's new parliament, King Mohammed VI called Friday for a new national system to manage essential food, medicine and energy stocks after major disruptions caused by the pandemic. The speech came a day after the king appointed a...

Morocco holds belated back-to-school day as virus recedes

Oct. 01, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Millions of Moroccan students returned to school on Friday for in-person classes after a prolonged summer vacation. The government had planned to reopen schools back in September but postponed the start date because of virus fears. ...