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BP lets pre-FEED contract for Tortue field off Mauritania, Senegal.

KBR Inc. will perform pre-front-end engineering design work over the next 6 months in support of BP PLC in the optimization stage of the Tortue field development.

- OGJ - US

Displacement and insecurity aggravate food insecurity in Mauritania.

Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies Country: Mauritania Rainfall deficits have greatly affected the situation of crops. IFRC operations will assist the populations of Brakna and Gorgol who currently have high percentages in malnutrition cases. A. Analysis of the situation Description of ...

- ReliefWeb - INT | Mauritania's president approves law abolishing senate.

Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has approved a newly drafted law abolishing the senate, the most controversial measure in a package of reforms passed by referendum this month.

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Mauritania issues 30-yr mine licence for Algold's Tijirit project.

West Africa-focused junior project developer Algold Resources has received a formal decree by the Mauritania government granting a 30-year mining licence for the Tijirit project. Montreal, Quebec-based Algold in June announced that the Mauritania government intends to issue the mining licence, which will require Algold to ...

- Mining Weekly - ZA

Security Council told African-led force on terrorism in the Sahel operational but challenged.

The joint task force by the so-called Group of Five – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – to tackle the threat of terrorism in Africa's Sahel region is now operational, but a number of challenges remain, including funding, the United Nations Security Council was today told.

- UN - INT | Dissident senator arrested in Mauritania.

A Mauritanian senator who led a group of lawmakers in protest against a referendum aimed at abolishing their chamber was arrested Friday, his family and police sources have said.

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Mauritania: UN chief says 'disagreements' over referendum results must be addressed peacefully.

Following Mauritania's 5 August constitutional referendum, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has encouraged all stakeholders to ensure that disagreements are addressed peacefully within the confines of the law and respect for the rights to freedom of assembly and expression.

- UN - INT

Successful constitutional referendum strengthens political position of Mauritanian president, but raises risk of protests by opposition.

Key Points The constitutional referendum is likely to result in the centralisation of presidential powers and weakens Mauritania's judicial independence. There is unlikely to be a period of political instability due to widespread presidential patronage networks and the support the president enjoys

- Jane’s - US

Mauritania Senate abolished in referendum.

The referendum result is seen as a victory for the president, accused of trying to stay in power.

- BBC - UK

EU steps up assistance to Mali and Central African Republic.

Source: European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations Country: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Mauritania As humanitarian needs grow, the EU has released fresh humanitarian funding of €9 million for ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Mauritania: UN rights office voices concern about unrest ahead of constitutional referendum.

The United Nations human rights office today expressed concern about the ongoing unrest in Mauritania, ahead of the constitutional referendum scheduled for Saturday, particularly the apparent suppression of dissenting voices and the reported use of excessive force by the authorities against protest leaders.

- UN - INT