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Migration Tops Agenda of Idriss Deby’s Visit in Germany

Chad president Idriss Deby on Wednesday urged the European Union to seek a deal with countries across Africa’s desert Sahel region if it wants to curb the influx of migrants. “We can only resolve the issue if we involve the G5 frontline states –Chad, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Mali and Niger– not through country by country […]

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Morocco’s Education & Training System, a Model for Mauritania

Mauritanian education minister, who was visiting neighboring Morocco, last week, called for enhancing cooperation between the two countries in all realms, and more importantly in matters of education and vocational training. Education Minister Sidi Ould Salem conferred with Moroccan Minister of Higher Education Lahcen Daoudi on means to boost the exchange of expertise between the […]

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Mauritania: Nouakchott Denies Ransoming Senoussi

The Mauritanian Government has maintained it did not ransom head of Muammar Gaddafi’s intelligence services, arrested in Nouakchott in March 2012. Allegations that Nouakchott took fat check for extradition of Abdallah Senoussi at the request of the then Libyan authorities has re-surfaced in the Saharan country as public opinion and the opposition question authorities’ candour. […]

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Mauritania: AI Demands Immediate Release of Anti-slavery Activists

Amnesty International has called on Mauritania authorities to release immediately members of the anti-slavery NGO arrested early this month. Gaëtan Mootoo, researcher at the London-based human right organisation’s West African office over the end week estimated unacceptable the arrest of activists of IRA Mauritanie, an NGO combatting slavery in the country. “Mauritania must immediately and […]

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Mauritania arrests nine anti-slavery campaigners

Mauritanian authorities have arrested nine anti-slavery activists on Sunday, Reuters reported. The activists arrested in Nouakchott over the weekend are accused of public disorder in which several police officers were injured and a bus was burned. Slavery is deeply rooted in Mauritania’s caste-based society. Mauritania was the last country in the world to abolish slavery, […]

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Nouakchott Slams UN Report on Human Rights & Extreme Poverty

Mauritanian authorities have lambasted the UN Report on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty in the country saying it is “baseless and partial.” State-run commission on Human Rights and Humanitarian Action (CDHAH) criticized the report author, Philip Alston, of partiality and chided the report for being baseless. Alston said in his report 44 per cent of […]

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Morocco Calls for African Countries’ Involvement in All Cooperation Initiatives to Improve Road Networks

Morocco has stressed the need for African countries to get involved in all initiatives aimed at boosting cooperation to improve their national road networks, which play a major role in reducing spatial disparities, ensuring public access to markets and services, reducing poverty and vulnerability and combating social exclusion. “African countries should, therefore, be involved in […]

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North Africa: Ban ki-moon Speaks about the Region Challenges

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon who visited Algeria over the weekend touched on the many challenges facing the North African region with focus on the Libyan crisis. Speaking to reporters after talks with Algerian officials, Ban called on “all external actors” to help calm the situation in Libya because if things don’t improve politically, he […]

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Terrorists in the Sahel Beef up their Finances with Drug Trafficking

As the Sahel has become the route of Latin American cocaine destined to Europe, the terrorist groups roaming in the area got involved in this drug trafficking to beef up their finances, and the separatist Polisario front is part of the play. The Polisario’s collusion with drug trafficking networks has again been confirmed this week […]

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Mauritania: Al-Qaeda militant escapes from death row

Mauritanian authorities this weekend said they are hunting for an Islamist militant who from Nouakchott central prison where he was awaiting execution for his part in a plot to kill President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz in 2011. Cheikh Ould Saleck, on death row since 2011, was last seen by fellow inmates at on Thursday, the […]

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