Latest North Africa News

Deaths rise to 23 from mass attempt to enter Spanish enclave

Jun. 25, 2022 18:16 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The number of people who were killed after they tried to scale a border fence between Morocco and a Spanish enclave in North Africa rose to 23 Saturday as human rights organizations in Spain and Morocco called on both countries to investigate the circumstances surrounding the...

Egypt’s president holds talks with visiting Qatari emir

Jun. 25, 2022 10:33 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi of Egypt held talks Saturday with Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who visited Cairo for the first time in years. The talks focused on ties between the two nations and a set of other regional and global topics, including...

Morocco: 18 migrants dead in stampede to enter Melilla

Jun. 24, 2022 19:10 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Eighteen Africans seeking to cross into Spain were killed and scores of migrants and police were injured in what Moroccan authorities called a “stampede” of people surging across Morocco's border fence with the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla on Friday. ...

Qatar's emir in Cairo for 1st time since Arab spat resolved

Jun. 24, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Qatar’s emir arrived in Cairo late Friday for talks with Egypt's president, his first visit to the country following years of frayed ties and a boycott of Doha by four Arab states, including Egypt. With Qatari and Egyptian flags flowing over the tarmac, Sheikh Tamim...

Tunisian officers stabbed near synagogue; suspect arrested

Jun. 24, 2022 13:21 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A man with a knife attacked police officers stationed near a synagogue in Tunisia's capital, injuring one in the shoulder and another on the hand, authorities said Friday. The attacker fled after the overnight stabbing but was located nearby soon afterward...

Moroccan authorities say 5 migrants dead, scores injured in stampede to cross into Spanish enclave Melilla

Jun. 24, 2022 11:46 AM EDT
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan authorities say 5 migrants dead, scores injured in stampede to cross into Spanish enclave Melilla.

A world apart, Lebanon and Sri Lanka share economic collapse

Jun. 24, 2022 00:10 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon and Sri Lanka may be a world apart, but they share a history of political turmoil and violence that led to the collapse of once-prosperous economies bedeviled by corruption, patronage, nepotism and incompetence. The toxic combinations led to disaster for both:...

Commonwealth heads call for climate action at Rwanda meeting

Jun. 23, 2022 12:49 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Leaders of Commonwealth nations are calling for increased climate action at a meeting in Rwanda this week, ahead of the United Nations climate change summit in the seaside resort of Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt later this year. Climate change is a major concern...

Turkey, Saudi hail 'new era of cooperation' as prince visits

Jun. 22, 2022 15:15 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday declared their determination to start a “new era of cooperation” during a visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as they set aside years of acrimony following the brutal slaying of a Saudi columnist. The...

South Sudan fights child marriage where girls sold for cows

Jun. 22, 2022 03:11 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Some young girls are still auctioned off into marriage for cows in South Sudan — one of the social challenges that activists had hoped to highlight during Pope Francis’ now-postponed visit. The price of a daughter, determined in negotiations between her...