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Morocco accused of blocking UN visit to Western Sahara

Jul. 05, 2022 17:36 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The pro-independence Polisario Front accused Morocco of obstructing a visit by the U.N. envoy for the disputed Western Sahara region and called on the United Nations to reveal the reasons why. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric had said Friday that the...

Probe sought in migrant deaths at Morocco-Spain border

Jun. 29, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Activists on Wednesday urged Morocco to launch an “unbiased” investigation into the deaths of at least 23 migrants who were trying to enter Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla last week. The Moroccan Association for Human Rights demanded in a letter...

Spanish PM blames traffickers, migrants for deaths at border

Jun. 28, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's prime minister has defended the way Moroccan and Spanish police repelled migrants last week as they tried to cross the shared border into the north African enclave of Melilla, depicting the attempt in which at least 23 people died as “an attack on Spain's borders.” ...

'I want my son back': Moroccan's father pleads with Putin

Jun. 27, 2022 14:36 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The father of a Moroccan man facing execution after being captured by Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine appealed Monday to Russian President Vladimir Putin to intervene, “as a father,” to spare his son from the firing squad. “I want my son back, just...

New blow: Algeria ends 2-decade friendship treaty with Spain

Jun. 08, 2022 18:06 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The Algerian president’s office announced Wednesday that the North African nation was “immediately” suspending a two-decade-old friendship treaty with Spain. It was the latest blow to increasingly wobbly relations between Algiers and Madrid, which...

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...

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...

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...

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...