RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Forty-five migrants died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Spain, including pregnant women, a Spanish rights activist said Thursday, quoting survivors. Morocco...
Morocco drops case against Spanish pro-migrant activist
MADRID (AP) — Spanish activist Helena Maleno says Moroccan authorities have dropped a case against her that sought human trafficking charges for her calls alerting maritime rescue services to the...
Pope Francis’ visit to Morocco to focus on migrants
CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) — Morocco's bishops said Tuesday they hope Pope Francis' visit to their country will help shed light on the situation of migrants in the country that is a key transit...
Prince Harry and wife Meghan visit equine center in Morocco
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, have traveled to one of Morocco's most prestigious equestrian clubs to learn about how therapy using horses can...
Prince Harry, Meghan back education for girls in Morocco
ASNI, Morocco (AP) — Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, flew up to a village in Morocco's rugged Atlas Mountains on Sunday to visit a school and encourage girls to pursue an education...
Prince Harry, wife Meghan in Morocco on official visit
CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) — Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, have arrived in Morocco for an official trip scheduled to be their last international journey before she gives...
Morocco: Arab Spring anniversary brings reflection, beatings
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan police fired water cannons at protesting teachers who were marching toward a royal palace and beat people with truncheons amid demonstrations around the capital...
EU border guard chief says ‘no burning crisis’ over migrants
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union faces "no burning crisis" right now over migrant arrivals, but more people from Africa are trying to enter Europe through Spain from Morocco, the head of the...
Morocco, Spain sign economic deals during royal visit
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco and Spain have signed agreements about the fight against crime, energy, trade and other partnerships during a visit of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia to Rabat.
The Spanish royals are visiting Morocco for the second time since Felipe's ascension to the throne in 2014.
The two countries also launched an economic council to further reinforce cooperation and agreed to facilitate trade and passenger flows at the Strait of Gibraltar.
Spain’s royal couple kicks off two-day visit in Morocco
PARIS (AP) — King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain have started a two-day official visit in Morocco.
The couple, guests of King Mohammed VI, arrived late Wednesday afternoon at Rabat airport, where they have been greeted by the Moroccan royal family before heading to the royal palace for an official ceremony.
Moroccan authorities said the two kings would use the visit to sign bilateral agreements.
Spain arrests 29 people for drug smuggling
MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have arrested 29 people who they allege are involved in a drug trafficking ring.
Spain's Civil Guard says that their officers made the arrests on Tuesday after raiding several locations in the southern provinces of Cadiz and Malaga. Most of the arrests took place in the town La Linea de la Concepcion near the Iberia Peninsula's southern tip.
Pope to visit Moroccan imam school to boost moderate Islam
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will meet with migrants in Morocco and visit a training institute for imams that seeks to be a bulwark against Islamic extremism during his March 30-31 visit to the North African nation.
The Vatican on Saturday released the schedule for the pope's trip to Rabat, the capital of Morocco.
Morocco re-evaluates role in Saudi-led Yemen war coalition
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Government officials say Morocco has stopped taking part in military action with the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen's war, and has recalled its ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
Tensions have been mounting between Morocco and Saudi Arabia, amid international concerns about Saudi actions in the Yemen war and other issues.
Morocco is not currently taking part in military interventions or ministerial meetings in the Saudi-led coalition, according to a Moroccan government official.
UN diplomats: New talks on Western Sahara expected in March
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Morocco and the Polisario Front independence movement are expected to meet for a second round of talks on the conflict over the mineral-rich Western Sahara, a hopeful sign following the Security Council's call last year to speed up a solution to their 43-year dispute, U.N. diplomats said Tuesday.
Russia urges North Africa to bring Syria back to Arab League
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Russia's foreign minister is pressing North African countries to support Syria's return to the Arab League, now that President Bashar Assad is largely seen as having won the Syrian civil war.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria this week and at each stop called for Syria's reintegration into the "Arab family." Lavrov urged it to happen before an Arab League summit in Tunis in March.
FIFA task force discusses $25BN competitions deal in Morocco
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA's task force studying options to revamp the Club World Cup and create a global Nations League in a joint $25 billion deal got together on Friday in Morocco, and will meet again next month in Brazil.
World soccer's ruling body says the panel of officials from six continental governing bodies was "updated on parallel discussions" with other groups, including representatives of clubs, leagues and player unions.
Ailing Gabon president returns to Morocco for rehabilitation
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's ailing President Ali Bongo Ondimba has returned to Morocco to continue his recovery after a brief visit home, an official and a relative said Thursday.
The relative said Bongo returned to Morocco late Tuesday after swearing in a new government. A Cabinet member confirmed it. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.
The Cabinet member said Bongo's recovery from a reported stroke has been strong.
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Gabon’s ailing president returns for government swearing-in
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who has been out of the country for health reasons since October, has returned for the swearing-in of his new government.
Bongo's return comes a week after an attempted coup by officers with the Republican Guard. Two of the plotters were killed and four others were arrested and face life sentences, authorities have said.
Sheriff: Texas teacher tried to sell underage girl for sex
MEXIA, Texas (AP) — A junior high school teacher in Central Texas has been arrested on charges she tried to sell an underage family member for sex with men in the African country of Morocco.
The Freestone County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Wednesday that 37-year-old Amber Michelle Parker of Fairfield is being held on a trafficking charge.
Authorities say they were contacted by family members who expressed concern over Parker's intentions with the girl.
Morocco: Terror charges brought in Nordic tourists’ deaths
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan prosecutors have filed preliminary terrorism charges against 15 people who are suspected of links to the killing of two Scandinavian women in the Atlas Mountains.
Morocco's public prosecutor said in a statement that the charges include forming a gang to prepare and commit terrorist acts and premeditated murder. Three of the suspects faced additional charges for allegedly urging the others to commit acts of terrorism.
Swiss-Spanish man arrested in attack on tourists in Morocco
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan authorities have detained a Swiss-Spanish man for suspected links to Islamic extremists who allegedly killed two Scandinavian hikers.
The Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations said in a statement the man was detained Saturday in Marrakech. Moroccan counterterrorism forces allege he taught social media skills and archery to some suspects in the deaths, Morocco's first terrorist attack in years.
Morocco announces new arrests in Nordic tourists’ killings
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan authorities say a total of 19 people have been arrested in connection with the murders of two Nordic tourists in the Atlas Mountains.
Boubker Sabik, a spokesman for Morocco's national security agency, says 10 new suspects were arrested over the last two days for their links with the alleged killers of 24-year-old Louisa Vesterager Jespersen from Denmark, and 28-year-old Maren Ueland from Norway.
Moroccans hold anti-terror vigil for slain Nordic hikers
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccans gathered Saturday in front of the Norwegian and Danish embassies in Rabat in a candlelight vigil to honor two Scandinavian university students killed in a terrorist attack in the Atlas Mountains.
9 new suspects arrested after murder of 2 women in Morocco
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Nine more people have been arrested in Morocco for connections to the four initial suspects in the killing of two Scandinavian university students in a remote corner of the Atlas Mountains, Moroccan authorities said Friday.
A total of 13 men have been detained after the murder of the female hikers from Denmark and Norway. Authorities in Morocco consider the killings a terrorist act. The women's bodies were found Monday with stab wounds in their necks.
The Latest: 9 more suspects arrested in Morocco slayings
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Latest on the slayings of two Scandinavian women while hiking in Morocco's Atlas mountains (all times local):
Moroccan authorities say nine more people have been arrested in the slayings of two Scandinavian university students hiking in Morocco's Atlas Mountains.
Morocco arrests 3 more suspects in Nordic hikers’ killing
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Authorities arrested three more suspects Thursday in the deaths of two Scandinavian university students who were killed in Morocco's Atlas Mountains. Moroccan authorities said the men detained in Marrakech and a fourth suspect pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in a video.
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Morocco: Terrorist ties to Scandinavian hiker slaying
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The lone suspect arrested in the killing of two Scandinavian tourists in Morocco's Atlas Mountains is connected to a terrorist group, and three other suspects are on the run, Moroccan authorities said Wednesday.
State television 2M reported on its website that authorities consider the two women's slayings a terrorist act. Local media reported that the suspects had links to the Islamic State group.
The Latest: Morocco: Slayings of 2 women labeled terror act
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Latest on the slayings of two young European women in Morocco's Atlas Mountains: (all times local):
Moroccan prosecutors say a suspect arrested in the killing of two Scandinavian tourists allegedly is connected to a terrorist group.
Morocco arrests suspect after deaths of 2 European tourists
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan authorities say one person has been arrested in connection with the deaths of two female Scandinavian tourists in the Atlas Mountains, a popular hiking destination.
The Interior Ministry says the two women, from Denmark and Norway, were discovered Monday "with evidence of violence on their necks."
Moroccan security services said Tuesday that one person had been arrested in Marrakesh in connection with the deaths. An investigation is ongoing.
2 Scandinavian women found dead in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Authorities in Morocco say the bodies of two Scandinavian women have been found in the Atlas Mountains, a popular hiking destination.
According to a statement from the Interior Ministry, the women from Denmark and Norway were discovered on Monday with "evidence of violence on their necks" inflicted by a "cold weapon."
Pope hopes new UN global pact sparks compassion for migrants
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is expressing hope that the new U.N. global pact on safe, orderly migration spurs solidarity toward migrants.
He told the faithful in St. Peter's Square on Sunday that the non-binding accord serves as a reference point for the international community, which he hopes will act with "responsibility, solidarity and compassion toward those, who, for various reasons, leave their own country."
Spain rescues 2 minors crossing Mediterranean on truck tire
MADRID (AP) — Spain's maritime rescue service says it has saved two underage migrants who were trying to cross the Strait of Gibraltar on a truck tire.
The service says that its rescue craft took aboard the two minors on Saturday after it was alerted to their plight. The service didn't specify their sex or nationality, but it appears they left from Morocco.
Unfinished business: UN migrant pact inked, but foes remain
MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Seeking to remind the world that migrants are people, too, a U.N. migration conference ended Tuesday with pledges to put a landmark new accord to work, but it left unfinished business on ending the divisive debate between nationalists and globalists as migrant detention centers, caravans and deaths at sea or in deserts make headlines.
Spain grapples with surging number of teenage migrants
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Slouched on a bench at a Barcelona police station, five teenagers waited patiently on a recent Friday evening to find out where they would sleep that night: a shelter for young migrants or on that bench.
Earlier that day, another group of boys had been successfully transferred to a nearby shelter, but it was uncertain if any more beds were available.
The Latest: Red Cross: Migrant policy mustn’t add suffering
MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. migration conference (all times local):
A top humanitarian leader admits governments have a right to set migration policy, but insist they shouldn't increase suffering or play into a recent trend toward the "criminalization of compassion."
Nearly 85 percent of UN nations back migration deal; not US
MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Defying fierce opposition from the U.S. and a few other nations, nearly 85 percent of U.N. member states agreed Monday on a sweeping yet non-binding accord to ensure safe, orderly and humane migration.
At a glance: The new UN migration pact
MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — A United Nations accord, the "Global Compact on Migration," adopted Monday by 164 U.N. members, but not the United States, aims to improve the treatment of migrants worldwide.
Here, at a glance, are key points and details:
WHAT IS IT? A non-binding, voluntary agreement that aims to ensure "safe, orderly and regular migration."
The Latest: OECD sees share of highly educated migrants grow
MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — The Latest on migration issues (all times local):
A group of some of the world's richest countries says highly educated migrants have made up a growing proportion of people moving to nearly all its member states and European Union countries over the last decade.
Hunger, lice, filth: Moroccan camp shows migrant challenges
CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) — As Morocco prepares to host the signing of a landmark global migration agreement, hundreds of migrants are languishing in a Casablanca camp rife with hunger, misery, lice and filth.
These sub-Saharan Africans who dream of going to Europe are a symbol of the problems world dignitaries are trying to address with the U.N.'s first migration compact, being finalized at a conference in Marrakech on Monday and Tuesday.
Lebanese businessman pleads guilty to violating US sanctions
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Lebanese businessman accused of providing millions of dollars to the Hezbollah militant group pleaded guilty Thursday and admitted his role in a money laundering conspiracy in an effort to evade U.S. sanctions, the Justice Department said.
UN-led talks on Western Sahara end with plans to meet again
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general's envoy for Western Sahara on Thursday wrapped up the first talks in six years over the future of the territory mostly controlled by Morocco, saying the sides have agreed to meet again early next year.
Former German president Horst Koehler hailed "a first, but an important, step" toward resolving a decades-old standoff between Morocco and the independence-minded Polisario Front.
UN hosts meeting of regional envoys over Western Sahara
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general's envoy for Western Sahara is meeting with foreign ministers from Algeria, Morocco and Mauritania plus leaders of the Polisario Front over the future of the Morocco-annexed territory.
U.N. envoy Horst Koehler, a former German president, hosted a "round-table" discussion among the attendees at the first U.N.-hosted talks on the territory in six years, after meeting with them bilaterally earlier Wednesday.
Gabon’s ailing leader meets, reassures officials on health
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's government has broadcast new images of its ailing head of state, President Ali Bongo Ondimba, in his second public appearance since his hospitalization in Saudi Arabia in October and transfer to Morocco last week for convalescence.
The broadcast late Tuesday shows the 59-year-old, seated in profile, receiving a Gabonese delegation.
Dispute over UN migration pact fractures Belgian government
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium's center-right government is fighting for its survival this week after the largest coalition party broke away from its three partners and said it would not back a global U.N.-backed migration pact.
The right-wing N-VA party started a social media campaign against the migration pact Tuesday, more than two months after Prime Minister Charles Michel pledged he would sign the pact for Belgium at a meeting next week in Marrakech, Morocco.
Gabon’s president makes 1st public appearance since illness
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's government has released a video showing President Ali Bongo Ondimba meeting with Morocco's king in his first public appearance since Bongo fell ill in October.
The video shared late Monday shows the men sitting and chatting in front of their national flags as King Mohammed VI visited Bongo, who is recovering at a Rabat hospital.
Gabon’s president transfers to Morocco for further treatment
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's government says President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who has been in treatment in Saudi Arabia for more than a month, will be transferred to Morocco on Wednesday to continue treatment.
The statement says Bongo feels better and "is in full possession of all his faculties." Bongo's wife, Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, says in a message on Twitter that the transfer to Morocco was possible due to "a very significant improvement" in his health.
The Latest: Morocco showcases its migration security record
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):
Morocco's government says it has stopped 68,000 illegal migration attempts and dismantled 122 human trafficking networks since 2002.
As Morocco faces increasing numbers of migrants from around Africa attempting to cross to Europe from its coasts, government minister Noureddine Boutayeb announced the figures at an African security conference Thursday.
Portugal unaware of joint World Cup bid with Spain, Morocco
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A Portuguese official says Spain has made no approach about the possibility of presenting a three-way bid to host the 2030 World Cup with Morocco.
Education Minister Tiago Brandao Rodrigues, who oversees sports, says he has "no formal knowledge of any official announcement about a three-way bid."
He also says he believes FIFA does not allow joint bids from separate confederations — in this case, UEFA and the Confederation of African Football.