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New Atalanta force commander

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There’s a new man at the helm of the European Union (EU) naval operation in the Indian Ocean off Africa’s central eastern coast. He is...
Spanish Air Force honoured for Op Atalanta contribution.

Spanish Air Force contribution to Op Atalanta honoured

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The contribution made by the Spanish Air Force (Ejército del Aire ) to the European Union (EU) Operation Atalanta earned its aircraft flotilla the...

Morocco secures $92 million loan for Spanish OPV

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Morocco has secured a $92 million loan with Spanish multinational financial services provider Santander Group to fund the purchase of an offshore patrol vessel...

ISS: Migrants at the mercy of Morocco’s iron fist

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On 24 June, around 2 000 sub-Saharan African migrants, who had gathered the night before in north-eastern Morocco, set off at dawn to cross...

Rheinmetall Denel Munition awarded Spanish 40 mm grenade contract

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Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has been awarded a contract to supply 40 mm grenade ammunition to the Spanish military. The contract covers the supply of...

Nigerian Air Force interested in Airbus aircraft

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The Nigerian Air Force has expressed interest in acquiring new aircraft from Airbus and has held discussions with the Spanish Ambassador to Nigeria on...

Migrant arrivals to Spain’s Canary Islands double from last year

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Spain’s sea rescue service on Wednesday rescued around 100 migrants trying to reach the Canary Islands in rickety boats from north or west Africa...

Morocco wants strong ties with Spain after diplomatic rift – king...

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Morocco is keen to strengthen ties with Spain after a rift between the two countries this spring, Moroccan King Mohammed said on Friday, though...

Spain starts returning Moroccan minors after Ceuta migration crisis

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Spain on Friday started sending hundreds of Moroccan youths, who in May crossed into its North African enclave of Ceuta, back to Morocco after...

Drones monitoring Spanish beaches during heatwave

With a summer heatwave sending hordes of people to the beach, authorities in north-eastern Spanish seaside town Sitges are trialling drones to monitor crowds...

Spanish NH90s arrive in Mali

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The Spanish Army has sent its first NH90 helicopter to Mali as part of the European Union Training Mission (EUTM) in Mali. Personnel from the...

Dozens of migrants rescued off Spain’s Gran Canaria

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Spain's coast guard rescued 45 migrants off the coast of Gran Canaria on Sunday including 24 women and eight children. The migrants, from sub-Saharan Africa,...

Spain mulls ending deal on Morocco border with enclaves

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Spain is looking into ending a deal that allows visa-free crossing from Moroccan towns into Spain's North African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, a...

Migrants push for Spain’s Ceuta again after border security tightened

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Hundreds of migrants tried to force their way past tightened security into Ceuta on Wednesday, as Spain pressed on with the expulsion of thousands...

Spain speeds up Ceuta expulsions after migrant tide from Morocco ebbs

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Spanish authorities carried out mass expulsions of migrants on Wednesday from its North African enclave of Ceuta after thousands crossed from Morocco, as the...

Polisario Front leader Ghali served with Spanish court summons in war...

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Spain’s high court has served Western Sahara independence leader Brahim Ghali with a 1 June summons for a preliminary hearing in a war crimes...

France, Germany and Spain strike deal over joint combat jet

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France, Germany and Spain said on Monday they had reached a deal over the next steps of the development of a new fighter jet,...

About 5 000 Moroccans illegally enter Spain’s Ceuta enclave – government...

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An unusually large group of about 5 000 Moroccans, many of them minors or families, illegally swam into Spain’s northern African enclave of Ceuta...

Spanish NH90s ready for Mali deployment

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Spain will later this year send NH90 helicopters to Mali where they will support the European Union Training Mission (EUTM) in Mali. It will...

Police bust gang trying to smuggle 7 tonnes of hashish into...

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A gang trying to smuggle seven tonnes of hashish into Spain was intercepted in one of the country's largest drugs busts this year, Spanish...

France, Germany, Spain, Italy: condemn this week’s killing of foreigners in...

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France, Germany, Spain and Italy on Friday condemned this week's killing of foreign citizens during an ambush in Burkina Faso. The joint statement - issued...

Police arrest 100 gang members who smuggled drugs into Spain on...

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Spanish police said on Saturday they had arrested 100 members of a gang which ferried hashish and marijuana from Morocco to Spain in high...

Spanish police arrest gang accused of trafficking migrants across Mediterranean

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Eight members of a gang suspected of trafficking migrants from Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla to the Spanish mainland have been arrested, police...

Dozens of migrants scale fence into Spain’s Melilla enclave

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Dozens of migrants stormed into Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla early on Tuesday, scaling the high, razor-wired fence that separates it from Morocco,...

Canary Islands sees more than eight-fold increase in migrants in 2020

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The number of undocumented migrants arriving in Spain’s Canary Islands on rickety boats was more than eight times higher in 2020 than the previous...

Spanish police arrest drugs gang in Mediterranean after high-speed chase

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A gang of drugs traffickers has been arrested after a dramatic speedboat chase across over 100 miles of the Mediterranean during which they tried...

Spain to send more police to Senegal to curb illegal migration,...

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Spain will increase its police presence in Senegal to tackle criminal networks behind an upsurge in illegal migration from the West African coast to...

Wave of migrant arrivals leaves 2 000 stranded at Gran Canaria...

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More than 2 000 African migrants were stranded in a dockside camp on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria on Tuesday after a wave...

Spanish Air Force sends a second C295 to Senegal

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The Spanish Air Force has sent a second C295 aircraft to Dakar, Senegal, to support pace and security missions in the area. The aircraft left...

Denel employees return safely from Spain

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Four Denel employees, who have been working on a project based in Seville, Spain, have safely returned to South Africa. Denel spokesperson Pam Malinda said...

Drone shuts airport for an hour

Madrid’s Barajas airport gradually reopened Monday after detection of a drone by pilots prompted a shutdown for more than an hour, said Enaire, parent...

Morocco looking at buying Avante vessels as it orders more French...

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Morocco is currently in negotiations with Spain’s Navantia over the acquisition of two Avante class offshore patrol vessels. The North African country is also...

North Atlantic rights talks

The Moroccan and Spanish foreign ministers said their countries would hold talks about overlapping areas of ocean they both claim in the North Atlantic....

Failed Med crossing claims four, 16 missing

Four migrants died and up to 16 are missing after trying to reach Europe from North Africa on a small raft, Spain’s coastguard said. ...

Narco-submarine a first for Europe

The discovery of a submarine carrying 3.3 tons of cocaine off Spain marks a “historic” turning point in the battle against drug trafficking,...

Suspected drug sub intercepted off Spain

Spanish police intercepted a submarine apparently transporting drugs in off Galicia, a source with the central government delegation to the region told Reuters. “Early...

Morocco, Spain to co-operate on illegal migration

Morocco and Spain pledged to co-operate more closely to curb illegal migration, an issue fuelling the growth of far right and populist politics in...

Spanish coastguard rescues migrants

More than 200 migrants were rescued by the Spanish coastguard as they attempted to cross from Africa to Spain, rescue services said. The rescue...

Spanish warship collects migrants in Italy

A Spanish warship collected 15 rescued migrants from an Italian port after transiting the Mediterranean to fetch the small group in a high-profile manoeuvre...

Spanish migrant vessel seeks safe harbour

A Spanish charity rescue boat sought safe port after Italy rejected a request to disembark 124 people saved from migrant rafts in the Mediterranean,...

Migrants defy Morocco crackdown

Senegalese migrant Ismail (26) is back in forests around the northern Moroccan port of Tangier, not long after being stopped by authorities and bussed...

Migrant boat missing off Spain

Spanish rescue services are searching for at least 20 people missing from a migrant boat found adrift in the Mediterranean after a passenger ferry...

EU aid sought for illegal migration in Morocco

Spain wants the European Union to increase financial aid allocated to Morocco to help counter illegal migration flows, Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said. “Morocco is...

Spanish migrant rescue boat operations halted

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A Spanish charity boat which rescues migrants at sea has been blocked by authorities from operating in the Mediterranean, the non-governmental organisation said. The Barcelona...

Spain now “preferred” migrant destination

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Most migrants who crossed the Mediterranean to Europe last year arrived in Spain, according to European Union estimates with Italy having the fewest irregular...

Germany, France to add Spain to fighter programme

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Germany and France will welcome Spain as a full partner in their programme to develop a next-generation air combat system, and expect...

Migrant deaths at sea off Spain triple

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At least 631 African migrants died trying to reach Spain so far this year, almost three times more than in 2017 and...

Migrants die during Africa Spain crossing

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At least 17 migrants died trying to cross from North Africa to Spain with rescuers picking up more than 100 others, the...

Migrants drown off Spain

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Three migrants drowned and 354 were rescued from dinghies in Spanish waters the maritime rescue service said. The nationalities of the dead...

Dead migrants found in Spanish waters

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Five migrants drowned and 193 were rescued in the western Mediterranean Sea off the Spanish coast, the Spanish coastguard said, after six...

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