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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...

Moroccans protest vaccine pass required for work, travel

Oct. 31, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Protests erupted across cities in Morocco on Sunday against a coronavirus vaccine passport that is required to access indoor activities and travel. Proof of vaccination has been mandatory since Oct. 21 for all Moroccans to enter their place of...

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...

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...

Independence leader: Wall won't stop Western Sahara fight

Oct. 12, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

DAJLA REFUGEE CAMP, Algeria (AP) — The leader of the Western Sahara independence movement says that fighting with Morocco will continue across a long wall cutting through Africa’s vast desert until the international community delivers on an unfulfilled promise of self-determination for...

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...

Morocco holds belated back-to-school day as virus recedes

Oct. 01, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Millions of Moroccan students returned to school on Friday for in-person classes after a prolonged summer vacation. The government had planned to reopen schools back in September but postponed the start date because of virus fears. ...

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...

France to reduce visas for North Africans in migration spat

Sep. 28, 2021 13:57 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France will reduce the number of visas issued to people in North Africa because governments there are refusing to take back migrants expelled from France. The move announced Tuesday comes amid pressure from far-right politicians on centrist President...

Moroccans elect new leaders in shadow of virus

Sep. 08, 2021 14:11 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccans voted Wednesday for a new parliament and local leaders in elections that have been reshaped by the pandemic, and whose outcome is hard to predict as opinion polls were not allowed. Candidates promised to create jobs and boost Morocco's...