Morocco, US stage joint military exercise

2017-04-23 11:17

Moroccan and US forces are among nearly 1 300 troops from across the world taking part in a major military exercise in southern Morocco, the American embassy and military officials have said.

Abducted French national is 'in Sudan': Chad minister

2017-03-24 18:31

A French national abducted from southeastern Chad is in neighbouring Sudan, a Chadian minister has said. .

Sahel leaders say terror threat requires immediate action

2017-02-06 22:06

Africa's Sahel region risks becoming a "space for terrorists" unless immediate, co-ordinated action is taken, Chad's President Idriss Deby warned, as the area's leaders gathered for security talks in the Malian capital.

Gambia's defeated leader agrees to cede power: Official

2017-01-20 22:30

Defeated Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh has agreed to cede power to the country's newly inaugurated leader, a Senegalese government official has confirmed.

Nigeria, Morocco agree to build natural gas pipeline

2016-12-07 22:03

Nigeria and Morocco say they have agreed to build a pipeline to carry Nigerian natural gas to North Africa and Europe in a major initiative to boost energy production and create industrial hubs to attract foreign investment.

Mauritanian released from Guantanamo won't pursue complaints

2016-10-24 07:07

A Mauritanian who returned home after being held at the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for nearly 14 years says he will not file complaints against the United States or Mauritania.

13 anti-slavery activists sentenced in Mauritania

2016-08-19 10:26

Thirteen anti-slavery activists in Mauritania have been sentenced to between three and 15 years in prison, despite criticism of the case against them by international rights groups.

Arab summit cut to single day

2016-07-25 17:01

A 22-nation Arab summit to tackle the region's various crises has been cut back to a single day of talks due to the absence of heavyweights Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Mauritania frees anti-slavery activists

2016-05-17 19:00

Mauritania's supreme court has ordered that a group of anti-slavery activists including a former presidential candidate be set free after downgrading the crimes of which they were found guilty in 2014.

US urges tighter West Africa responses

2016-03-02 06:02

West Africa's armed forces, police and governments need to ramp up cross-border links to contain Islamist groups now increasingly staging spectacular attacks on civilian targets, US and local top brass say.


116 million African children to get polio vaccines: WHO

2017-03-24 20:33

The World Health Organization says 116 million children are to receive polio vaccines in 13 countries in west and central Africa as part of efforts to eradicate the disease on the continent.

Mauritania vows referendum to abolish Senate, change flag

2017-03-23 08:34

A contentious amendment to Mauritania's constitution, which would abolish the Senate and change the national flag, will be put to a referendum "as quickly as possible," the president says.

Jammeh's rights abuses: 'We want justice,' Gambian activists insist

2017-01-21 19:00

Gambian human rights activists are insisting that defeated president Yahya Jammeh be held accountable for alleged human rights abuses during his 22-year rule and that he not be able to keep funds illegally amassed.

Gambia president-elect plans inauguration in Senegal

2017-01-19 13:06

Gambia's president-elect has said he will be sworn into office at the Gambian embassy in neighboring Senegal, while there was no word from longtime leader Yahya Jammeh on the day that his mandate expired.

10 Mauritanian anti-slavery activists win freedom

2016-11-19 17:00

Ten Mauritanian anti-slavery activists have been handed their freedom in a partial appeal court victory that left three of their fellow accused in jail, says a judicial source.

Mauritania president says two-term limit will stay

2016-10-22 06:57

Mauritanian leader Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has said a two-term limit for the presidency will remain in place after months of speculation he would attempt to run for a third stint in office.

Mauritania slavery activists tortured in custody: lawyer

2016-08-16 14:09

Thirteen Mauritanian anti-slavery campaigners who are on trial for "rebellion and use of violence" told a court on Monday they had been tortured in custody, their lawyer said.

Mauritania gold miners on strike

2016-05-24 18:29

Mauritanian miners have begun an open-ended strike at a Canadian-owned gold mine over pay conditions, with unions citing the vast gap between their salaries and expats.

Thousands protest against axing of Mauritania senate

2016-05-08 12:27

Thousands of people have gathered in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott to protest against a move by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to abolish the senate.

Mauritania vows no abuse by soldiers

2016-02-21 19:15

Mauritania's defence minister promises that the country's peacekeepers will not be implicated in the type of sex abuse allegations that rocked Central African Republic's UN mission.

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