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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 […]

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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Saudi Arabia pledges $100 million to G5 Sahel military force

Saudi Arabia has promised up to $100 million to support the Joint counterterrorism force, set up by the Group of Five Sahel States, known as G5-Sahel. The force, which was authorized by the African Union Peace and Security Council in April 2017 and strengthened by UN Security Council Resolution 2359 in June, needs roughly $500 […]

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Libya Slave Auction Draws Light to Continuing Dilemma of Black Population in Tindouf Camps, Mauritania

The abhorrent slave auction aired by CNN continues to ignite condemnation worldwide while drawing attention to the plight of thousands of black slaves who are being sold in markets in the Tindouf-run Polisario camps and in Mauritania. If slavery in Libya is a fallout of the state-collapse and the erosion of the rule of law, […]

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Peace and Security top agenda of 4th Dakar International Forum

The 4th Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa has kicked off on Monday in Senegal as the continent moves to assure its own security. The forum, held under the theme, “Current security challenges in Africa: towards integrated solutions”, focuses on the continent’s new strategic and security challenges and on new approaches on […]

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