Macron arrives in Mauritania for Sahel anti-jihad summit | AFP

Emmanuel Macron arrives in Mauritania for the Sahel summit, welcomed on his descent from the plane by the Mauritanian President, Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani. Along with four other presidents of Sahel countries, they are to take stock of their common struggle against the region’s jihadists. IMAGES

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The archaeologist, the Sahara and the caravan | AFP

After half a century of roaming the Sahara desert, French archaeologist Thierry Tillet embarks on another expedition. An AFP team travels with his caravan and local guides in central Mauritania to trace ancient trade routes.

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Brothers in arms: African and French armies join forces in fight against jihadism in the Sahel | AFP

In the border zone between Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, French and Burkinabe soldiers march in step. Named Bourgou IV, their mission was the first official joint ground operation between the French army and the so-called G5 Sahel force, which pools troops from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. Their goal: assert control over an area where no troops had set foot for over a year. It is in this “three borders” area that 13 French soldiers lost their lives in a helicopter accident on Monday.

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[Afternoon Session] World leaders gather for UNGA General Debate – Day 3 | 2019

Third day of high-level General Debate, at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly.

Speakers:
Peter Christian, President and Head of Government, Federated States of Micronesia
Jos茅 M谩rio Vaz, President, Republic of Guinea-Bissau
Azali Assoumani, President, Union of the Comoros
Rivo Rakotovao, President ad interim, Republic of Madagascar
Muhammad Jusuf Kalla, Vice-President, Republic of Indonesia
Daniel Kablan Duncan, Vice-President, Republic of C么te d’Ivoire
Epsy Campbell Barr, Vice-President, Costa Rica
K.P. Sharma Oli, Prime Minister, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
Enele Sosene Sopoaga, Prime Minister, Tuvalu
Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister, People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Pedro S谩nchez P茅rez-Castej贸n, President of the Government, Spain
Ana Brnabic, Prime Minister, Republic of Serbia
Ruhakana Rugunda, Prime Minister, Republic of Uganda
Lyonpo Tshering Wangchuk, Acting Head of Government, Kingdom of Bhutan
Mauritania
Saudi Arabia
Cameroon
United Republic of Tanzania
Djibouti
Ethiopia
Togo

Mauritania: frontrunner candidate Ghazouani casts his vote | AFP

Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, 62-year-old former general and ruling party candidate in Mauritania’s general election, casts his vote at a Nouakchott polling station. IMAGES

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Mauritanian citizens turn out to vote in general elections | AFP

Voters in the West African state of Mauritania head to the polls after a campaign dominated by the country’s economy and appeals to preserve its hard-won stability. The ballot is the first in the nation’s coup-strewn history that looks set to see an elected president complete his mandate and hand over to an elected successor. IMAGES

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Mauritania: opposition candidate Sidi Mohamed Ould Boubacar votes | AFP

Leading Mauritanian opposition candidate Sidi Mohamed Ould Boubacar casts his vote in the general elections. He hopes to win enough support to secure a runoff vote on July 6. IMAGES

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Polls open in Mauritania’s general election | AFP

The first voters arrive at a polling station in Nouakchott, Mauritania. Six candidates are in the running to choose a successor to President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who is stepping down after his second and final term in office expires on August 1. IMAGES

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Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

This week on Africa Weekly, we travel to Mauritania where Senegalese fisherman can once again cast their nets in the fish-rich waters of their northern neighbour, and we take you to Reunion Island, where the local surfing federation has been on a mission to make the waters safe again after a recent spike in shark attacks.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features from Africa

This week on Africa Weekly, we focus on Mauritania, where NGOs are fighting to pass legislation to better protect women’s rights and we take you to Nigeria, which is drawing the attention of international brewers, keen to capitalize on this largely untapped market.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

Women fight for rights in religiously conservative Mauritania

In Mauritania, NGOs are fighting to pass legislation to better protect women’s rights. But in this conservative West African nation, the topic divides society and politicians alike. One draft piece of legislation that aims to punish gender-based violence more severely has already been rejected twice in parliament.

Mauritania Defence minister to announce presidential bid

Mauritanian Defence Minister Mohamed Ould Cheikh Mohamed Ahmed, known as “Ould Ghazouani”, arrives at Cheikha Boidiya stadium in the capital Nouakchott, ahead of a speech during which he is expected to declare himself a candidate in the June presidential election, hoping to succeed Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, to whom he is very close. IMAGES

‘Peaceful solution’ to Western Sahara conflict possible:UN envoy

“A peaceful solution to this conflict is possible,” UN envoy Horst Koehler says in Geneva after Morocco and the Polisario Front, which fought a war over the region until a 1991 ceasefire, took part in two days of roundtable discussions along with Algeria and Mauritania. SOUNDBITE

G5 Sahel: Leaders and financial backers meet in Mauritania

Donors and leaders of the G5 Sahel group gather for a conference in Nouakchott, Mauritania. The organisation wishes to strengthen its development projects, particularly in border regions where jihadists are taking advantage of the shortcomings of the states to establish themselves. IMAGES

Campaigns end in Mauritania on eve of elections

Campaigning comes to an end in Mauritania one day before the country, a frontline state in the Sahel’s fight against jihadism, goes to the polls. The three-way elections will test head of state Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz’s record seven months ahead of a presidential vote.

Erdogan arrives in Mauritania on second leg of Africa tour

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives in Nouakchott, the first Turkish head of state to visit Mauritania, on the second leg of his Africa tour which he has described as “historic”. Erdogan will next head to Senegal and Mali. IMAGES

G5 Sahel summit at Celle-Saint-Cloud in France

French President Emmanuel Macron hosts five African presidents in Celle-Saint-Cloud outside Paris on Wednesday, hoping to bolster the fledging G5 Sahel force fighting jihadists in an area the size of Europe. Two years in the planning, the force brings together troops from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger in a desert region plagued by extremism where France is currently leading counterterrorism operations. IMAGES roundtable

Fledgling ‘G5’ force ventures into Sahel hotspots

A new military force called the 鈥淕5 Sahel鈥 has begun its fight jihadists and armed groups in Mali. The international coalition, which includes Mali, Niger, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Chad, is supported by French forces. The region has long been an area where jihadists and other armed groups can operate easily thanks to its wide open desert and porous borders.