Islamic State militants claim attacks on embassies in Libya

Apr 14, 2015

Islamic State militants claim attacks on embassies in Libya

A bomb exploded at the gate of the Moroccan Embassy in the Libyan capital early on Monday, causing some damage but hurting nobody, a security official said, only hours after gunmen attacked South Korea’s mission in Tripoli. Militants claiming loyalty to Islamic State said ...

Spanish caver rescued in Morocco's Atlas mountains; pair perish

Apr 6, 2015

Spanish caver rescued in Morocco's Atlas mountains; pair perish

Only one of three Spanish cavers trapped at the bottom of a deep ravine in Morocco’s High Atlas mountains was extracted alive on Sunday after a complicated rescue operation, officials said. All three potholers were initially found alive on Saturday morning, several days after ...

Gigantic ancient arthropod was really 'a very peaceful guy'

Mar 12, 2015

Gigantic ancient arthropod was really 'a very peaceful guy'

It was big. It was weird. And this monster from the primordial seas was also a trend-setter. Scientists on Wednesday announced the discovery in southeastern Morocco of beautifully preserved fossils of a huge arthropod — the group that includes crabs, scorpions, insects, spiders, centipedes ...

Feb 18, 2015

Morocco suspends Libya flights, closes airspace to Libyan planes

Morocco has suspended all flights between Moroccan cities and Libya and closed its airspace to Libyan airplanes because of security concerns, the Moroccan government said on Monday. Morocco’s Royal Air Maroc had already suspended its flights to Libya in July when Libyan factions started ...

Morocco clears out migrant camps near Spanish enclave

Feb 12, 2015

Morocco clears out migrant camps near Spanish enclave

Moroccan security forces raided a makeshift mountain camp and arrested hundreds of illegal migrants in a crackdown that aimed to halt constant attempts to storm Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla, activists and officials said Wednesday. Police, gendarmes and riot squads climbed rugged Mount ...

Moroccan desert upends expectations

Jan 31, 2015

Moroccan desert upends expectations

The bold black silhouettes of our three-camel caravan stood out against a tall sand dune like a background drawing of the Three Kings in a Nativity scene. While Georgie, as I had nicknamed my blonde dromedary camel, plodded through this remote corner of Morocco ...

Jan 26, 2015

Morocco arrests suspected Algerian militant tied to Frenchman's beheading

Moroccan authorities said on Sunday they arrested a suspected Algerian member of the militant group responsible for kidnapping and beheading French tourist Herve Gourdel east of Algiers in September. An al-Qaida splinter group known as Caliphate Soldiers kidnapped Gourdel when he was hiking in ...

Dec 26, 2014

Morocco bans Ridley Scott's 'Exodus'

Morocco has banned cinemas from showing the biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings” just one day before the Hollywood blockbuster was due to be screened, media reports said Thursday. It was unclear why officials decided to ban the movie that had been given the ...

Nov 10, 2014

Sahara's Polisario Front threatens new armed struggle

The Western Sahara’s Polisario Front independence movement threatened Sunday to take up arms again after Morocco’s king said his country will stay there “until the end of time.” Algeria’s APS news agency cited Mohamed Salem Ould Salek, the group’s designated foreign minister, as saying ...

Oct 16, 2014

Dubai isolates traveler from Liberia over Ebola signs

Dubai health authorities quarantined Wednesday an air passenger who arrived from Liberia after he showed symptoms of Ebola, in the first suspected infection registered in the Gulf region. The United Arab Emirates health ministry said the man who traveled from Liberia through Morocco had ...

Sep 29, 2014

Suspected Islamic State recruiter held in Spanish custody

A Spanish court Sunday remanded in custody the suspected leader of a militant cell based in North Africa that recruited fighters for the Islamic State jihadists. High Court Judge Javier Gomez Bermudez in Madrid ruled that there was a “high probability” that Mohamed Said ...