Latest Morocco News

Morocco's king appoints a new PM after poll victory

Sep. 11, 2021 09:13 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has named Aziz Akhanouch of the liberal National Rally of Independents Party, or RNI, as the country’s new prime minister and tasked him with forming a government. Akhanouch’s appointment was announced Friday, two...

Moroccans elect new leaders in shadow of virus

Sep. 08, 2021 14:11 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccans voted Wednesday for a new parliament and local leaders in elections that have been reshaped by the pandemic, and whose outcome is hard to predict as opinion polls were not allowed. Candidates promised to create jobs and boost Morocco's...

Parties campaign ahead of Morocco's pivotal elections

Sep. 07, 2021 04:08 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Politicians from dozens of political parties were campaigning for a final day Tuesday, trying to reach out to millions of Moroccans despite social distancing measures a day before pivotal legislative, regional and local elections, with a moderate Islamist party hoping...

Guinea World Cup qualifier off after political crisis

Sep. 05, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea's World Cup qualifier against Morocco has been postponed after a Guinean army colonel seized control of state television and said the government had been dissolved on Sunday, The West African nation was due to host Morocco in the capital of...

Aid group: 22 migrants die on way to Spain; dozens missing

Sep. 02, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A humanitarian aid group that monitors the plight of migrants taking perilous seaborne routes to Spain said that 21 women and one girl have died and several dozen more people were lost at sea while trying to reach the Canary Islands. Helena Maleno, founder...

Morocco starts vaccinating children ages 12 to 17

Sep. 01, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco has launched a campaign to administer COVID-19 vaccines to children from 12 to 17, becoming one of the first African countries to inoculate that age group. The World Health Organization says that the North African country has already given...

Morocco 'regrets' Algeria's decision to cut diplomatic ties

Aug. 25, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco regrets the “completely unjustified" decision of neighboring Algeria to break off diplomatic relations, the country's Foreign Affairs Ministry said Wednesday, calling some of Algeria's reasons “absurd.” Algeria cited a series of...

Spain wrangles with migrant laws as border pressure persists

Aug. 25, 2021 08:56 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A group of at least 40 migrants attempted to swim from Morocco into Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta and threw stones at Spanish police, local media reported as top officials wrestled Wednesday with what to do with hundreds of unaccompanied minors who got into Ceuta...

Algeria breaks off diplomatic ties with neighboring Morocco

Aug. 24, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria formally broke off diplomatic relations with neighboring Morocco on Tuesday, with the foreign minister citing a series of alleged hostile acts. The move culminates a period of growing tension between the North African countries which are...

Italy-Moroccan student freed after satirical cartoon post

Aug. 23, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — An Italian-Moroccan student has been freed by Moroccan authorities after she was detained on blasphemy charges after she arrived in June to visit relatives, Italian officials said Monday. Italy's Foreign Ministry said Ikram Nazih, 23, had been convicted of...