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More omicron cases pop up as world rushes to learn more

Nov. 28, 2021 21:16 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world Sunday and many governments rushed to close their borders even as scientists cautioned that it's not clear if the new variant is more alarming than other...

Morocco halts all incoming flights because of virus variant

Nov. 28, 2021 16:33 PM EST

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco is suspending all incoming air travel from around the world starting Monday for two weeks because of the rapid spread of the new omicron variant, the government’s committee in charge of monitoring COVID-19 announced Sunday. The Foreign...

Israel pushes for better Iran deal amid military buildup

Nov. 25, 2021 10:44 AM EST

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Israel’s defense minister said Thursday he hopes a better nuclear deal will come out of upcoming talks between world powers and Iran, but that Israel is hedging its bets and building up its military capabilities. Benny Gantz spoke to reporters at...

Israel, Morocco ink defense deal after normalizing ties

Nov. 24, 2021 14:00 PM EST

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Israel and Morocco signed a landmark agreement Wednesday that lays the foundation for security cooperation, intelligence sharing and future arms sales. The memorandum of understanding was the centerpiece of a visit this week by Israeli Defense...

Canary Islands: More than 400 migrants rescued in Atlantic

Nov. 23, 2021 16:05 PM EST

ARGUINEGUIN, Spain (AP) — Spanish rescuers have saved and disembarked more than 400 migrants and asylum-seekers to the Canary Islands in the past two days as they attempted to reach the Atlantic Ocean archipelago from West Africa on several overcrowded, unsafe smuggling boats. ...

Israel defense chief jets to Morocco to cement security ties

Nov. 23, 2021 13:35 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s defense minister headed to Morocco on Tuesday for an official visit to cement security ties just ahead of the first anniversary of their agreement to establish full diplomatic relations. Benny Gantz will be making the first official visit by...

Israeli minister to visit Morocco, boost defense ties

Nov. 15, 2021 12:22 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz will visit Morocco later this month and sign an agreement with his counterpart on enhancing security cooperation, his office said Tuesday. Morocco was one of four Arab countries that agreed to normalize ties with...

Mississippi native headed to Morocco to study Arabic

Nov. 14, 2021 00:20 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — One weekend in the summer of 2018, Miller Greene and some friends decided to climb Toubkal, the highest mountain in Morocco and all of North Africa. Greene had no experience and no equipment to speak of. “It was on a...

Spain investigates emergency landing, suspects migrant ploy

Nov. 09, 2021 07:06 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court has ordered 12 men to be held without bail on suspicion they faked an in-flight medical emergency to make a plane land in Mallorca and give them a chance to enter Europe illegally. The court also said late Monday that the group allegedly...

Spain investigates 21 who fled plane after emergency landing

Nov. 06, 2021 12:32 PM EDT

PALMA, Balearic Islands (AP) — Spanish authorities on Saturday were investigating the unauthorized disembarkment of 21 people from a plane that made an emergency medical landing on the island of Mallorca. The incident under investigation occurred late Friday when an Air...