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2014-01-23 12:23:34

LENOIR CITY, Tenn., Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Sterling Global Operations (SGO), a global stability operations company, on Thursday, January 23, will open a command center in Mauritania, SGO President Alan Weakley has announced. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130205/CL54289LOGO-b ) The center is located north of Nouakchott Airport. The SGO executive team is in Nouakchott, having traveled from Washington, D.C. to host the command center's opening, which will include a...

2010-06-14 08:28:00

LONDON, June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- On 26 May 2010, the Prime Minister of Mauritania, Mr Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf, together with Luka Buljan, Empower CEO, laid the first brick during the Ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of the new Empower generating plant in the capital, Nouakchott. Earlier in the year, Empower, a company focused on supplying fast and interim power solutions to the emerging markets, signed an agreement with SOMELEC, the Mauritanian national electricity...

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,...

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...

2006-06-25 19:38:22

NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Mauritanians have voted hugely in favor of limiting the number of terms future presidents can serve, early indications from a referendum in the Islamic republic showed late on Sunday. The poll in the impoverished nation straddling Arab and black West Africa asked voters to approve constitutional changes that would prevent a president from serving more than two terms, each of them limited to five years. "On the basis of polling stations considered to be...

2006-06-25 05:13:44

By Nick Tattersall NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Mauritanians voted in a referendum on Sunday on whether to amend their constitution, in a ballot aimed at ending decades of coup attempts and one-party rule in the Islamic Republic. The polls in the impoverished nation, which straddles Arab and black West Africa, are the first since a military junta seized power in a bloodless coup last August and lay the foundation for a presidential election next March. If approved, the changes would make...

2006-06-02 10:34:50

By Ibrahima Sylla NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Mauritanian security services have rounded up dozens of suspected members and supporters of an al Qaeda-linked Islamic rebel group who were plotting attacks, security sources said on Friday. At least two of the detainees were suspected of involvement in a June 2005 raid on a remote military post which killed 15 Mauritanian soldiers while another was accused of belonging to an al Qaeda cell in Barcelona, Spain, the sources said. The arrests...

2006-04-09 22:04:37

By Nick Tattersall NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Harouna Diop remembers the days when there were only six small wooden fishing boats working the waters off Nouakchott's barren coastline. Just hours at sea in one of the richest fishing grounds in the world were enough to fill the long, brightly-colored vessels with sardinella, horse mackerel, snapper and tuna. Nowadays his son can spend a week on the water and still struggle to catch enough fish to earn a living. He and his fellow fishermen...

2006-04-03 07:20:29

By Ibrahima Sylla NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Two people drowned and 30 were missing after a launch carrying would-be illegal immigrants from Mauritania to Spain's Canary Islands disappeared off the West African coast, emergency services said on Monday. Another launch transporting 25 people from Mauritania, Gambia, Senegal and Mali was rescued on Saturday afternoon after it had drifted for weeks along the coast of Mauritania following problems with its outboard motors, officials said....

2005-09-26 07:30:00

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania -- Mariem Sow was a little girl when her sister Zeinabou choked to death in front of her while being force-fed camel's milk by a family slave. Beaten if she refused to swallow the rich diet of sweetened milk and millet porridge, Zeinabou was one of many Mauritanian girls fattened up because of an ancient belief that corpulent women make more desirable wives. "As soon as my older sister was 12 they started force-feeding her so she would be plump by 15. They wanted to...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.