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AP PHOTOS: Laborious saffron harvest unites Moroccan village

Nov. 13, 2019 7:22 AM EST

ASKAOUN, Morocco (AP) — A 10-year-old boy calls for the dawn prayer in an isolated village in Morocco's Atlas mountains, announcing a laborious day racing against the clock to harvest fields that produce the most expensive spice on earth: saffron. It's mainly older women who respond to his call, making...

Ivanka Trump rejects notion family profits from presidency

Nov. 8, 2019 3:00 PM EST

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Ivanka Trump brushed off criticism that her family has profited off the presidency and said Friday a big difference between her family and Democrat Joe Biden's is that President Donald Trump amassed his fortune before he entered politics while Biden's wealth is "derivative" of his...

Ivanka Trump meets with female landowners on Morocco trip

Nov. 7, 2019 7:38 PM EST

SIDI KACEM, Morocco (AP) — Visiting Morocco for the first time, Ivanka Trump received a warm welcome Thursday from housewives, widows and other women who are benefiting from new laws that allow them to own land. One woman expressed her gratitude by embracing President Donald Trump's daughter and kissing...

A princess, dates and milk welcome Ivanka Trump to Morocco

Nov. 6, 2019 10:12 AM EST

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A princess, dates and milk welcomed Ivanka Trump to Morocco on Wednesday as she opened a three-day visit to promote the economic empowerment of women in developing countries. Morocco's Princess Lalla Meryem, Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita and other officials met the daughter of...

Ivanka Trump to promote women's prosperity in Morocco

Oct. 31, 2019 11:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivanka Trump is getting ready to promote her women's economic development program on an upcoming trip to Morocco. It will be her third overseas trip this year to promote the Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative , which was launched in February to benefit women in...

Morocco government reshuffle aims for 'new blood'

Oct. 9, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco has reshuffled its government, cutting the number of ministers and junior ministers from 41 to 24. No top ministries were touched by Wednesday's changes. The government restructuring comes after King Mohammed VI said he wanted "new blood" in the Cabinet with "officials who are...

Moroccan journalist sentenced to jail in abortion case

Sep. 30, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A Moroccan journalist accused of undergoing an illegal abortion after becoming pregnant while being single was sentenced to one year in prison Monday in a case that gained attention among journalists and rights groups. Hajar Raissouni, 28, has been jailed since Aug. 31. She denied...

5 more bodies found in Morocco after migrant boat capsizes

Sep. 30, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Local authorities say they have recovered five more bodies after a rubber boat carrying Moroccan migrants capsized off the country's Atlantic coast, raising the death toll to 12. The bodies of six men and a woman had already been found Saturday off Ain Harouda, just northeast of...

At UN, a world stage for disputes often out of the spotlight

Sep. 28, 2019 9:29 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Middle East. Trade tensions. Iran's nuclear program. Venezuela's power struggle. Civil wars in Syria and Yemen. Familiar flash points such as these got plenty of airtime at the U.N. General Assembly's big annual gathering this week. But some leaders used their time on the world...

7 Moroccan migrants die in capsizing off the country's coast

Sep. 28, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Local authorities say seven Moroccan migrants have died after their rubber boat capsized off the country's Atlantic coast. Authorities say the bodies of six men and a woman were found Saturday off Ain Harouda, just northeast of Casablanca. Three other people were found unconscious and...