Mauritania http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/26712/all en Desert kidnappers offer to swap US hostages for jailed militants http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/blank-headline-received-12 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NOUAKCHOTT, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Al Qaeda-linked kidnappers who took hundreds of people hostage at a gas plant in Algeria have offered to swap U.S. captives for two militants jailed in the United States, Mauritanian news agency ANI reported.</p> <p>They named the militants they want freed as Pakistani Aafia Siddiqui and Egyptian Omar Abdel-Rahman, known as "The Blind Sheikh", ANI reported, citing the group's spokesman. The report did not say how many U.S. hostages were being held.</p> Aafia Siddiqui Islam Mauritania Pakistani people War Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Jan 2013 14:30:06 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5736142 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Mauritania says ready to send troops to Mali http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130304/urgent-mauritania-says-ready-send-troops-mali <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who has opposed sending troops to combat Islamists in northern Mali, said Monday he would not rule out contributing to a UN force if the situation improves.</p> <p>"If the situation changes... there will be nothing preventing Mauritania, as a UN member, from sending troops to the north (of Mali) or in the country's western regions to provide stability and security," he said at a press conference.</p> <p>hos/stb/jmm</p> Africa Mauritania Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz AFP Mon, 04 Mar 2013 16:15:42 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5772863 at http://www.globalpost.com Mauritania says could join UN force in Mali http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130304/mauritania-says-could-join-un-force-mali <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who has opposed sending troops to combat Islamists in northern Mali, said Monday he would not rule out contributing to a UN force if the situation improves.</p> <p>"If the situation changes... there will be nothing preventing Mauritania, as a UN member, from sending troops to the north (of Mali) or in the country's western regions to provide stability and security," he said at a press conference.</p> <p>"We will take on this responsibility as soon as possible," he said, speaking at a joint event with his Niger counterpart Mahamadou Issoufou.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130304/mauritania-says-could-join-un-force-mali" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Mauritania Military sociology Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz United Nations War AFP Mon, 04 Mar 2013 17:16:24 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5773001 at http://www.globalpost.com Mauritania jails Canadian for 2 years for terrorist conspiracy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130409/mauritania-jails-canadian-two-years-terrorist-conspiracy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - A 24-year-old Canadian man held in Mauritania was sentenced to two years in prison for terrorist conspiracy in the West African state, according to judicial documents seen by Reuters.</p> <p>According to the court documents, Aaron Yoon, from London in the Canadian province of Ontario, was sentenced last July by a Nouakchott criminal court to two years in prison and ordered to pay a fine of 5 million ouguiyas (11,750 pounds).</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130409/mauritania-jails-canadian-two-years-terrorist-conspiracy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Islam Mauritania North Africa Thomson Reuters Tue, 09 Apr 2013 20:15:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5808344 at http://www.globalpost.com Prosecutors bid to extend jail term for Canadian held in Mauritania http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130514/prosecutors-bid-extend-jail-term-canadian-held-mauritania <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania - Prosecutors in Mauritania are seeking to lengthen to 10 years the sentence of a Canadian man already imprisoned on alleged links to terror groups, a judicial official said Tuesday.</p> <p>Aaron Yoon, 24, was convicted last July on charges of having ties to a terrorist group and of posing a danger to national security and sentenced to two years.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130514/prosecutors-bid-extend-jail-term-canadian-held-mauritania" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aaron Yoon Mauritania North Africa War The Canadian Press Tue, 14 May 2013 14:47:03 +0000 The Canadian Press 5837524 at http://www.globalpost.com Islamist spokesman surrenders in Mauritania http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130520/islamist-spokesman-surrenders-mauritania <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A senior operative in an Al Qaeda-linked group in war-torn northern Mali has surrendered to Mauritania, a security source told AFP on Monday.</p> <p>Ansar Dine spokesman Senda Ould Boumama "went to the Mauritanian armed forces on the border", near the southeastern town of Bassiknou, on Saturday evening, the source said without giving further details.</p> <p>According to Mauritania's independent ANI news agency, Ould Boumama was transferred during the weekend to the capital Nouakchott, where he is being interrogated by police.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130520/islamist-spokesman-surrenders-mauritania" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Mauritania North Africa War AFP Mon, 20 May 2013 13:00:58 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5841951 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. transfers suspected senior al Qaeda member to Mauritania http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130601/us-transfers-suspected-senior-al-qaeda-member-mauritania <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Laurent Prieur</p> <p>NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have transferred Younis al-Mauritani, a suspected senior member of al Qaeda previously held in Afghanistan, to Mauritania, officials in the West African nation said on Saturday.</p> <p>Pakistan said in September 2011 it arrested al-Mauritani, better known in his homeland Mauritania as Youssouf Al Mauritani, during a joint operation with U.S. intelligence services.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130601/us-transfers-suspected-senior-al-qaeda-member-mauritania" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Islam Mauritania War Younis al-Mauritani Thomson Reuters Sat, 01 Jun 2013 23:45:44 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5850149 at http://www.globalpost.com Football: CHAN minnows Mauritania qualify for South Africa http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130722/football-chan-minnows-mauritania-qualify-south-africa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Minnows Mauritania reached the finals of an African football tournament for the first time at the weekend.</p> <p>A country traditionally among the whipping boys of the continent defeated Senegal 2-0 to secure a place at the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN).</p> <p>South Africa hosts the 16-team tournament for home-based stars between January 11 and February 1 in Bloemfontein, Cape Town and Polokwane.</p> <p>Mauritania, an Islamic state in north-west Africa, become the fifth qualifiers after Ghana, Libya, Morocco and automatic participants South Africa.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130722/football-chan-minnows-mauritania-qualify-south-africa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Mauritania Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz AFP Mon, 22 Jul 2013 10:35:01 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5890116 at http://www.globalpost.com Mauritania frees Canadian accused of terror ties, says he will return to Canada http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130723/mauritania-frees-canadian-accused-terror-ties-says-he-will-r <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania - A Mauritanian official and Amnesty International say a 24-year-old Canadian man sentenced to 18 months in prison for alleged ties to al-Qaida's North Africa branch has been freed.</p> <p>The official, who insisted on anonymity because he was not directly responsible for the release, said Aaron Yoon would be kept under police surveillance until he was sent back to Canada. The official did not say when that would happen.</p> <p>"All that we know is that he has been released," said John Tackaberry, spokesman for Amnesty International in Ottawa.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#cp">Copyright 2013 Canadian Press.</a></p> <p>All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130723/mauritania-frees-canadian-accused-terror-ties-says-he-will-r" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International relations Mauritania North Africa Religion The Canadian Press Tue, 23 Jul 2013 19:33:10 +0000 The Canadian Press 5891627 at http://www.globalpost.com Mauritania calls elections for October 12 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130804/mauritania-calls-elections-october-12 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mauritania announced on Saturday it would hold nationwide elections on October 12 despite a pledge by the opposition to boycott the vote unless the president steps down. </p> <p>Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz seized power in a 2008 coup and was elected a year later, but the Coordination of Democratic Opposition (COD) has never accepted his rule as legitimate and is demanding he make way for a neutral leader to administer the vote.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130804/mauritania-calls-elections-october-12" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Government Mauritania AFP Sun, 04 Aug 2013 11:05:32 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5902044 at http://www.globalpost.com Workers strike at Mauritania gold mine owned by Canada's Kinross http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130808/workers-strike-at-mauritania-gold-mine-owned-canadas-kinross <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Employees at a Mauritanian gold mine owned by Canadian firm Kinross have launched an open-ended strike over wages and employment conditions, a union source said Thursday.</p> <p>"The 1,500 Mauritanian workers, which represent 98 percent of the labour force at the mine, have begun an open-ended strike for equal wages for those doing the same job, better treatment of prospectors, better medical coverage, and respect of the labour code," said workers' spokesman Ahmed Ould Haki.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130808/workers-strike-at-mauritania-gold-mine-owned-canadas-kinross" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Business Labor Law Mauritania North Africa Technology AFP Thu, 08 Aug 2013 16:48:29 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5905595 at http://www.globalpost.com Mauritanian gold mine producing normally http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130809/mauritanian-gold-mine-producing-normally <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A strike at a Mauritanian gold mine, the world's third largest, owned by Canadian firm Kinross, has not affected production, the company said Friday.</p> <p>A union spokesman said Thursday that an open-ended strike had begun over wages and work conditions by 1,500 local staff and had brought output at the Tasiast mine 400 kilometres (250 miles) northeast of the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott to a halt.</p> <p>But a spokesman for Tasiast Mauritanie Limited S.A., a unit of Kinross, said processing was continuing and "production is being maintained at its planned level."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130809/mauritanian-gold-mine-producing-normally" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mauritania Technology AFP Fri, 09 Aug 2013 19:35:08 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5906486 at http://www.globalpost.com Mauritanian opposition vows to boycott October elections http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130812/mauritanian-opposition-vows-boycott-october-elections <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A coalition of Mauritanian opposition parties said Monday it would boycott the October 12 elections as part of its bid to cause the vote to fail.</p> <p>The Coordination of Democratic Opposition (COD) grouping ten political parties "proclaim solemnly the decision to boycott this electoral masquerade".</p> <p>It also stated its "firm will to use all legitimate means to cause (the elections) to fail".</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130812/mauritanian-opposition-vows-boycott-october-elections" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Mauritania Politics AFP Mon, 12 Aug 2013 22:17:32 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5908479 at http://www.globalpost.com Mauritania outlines conditions for joining UN force in Mali http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130814/mauritania-outlines-conditions-joining-un-force-mali <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mauritania said Wednesday it would send soldiers to the United Nations peacekeeping force charged with ensuring security after elections in conflict-scarred Mali -- but only to areas near their shared border.</p> <p>The MINUSMA force has replaced an African military mission which had been supporting French soldiers who entered Mali in January to halt an Islamist advance and to help the government re-establish its authority over the vast country.</p> <p>Mauritania has promised to provide up to 1,800 soldiers to the mission, which is made up of around 6,300 mostly African troops.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130814/mauritania-outlines-conditions-joining-un-force-mali" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Mauritania Military sociology War AFP Wed, 14 Aug 2013 12:16:49 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5909722 at http://www.globalpost.com Mauritania postpones elections after opposition boycott threat http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130822/mauritania-postpones-elections-after-opposition-boycott-threat <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Mauritania announced a six-week postponement of its October 12 elections on Thursday after a coalition of opposition parties said it would boycott in a bid to cause the vote to fail.</p> <p>The west African nation's election commission said the first round of the parliamentary and local elections would now take place on November 23 while a second round would go ahead if required on December 7.</p> <p>The move follows an announcement by the Coordination of Democratic Opposition (COD) group of ten opposition parties on August 12 that they would "boycott this electoral masquerade".</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130822/mauritania-postpones-elections-after-opposition-boycott-threat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Mauritania Military sociology AFP Thu, 22 Aug 2013 12:15:55 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5915295 at http://www.globalpost.com