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Top US official gears up for US presence in Western Sahara

Jan. 9, 2021 11:19 AM EST

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The highest ranking U.S. diplomat for North Africa and the Middle East traveled Saturday to the city of Laayoune, which Morocco considers the capital of the Western Sahara, laying the groundwork for the United States to set up a consulate in the disputed territory. The U.S. Embassy in...

FILE - This Sept. 17, 2015 file picture shows Moroccan historian and journalist Maati Monjib standing outside the local headquarters of a human rights group in Rabat, Morocco. Moroccan prosecutors have announced the arrest of the prominent academic on suspicion of money laundering. (AP Photo/Paul Schemm, File)

Morocco detains rights activist for alleged money laundering

Dec. 31, 2020 11:44 AM EST

RABAT (AP) — Moroccan prosecutors have announced the arrest of a prominent academic on suspicion of money laundering. Historian and human rights activist Maati Monjib joins a growing list of dissident voices detained in recent months. Before he was taken into custody, he had described the allegations as...

Security forces stand guard to prevent a protest against the normalization deal between Morocco and Israel, in Rabat, Morocco, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Moroccan authorities on Monday dispersed a group of pro-Palestine activists who attempted to stage a protest outside Parliament building in the capital Rabat to denounce the kingdom’s recent normalization of relations with Israel. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

Morocco's police disperse protest against ties with Israel

Dec. 14, 2020 4:20 PM EST

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan authorities on Monday dispersed a group of activists who tried to hold a protest outside the parliament building in the capital to denounce the country's recent decision to establish diplomatic relations with Israel. Dozens of police officers in riot gear were mobilized to...

In this Dec. 7, 2020 photo President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Trump has announced that Israel and Morocco will normalize relations in the latest achievement of his administration's press to push Arab-Israeli peace.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Israel, Morocco to normalize ties; US shifts W Sahara policy

Dec. 10, 2020 4:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Israel and Morocco have agreed to normalize relations as President Donald Trump, in his final weeks in office, announced the fourth Arab-Israeli agreement in four months on Thursday. In a related major policy shift, the United States agreed to recognize Morocco’s claim over the...

People wearing face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus walks past a bivouac where clinical trials for covid-19 vaccines are conducted, in Rabat, Morocco, Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

Morocco to use Chinese vaccine to kick off mass vaccinations

Dec. 8, 2020 2:28 PM EST

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco is gearing up for an ambitious COVID-19 vaccination program, aiming to vaccinate 80% of its adults in an operation starting this month that's relying initially on a Chinese vaccine that has not yet completed advanced trials to prove it is safe and effective. On Tuesday, King...