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Spain: 50 migrants scale fence to African enclave

Jul. 19, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Melilla, one of Spain's two enclaves in North Africa, said Friday that around 200 migrants tried to climb a security fence separating the city from Morocco. The local office of the Spanish government's representative said about 50 of the migrants managed to scale the barrier...

Morocco: 3 sentenced to death in Scandinavian women slayings

Jul. 18, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

SALE, Morocco (AP) — Three men were convicted of terrorism and sentenced to death by a Moroccan court Thursday for the brutal slaying of two Scandinavian women hiking in the Atlas Mountains. A fourth suspect who fled the scene was given life in prison. After several hours of deliberation, the court handed...

Danish mother seeks death for daughter's killers in Morocco

Jul. 11, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

SALE, Morocco (AP) — Nearly two dozen suspects returned to court on terrorism charges Thursday for the brutal slayings of two Scandinavian women hiking in the Atlas Mountains. The three main suspects in the December killings of Maren Ueland, 28, of Norway, and Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, of Denmark,...

The Latest: Sea rescue group says Malta will take 44 ashore

Jul. 8, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass migration (all times local): 11:30 p.m. German humanitarian group Sea-Eye says the crew of its ship rescued 44 people from a wooden boat in the Mediterranean Sea. The sea rescue group says its ship, the Alan Kurdi, picked the boat passengers up on Monday...

Morocco: Death penalty sought over Nordic hikers' killings

Jun. 27, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

SALE, Morocco (AP) — A Moroccan prosecutor is seeking death sentences for three men accused of killing two European women hikers in what authorities describe as a terrorist attack in the scenic Atlas Mountains region. In closing arguments Thursday, prosecutor Khalid El Kerdoudi told the jury: "We can't be...

Kushner tries to sell Mideast plan to skeptical audience

Jun. 25, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, appealed Tuesday for the Palestinians to consider a $50 billion economic support plan, even though they already rejected the proposal because it does not include a political resolution to the long-running conflict...

Moroccan women press to legalize abortion amid pending bill

Jun. 25, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — It was a small demonstration on a big topic for some Moroccan women trying to make some abortions legal. Two dozen activists gathered in front of the Muslim kingdom's parliament on Tuesday to press lawmakers to legalize abortion in extreme cases. A row of naked dolls on the ground symbolized...

For a zippy cauliflower salad, why not go to Morocco?

Jun. 24, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

Chermoula is a traditional Moroccan marinade made with hefty amounts of cilantro, lemon and garlic that packs a big flavor punch. While this dressing is traditionally used as a marinade for meat and fish, we decided to make it the flavor base for a zippy cauliflower salad in an effort to dress up a vegetable that...

The Latest: Brazil soccer chief backs Neymar in rape case

Jun. 4, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the FIFA meetings ahead of the Women's World Cup (all times local): ___ 6:30 p.m. The head of Brazil's soccer body has publicly supported star player Neymar after he was accused of rape. Rogerio Caboclo, the Confederation of Brazilian Football president, says Neymar is "the...

Morocco claims success in slowing migrant voyages to Europe

Jun. 3, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco is claiming new success in lowering the number of migrant crossings into Europe as the country works with its northern neighbor, Spain, in securing more European funding for curbing migration. Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Bourita said the number of crossings dropped 40%...