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MOROCCO

EU, Israel warn of terror strikes

RABAT — The European Union and Israel have alerted Morocco to the threat of imminent terrorist attacks and urged tighter security, a Moroccan newspaper reported Monday.

The al-Ahdath al-Maghribiya newspaper said EU officials sent a report warning of a “very high likelihood of terrorist attacks against Morocco.”

The newspaper also said Foreign Minister Mohammed Benaissa received similar warnings from Israeli counterpart Tzipi Livni when the two met last week in Paris. Israeli intelligence given to Morocco said that 11 suspected al Qaeda operatives had recently slipped into country, the newspaper said.

KUWAIT

Warrant issued for ex-oil minister

KUWAIT CITY — A tribunal has issued a warrant for the arrest of a former minister and member of the ruling al-Sabah family over his suspected role in a graft case, local press reported this week.

The warrant was issued for Sheik Ali al-Khalifa al-Sabah because he failed to appear before the special three-judge tribunal for questioning over his suspected role in a multimillion-dollar embezzlement.

Sheik Ali was finance and oil minister in the 1980s and early 1990s. The tribunal aims to establish whether the accusations against him are serious enough to press charges.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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