Africa

Mauritania edges towards referendum vote

Dramatic changes to Mauritania's constitution could get the go-ahead soon. A referendum is being held on whether to approve or reject political reforms and abolish the senate. Al Jazeera’s Rob Matheson reports from Nouakchott, Mauritania

Africa

W African, French leaders set up 5,000-strong force

New force, meant to be operational soon, will be deployed in the region along with a 12,000-strong UN mission in Mali.

Africa

Macron in Mali for talks with leaders of Africa's Sahel

French president meets West African leaders to support new 5,000-strong force to fight armed groups in the region.

Macron in Mali for talks with leaders of Africa's Sahel

Middle East

UN seeks to broker new talks on Western Sahara

Proposals from both Morocco and Polisario independence movement should be addressed, UN chief tells Security Council.

UN seeks to broker new talks on Western Sahara

Middle East

Mauritania leader calls for referendum to change constitution

Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, the president of Mauritania, is calling for a referendum over proposed constitutional amendments. If voted in, the controversial changes will abolish the Senate and change the country's flag.

Weather

Heatwave in northwest Africa

Eastern Atlantic storm system brings near-record heat to Algeria

Heatwave in northwest Africa

Opinion

Making sense of the recent tension in Western Sahara

Morocco has chosen to remain silent in order to not escalate tensions with the UN.

Samir Bennis

by Samir Bennis

Samir Bennis

Opinion

Morocco and Mauritania's rocky relations

What further strained relations is that the Mauritanian president began to give this tension a personal dimension.

Samir Bennis

by Samir Bennis

Samir Bennis

Human Rights

Mauritania jails 13 anti-slavery activists

International activists say the verdict is a "devastating blow to the Mauritanian anti-slavery movement".

Mauritania jails 13 anti-slavery activists

Mauritania

Mauritania anti-slavery activists 'tortured in custody'

Thirteen anti-slavery campaigners in Mauritania claim to have been tortured while detained by authorities.

Mauritania anti-slavery activists 'tortured in custody'

Mauritania

Security issues dominate Arab League summit

Leaders at Mauritania meeting vow to "defeat terrorism" and back French bid to relaunch Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya top Arab League summit agenda

Guantanamo Bay

Best-selling author pleads to be freed from Guantanamo

After 14 years in US incarceration, Mauritanian detainee has first hearing on Thursday seeking his release.

Best-selling author pleads to be freed from Guantanamo

Business & Economy

The iron trains of Mauritania

Among the longest trains in the world, they travel hundreds of kilometres through the Sahara desert to deliver iron ore.

The iron trains of Mauritania

Human Rights

Mauritania upholds conviction of anti-slave activists

Activists say move to keep activists in jail is step back for a country that became last to outlaw slavery 34 years ago.

Mauritania upholds conviction of anti-slave activists

Witness

Days of Hope: From Mauritania to Copenhagen

An intimate look at the struggles of refugees and migrants travelling across the Mediterranean, from Africa to Europe.