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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. ...

Aid group: 57 dead as African migrant boat aims for Canaries

Oct. 01, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A humanitarian aid group that monitors the plight of migrants making dangerous sea voyages to Spain said Friday that 57 people have died trying to reach the Canary Islands from Morocco on a boat. Helena Maleno, founder of nongovernmental organization...

As energy crisis looms, Spain shields supply of Algerian gas

Sep. 30, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain launched a diplomatic offensive to preserve its essential stream of Algerian natural gas Thursday as energy prices across the world skyrocket and souring relations between Algeria and Morocco threaten to disrupt the gas supply chain in North Africa. ...

Court annuls EU-Morocco deals over Western Sahara policies

Sep. 29, 2021 12:25 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's general court on Wednesday annulled the 27-country bloc's approval of agriculture and fishing agreements that allow Morocco to export goods from Western Sahara. The ruling could damage the EU's relationship with Morocco, although the...

North African migrants, adrift, tell of last-minute rescue

Sep. 29, 2021 04:14 AM EDT

ABOARD GEO BARENTS (AP) — The small fiberglass boat had begun to take on water not long after the engine stopped working. Its six passengers started bailing it out, not knowing how long they could keep the sea at bay. Waleed, a Tunisian man who, along with five others,...

North African migrants, adrift, tell of last-minute rescue

Sep. 29, 2021 02:31 AM EDT

ABOARD GEO BARENTS (AP) — The small fiberglass boat had begun to take on water not long after the engine stopped working. Its six passengers started bailing it out, not knowing how long they could keep the sea at bay. Waleed, a Tunisian man who, along with five others,...

France to reduce visas for North Africans in migration spat

Sep. 28, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France will reduce the number of visas issued to people in North Africa because governments there are refusing to take back migrants expelled from France. The move announced Tuesday comes amid pressure from far-right politicians on centrist President...