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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 […]

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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Four African countries to join Fisheries Transparency Initiative

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced that Mauritania, Senegal, Seychelles and Guinea have applied to join the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI), to promote more responsible and sustainable fisheries. The multi-stakeholder initiative according to the Bank, aims to increase transparency and participation in fisheries governance. For the four countries, this accession is expected to boost […]

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Mauritania: Jailed ex-senator Ould Ghadda rejects bail, calls for fair trial

Jailed Mauritanian former senator and senior opposition figure Mohamed Ould Ghadda said he will not accept any idea of temporary release. Mohamed Ould Ghadda who led other Senators in rejecting a referendum, which scrapped the Senate in the West African nation, was arrested on August 10, 2017. He faces a corruption probe, according to the […]

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The G5-sahel initiative gets $60 million boost from the US

The United States on Monday promised up to $60 million to support the G5-Sahel Joint Force’s counter-terrorism efforts, the State Department said in a statement. The US has been very reluctant to support the G5-Sahel 5,000 troops made up with forces from Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mauritania since the beginning of the negotiations. […]

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Tanzanian police detained 20 over homosexual practices

Authorities in Tanzania have arrested 20 people accused of homosexuality in the East African nation’s semiautonomous region of Zanzibar. Twelve women and eight men were arrested in a hotel where they were receiving training on HIV/AIDS education programs, local media reports. “We rounded them up because we suspect that they were engaged in homosexuality in […]

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American anti-slavery activists denied entry to Mauritania

The Mauritanian government has denied a group of American anti-slavery activists entry to the country, claiming their planned activities are contrary to Mauritanian laws. “We informed the American embassy that transmitted the program of the delegation, that the delegation will not be granted entry visa because of its program that we deem against Mauritanian laws,” […]

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Violent storm kills scores in Mauritania

About fifteen people were killed and more than 40 wounded by a violent storm that hit the vicinity of Boghe village, about 320 km from Mauritania’s capital Nouakchott. According to local media, administrative authorities rushed to the scene, while the medical personnel in the region were mobilized to rescue the wounded. Fourteen seriously wounded people […]

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Mauritania: Police experts of the G5 Sahel countries boost cooperation

About 32 senior executives of the Sahel multinational military force known as “G5 Sahel” last week, met in Mauritania’s Capital Nouakchott to strengthen police cooperation in the terrorism-stricken region. Leaders of Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad, earlier last month, established the G5 Sahel force to operate in coordination with French troops and MINUSMA, […]

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