Manhunt for Barcelona suspect ends in Moroccan’s death

Manhunt for Barcelona suspect ends in Moroccan’s death

Authorities in Spain say that Younes Abouyaaqoub, the suspect in Thursday’s attack in Barcelona, was shot and killed by police Monday in the city’s western suburb of Subirats. Abouyaaquob was wearing what appears to be a bomb belt and shouted Islamic slogans as police closed in. Spain’s Mossos agency said…

UN Security Council discusses funding for G5 Sahel force

The Group of Five Sahel (G5 Sahel) Joint Force is expected to bolster existing efforts to combat terrorism in the region but requires international funding to succeed, said the United Nations head of peacekeeping operations during a UN Security Council briefing on Tuesday. Assistant-Secretary-General El-Ghassim Wane told the council that…

Appeals for calm as Mauritania edges toward referendum vote

The growing unrest in Mauritania ahead of Saturday’s vote on a contentious referendum to change the country’s constitution is getting attention from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesman for the UN agency, urged the Mauritanian government to ensure that the rights of peaceful protesters…

Mauritanian blogger faces final verdict in death penalty case

The Supreme Court of Mauritania is expected to convene Tuesday to render a final verdict in the death penalty case of blogger Mohammed Shaikh Ould, also known as Mohammed Ould Mkhaitir. The case has drawn international attention to the Islamic Republic, where Mkhaitir was arrested in 2014 on blasphemy charges…