French President Francois Hollande (C) gestures before his partner Valerie Trierweiler (L) as they wait for the arrival of Presidents from eight African countries -- Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal -- before a lunch on June 5, 2013 at the presidential Elysee palace in Paris.
There is a lot of concern about the refugee camps in Mauritania and Niger – there has certainly been infiltration there, for example by the MNLA (National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad), and although we don't know for certain that other groups, like al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI), have infiltrated them too, it seems likely
I have come to Mauritania as part of a new tour dedicated to finding a solution to the Western Sahara crisis in accordance with the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council
Widespread droughts in 2011, the exodus of people from Mali due to the ongoing crisis in that country, and the waning resilience of the region's people due to the compounding crises are all factors that have placed about 17 million in need of assistance ... This year, the United Nations appeals for about $1.7 billion in funding to address the 'triple crisis' in the Sahel region, comprising Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, the Gambia, Cameroon and Nigeria.More quotes »
US transfers prisoner to Mauritania
-- A Mauritanian official says that the United States has transferred one of its prisoners held in Afghanistan to Mauritania.A Mauritanian security source, who insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press, said that Younis al-Mauritani Read more »
Mauritania receives 2 prisoners from Guantanamo
who was held at the U.S. military base at the Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.Nabagha said the detainees were turned over to Mauritanian police who may interview them before their release.Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz recently claimed that the Read more »
10-year sentence sought for Canadian in Mauritania
terror attack."I came to Mauritania to study the Quran," he told the court on Monday, appearing briefly in a white traditional Mauritanian robe.In an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. last month, Yoon said he had been in prison and had lost touch Read more »
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EU-Mauritania agreement: unviable?
new protocol to the fisheries partnership agreement (FPA) between the EU and Mauritania, signed at the end of 2012, is unviable both technically and economically, as well as unprofitable, a letter by the European fisheries industry, Europeche, to the President 6/19/13 from Humanitarian News Read more »
Global Forced Displacement at 18-Year High
child sits atop a truck loaded with Malian refugees and their belongings on the edge of the M'Berra refugee camp in Mauritania while it waits for the rest of the convoy to catch up, March 6, 2013. (Nyani Quarmyne/MSF) The United Nations refugee agency says 6/19/13 from Voice of America Read more »
IMF Approves U.S.$16.9 Million Disbursement for Mauritania
to draw a final amount equivalent to SDR 11.04 million (US$16.9 million). The Executive Board approved an arrangement for Mauritania in March 2010 for an amount equivalent to SDR 77.28 million (about 120 percent of the country's quota in the IMF), see Press from AllAfrica.com Read more »
Has the US lost Africa to terrorism?
Counter-Terrorism Partnership and its Pentagon analog, now known as Operation Juniper Shield, with increased support flowing to Mauritania and Niger in the wake of Mali’s collapse. In 2012, the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development from Salon Read more »
Al-Qaida group confirms death of leaders
north. The Mauritanian agency often receives statements from Islamist groups operating in the Sahara region, many of which have Mauritanian members. Mauritania's press is among the freest in the Arab world. AQIM said Abdallah al Chinguetti, a Mauritanian and from China Post Read more »