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Jihadist ambush on US forces shows new danger in Sahel

2017-10-20 06:10

The ambush in West Africa that killed four US service members has highlighted the danger posed by a newly rebranded jihadist group in the region.

Western Sahara: disputed territory in North Africa

2017-10-17 10:04

Western Sahara is a former Spanish colony mainly controlled by Morocco, but whose territory is claimed by the pro-independence Polisario Front.

For Malians in Mauritanian desert, going home is a mirage

2017-10-05 17:13

It is hardly the most inviting place to call home - a sprawling tent city in a sea of reddish sand in southeastern Mauritania.

US teen 'unstoppable' in fight for girl power in Africa

2017-09-19 21:01

With braces on her teeth and sneakers on her feet, Zuriel Oduwole from Los Angeles may look like a typical American teen.

US anti-slavery activists denied entry to Mauritania

2017-09-09 12:59

A group of American anti-slavery activists were denied entry to Mauritania after landing at the airport in Nouakchott, local activists and the US embassy have said.

Dissident senator arrested in Mauritania

2017-08-12 09:02

A Mauritanian senator who led a group of lawmakers in protest against a referendum aimed at abolishing their chamber was arrested Friday, his family and police sources have said.

Mauritania votes on constitution after tense campaign

2017-08-06 13:25

Mauritanians has begun on several contentious changes to their constitution sought by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz but opposed by a wide swathe of opposition lawmakers and civil society groups.

Clashes on final day of Mauritania referendum campaign

2017-08-04 16:14

Police and opposition activists have clashed in Mauritania's capital on the final day of campaigning for a controversial constitutional referendum.

Mauritania referendum campaign starts under opposition boycott

2017-07-21 19:08

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has launched a campaign for a constitutional referendum boycotted by opposition figures who call the vote a smokescreen to keep the ruling party in power.

France's Macron due in Mali to back Sahel anti-jihad force

2017-06-30 19:28

President Emmanuel Macron is due in Mali on Sunday to consolidate Western backing for a regional anti-jihadist force, as France beefs up its counter-terror operations in the area.

 

Tanzania arrests 12 for 'homosexuality' in Dar es Salaam

2017-10-18 19:52

Tanzanian police say they have arrested 12 men, including two South Africans and a Ugandan, for presumed homosexuality as part of an ongoing crackdown against gays.

US officials: 4th US soldier dead after attack in Niger

2017-10-07 13:00

US officials say a soldier who had been missing for nearly two days in Niger has been found dead, a result of a deadly ambush by dozens of Islamic extremists on a joint patrol of American and Niger forces

West Africa steps up battle against pirates and poachers

2017-09-20 18:33

Armed and stony-faced, six black-clothed members of Senegal's marine special forces board the Chinese fishing boat, alerted by radio that it may be operating illegally.

Mauritania says US anti-slavery visit 'illegal'

2017-09-10 09:58

The West African state of Mauritania has attacked US anti-slavery campaigners to whom it had denied entry, saying their trip would have violated the law.

Mauritania's president approves law abolishing senate

2017-08-16 21:00

Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has approved a newly drafted law abolishing the senate, the most controversial measure in a package of reforms passed by referendum this month.

Mauritania votes to abolish Senate by referendum

2017-08-07 19:42

Mauritanians have voted to abolish their Senate and alter their national flag by referendum, the electoral commission announced, in a clear victory for President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz the day after the vote.

Mauritania opposition warns of 'massive fraud' ahead of vote

2017-08-04 20:21

The head of a boycott movement opposed to a constitutional referendum in Mauritania accused the country's rulers on Friday of planning "massive fraud" on the eve of the vote, and warned of violence.

Mauritanian party complains of 'unequal' referendum campaign

2017-08-03 11:30

The sole Mauritanian political party urging citizens to vote "No" in a controversial referendum on abolishing the Senate has complained their ability to campaign had been severely restricted.

AU chair questions US stance on African peacekeeping

2017-07-06 11:53

The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat has questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel.

UN Security Council unanimously welcomes Sahel force

2017-06-21 19:31

The UN Security Council unanimously has adopted a resolution that paves the way for the deployment of a five-nation African military force to fight jihadists in the Sahel region.

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