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Ismail Elfath of US picked among 36 World Cup referees

May. 19, 2022 13:39 PM EDT

Ismail Elfath is the lone American among 36 referees selected by FIFA on Thursday for this year’s World Cup. The 40-year-old was born in Morocco, moved to Austin, Texas, at age 18 in 2001 to attend at the University of Texas and refereed his first Major League Soccer match in 2012....

Spain, Morocco reopen land border crossings as ties improve

May. 17, 2022 07:48 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The land borders between Spain and Morocco at Ceuta and Melilla, Spain’s North African enclave cities, have begun to reopen after being closed for just over two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic and later a diplomatic crisis between the two countries. Crowds...

Spain, Morocco to open land borders next week after 2 years

May. 12, 2022 11:09 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The land borders between Morocco and Spain's North African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla will reopen next week, Spain said Thursday, after being closed for more than two years due to COVID-19 restrictions and tensions between the two countries. Spanish Interior...

US, others say Africa has become main target of IS group

May. 11, 2022 10:00 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A senior U.S. official said Wednesday the world must remain vigilant about the continued threat posed by the Islamic State group around the globe — especially in Africa — a reminder of an unfinished war despite the overwhelming preoccupation with the conflict in Ukraine....

Spain: 2021 spyware attack targeted prime minister's phone

May. 02, 2022 07:29 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The cellphones of Spain's prime minister and defense minister were infected last year with Pegasus spyware, which is available only to countries' government agencies, authorities announced Monday. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s mobile phone was breached twice in...

Moroccan prison program aims to de-radicalize IS veterans

May. 01, 2022 02:37 AM EDT

SALE, Morocco (AP) — As a combatant for the Islamic State group who left his native Morocco to join what he felt was a holy fight in Syria, Mohsin says he saw all the horrors of war. “A terrifying experience,” he says. Now a prisoner, the 38-year-old claims he is no longer the...

Spain scrambles to stem storm over gas with supplier Algeria

Apr. 28, 2022 09:44 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Algeria has threatened to suspend its gas exports to Spain, the latest twist in a complex triangle of diplomatic tensions between the gas supplier, the gas importer and their shared neighbor Morocco — all against the background of skyrocketing prices driven by Russia's war in...

US to play Morocco in June 1 exhibition at Cincinnati

Apr. 20, 2022 18:21 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The United States will play 24th-ranked Morocco on June 1 in an exhibition at Cincinnati, the first of six warmup matches for the Americans ahead of the World Cup. The No. 15 U.S. also is planning a friendly for June 5, followed by a pair of matches in the CONCACAF...

Spain PM in Morocco to mend ties after Western Sahara shift

Apr. 07, 2022 18:14 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez traveled to Rabat on Thursday to meet with Moroccan King Mohammed VI seeking to mark the end of diplomatic tensions centered on Morocco’s disputed region of Western Sahara. “Today is an important day for Spain and...

Africa looks to renewables to curb warming, boost economies

Apr. 04, 2022 13:33 PM EDT

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — From wind farms across the African coastline to geothermal projects in the east African rift valley, a new United Nations climate report on Monday brought the continent’s vast clean energy potential into the spotlight. If realized, these renewable energy projects could...