ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Thousands of Algerians are demonstrating in the major cities of the oil-rich North African country, demanding the resignation of ailing, 82-year-old President Abdelaziz...
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Dubai-based payment processing firm Network International, which completes credit card transactions across the Middle East and North Africa, is preparing for...
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian opposition leaders called for continued mass protests Wednesday against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika as key figures in his new government attempted to appeal for...
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police said Sunday that six Egyptians and a Tunisian man believed to be linked to an African-based terror group have been detained and deported.
CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations children's agency says it has started paying over 136,000 teachers and school-based staff in Yemen who haven't received their salaries in over two...
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria, a gas-rich African giant and crucial western ally nearly brought to its knees in the 1990s by a bloody Islamist insurgency, is at a new turning point, this time...
CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group voiced concern Thursday for the safety and well-being of an Egyptian transgender woman arrested in a police raid on her home in Cairo.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — With presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for the fall, public officials in Tunisia plan to send mobile teams to villages, universities and companies to...
Amnesty says impunity emboldens Mideast rights violations
BEIRUT (AP) — The world community's "chilling complacency toward wide-scale human rights violations" in the Middle East and North Africa emboldened governments to commit "appalling" violations...
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...
Try a dish with bold North African-influenced spices
Espinacas is a traditional tapas dish found in the southern Spanish region of Andalucia consisting of tender stewed chickpeas, delicate wilted spinach, and bold North African-influenced spices.
We set out to develop an adaptation of this dish that could work as part of a larger meal. For the flavor backbone, we stuck with the classic southern Spanish flavors of saffron, garlic, smoked paprika, and cumin.
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.
As Algerian leader ails, would-be challengers eye election
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A record number of people want to run for president of Algeria in the country's April election, amid growing uncertainty about whether incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who said Sunday he plans to seek a fifth term despite being infirm since a 2013 stroke, is fit enough after two decades in charge of this gas-rich North African nation.
The Latest: Algeria’s ailing leader affirms run for 5th term
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The Latest on Algeria's presidential election (all times local):
Algeria's ailing president has announced that he will seek a fifth five-year term in April's election in the gas-rich North African nation.
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika made the announcement via Algeria's official APS news agency on Sunday.
He has faced questions over whether he is fit enough to remain in office after two decades in charge.
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.
PM: Algerian President Bouteflika, 82, to run for 5th term
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's prime minister says 82-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will seek a fifth term in this year's election through a letter to the Algerian people in the coming days.
African Cup pushed back 6 days because of Ramadan
CAIRO (AP) — This year's African Cup of Nations in Egypt has been pushed back by six days to cater for Ramadan and allow Muslim players time to rest and recover after a month of fasting.
The Confederation of African Football said Monday the tournament will now kick off on June 21 instead of June 15. The final was put back six days to July 19. The move came after a request from a group of North African nations and CAF approved the delay at a special executive committee meeting on Saturday.
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.
Amnesty says Egypt detained 113 in 2018 for their views
CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International said Thursday that Egyptian authorities detained at least 113 people in 2018 for peacefully expressing their views, saying the country has become more dangerous than at any time in recent history for anyone openly criticizing the government.
In a statement, the London-based rights group said those who dared criticize the government in 2018 were sent to prison, often held in solitary confinement or subjected to forced disappearances.
AP PHOTOS: Slain journalist captured Libya’s turmoil
CAIRO (AP) — Mohamed Ben Khalifa's work as a photographer and video journalist captured the tragedy of refugee corpses washing ashore on Libya's coastline. In urban centers, he documented ferocious militia warfare.
Survivors: Up to 117 missing from sunken boat off Libya
ROME (AP) — Three survivors of a rubber dinghy that sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya say up to 117 other migrants were aboard at the time, a U.N. migration official said Saturday.
It appeared to be the latest tragedy on the dangerous central Mediterranean route from North Africa to Europe.
UN organizing national conference in Libya in coming weeks
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is seeking to hold a conference in l.ibya in the coming weeks to agree on a national agenda to rebuild the fractured north African nation and spell out the path to elections, the U.N. envoy said Friday.
Ghassan Salame said in a video briefing to the Security Council that the U.N. will announce the date and place of the National Conference once Libyan representatives agree on "the essential ingredients for a new consensus on a national agenda."
UN organizing national conference in Libya in coming weeks
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Libya says the United Nations is seeking to bring Libyans together in the coming weeks to agree on a national agenda to rebuild the fractured north African nation and spell out the path to elections.
Ghassan Salame told to the Security Council on Friday that the U.N. will announce the date and place of the National Conference once Libyan representatives agree on "the essential ingredients for a new consensus on a national agenda."
The Latest: Spain to improve conditions at migrant centers
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on migrants in Europe (all times local):
Spain's government says it will improve conditions at its eight migrant detention centers and build another center as authorities struggle to cope with a surge in arrivals from North Africa by sea.
Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska announced Friday the government intends to "ensure greater respect for people's dignity and their rights."
German parliament moves to deter migrants from 4 nations
BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers have approved a government plan to declare three North African nations and Georgia safe countries of origin, a move meant to deter migrants from those countries and streamline the handling of asylum applications.
Parliament's lower house on Friday voted 509-138, with four abstentions, to back declaring Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Georgia safe countries.
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Tunisia hit by general strike, amid economic tensions
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Workers around Tunisia went on strike Thursday to demand higher pay in a standoff with a government struggling to reduce unemployment, poverty and social tensions.
All flights in and out of the North African country's main airport were cancelled, and schools nationwide were closed. Ports, public transport, hospitals and other public services were also disrupted.
New tensions, worries mark Tunisia’s revolution anniversary
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Thousands gathered Monday in Tunisia's capital as the country marked eight years since a democratic uprising ousted its long-time strongman. The rally came amid deepening economic troubles in the North African nation and resurgent anger at the revolution's unfulfilled promises.
Spanish police discover 2 migrants hidden inside mattresses
MADRID (AP) — Desperate to reach Europe from North Africa, two African migrants were discovered by police attempting to cross the Spanish border hidden inside a pair of mattresses.
A video shot by a mobile phone of the move Sunday went viral in Spain. It showed agents of Spain's Civil Guard taking two mattresses off the top of a van and cutting them open to reveal two young men inside.
Spanish police seize hashish, arrest 42 in drug operations
MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have seized 3.25 metric tons (3.64 short tons) of hashish in two operations against drug trafficking across the Strait of Gibraltar.
The Guardia Civil says in a statement Monday that police made 42 arrests and broke up what they believed to be one of most important drug smuggling gangs operating between Spain and North Africa.
Five boats and five vehicles used by the alleged gang were seized.
Tunisian police, protesters clash again over unemployment
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Protesters clashed with police for a third consecutive night in Tunisia after a journalist set himself on fire and died this week to denounce the economic problems engulfing the North African nation.
National Guard spokesman Housameddine Jebabli said Thursday that protests took place in six different towns including Kasserine, in west central Tunisia, where journalist Abderrazak Zorgui set himself ablaze this week.
18 arrested in Tunisia amid violent protests
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian authorities have arrested 18 people during protests that erupted after the death of a journalist who set himself on fire to protest economic problems in the North African nation, officials said Wednesday.
Thirteen were arrested in the provincial city of Kasserine and five others in Tebourba, near Tunis, Interior Ministry spokesman Sofiane Zaag said.
Protests in Tunisia after journalist sets himself on fire
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Protests erupted Tuesday in Tunisia after the death of a journalist who set himself on fire to protest economic problems in the North African nation, prompting clashes with police and nationwide concern.
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.
Tunisian teachers demand better pay, protest work conditions
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian high school teachers have taken to the streets of the capital to demand wage increases and improvements to what they call dire working conditions.
Thousands of protesters, many of them bused in from across the country, marched in Tunis on Wednesday, starting at the Education Ministry and finishing at the city's main artery, Avenue Bourguiba.
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."
Libya to vote on new constitution before February
BANGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The chairman of Libya's elections commission said Thursday that the beleaguered North African nation will hold a referendum on a new constitution before the end of February.
The announcement by Emad Al-Sayeh signals a small step toward restoring unity and political stability after years of chaos that followed the 2011 uprising. But authorities have yet to agree on a date or mechanism for presidential or parliamentary elections, and the security situation remains volatile.
Pope to visit UAE in first-ever trip to Arabian Peninsula
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis plans to visit the United Arab Emirates in February to push for Christian-Muslim dialogue and peace in the first-ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula.
The Feb. 3-5 trip to Abu Dhabi centers around an interfaith meeting, the Vatican said Thursday. Francis will also have the chance to meet with political leaders as well as the UAE's Catholic community, which is made up almost exclusively of foreign workers.
The Latest: At least 14 migrants die off Libya’s coast
ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migration crisis (all times local):
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A Libyan official says at least 14 migrants have died off the North African nation's coast while attempting to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe.
Col. Hisham Aldwaini, spokesman for Misrata's security forces, says a wooden boat was found off the Libyan port city with two bodies on board. He said that 12 other bodies were thrown into the sea.
Uber announces new minibus service in traffic-mad Egypt
CAIRO (AP) — Uber launched a new minibus service on Tuesday in traffic-mad Cairo, Egypt's capital and one of the U.S. ride-sharing giant's fastest-growing markets.
A part of an aggressive push into emerging countries, the company hopes to draw millions of Egyptians into ride-sharing from chronically congested, pollution-filled urban landscapes and replace personal automobiles. It is already investing $100 million into a Mideast and North Africa customer support center in Cairo.
The Latest: Spain rescues 650 migrants, finding dead woman
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on migration into Europe (all times local):
Spanish officials say they have rescued about 650 migrants from 16 boats crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe, finding one dead woman among them.
Officials rescue services told Spanish private news agency Europa Press on Friday the woman was with about 50 other people encountered on a boat, whose owner was taken into custody.
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.
Migration at top of agenda of Spanish PM’s 1st Morocco visit
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez urged greater cooperation on migration while making his first visit Monday to Morocco, a jumping-off point for a growing number of migrants trying to reach Spain and get a foothold in Europe.
Spain wants 2030 World Cup bid with Morocco and Portugal
MADRID (AP) — Spain wants Morocco to join a three-country bid with Portugal to host the 2030 World Cup.
A government spokeswoman says Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez conveyed the offer to Moroccan counterpart Saad Eddine El Othmani during a brief visit to the north African country. The spokeswoman, as is custom, spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
There was no immediate response from the government in Rabat.
Salah Egypt’s ‘superman’ again with last-minute winner
Mohamed Salah scored in the last minute to give Egypt a 3-2 win over Tunisia in African Cup of Nations qualifying on Friday, taking the forward's tally to 10 goals in his last eight games for his country.
Spain finds 17 dead migrants, 100 survivors in Mediterranean
MADRID (AP) — Spanish rescue workers combed the seas and shores of southern Spain on Tuesday, searching for 17 missing migrants a day after finding the bodies of 17 other migrants who died trying to cross the Mediterranean in boats departing from North Africa.
Spanish rescuers recover dead baby, save 520 migrants at sea
MADRID (AP) — Spain's maritime rescue service says a baby has died despite efforts by rescuers to save it after a small boat carrying migrants sunk in the Mediterranean Sea. The death came as over 500 others were rescued.
The service says Sunday that the bottom of the rubber boat gave out, tossing 56 migrants into the water when its rescue craft reached it Saturday east of the Strait of Gibraltar. Rescue workers were able to save 55 men, women and children, but could not reanimate the baby.