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Mauritania inks nearly $17 million loan agreement with IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has concluded an agreement of $16.56 million with Mauritania as the West African nation’s economic recovery has been confirmed with growth estimated at 3.5% in 2017 and 2018. According to the international lender, the Sahel nation’s international reserves reached $849 million at the end of 2017 and the budget achieved […]

West African leaders vow to fire back after jihadist attacks in Burkina

Togo’s President and chair of the regional ECOWAS bloc, Faure Gnassingbe, and Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou on Monday vowed to help Burkina Faso fight and defeat militant groups. The presidents of neighboring Niger and Togo traveled to Burkina Faso on Tuesday (March 6) to assess the aftermath of the terror attacks, which killed 8 people […]

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G5 Sahel force: International donor conference raises €414m

An international high-level conference on the Sahel held in Brussels last weekend raised €414 million to support the G5 Sahel Force. Co-chaired by the European Union (EU), the United Nations, the African Union and the G5 Sahel group countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger), the donor conference saw the participation of 50 countries, […]

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Mali: French troops kill at least 10 jihadists near Algeria

At least 10 suspected jihadists have been killed in a raid conducted by French air force on Wednesday in northeast Mali near the border with Algeria, Le360 Afrique portal reported. The offensive was part of France’s Operation Barkhane, near Tinzaouaten at the Algerian border, military sources were quoted as saying. The raid lasted for about […]

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Mauritania, Senegal ink offshore gas exploitation deal

Mauritania and Senegal last week signed an intergovernmental cooperation agreement on the joint exploitation of the cross-border offshore gas field Turtle/Ahmeyin. The Greater Turtle Complex, which straddles the maritime boundaries of the two countries, is estimated to harbor more than 25 trillion cubic feet of gas. The inter-governmental cooperation accord, signed on the sidelines of […]

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Mauritania: UN experts concerned about situation of jailed senator

The United Nations’ Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is investigating the case of Mohamed Ould Ghadda, a former Mauritanian senator in pre-trial detention since September 1. The UN body, in a letter sent to the authorities of Nouakchott, said it was concerned about the case of the former senator. Mauritanian officials arrested Ghadda on August […]

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Researchers in Morocco Develop Heat Tolerant Durum Wheat

Researchers from the Morocco-based International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) have developed durum wheat varieties that can be grown on the savannah along the Senegal River, in Mauritania as well as in Morocco during the four months of the year when temperatures reach 35-40 degrees (°C). The research, conducted in cooperation […]

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ECOWAS: Five heads state to greenlight Morocco’s full membership

Morocco will have to wait until 2018 to hear the final verdict on its application for ECOWAS membership. A committee, made up of the five heads of state of Nigeria, Togo, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Guinea Conakry, will study Morocco’s membership to the ECOWAS, stated a communiqué sanctioning the works of the 52nd ordinary summit […]

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Mauritania: Anti-slavery activist named among top 100 most influential African figures

Anti-slavery activist and former presidential hopeful Biram Dah Abeid has appeared in New African Magazine’s ranking of top 100 most influential African figures who have marked the year 2017. The magazine’s ranking sprawls over several domains including politics and public service; business and finance; civil society and activism; education; science, technology and innovation. Biram is […]

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Twenty delegations join G5-Sahel force summit in France

The five heads of state of the G5-Sahel joint force are meeting French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in France this Wednesday (Dec. 13). The about twenty attending delegations will discuss means to strengthen international mobilization for the benefit of the ongoing effort to combat armed groups in the Sahel region. Saudi […]

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