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Political circumstances in sub-Saharan Africa and the small size of its middle class have precluded an uprising.
Amid alleged threat from al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the two countries have boosted security co-operation.
Observers say current leader Abdel Aziz, an ally of Western powers, is expected to win.
Electoral commission says President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz won with nearly 82 percent of the vote.
Observers say turnout, not rivals, largest challenge for incumbent in presidential election.
President Abdel Aziz poised for victory as opposition groups plan to boycott election, citing concerns about fairness.
The US has a disastrous record of involvement in 'counter-insurgency' efforts in Central America.
Ivory Coast to become France's main hub to combat fighters across the Sahel region, French foreign minister says.
More than half a million people were displaced by violence between government forces and Tuareg rebels in 2012.
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Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
 
 
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