Mauritania en 13 million people face humanitarian 'catastrophe' in West Africa <p> More than one million children in the Sahel region are at risk of severe malnutrition, Oxfam says, while in parts of Chad villagers are digging up ant hills to collect the grain the ants have stored.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Africa Burkina Faso Chad Mali Mauritania Niger Senegal Senegal Fri, 09 Mar 2012 17:09:00 +0000 Luke Browne 5695417 at Mauritanian police officer freed by Al Qaeda group <p> Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) freed a paramilitary police officer it held hostage since an attack on a police station three months earlier</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Al Qaeda hostages Mali Mauritania Sat, 10 Mar 2012 21:17:21 +0000 Alexander Besant 5695550 at UNICEF warns that Sahel drought crisis could affect 1.5m children JOHANNESBURG — As many as 1.5 million young children living in Africa's Sahel region are at risk from severe malnutrition, with little time left to prevent a humanitarian disaster, UNICEF has warned.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Burkina Faso Cameroon Chad Mali Mauritania Niger Aid Nigeria Senegal Fri, 16 Mar 2012 14:27:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5696365 at Western Sahara in geopolitical stalemate RABAT and WASHINGTON — Relative to large pockets of human suffering in sub-Saharan Africa in the form of widespread famine or civil wars, the fate of Western Sahara, a disputed desert territory and its 120,000 people, is easily overlooked. Yet this particular conflict undermines regional security in North Africa and perpetuates a troublesome humanitarian situation. Amid a changing climate colored by the Arab Spring and the ascent of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Western Sahara is an unfortunate liability.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Algeria Mauritania Morocco United Nations Morocco Commentary GlobalPost Blogs Fri, 29 Jun 2012 10:17:00 +0000 Alison Lake 5709721 at Abdullah al-Senoussi extradited to Libya by Mauritania (VIDEO) Libya, the International Criminal Court and France had all asked to try the former intelligence chief.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Libya Mauritania Wed, 05 Sep 2012 15:16:07 +0000 Priyanka Boghani 5718195 at Mali: First the war, now the crisis <p>BAMAKO, Mali &mdash; In a little over two weeks around 3,000 French soldiers with armored vehicles and air support have ousted the fighters of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and its allies from every town in the desert north, meeting little resistance along the way.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Burkina Faso Mali Mauritania Niger Conflict Zones Want to Know France Military Aid Political Risk Fri, 01 Feb 2013 11:01:15 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5742185 at