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Mauritania (Arabic: موريتانيا‎‎ Mūrītāniyā), officially the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, is a country in northwest Africa. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the west, by Senegal on the southwest, by Mali on the east and southeast, by Algeria on the northeast, and by the Morocco-controlled Western Sahara on the northwest. It is named after the Roman province of Mauretania, even though the modern state covers a territory far to the southwest of the old province. The capital and largest city is Nouakchott, located on the Atlantic coast.

The civilian government of Mauritania was overthrown on 6 August 2008, in a military coup d'état led by General Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. On April 16, 2009, General Aziz resigned from the military to run for president in the July 19 elections, which he won. In Mauritania about 20% of the population live on less than US $1.25 per day.

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The Sahara (Arabic: الصحراء الكبرى‎‎, aṣ-ṣaḥrā´ al-kubra, "The Greatest Desert") is the world's largest hot desert. At over 9,000,000 square kilometres (3,500,000 sq mi), it covers most of Northern Africa, making it almost as large as the United States or the continent of Europe. The desert stretches from the Red Sea, including parts of the Mediterranean coasts, to the outskirts of the Atlantic Ocean. To the south, it is delimited by the Sahel: a belt of semi-arid tropical savanna that comprises the northern region of central and western Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Sahara has an intermittent history that may go back as much as 3 million years. Some of the sand dunes can reach 180 metres (600 ft) in height. The name comes from the Arabic word for desert: (صَحراء), "ṣaḥrā´" (About this sound صحراء ; [sˤɑħrɑːʔ]). (Read more...)

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Women in Lagueila, an oasis in the Adrar Region of Mauritania.

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  • June 18: UN passes LGBT rights resolution
  • April 30: Algerian driver released by hostage takers in Niger
  • March 13: Kidnapped Spanish aid worker is released
  • March 7: Polio vaccination campaign targets 85 million African children
  • March 6: Mauritania cuts ties with Israel, expels Israeli diplomats
  • December 21: Deposed Mauritanian president Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi is released
  • August 6: Mauritania president Abdallahi arrested in coup
  • January 29: Mauritanian refugees begin returning home from Senegal
  • January 6: 2008 Dakar Rally cancelled over terrorist threat
  • December 25: Four French tourists killed in Mauritania

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Messaoud Ould Boulkheir (Arabic: مسعود ولد بو الخير‎‎,born 1943, Fara El Kitane Arabic: فرع الكتان‎‎) is among the first Haratine to become a political leader in Mauritania. Messaoud also contributed significantly to the end of the 1989 events in Mauritania, protecting the right of the victims and the emancipation of the Haratine in Mauritania with his party. Presently, Boulkheir is President of the People's Progressive Alliance, and he has been President of the National Assembly of Mauritania since April 2007. (Read more...)

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