Africa

France reaffirms Sahel presence but root cause of crisis unsolved

After talks, analysts say French military strategy extension will not end violence, stress political goals must be met.

France reaffirms Sahel presence but root cause of crisis unsolved

Africa

What's at stake as Macron set to host G5 Sahel leaders

French role, security set to dominate Macron's talks with leaders from Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad.

France's Macron to host G5 Sahel presidents in Pau

The Gambia

Gambian president vows to punish traffickers after boat disaster

Adama Barrow says probe launched as nation mourns 'national disaster' that saw dozens of people drowning off Mauritania.

Gambian president vows to punish traffickers after boat disaster

Mauritania

Dozens of people die in Atlantic Ocean off Mauritania

At least 62 people, including children, drown while 83 others swam ashore after the overcrowded boat capsized.

Dozens dead as migrant boat sinks off Mauritania coast: UN

Africa

Political tension in Mauritania amid return of former leader

Fears of a serious escalation increased after the arrest of the commander of the presidential guard and his deputy, both loyalists of former President Abdul Aziz.

Africa

Satellite data shows hunger looming in Senegal, Mauritania

Experts warn barren pastures in the two West African states threaten livestock herding, a key pillar of food security.

Satellite data shows hunger looming in Senegal, Mauritania

Mauritania

Mauritania blogger once given death penalty for 'blasphemy' freed

Mkhaitir was initially sentenced to death for comments about Prophet Muhammad and the role of Islam in society.

Mauritania blogger once given death penalty for 'blasphemy' freed

Mauritania

Mauritania's Ghazouani declared presidential vote winner

The ruling party candidate Mohamed Ould Ghazouani wins the election with 52 percent of the vote, the election body says.

Mauritania's Ghazouani declared presidential vote winner

Mauritania

Mauritania votes for new president amid opposition vote fears

Some 1.5 million people eligible to vote in elections amid opposition warnings of potential vote fraud.

Mauritania votes for new president amid opposition vote fears

Africa

Mauritania eyes peaceful transfer in presidential election

Voters set to choose among six candidates vying to succeed President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

Mauritania eyes peaceful transfer in presidential election

Zimbabwe

Why do the lights keep going out in Zimbabwe?

The Stream also discusses Botswana's move to allow elephant hunting and freedom of expression in Mauritania.

Why do the lights keep going out in Zimbabwe?

Opinion

Freed from Guantanamo, but imprisoned by borders

Mohamedou Ould Slahi left Guantanamo three years ago, but his illegal imprisonment is still ongoing.

Maha Hilal

by Maha Hilal

Maha Hilal

United Nations

UN: New talks on Western Sahara expected in March

Special envoy for Western Sahara hopes to meet different parties in February before a new round of talks in March.

UN: New talks on Western Sahara expected in March

Mauritania

Mauritanian president marches to fight hate speech

President Ould Abdel Aziz launches rally aimed at dampening ethnic tensions between Arab-Berbers and Haratines.

Mauritania President Ould Abdel Aziz marches to fight hate speech

Middle East

Mauritania's musical tradition kept alive by the internet

Musicians of local instrument, the ardine, rely on the internet to spread their cultural music.