About 3500 French troops are stationed in Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad and Burkina Faso as part of Operation Barkhane.
Energy firms say Senegal and Mauritania's current oil and gas ventures will transform them into net exporters by 2020
Mauritania is of strategic importance in the “war on terror”, on account of its “ungoverned” spaces. But loss of mining revenues threatens stability.
Syrians flying 4,820 kms to West Africa, then take road to Mali, the Sahara - and, inshallah, Europe
Along the way, the migrants’ money is transforming remote desert towns, and creating local millionaires. Once sleepy towns are getting rich.
UPDATED: Much to celebrate as key African nations make big climbs, reverse declines in latest WEF Competitiveness Index
The usual African suspects were among the top performers. Both Egypt and South Africa get notable mentions for reversing downward trends.
“We have to understand, in Africa too, that we are able to offer an example, and that power is not an end in itself” - Senegal president Macky Sall.
The three nations each shipped more than 45% of their exports in 2014 to China, data from the International Monetary Fund shows.
The Great Green Wall initiative, which aims to plant a wall of trees in Africa to stop the desert from spreading.
Mauritania leader surprises, saying he has no intention of changing the constitution, but he seemingly remains in the minority.
Mohamed fainted when the ruling was read. The court's public gallery cheered. On the streets there were jubilant scenes as cars sounded their horns.
In Mauritania one in every 25 people is a slave, and in The Gambia more than 60,000 children are vulnerable to modern bondage.