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Moroccan feminist activist arrested amid abortion campaign

Aug. 17, 2018 11:38 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A prominent Moroccan feminist activist has been arrested for alleged public drinking and disturbance of order, in what her association called an attempt to quash its campaigning for abortion access and LGBT rights. An online campaign was launched soon after Ibtissam Lachgar's arrest...

Messi record 33rd title as Barcelona wins Spanish Super Cup

Aug. 12, 2018 7:11 PM EDT

TANGIER, Morocco (AP) — Lionel Messi won his 33rd title with Barcelona on Sunday to become the most successful player in the Catalan club's history. Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-1 in the Spanish Super Cup as Messi overtook Andres Iniesta, who had 32 titles when he left this summer for the Japanese league....

Spain takes more African migrants despite signs of tension

Aug. 9, 2018 8:24 AM EDT

ALGECIRAS, Spain (AP) — A rescue boat carrying 87 African migrants who were saved in the Mediterranean Sea docked Thursday at the southern Spanish port of Algeciras, but without the welcome offered to previous groups as the political mood in Spain began showing signs of tension about a spike in migrant...

Britain: Envoy wants Western Sahara parties to meet in 2018

Aug. 8, 2018 7:56 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Former German President Horst Koehler is trying to bring Morocco and the Polisario Front independence movement together by the end of the year to work on a solution to the 42-year conflict over the Western Sahara, Britain's deputy U.N. ambassador said Wednesday. Koehler, the...

The Latest: EU sends Morocco funds to help halt migration

Aug. 1, 2018 1:53 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on immigration into Europe (all times local): 6:25 p.m. Spain's foreign minister says the European Union's executive branch has allocated 55 million euros ($64.2 million) to manage an upsurge of migrant arrivals, mostly from Morocco. Josep Borrell says that at least half of...

Moroccan king criticizes social programs after protests

Jul. 30, 2018 12:08 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan King Mohammed VI has criticized the North African kingdom's social development programs as overlapping, uncoordinated and missing target populations, in a speech from a northern town that has been the epicenter for social unrest. The king's remarks on Sunday during the annual...

800 migrants storm fences to enter Spanish enclave in Africa

Jul. 26, 2018 8:21 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Around 800 migrants stormed border fences separating Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta from Morocco to get into Europe, police said Thursday. Spain's Civil Guard said 602 migrants made it onto Spanish soil in a massive assault on high, barbed-wire fences shortly after dawn. Migrants cut...

The Latest: Spain rescues 447 migrants on busy summer Sunday

Jul. 22, 2018 2:33 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on immigration into Europe (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Spain's Maritime Rescue Service says it has picked up 447 people who were trying to cross to the Mediterranean Sea from northern Africa. The service said it rescued 257 migrants from 20 boats Sunday in the Strait of...

The Latest: Libya defends migrant rescue record at sea

Jul. 17, 2018 5:12 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on mass migration to Europe (all times local): 10:30 p.m. A spokesman for Libya's coast guard has responded to the criticism of a Spanish aid group and said guard members carry out rescues of Europe-bound migrants, "in accordance with international standards in saving lives at...

The Latest: Migrants reaching Spain by sea up 120 percent

Jul. 6, 2018 9:10 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 2:50 p.m. The Spanish government reports that the number of migrants reaching the country by sea is up more than 120 percent this year as the so-called Western Mediterranean route gained recognition as an alternative...