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UN: ex-German president resigned UN job for health reasons

May. 22, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Former German President Horst Kohler has resigned from his role as the secretary-general's personal envoy for the disputed Western Sahara, citing health reasons, the United Nations said Wednesday. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke to Kohler...

Nadal gets his revenge over Tsitsipas; Djokovic up next

May. 18, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Rafael Nadal looked more like his old, dominant self when he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Italian Open final on Saturday. It was a measure of revenge for Nadal after losing to Tsitsipas in three sets at...

Morocco says it's cutting illegal migrant crossings to Spain

May. 17, 2019 5:36 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The North African kingdom of Morocco is using new tactics to cut into the surge of migrants seeking to use it as a springboard to get to Europe, stopping about 25,000 attempts to reach Spain so far this year, mainly via the Strait of Gibraltar. Border security chief Khalid Zerouali...

24 in Morocco face trial in Nordic hikers' slayings

May. 16, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

SALE, Morocco (AP) — Twenty-four people went on trial Thursday in Morocco on terrorism charges for the brutal slaying of two Scandinavian women hikers that was then shared on social networks. The 24 were brought to the court in the coast city of Sale in armored vehicles and did not speak at the hearing,...

Morocco stops 3 migrant boats, arrests 40 on border fence

May. 13, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan authorities said Monday they have stopped boats carrying 117 sub-Saharan migrants from crossing to Europe and arrested 40 people trying to scale a fence into Spain's North African enclave of Melilla. A Moroccan military official told The Associated Press that the navy...

Spain says 52 migrants climb fence into its African enclave

May. 12, 2019 6:54 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Spanish authorities say 52 migrants have climbed a guarded fence to gain entry into Spain's North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco. An official with the Spanish Interior Ministry in Melilla says four police officer and one migrant sustained light injuries as the group scaled...

Boat capsizes in Strait of Gibraltar; 9 of 12 migrants drown

May. 3, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — An activist group that operates a hotline for migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea said Friday that nine of the 12 people on a Spain-bound boat drowned after hotline workers notified authorities in both Morocco and Spain of a distress call. Alarm Phone personnel spoke with...

Aerospace company Bombardier to sell UK, Morocco operations

May. 2, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Canadian aerospace company Bombardier says it will sell businesses in Northern Ireland and Morocco as part of a broad restructuring. The company said Thursday it will consolidate its aerospace operations into one unit. As a result, it will focus its business on manufacturing plane structures...

UN welcomes momentum on Western Sahara, but parties at odds

Apr. 30, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council approved a resolution Tuesday welcoming "new momentum" from the restart of talks on resolving the decades-old dispute over the mineral-rich Western Sahara, but Morocco and the pro-independence Polisario Front remain deeply at odds over its future. South...

Campillo relieved at 1st European Tour win in 229 attempts

Apr. 28, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Spanish golfer Jorge Campillo overcame a poor start in the fourth and final round before posting a 2-under 71 to win the Trophee Hassan II by two shots on Sunday. It ended a long wait for the 32-year-old Campillo, who clinched his first European Tour victory at the 229th attempt. He...