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Mauritanian minister highlights country’s successful efforts to combat terrorism
After heavy fighting in 2010 and 2011, and despite a complex regional situation, Mauritania has faced the threat of terrorism successfully. “We have strengthened our defensive capacities while respecting human rights and putting in place a policy of sustainable development,” he explained. In addition, Mauritania has succeeded in building a constructive dialogue with the opposition and civil society, improving governance and reforming institutions, particularly with regard to women’s rights   Read More ...
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An uneasy coexistence in the Mauritanian desert
Mbera refugee camp, Mauritania - It is often difficult to know where the sprawling Mbera refugee camp ends, and the desolate, desert communities of southeastern Mauritania begin. Both spring up almost unexpectedly from the mounds of orange sand and shrubs: tents made from tarps fastened to curved tree branches, animal pens, and the odd mud-brick, tin or aluminium structure. In this hard-to-reach and isolated corner of the Sahel, tens of thousands of refugees from Mali, displaced over the last five years by armed conflict at home, live alongside traditional Mauritanian herding and agricultural communities   Read More ...
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Mauritania says US anti-slavery visit 'illegal'
Nouakchott - The West African state of Mauritania on Saturday attacked US anti-slavery campaigners to whom it had denied entry, saying their trip would have violated the law. A dozen campaigners landed at Nouakchott airport on Friday for a week-long visit but were refused visas, a local anti-slavery NGO said earlier. Slavery was officially outlawed in Mauritania in 1981 but remains entrenched in a hereditary system of servitude   Read More ...
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US anti-slavery activists denied entry to Mauritania
Nouakchott - A group of American anti-slavery activists were denied entry to Mauritania on Friday after landing at the airport in Nouakchott, local activists and the US embassy said. Mauritanian authorities refused to issue entry visas to the dozen activists who had arrived in the capital, Sneiba El Kory, an official with SOS Esclaves, a local anti-slavery NGO, told AFP. Officially, slavery was outlawed in Mauritania in 1981 but the west African country remains a bastion of the practice   Read More ...
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US anti-slavery activists denied entry to Mauritania
NOUAKCHOTT: A group of American anti-slavery activists were denied entry to Mauritania Friday after landing at the airport in Nouakchott, local activists and the US embassy said. Mauritanian authorities refused to issue entry visas to the dozen activists who had arrived in the capital, Sneiba El Kory, an official with SOS Esclaves, a local anti-slavery NGO, told AFP. The US activists were set to be in Mauritania for a week on a trip organised by a Chicago-based anti-slavery group which is part of US pastor Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition   Read More ...
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Harambee Stars take on Mauritania, Morocco in friendlies
The match kicks off at 7pm Kenyan time at the 80,000-seater Grand Stade de Casablanca, same venue for Kenya’s next tie against the hosts on Monday. Cohesive unit. “We have been working on a some things over the past week and are here to try them out. The aim is to build a cohesive unit and put up a good showing during Chan,” Nakumatt striker Kepha Aswani, who is the most experienced player in the 22-man squad, told   Read More ...
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How Harbin doctor earned respect, love in Mauritania
After spending one year providing medical assistance in the Northwest African country of Mauritania, Wang Zhibing has returned to his hometown Harbin, capital city of Heilongjiang province. Wang, 45, an associate chief physician of the general surgery department in Harbin Children's Hospital, received more than 1,400 patients and performed hundreds of operations in the hospital of Kiffa, a city in south Mauritania   Read More ...
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How Harbin doctor earned respect, love in Mauritania
After spending one year providing medical assistance in the Northwest African country of Mauritania, Wang Zhibing has returned to his hometown Harbin, capital city of Heilongjiang province. Wang, 45, an associate chief physician of the general surgery department in Harbin Children's Hospital, received more than 1,400 patients and performed hundreds of operations in the hospital of Kiffa, a city in south Mauritania   Read More ...
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Dissident senator arrested in Mauritania
Nouakchott - A Mauritanian senator who led a group of lawmakers in protest against a referendum aimed at abolishing their chamber was arrested on Friday, his family and police sources told AFP. President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz had called the August 5 referendum to push through changes defeated in the Senate in March, but faced protest from opposition and civil society groups as well as the majority of senators   Read More ...
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Mauritania’s president bundles a patriotic flag change with abolishing the senate
On Sunday, eligible citizens of the North African state of Mauritania went to vote on a referendum on two constitutional amendments. One was pretty straightforward: The nation's green flag with a yellow crescent moon and star would have two red stripes added to symbolize the blood spilled in the 1960 independence struggle against France. Voting against the measure would be like spitting on the patriots' graves   Read More ...
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Mauritania votes to abolish Senate by referendum
Nouakchott - Mauritanians have voted to abolish their Senate and alter their national flag by referendum, the electoral commission announced on Sunday, in a clear victory for President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz the day after the vote. While turnout was 53.73%, 85% of voters on Saturday declared "Yes" to changes put to a referendum when they were defeated in the Senate in March, despite fierce criticism from a boycott movement that called mass protests during campaigning   Read More ...
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Mauritania Senate abolished in referendum
Mauritanians have voted to abolish the upper house of their parliament, the Senate, in a controversial referendum that was boycotted by the opposition. The result is seen as a victory for President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who is accused by his rivals of trying to extend his mandate, which he denies. He called the referendum after the Senate rejected his proposals to change the constitution   Read More ...
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Mauritania votes to abolish Senate by referendum
Mauritanians have voted to abolish their Senate and alter their national flag by referendum, the electoral commission announced, in a clear victory for President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz the day after the vote. While turnout was 53.73 per cent, 85 percent of voters on Saturday declared “Yes” to changes put to a referendum when they were defeated in the Senate in March, despite fierce criticism from a boycott movement that called mass protests during campaigning   Read More ...
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Mauritania Votes To Abolish Senate By Referendum
Nouakchott: Mauritanians have voted to abolish their Senate and alter their national flag by referendum, the electoral commission announced Sunday, in a clear victory for President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz the day after the vote. While turnout was 53.73 percent, 85 percent of voters on Saturday declared "Yes" to changes put to a referendum when they were defeated in the Senate in March, despite fierce criticism from a boycott movement that called mass protests during campaigning   Read More ...
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Mauritania votes to abolish senate by referendum
Mauritanians have voted to abolish their senate and alter their national flag by referendum, the electoral commission announced on Sunday, in a clear victory for President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz the day after the vote. While turnout was 53.73 percent, 85 percent of voters on Saturday declared "Yes" to changes put to a referendum when they were defeated in the senate in March, despite fierce criticism from a boycott movement that called mass protests during campaigning   Read More ...
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Mauritania votes to abolish Senate and change national flag by referendum
NOUAKCHOTT (AFP) - Mauritanians have voted to abolish their Senate and alter their national flag by referendum, the electoral commission announced on Sunday (Aug 6), in a clear victory for President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz the day after the vote. While turnout was 53.73 per cent, 85 per cent of voters on Saturday declared "Yes" to changes put to a referendum when they were defeated in the Senate in March, despite fierce criticism from a boycott movement that called mass protests during campaigning   Read More ...
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Mauritania votes to abolish Senate by referendum
Nouakchott (AFP) - Mauritanians have voted to abolish their Senate and alter their national flag by referendum, the electoral commission announced Sunday, in a clear victory for President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz the day after the vote. While turnout was 53.73 percent, 85 percent of voters on Saturday declared "Yes" to changes put to a referendum when they were defeated in the Senate in March, despite fierce criticism from a boycott movement that called mass protests during campaigning   Read More ...
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Mauritania awaits results of contentious referendum on Senate
Nouakchott (AFP) - Counting began on Saturday in Mauritania after a referendum on constitutional changes sought by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who derided the efforts of a boycott movement that has galvanised mass protests during the campaign. Aziz is pushing to abolish the country's Senate and several other state bodies and to make a small alteration to the national flag, measures that have galvanised boycotters hoping to sap the vote's credibility by forcing a low turnout   Read More ...
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Mauritania votes on controversial constitutional reform
Mauritanians are voting on contentious constitutional changes sought by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz that some opposition legislators say could prompt slide towards authoritarian leadership. Saturday's referendum seeks to replace the country's Senate with elected regional councils, to abolish several other state bodies and to make a small alteration to the national flag, adding a red band at the top and bottom to honour those who fought for freedom from France   Read More ...
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Mauritania votes on constitution after tense campaign
NOUAKCHOTT: Mauritanians vote Saturday on several contentious changes to their constitution sought by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz but opposed by a wide swathe of opposition lawmakers and civil society groups. Aziz is pushing to abolish the country's Senate and several other state bodies and to make a small alteration to the national flag, measures that have galvanised a boycott movement hoping to sap the vote's credibility by forcing a low turnout   Read More ...
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Mauritania opposition warns of 'massive fraud' ahead of vote
Nouakchott - The head of a boycott movement opposed to a constitutional referendum in Mauritania accused the country's rulers on Friday of planning "massive fraud" on the eve of the vote, and warned of violence. Saturday's referendum follows a tense campaign punctuated by massive protests that have been at times violently put down by the security forces. Jemil Ould Mansour, head of the Islamic Tewassoul party spearheading the movement against the vote, said President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and his supporters had fixed "the electoral roll and voting materials to prepare fraud on a massive scale   Read More ...
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Clashes on final day of Mauritania referendum campaign
Nouakchott - Police and opposition activists clashed on Thursday in Mauritania's capital on the final day of campaigning for a controversial constitutional referendum. The authorities refused to give the green light for protests opposing the constitutional changes in Nouakchott and three regions of the west African country, leading to what activists said was "excessive" use of tear gas in an area to the west of the capital   Read More ...
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Clashes on final day of Mauritania referendum campaign
NOUAKCHOTT: Police and opposition activists clashed Thursday in Mauritania's capital on the final day of campaigning for a controversial constitutional referendum. The authorities refused to give the green light for protests opposing the constitutional changes in Nouakchott and three regions of the west African country, leading to what activists said was "excessive" use of tear gas in an area to the west of the capital   Read More ...
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Mauritania: UN rights office voices concern about unrest ahead of constitutional referendum
3 August 2017 The United Nations human rights office today expressed concern about the ongoing unrest in Mauritania, ahead of the constitutional referendum scheduled for Saturday, particularly the apparent suppression of dissenting voices and the reported use of excessive force by the authorities against protest leaders. “The authorities reportedly did not respond to the majority of requests for authorization for the protests and actively dispersed gatherings   Read More ...
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Thomas Kojo Sets Record in Mauritania
By Omari Jackson Deputy national soccer coach Thomas Kojo proved that he has a future with the national team, Lone Star when his boys defeated Mauritania 1-0 yesterday in the return-leg of their home-based African Cup of Nations tournament, a report confirmed by LBS radio. Liberia lost 0-2 a week ago in Monrovia and many Liberians thought the team was going to Mauritania to be humiliated   Read More ...
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Mauritania referendum campaign starts under opposition boycott
Nouakchott - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz launched a campaign on Friday for a constitutional referendum boycotted by opposition figures who call the vote a smokescreen to keep the ruling party in power. The boycott movement draws broad political support from Islamists and anti-slavery activists in the conservative west African nation, all of whom oppose measures including abolishing the senate and changing the national flag   Read More ...
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Unprepared Liberia Bows to Mauritania At Home
The national football team’s poor form at the continental stage continued over the weekend with an embarrassing defeat at home to their West African counterpart, Mauritania. Lone Star suffered its second consecutive defeat within less two months after bowing to Mauritania 2-0 in the first-round qualifiers of the CHAN competition at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium on Sunday, July 16. Following the 3-0 defeat away at Zimbabwe on June 11, the team returned home two days later, and there was plenty of time left to have the team prepared for the match against Mauritania   Read More ...
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Sports: CHAN 2018 Qualifiers: Mauritania Defeat Liberia 2-0
Things continue to get worse for the Lone Star in continental competitions after they were defeated 2-0 by Mauritania in the first leg of the African Nations Championship qualifiers at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Liberia. Yali Dellahi got the opener for the Mauritanians in the 35th minute after a careless mistake by the Lone Star defense that provided Dellahi a free opportunity to send the Les Mourabitones in front after he rolled the ball in the lower left corner of his opponents’ goalpost   Read More ...
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Sports: CHAN 2018 Qualifiers: Liberia Face Mauritania Sunday - Liberian Daily Observer
Following days of intense training, the national soccer team Lone Star will this Sunday take on Mauritania in the first leg of the 2018 African Nations Championship qualification matches at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex. The Lone Star under the guidance of Coach James Salinsa Debbah have been undergoing preparations at the George Weah Technical Center. Coach Debbah and his boys will be hopping to restore the hope of Liberians that the team can do better in continental competitions and also make the difference in Group G of the 2019 African Nations Cup qualifiers   Read More ...
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The abolitionist fighting to free Mauritania's slaves
Biram Dah Abeid is a prominent anti-slavery activist in Mauritania Mauritania was the last country in the world to officially abolish slavery, in 1981 He ran for Mauritania's presidency in 2014 and plans to do so again in 2019 A modest office block squeezed between a doctor's surgery and a south London housing project is an unlikely setting to find a man described on Time's most recent 100 List as "an inspiration to thousands   Read More ...
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Mauritania breaks diplomatic ties with Qatar, Gabon voices condemnation
Related News The West African country of Mauritania, a member of the Arab League, severed ties with Qatar on Tuesday over allegations it “supports terrorists”, the state news agency reported, and OPEC member Gabon also condemned the small Gulf Arab state. The Arab world’s biggest powers, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, cut diplomatic relations with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting Islamist militants and Iran   Read More ...
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Mauritania willing to take part in Belt and Road Initiative: president
Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz (R) meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Nouakchott, Mauritania, May 19, 2017. (Xinhua/Xing Jianqiao) Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz said Friday that Mauritania supports and stands ready to participate in the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative. Speaking during a meeting with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Aziz said Mauritania would like to further enhance coordination with China on issues such as the reform of the UN Security Council so as to jointly safeguard the benefits of developing countries, especially African countries   Read More ...
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Mauritania willing to take part in Belt and Road Initiative: president
NOUAKCHOTT -- Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz said Friday that Mauritania supports and stands ready to participate in the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative. Speaking during a meeting with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Aziz said Mauritania would like to further enhance coordination with China on issues such as the reform of the UN Security Council so as to jointly safeguard the benefits of developing countries, especially African countries   Read More ...
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Former Mauritanian president dies of heart attack
Former Mauritanian President, Ely Ould Mohamed Vall, died on Friday of heart attack, the presidency said in a statement. Mauritania announced a three-day mourning period. Born in 1953 in Nouakchott, Vall was the President of Mauritania from 2005 to 2007. In August 2005, a coup forced President Maaouya Ould Taya out of power and Vall became the leader of the ruling Military Council for Justice and Democracy   Read More ...
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Former Mauritanian junta chief dies of heart attack
Ely Ould Mohamed Vall, the former head of a military junta who ruled Mauritania from 2005 until 2007, died today of a heart attack while on holiday, his family and an official news agency said. Born in 1953, Vall served as the head of a transition government that handed over to Mauritania's first democratically elected president, Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi   Read More ...
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Mauritania vows referendum to abolish Senate, change flag
NOUAKCHOTT: A contentious amendment to Mauritania's constitution, which would abolish the Senate and change the national flag, will be put to a referendum "as quickly as possible," the president said Wednesday. The proposal to modify the constitution, which has been in force since 1991, was approved by lawmakers in the lower house of the west African Islamic republic but rejected by 33 out of 56 senators earlier this month   Read More ...
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Mauritania vows referendum to abolish Senate, change flag
A contentious amendment to Mauritania’s constitution, which would abolish the Senate and change the national flag, will be put to a referendum “as quickly as possible,” the president said Wednesday. The proposal to modify the constitution, which has been in force since 1991, was approved by lawmakers in the lower house of the west African Islamic republic but rejected by 33 out of 56 senators earlier this month   Read More ...
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Mauritania vows referendum to abolish Senate, change flag
Nouakchott - A contentious amendment to Mauritania's constitution, which would abolish the Senate and change the national flag, will be put to a referendum "as quickly as possible," the president said Wednesday. The proposal to modify the constitution, which has been in force since 1991, was approved by lawmakers in the lower house of the west African Islamic republic but rejected by 33 out of 56 senators earlier this month   Read More ...
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‘It must be love’: wife-beating a source of pride for some in Mauritania
“You’re the daughter of a woman whose husband broke her hands. Your grandmother’s legs were fractured by her husband. You must be loved,” Salimata said, citing her mother’s words. The 19-year-old woman from Mauritania’s Soninke ethnic group, married to a man who also beats her, said she taught herself to believe what her mother told her. “I felt like an animal that had to be disciplined,” she said. “As time   Read More ...
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Western Sahara: UN chief Guterres urges Morocco and Polisario Front to de-escalate tensions in buffer strip
25 February 2017 Deeply concerned about increased tensions in the vicinity of Guerguerat in the buffer strip in southern Western Sahara between the Moroccan berm and the Mauritanian border, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called on Morocco and Frente Polisario to “take all necessary steps” to avoid escalation. Western Sahara is located on the north-west coast of Africa bordered by Morocco, Mauritania and   Read More ...
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