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Western Sahara: UNSC draft resolution positive for Morocco

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday examined a new resolution aimed at ending the decades-long, multi-pronged dispute over the ultimate status of Western Sahara. The final version of the resolution submitted by the Group of Friends of Western Sahara, [United States, France, the United Kingdom, Russia and Spain], aims at reaching a “mutually acceptable […]

Mauritania: ‘French tourists can visit Mauritania but must be on guard’ Ayrault

French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault Friday in Nouakchott indicated that French tourists can visit the North African country but must be clever as he commended security improvement undertaken by local authorities. “The entire coast (of Mauritania) is classified yellow (renewed vigilance). Other zones were classified red (formally not advised) or orange zones (not advised but […]

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Mauritanian parliament votes to change national flag

Mauritanian lawmakers on Tuesday voted to change the national flag component by adding stripes to it to ‘better represent those who battled for the country’s independence from France. The ruling party, Union pour la République (UPR), last year proposed to amend the national flag by adding thin red stripes at the top and bottom. According […]

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Western Sahara: Polisario caught diverting aid destined to Tindouf Camps

The Separatist Polisario front, supposedly fighting for the independence of Western Sahara, has been caught rerouting humanitarian aid destined to the refugees in the Algeria-based Tindouf camps. According to Moroccan newspaper Al Massae, Mauritanian authorities foiled a new attempt to divert humanitarian assistance by the Polisario after they seized on March 6 a shipment of […]

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Suspected foreign jihadists arrested in Senegal

Police in Senegal has arrested two suspected foreign jihadists in the capital city Dakar, including one who had been in contact with the mastermind of an attack on an Ivory Coast hotel a year ago. Police spokesman Henry Cisse was quoted by Reuters saying an operation in Dakar on Thursday had led to the arrest […]

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Mauritania-Senegal: Senegalese Fishermen’s Arrest Stirs Tension

Senegalese Foreign and Fisheries Ministers are expected in the Mauritanian capital to discuss the fate of dozens of Senegalese fishermen arrested in Mauritanian waters early this month. “Together with fisheries minister, we are examining the steps to take quickly in order to bring support to our fishermen arrested in Mauritania,” said Mankeur Ndiaye, the Senegalese […]

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ECOWAS, a Bullwark against Dictatorships in West Africa

The (ECOWAS) has grown steadily to acquire a political and military dimension besides its role in bolstering economic integration in the region. The recent intervention of the African sub-regional grouping to pressure the long-ruling Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh to step down in recognition of his electoral defeat is but another shining example of the growing […]

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Mauritania Backs Morocco’s Return to AU

Mauritania is poised to vote for Morocco’s membership to the African Union (AU) this January in Addis Ababa. Nouakchott’s decision to endorse Morocco’s membership to the AU comes as both countries cemented ties last month after King Mohammed VI and President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz renewed determination to preserve neighborliness and solidarity ties between their […]

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Mauritania: President Ould Abdel Aziz Accuses France’s Bollore of Alleged Corruption Attempt

Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has lambasted Paris as he accused French logistic and transport company group Bollore of attempting to corrupt him so that he gives them the management of traffic at the port of Nouakchott. The Mauritania President confessed the corrupt attempt during a meeting with senators of his party, Union Pour […]

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Mauritania: Supreme Court Adjourns Blogger’s Apostasy Case

The supreme court of Mauritania has adjourned its final decision on the fate of a popular blogger, Cheikh Ould Mohamed Ould Mkheitir, who had earlier been sentenced to death for apostasy. A criminal court in Nouadhibou in the north of the west African country — an Islamic Republic that adheres to a strict interpretation of […]

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