Morocco backpacker murder: Arrests spared a terrorist plot

Europe 12/23/18, 23:19

The arrests of nine more men in connection to the beheadings of two Scandinavian backpackers in Morocco foiled a "terrorist plot," investigators revealed Sunday. The women were found dead Monday with stab wounds on their neck near the village of Imlil, a starting point for treks to Mount Toubkal, North Africa's ...

Moroccans hold anti-terror vigil for slain Nordic hikers

Europe 12/22/18, 14:45

Moroccans have gathered 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.Hundreds of people brought flowers and shed tears Saturday in a show of opposition to violence and religious extremism. ...

Norway says murder video from Morocco is likely authentic

Europe 12/21/18, 05:14

A video that allegedly shows the killing of a Scandinavian university student in a remote part of Morocco's Atlas Mountains is likely authentic, Norwegian police said Friday.Norway's National Criminal Investigation Service has been investigating the footage circulating on social media. "There is no concrete evidence indicating the video is not ...

Denmark premier: Morocco tourist killings ‘act of terror’

Europe 12/20/18, 03:44

Denmark's prime minister says the killings of two Scandinavian tourists in Morocco's Atlas Mountains can be considered "politically motivated and thus an act of terror."Lars Loekke Rasmussen said Thursday that "there are still dark forces that want to fight our values" and "we must not give in."He also confirmed the ...

Morocco: Terrorist ties to Scandinavian hiker slaying

Europe 12/19/18, 16:19

The lone suspect arrested in the killing of two Scandinavian tourists is connected to a terrorist group, and three other suspects are on the run, Moroccan prosecutors and a security official said Wednesday.State television 2M reported on its website that authorities consider the two women's slayings a terrorist act. Local ...

Spain grapples with surging number of teenage migrants

Soccer 12/11/18, 06:01

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, ...

At a glance: The new UN migration pact

World 12/10/18, 13:15

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 ...

Update: UN chief presses support for migration accord

World 12/10/18, 03:56

The Latest on the U.N. migration conference (all times local):9:50 a.m.United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has sought to dispel "falsehoods" and "myths" over an international agreement on safe, humane and orderly migration.The U.N. chief spoke at the start of a two-day international conference about the "Global Compact on Migration," moments ...

Update: UN migration meeting head slams ‘misinformation’

World 12/09/18, 14:16

The Latest on migration issues (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Honduran migrant Jonatan Matamoros Flores, 33, who arrived with an October migrant caravan, stands atop the U. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) The leader of a U.N. migration conference that has been snubbed by the Trump administration and at least seven other governments has lashed ...

Hunger, lice, filth: Moroccan migrant camp shows challenges

Europe 12/09/18, 04:36

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 and unsanitary conditions.Wazzizi, a sub-Saharan migrant from Guinea, sits outside the tent where he lives at at Ouled Ziane camp in Casablanca, Morocco, Thursday, ...

UN-led talks on Western Sahara end with plans to meet again

World 12/06/18, 11:27

The U.N. secretary-general's envoy for Western Sahara has 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 ...

UN hosts meeting of regional envoys over Western Sahara

World 12/05/18, 11:20

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 ...

Dispute over UN migration pact fractures Belgian government

Europe 12/04/18, 15:48

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 ...

Migration at top of agenda of Spanish PM’s 1st Morocco visit

Europe 11/19/18, 13:10

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 is one of the North African kingdom's strongest European allies, and enhanced collaboration ...

Update: Spanish PM talks migration in 1st Morocco visit

Europe 11/19/18, 11:07

The Latest on issues relating to migrants in Europe (all times local):7:00 p.m.Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has called for greater cooperation on migration during his first visit to Morocco, a jumping-off point for a growing number of migrants trying to reach Spain as a first foothold in Europe.After meeting ...

Morocco unveils Africa’s first ever high speed train line

World 11/15/18, 11:41

French President Emmanuel Macron and Morocco's King Mohammed VI have inaugurated Morocco's first high-speed rail line, the first ever such line in Africa.Known as the LGV, it will connect the economic hubs of Tangier and Casablanca in 2 hours 10 minutes at a speed of up to 320 kph (199 ...

Pope to visit Morocco in March in big year for foreign trips

World 11/13/18, 06:25

Pope Francis is going to Morocco in March in what is expected to be a heavy year of foreign travel for the 81-year-old pontiff.The Vatican on Tuesday confirmed the March 30-31 visit to Rabat and Casablanca.Previously, there were rumors that Francis would travel to Marrakesh next month to participate in ...

Spain to ban speedboats used by drug, migrant traffickers

Europe 10/26/18, 09:30

The Spanish government is moving to ban the high-speed semi-inflatable boats used by traffickers to bring both drugs and migrants across the Strait of Gibraltar to Spain from North Africa.Police in Spain have identified groups of African migrants arriving in the rubber inflatable boats, known as RIB or "narcoboats," which ...

PHOTOS: In Morocco, tribal tattoos fade with age, Islam

World 10/25/18, 05:11

In Morocco's Middle Atlas mountains, an ancient tradition is fading. The distinctive tribal tattoos that indigenous Amazigh women acquired in a coming of age ritual are slowly disappearing as their bearers age and die.Strictly observant Muslims and women who want to be modern have shunned the practice, which dates to ...

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