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Israel pushes for better Iran deal amid military buildup

Nov. 25, 2021 10:44 AM EST

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Israel’s defense minister said Thursday he hopes a better nuclear deal will come out of upcoming talks between world powers and Iran, but that Israel is hedging its bets and building up its military capabilities. Benny Gantz spoke to reporters at...

Israel, Morocco ink defense deal after normalizing ties

Nov. 24, 2021 14:00 PM EST

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Israel and Morocco signed a landmark agreement Wednesday that lays the foundation for security cooperation, intelligence sharing and future arms sales. The memorandum of understanding was the centerpiece of a visit this week by Israeli Defense...

Israel defense chief jets to Morocco to cement security ties

Nov. 23, 2021 13:35 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s defense minister headed to Morocco on Tuesday for an official visit to cement security ties just ahead of the first anniversary of their agreement to establish full diplomatic relations. Benny Gantz will be making the first official visit by...

Israeli minister to visit Morocco, boost defense ties

Nov. 15, 2021 12:22 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz will visit Morocco later this month and sign an agreement with his counterpart on enhancing security cooperation, his office said Tuesday. Morocco was one of four Arab countries that agreed to normalize ties with...

Moroccans protest mass vaccination rules; some skirmishes

Oct. 27, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Demonstrators took to the streets in cities around Morocco on Wednesday, some clashing with police as they denounced the country’s decision to require coronavirus vaccination passes to be allowed to work and enter public venues. The decision came...

Spain presses Algeria to guarantee natural gas supply

Oct. 27, 2021 14:59 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — For the second time in a month, a Spanish minister met with Algerian officials on Wednesday to guarantee the European country’s supply of natural gas after Algeria closes a pipeline that runs through Morocco this weekend. While a leader in wind...

Facebook's language gaps weaken screening of hate, terrorism

Oct. 25, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As the Gaza war raged and tensions surged across the Middle East last May, Instagram briefly banned the hashtag #AlAqsa, a reference to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City, a flash point in the conflict. ...

Virus: Morocco suspending UK, Germany, Netherlands flights

Oct. 20, 2021 10:20 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco is suspending until further notice all flights to and from the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands amid rising coronavirus infections in those countries. The new restriction will come into force just before midnight Wednesday, the North African...

Moroccan king seeks to secure key stocks after pandemic woes

Oct. 08, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Inaugurating Morocco's new parliament, King Mohammed VI called Friday for a new national system to manage essential food, medicine and energy stocks after major disruptions caused by the pandemic. The speech came a day after the king appointed a...

Court annuls EU-Morocco deals over Western Sahara policies

Sep. 29, 2021 12:25 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's general court on Wednesday annulled the 27-country bloc's approval of agriculture and fishing agreements that allow Morocco to export goods from Western Sahara. The ruling could damage the EU's relationship with Morocco, although the...