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02 Aug 2012 description

At Mbera refugee camp in Mauritania, 100,000 mainly Tuareg refugees from Mali regroup as Tuareg separatists and Islamist militants battle it out for control of northern Mali.

Read the full article in the Christian Science Monitor.

05 Jun 2006 description

After a bloodless takeover last year, residents and other countries express cautious optimism.

By Claire Soares | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor

NOUAKCHOTT, MAURITANIA - It sounds like the plot of a bad African spy movie.

In a little-known country on the fringes of the Sahara Desert, where oil is just about to start flowing, the president leaves on an overseas trip and the army seizes power.

But what seemed like a potential disaster has played out surprisingly well in Mauritania.