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2008-08-26 03:00:43

In a statement to the Doha Securities Market (DSM), Industries Qatar declared that its wholly owned-Qatar Steel Company has pulled out from Guelb El Aouj project in Mauritania due to strategic reasons. Late last year, Qatar Steel announced that it had acquired 49.9 % interest in the Guelb el Aouj Iron Ore project in Northern Mauritania for US$375 million. The project comprises three adjacent deposits (Centre, East and West) that together represent a combined resource currently estimated at...

2008-08-07 09:00:19

By Ahmed Mohamed and Todd Pitman Associated Press NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania -- Army commanders ousted Mauritania's first freely elected president in two decades Wednesday after an increasingly bitter political fight over his ties to allies of a reviled former dictator and his overtures to Islamic radicals. The bloodless coup reflected the internal struggle over how to manage this desperately poor desert nation that straddles the Arab and African worlds and is Africa's newest, if small-scale,...

2008-08-07 00:00:10

By Claire Soares HAVING FIRED his top military brass over breakfast yesterday, Mauritania's President was probably feeling supremely powerful. But, minutes later, commandos arrived at his suite in the heart of the presidential palace and took him hostage, executing a swift but bloodless coup and toppling the first democratically elected leader this desert nation has known. The US, the European Union and Africa's powerhouses, Nigeria and South Africa, were quick to condemn the ousting of...

2008-08-06 18:00:11

Today's episode of "With the Event" programme discussed the military coup in Mauritania. The programme hosted today an expert in Maghreban affairs, Sadek Bouguetaya, a Mauritanian writer from Damascus, Ould Maaloum; and a Mauritanian MP, Jamil Ould Mansour. The Mauritanian writer Ould Maaloum recalled the political background in Mauritania and said that the deposed president was the victim of a plot and recalled that he was constitutionally elected. Bouguetaya said that the deposed...

2008-08-06 12:15:00

The North African nation of Mauritania underwent a military coup Wednesday when troops arrested its president, a family member said. The daughter of President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi said her father was seized in the capital of Nouakchott and taken away by members of his own presidential guard battalion, The Times of London reported. The newspaper also cited local media reports claiming Mauritania's prime minister and interior minister had also been arrested, with state radio and...

2008-07-30 09:01:00

Writethru: UN expands food aid for hungry West Africans NAIROBI, July 29 (Xinhua) -- The UN World Food Program (WFP) announced Tuesday it is expanding operations in West Africa to feed an additional 1.4 million people who are struggling due to high food prices in Guinea, Mauritania, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Burkina Faso and Senegal. WFP said in a statement issued in Nairobi that over the past 12 months, food costs for its operations in the region have increased by almost 60 percent and...

2008-06-20 09:00:35

RWE Dea has acquired a 30% interest in the Ta09 and Ta10 onshore blocks in Mauritania, from the operator Repsol YPF. The transaction has been approved by the Mauritanian ministry of petroleum and mining. The two adjacent blocks are located in the Taoudeni Basin roughly 800km from the Atlantic coast and 200km west of the Mali border. In total, both blocks cover an exploration area of 59,814sqkm. Initial geological and seismic field campaigns have been carried out. The under-explored...

2008-06-14 09:00:22

Monitor's report of video report broadcast by Qatari Al-Jazeera satellite TV on 13 Jun 2008 Qatari Al-Jazeera's Maghreb Harvest programme, broadcast on 13 June 2008, aired a special report on an independent Mauritanian radio station shutting down because its license has not been renewed by the radio broadcasting authorities. Independent Al-Mouwatana Radio [Arabic for Citizenship], which is run by the Mauritanian Citizens for Change initiative, had to shut down its operations as its...

2007-04-17 00:00:00

By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania - Mey Mint struggles to carry her weight up the flight of stairs, her thighs shaking with each step. It will take several minutes for the 50-year-old to catch her breath, air hissing painfully in and out of her chest. Her rippling flesh is not the result of careless overeating, though, but rather of a tradition. In Mauritania, to make a girl big and plump, 'gavage' - a borrowed French word from the practice of fattening of geese for foie gras -...

2006-08-04 07:50:00

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania -- Rising above a sand-covered street in Mauritania's capital Nouakchott is a billboard with an image of a Manhattan-style skyline. It is not an ad for flights to the "Big Apple," but the fantasy metropolis of former President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya, an austere leader who hoped to turn the Sahara's biggest city into a desert "New York." A year after Taya was overthrown in a bloodless coup -- a watershed event which ended two decades of authoritarian rule in the...

Latest Mauritania Reference Libraries

2008-10-18 12:24:29

The Gray-backed Fiscal (Lanius excubitoroides) is a species of bird found in Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Its natural habitats are dry savanna and subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland.

2008-02-05 14:33:28

The Spotted Sandgrouse (Pterocles senegallus), is a species of bird in the Pteroclididae family of birds. It is found in Afghanistan, Algeria, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Western Sahara.

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