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Beach volleyball bosses hope for spike in participation

Jul. 30, 2021 04:55 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Beach volleyball is seeking new sands to conquer. After decades of domination by the United States and Brazil, where it is played on the coasts from Southern California to Copacabana, the sport is growing more diverse thanks to FIVB outreach in countries...

Spanish judge tosses out suit against Polisario Front leader

Jul. 29, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit against the leader of a movement seeking independence for Western Sahara from Morocco that had accused him of torture, genocide and other crimes. Judge Santiago Pedraz said the 20-year statute of limitations...

Denied ticket over COVID, Guinean Olympian clings to dream

Jul. 29, 2021 02:41 AM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Fatoumata Yarie Camara is used to being thrown to the ground and getting up again, getting back into the fight. She's dedicated her life to wrestling, a sport that breeds tenacity. On the mat, she qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, the only athlete from Guinea to do...

Was Macron's phone a target for spies? French investigate

Jul. 28, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's defense minister wants to learn from her Israeli counterpart what, if anything, Israel knew about the clients of the spyware company NSO who possibly targeted the cellphones of President Emmanuel Macron and other members of the French government. ...

Activists: Morocco arrests Uyghur man at China's request

Jul. 27, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan authorities have arrested a Uyghur activist in exile based on a Chinese terrorism warrant distributed by Interpol, according to information from Moroccan police and a rights group that tracks people detained by China. Activists fear...

Israeli airlines launch first direct flights to Morocco

Jul. 25, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Two Israeli airlines launched their first commercial flights between Israel and Morocco on Sunday, less than a year after the countries officially normalized relations. Israir's flight departed Tel Aviv for Marrakech with around 100 Israeli tourists,...

Over 200 African men cross from Morocco into Spain's Melilla

Jul. 22, 2021 09:24 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Spain's autonomous city of Melilla said Thursday that 238 African men have made it into the North African Spanish enclave after climbing over fences separating it from Morocco. Sub-Saharan migrants fleeing poverty or violence regularly...

Morocco denies using spyware to target French officials

Jul. 21, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco’s government is denying reports that the country's security forces may have used spyware made by Israel’s NSO Group to eavesdrop on the cellphones of France’s president and other public figures. On Wednesday, the public prosecutor’s...

Macron among 14 heads of states on potential spyware list

Jul. 20, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron leads a list of 14 current or former heads of state who may have been targeted for hacking by clients of the notorious Israeli spyware firm NSO Group, Amnesty International said Tuesday. “The unprecedented revelation ......

Freed Guantánamo inmate with Moroccan family after 19 years

Jul. 20, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A Moroccan held for 19 years without charges at the U.S. detention facility for terror suspects at Guantánamo Bay has rejoined his family after questioning by police in this North African kingdom, his lawyer said Tuesday. Abdullatif Nasser, now...