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2 Nov
In Iraq's vast western desert, some 200 families live in a hamlet largely cut off from the rest of the world, their only neighbour one of the country's biggest military bases. Lost in rocky ochre hills and surrounded by humble palm groves, Al-Sahl’s only education facility is a primary school, and residents rely on livestock and farming to survive.
1 Aug
Senegalese living in some of Senegal's most arid regions are building circular, drought-resistant gardens known as Tolou Keurs with hopes of improving food security and, as part of Africa's Great Green Wall project, impeding the Sahara desert's steady advance.
9 May
For thousands of years, horses and donkeys have been some of our species' most important partners. A new study shows they're also friends to desert animals and plants, by digging deep wells that provide a vital source of water, especially at the height of summer. Footage from the Sonoran Desert in Arizona shows donkeys digging wells and other animals drinking from them.
12 Mar
The mythical Festival in the desert has returned to Mali... in a way. The Agna Festival near Bamako brings famous musicians together, as well as artists fleeing unrest in northern Mali.
24 Feb
Tricycle operators desert Kano roads, protest against govt daily tax payment
1 Dec 2020
A mysterious metal monolith found in the remote desert of the western United States, sparking a national guessing game over how it got there, has apparently disappeared, officials say. The Bureau of Land Management in Utah Tweets, "We may not know if an extraterrestrial or earthling installed the 'monolith' structure, but we can confirm that it has been taken by an unknown party or parties."
8 Nov 2020
Dubbed the "Manhattan of the desert" for its centuries-old skyscrapers, Yemen's ancient city of Shibam escaped damage in the civil war -- but faces collapse from disrepair amid rains and floods.
24 Sep 2020
In Senegal, one man has created a lush oasis in the middle of the desert. Goran N'Diaye is a pioneer of permaculture. Following his own success, he's now training the next generation of young Senegalese farmers. In doing so, he hopes to change traditions and spread sustainable, ecologically friendly farming practices. Our colleagues from France 2 report, with FRANCE 24's Ellen Gainsford.
5 Jul 2019
Smugglers are turning to perilous routes through the desert, or even dumping those hoping to reach North Africa. DW visited the transit hub of Agadez where efforts are being made to rescue migrants lost in the Sahara.
29 Mar 2019
Tunisian mountain militants butcher desert shepherds.
27 Jan 2019
Tourists back on board Mauritania's desert train.
14 Dec 2017
Niger's desert city of Agadez has long been at the heart of migration routes.

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