U.S. Pledges $60 Million for Antiterrorism Force in Africa
The pledge will help finance a 5,000-troop force from five African nations including Niger, where four American soldiers were killed in early October.
‘Guantánamo Diary’ Writer Is Sent Home to Mauritania
Mohamedou Ould Slahi, whose memoir detailing abuse at the prison was a best seller, denied any involvement with terrorism and was never charged.
Board Recommends Releasing Detainee Who Wrote ‘Guantánamo Diary’
Mohamedou Ould Slahi, whose best-selling memoir recounted abuse by American interrogators at the prison in Cuba, has denied involvement in terrorism.
Climate Change and the Case of the Shrinking Red Knots
A ripple effect of weather, insects and other food supplies, from the Arctic to the tropics, may be driving down the population of the red knot, a study finds.
Chinese Fleets Illegally Fish in West African Waters, Greenpeace Says
A study by the group accuses hundreds of Chinese-owned or Chinese-flagged vessels of taking advantage of weak enforcement by African governments.
Mauritania: Antislavery Activists Begin Hunger Strike Over Prison Conditions
Three jailed Mauritanian antislavery activists began a hunger strike on Monday to protest “squalid conditions” and abuse by the prison authorities, their campaign group said in a statement.
Mauritania: Slavery Foes Get Two-Year Sentences
A candidate in last year’s presidential election in Mauritania was jailed for two years on Thursday along with two other people who had organized a march against slavery, their defense lawyer said.
Death Sentence in Mauritania for Islam ‘Insult’
The man, Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, 28, was arrested a year ago for writing an article that was interpreted by some as being critical of the Prophet Muhammad.
Millions Forced to Live as Slaves, a Human Rights Group Reports
Almost 36 million people are living as slaves across the globe, according to a human rights group, with India having the largest number over all and Mauritania the highest percentage of its population.
U.S. Training Elite Antiterror Troops in Four African Nations
United States Special Operations troops are forming elite units in Libya, Niger, Mauritania and Mali in the war against Al Qaeda’s affiliates in Africa.
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