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.

Reporter's Notebook

Mali rebels doubtful over new peace deal

Despite treaty, Tuareg and Arab rebels say that while they are denied territorial separation, the war will continue.

Politics

Niger death toll rises after cartoon protests

At least five more killed in capital Niamey on second day of protests against Charlie Hebdo cartoon.

Human Rights

Mauritania anti-slavery verdict sparks riot

Police use tear gas to disperse protesters after three activists are sentenced to two years in prison.

Mauritania anti-slavery verdict sparks riot

Politics

'People died at sea, that's how life is'

Web exclusive: West African people smuggler says that Mauritanian authorities are closing in on his operations.

Europe

Global report says 36 million people enslaved

Global Slavery Index study says Mauritania is biggest offender while India has the highest number of modern-day slaves.

Global report says 36 million people enslaved

Politics

Frenchman identified in ISIL beheading video

Maxime Hauchard seen to be herding prisoners to execution site in video showing beheadings of US aid worker and soldiers

Frenchman identified in ISIL beheading video