Mauritania became the last country to abolish slavery 34 years ago, but despite ever harsher laws which now declare the practice a crime against humanity, a deeply ingrained resistance has made the shackles hard to break.
Al-Qaeda's North Africa arm has claimed responsibility for two attacks against the United Nation's MINUSMA peacekeeping mission in Mali this week, the Mauritanian Al-Akhbar news agency reported.
The jihadist group of notorious one-eyed Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State organisation, according to an audio recording broadcasted by private Mauritanian agency Al-Akhbar.
A senior Al-Qaeda leader accused of planning attacks on the United States, Europe and Australia has been jailed for 20 years in Mauritania for "terrorist activities", a judicial source said on Tuesday.
The Al-Qaeda-linked group of notorious one-eyed Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar claimed responsibility in a recording Friday for a deadly suicide attack on the United Nations in Mali.
A jihadist group run by a leading Algerian militant claimed responsibility Saturday for the deaths of five people in an attack on a nightclub popular with foreigners in the Malian capital Bamako.
Tourists and locals lounging at a popular beach on Gortan Bay in Croatia's Istria Peninsula got a bizarre shock when a man started punching a rare Mediterranean monk seal, one of the world's most endangered mammals.
Counting was underway in Mauritania's presidential election on Sunday with incumbent Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz expected to win handily after his main rivals boycotted a process they regard as a sham.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), over 20 million people in the Sahel region are at risk of hunger and will need humanitarian assistance in 2014, around 8.7 million more than in 2013.
While the French, together with Malian forces, have managed to retake much of the territory formerly occupied by rebels, there has been little coverage of what is happening from anywhere near the front.
The President of Mauritania has agreed to the extradition of Muammar Gaddafi's intelligence chief and brother-in-law, Abdallah al-Senussi, to Libya. Al-Senussi is the subject of an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
African leaders are heading for Libya in an attempt to broker a peace deal between rebels and forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. The team will consist of South African President, Jacob Zuma and four other leaders, representing the African Union.
A 16-year-old boy was immediately rushed to the hospital after he drenched himself with a flammable liquid in a toilet at his public school. He then set himself on fire and burned 70 percent of his body.
An Egyptian man set himself alight over the weekend near his country's parliament. Hours later, a man in Mauritania set himself ablaze as well. These incidents echo the recent attempt of a man in Tunisia over the low standards of living.
Three anti-slavery activists were jailed in Mauritania in North Africa after exposing a case of two young girls allegedly forced to work as servants. Amnesty International is calling for their immediate release.
France’s reputation for influence-peddling and widespread corruption in Africa is nobody’s secret, but Nicolas Sarkozy's reactions to the current electoral deadlock in the Ivory Coast indicate that France's shadowy African era may be coming to an end.