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Mauritania jails senior Al-Qaeda figure

Nouakchott - 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.

Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists claim UN suicide attack in Mali

Nouakchott - 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.

Islamist group claims deadly Bamako nightclub attack

Nouakchott - 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.

Mauritania issues first apostasy death sentence

Nouakchott - Mauritania has delivered its first death sentence for apostasy since independence in 1960, ordering capital punishment for a Muslim man who wrote an article deemed blasphemous of Islam.

Man punches rare monk seal, gets expelled from Croatia

Pula - 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.

Mauritania leader set to win new term amid poll boycott

Nouakchott - 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.

UN makes appeal for three-year plan for the Sahel

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.

Op-Ed: Journalists mostly unable to cover Mali conflict effectively

Bamako - 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.

Mauritania agrees to extradite Abdallah al-Senussi to Libya

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).

Gaddafi's brother-in-law Abudllah al- Senussi held in Mauritania

Muammar Gaddafi's intelligence chief and brother-in-law, Abudllah al- Senussi, who is the subject of an International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant, has been detained in Mauritania.

Libya crisis: African leaders heading for Tripoli and Benghazi

Nouakchott - 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.

Self-immolation spreads to Europe, French teen sets self on fire

Marseille - 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.

Tunisian protests influence self-immolation across North Africa

Cairo - 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.

Anti-slavery activists jailed in Mauritania

Nouakchott - 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.

Op-Ed: The Ivory Coast and the end of French colonialist connivance

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.

Mauritanian Army kills 12 Al Qaeda militants

Nouakchott - The Mauritanian army has launched an offensive against the local Al Qaeda branch, killing a dozen militants, reports say.

Al-Qaeda frees Italian couple detained in Mauritania

Bamako - Italian and Malian officials recently announced that two Italians, who were detained in Mauritania by al-Qaeda a few months ago, were released in Mali.

IMF says African economy recovering faster due to private sector

Nairobi - The International Monetary Fund has announced that the African economy is recovering much quicker than a lot of other regions of the world and they believe the private sector was a key attributing factor to the recovery.

North-Africa, ultimatum for the Sicilian in the hands of Al-Qaida

Alger - One day before the expiration of the ultimatum, the terrorist group ‘Al Qaeda in the Maghreb released an audio message by Sergio Cicala, the Sicilian abducted with his wife last December, in the desert of Mauritania, on the border with Mali.

Poll: Arab League countries' views of U.S. leadership improved

Gallup polls conducted during 2009 show that among Arab League countries, the opinion of United States leadership has improved over the last year.
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